A Look at the 2019 Top 10 Safest Cities in America

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Safe Cities Safewise MapViolence. Crime. Property damage. Americans across the country worry about the safety and security of their communities on a daily basis. Safewise has put together a comprehensive nationwide ‘State of Safety’ report that analyzes violent crime and property crime around the United States and compiled their data into a top 100 Safest Cities in America list.

According to FBI data and Safewise, “the nation’s violent and property crime rates both fell between 2016 and 2017—reflecting the trends of the past two decades. Violent crime dropped by 49% between 1993 and 2017. There was a slight increase in violent crime in 2015 and 2016 but it took another downward turn in 2017. Property crime has decreased even more—falling by 50% between 1993 and 2017. Unlike violent crime, property crime hasn’t seen an increase since 2001.” We’re glad to see that both violent crimes and property crimes continue to decrease as time goes by.

Related Blog: You've Heard of a 'Smart City', but What is a 'Safe City'?

Top 10 Safest Cities in America

Safewise identified the safest cities in the United States by analyzing FBI crime report statistics as well as population data from 2017, which is the most current data available. They excluded towns with less than 2,500 people living there, as they’re considered rural by census definitions. Cities that refused to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were also excluded. Safewise explains, “Cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). To level the playing field, we calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city.”

So, what are the top 10 safest cities according to Safewise?

  1. Hopkinton, Massachusetts
    Coming in at number one is Hopkinton, MA! With a population of 17,348 they have a violent crime rate per 1,000 people of 0.00, and a property crime rate per 1,000 of 3.40.

  2. Ridgefield, Connecticut
    The second safest city in the United States this year is Ridgefield, CT. They have a violent crime rate per 1,000 people of 0.00, and a property crime rate per 1,000 of 4.38. The population in Ridgefield is 25,127.

  3. Madison, Connecticut
    Another Connecticut city! Number 3 on the list is Madison, CT with a population of 18,130. Madison has a violent crime rate per 1,000 people of 0.00, and a property crime rate per 1,000 of 4.74.

  4. Harrison Town, New York
    Next up on the Top 100 Safest Cities list is Harrison Town, NY. With a population of 28,480 they have a violent crime rate per 1,000 people of 0.035, and a property crime rate per 1,000 of 4.07.

  5. Bernards Township, New Jersey
    The fifth safest city in the country is Bernards Township, NJ. They have a violent crime rate per 1,000 people of 0.037, and a property crime rate per 1,000 of 4.29 with their total population at 27,219. The State of New Jersey has a whopping 30 cities that made the top 100 list.

  6. Norton, Massachusetts
    Number 6 on the list is Norton, MA. The cities population is 19,654 with a violent crime rate per 1,000 people of 0.051, and a property crime rate per 1,000 of 0.916. This is the lowest property crime rate on the list.

  7. Broadview Heights, Ohio
    Lucky number 7 on the Top 100 Safest Cities list is Broadview Heights, OH. With a population of 19,229 they have a violent crime rate per 1,000 people of 0.052, and a property crime rate per 1,000 of 1.092.

  8. Denville Township, New Jersey
    Next up is Denville Township, NJ. This city has a population of 16,811. The violent crime rate per 1,000 is 0.059 and the property crime rate per 1,000 is 5.235.

  9. Pequannock Township, New Jersey
    Ninth on the Top Safest Cities list is Pequannock Township, NJ. They have a violent crime rate per 1,000 people of 0.065, and a property crime rate per 1,000 of 6.205 with their total population coming in at 15,472.

  10. Bergenfield, New Jersey
    Tenth on the list, and the fourth New Jersey city, is Bergenfield, NJ. With a population of 28,480 they have a violent crime rate per 1,000 people of 0.035, and a property crime rate per 1,000 of 4.07.

Technology is Making Cities Safer

There are many reasons as to why these 10 cities have low violent and property crime rates, especially with many communities putting an effort to improve public safety with smart technologies.

Learn More: Smart City Public Safety Initiatives Across the U.S.

Below are a few safe and smart city technologies that are being put in place to protect citizens:

  • Efficient Mass Notification System
    When there are threats to a community having an efficient mass notification system is key. With the uptick of mass shootings and impending severe weather disasters, being able to communicate with the residents in your city is very important to keeping them safe.

  • Geo-Polling Technology
    A geo-poll feature allows a city to solicit requested information through simple poll questions via SMS, email, and voice calls. The ability to send a simple “Are you OK?” to residents can immediately allow users to collect answers and even view a recipient’s location as well.

  • Anonymous Tip Technology
    If a crime is committed some witnesses don’t feel comfortable coming forward. Implementing anonymous tip software can ensure those can remain anonymous when reporting a crime, and possibly catch the perpetrator responsible.

Discover if there are public safety solutions that could help make your city safer. Learn more today!

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Written by Tara Gibson

Tara is a Marketing Coordinator on the Rave Mobile Safety marketing team. She loves writing about all things K-12 education, and manages the Rave social media channels. When she's not working, she's taking care of her smiley, shoe eating, Instagram-famous fur baby, Enzo!

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