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NeighborhoodScout’s Safest Cities in America – 2022

Jan 3, 2022 | by: The NeighborhoodScout Team | Crime, Top Lists
NeighborhoodScout’s Safest Cities in America – 2022

2022 Top 100 Safest Cities in the U.S.

It’s the 10-year anniversary of the Top 100 Safest Cities in America List!

Since the original list was released in January 2012, we have seen 225 unique locations make the coveted Safest Cities list.  Notably, only 14 cities have made an appearance on every list.  Rexburg, ID, Franklin, MA, and Friendswood, TX are just a few that have all stood the test of time, appearing on our list year-after-year.

Franklin, Massachusetts is the Safest City in America for the second year straight.  With only 6 violent crimes and 36 property crimes, Franklin has an overall crime rate of 1.3 per 1,000 residents.  It is worth noting that Franklin first appeared on our list in 2012 and has made the list every year since.  This year, Franklin is joined by 24 other Massachusetts based cities, making up a full quarter of the list.  Newcomer, Avon Lake, OH, a city on Lake Erie just west of Cleveland is the third safest city with a violent crime rate of 2.3 per 1,000 residents.  Avon Lake’s population has increased by 11% since the 2010 Census to 25,206 residents qualifying them for our Safest Cities list this year.

As a reminder, our research reveals the 100 safest cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the total number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents.  Crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. Data used for this research are 1) the number of total crimes reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and 2) the population of each city.  Based on the latest national data available at the time of publication, representing calendar year 2020 and released in September 2021, this report reveals interesting patterns about safety from crime in America.

For more information, see our FAQ on how we rank the safest cities in America.

 

Click on any city in the list below to see a full crime report and neighborhood crime map.

1. Franklin, MA

  • Population: 33,261
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 1.3
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 792
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

2. Long Beach, NY

  • Population: 35,029
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 1.7
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 594
  • Major City Nearby: New York

3. Avon Lake, OH

  • Population: 25,206
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 2.3
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 442
  • Major City Nearby: Cleveland

4. Rexburg, ID

  • Population: 39,409
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 2.8
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 358
  • Major City Nearby: N/A

5. Zionsville, IN

  • Population: 30,603
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 3.3
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 306
  • Major City Nearby: Indianapolis

6. Marshfield, MA

  • Population: 35,825
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 3.3
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 300
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

7. Bergenfield, NJ

  • Population: 28,321
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 3.5
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 289
  • Major City Nearby: New York

8. Arlington, MA

  • Population: 46,308
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 3.5
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 282
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

9. Florence, AZ

  • Population: 26,785
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 3.7
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 273
  • Major City Nearby: Phoenix

10. Lexington, MA

  • Population: 34,454
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 3.7
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 271
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

11. Shrewsbury, MA

  • Population: 38,325
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 3.7
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 268
  • Major City Nearby: Worcester

12. Bridgewater, MA

  • Population: 28,633
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 3.8
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 265
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

13. Milton, MA

  • Population: 28,630
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 4.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 253
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

14. Ridgefield, CT

  • Population: 25,033
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 4.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 250
  • Major City Nearby: Bridgeport

15. Cliffside Park, NJ

  • Population: 25,693
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 4.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 249
  • Major City Nearby: New York

16. Needham, MA

  • Population: 32,091
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 4.4
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 228
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

17. Wellesley, MA

  • Population: 29,550
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 4.6
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 217
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

18. Rockville Centre, NY

  • Population: 26,016
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 4.6
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 217
  • Major City Nearby: New York

19. Reading, MA

  • Population: 25,518
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 4.7
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 213
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

20. South Kingstown, RI

  • Population: 31,931
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 4.9
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 206
  • Major City Nearby: Providence

21. North Andover, MA

  • Population: 30,915
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 4.9
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 203
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

22. Weston, FL

  • Population: 68,107
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 5.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 199
  • Major City Nearby: Miami

23. Billerica, MA

  • Population: 42,119
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 5.1
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 198
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

24. Rochester Hills, MI

  • Population: 76,300
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 5.2
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 192
  • Major City Nearby: Detroit

25. Independence, KY

  • Population: 28,676
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 5.3
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 190
  • Major City Nearby: Cincinnati

26. Beverly, MA

  • Population: 42,670
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 5.3
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 190
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

27. Melrose, MA

  • Population: 29,817
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 5.3
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 188
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

28. North Royalton, OH

  • Population: 31,322
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 5.4
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 186
  • Major City Nearby: Cleveland

29. Johns Creek, GA

  • Population: 82,453
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 5.4
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 185
  • Major City Nearby: Atlanta

30. Ridgewood, NJ

  • Population: 25,979
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 5.5
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 183
  • Major City Nearby: New York

31. Harrison, NY

  • Population: 28,218
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 5.5
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 181
  • Major City Nearby: New York

32. Gloucester, MA

  • Population: 29,729
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 5.7
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 177
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

33. Milton, GA

  • Population: 41,296
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 5.7
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 174
  • Major City Nearby: Atlanta

34. Westfield, NJ

  • Population: 31,032
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 6.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 170
  • Major City Nearby: New York

35. Amherst, MA

  • Population: 39,263
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 6.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 167
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

36. Newton, MA

  • Population: 88,923
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 6.1
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 164
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

37. Colleyville, TX

  • Population: 26,057
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 6.3
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 160
  • Major City Nearby: Dallas

38. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

  • Population: 47,949
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 6.3
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 158
  • Major City Nearby: Los Angeles

39. Friendswood, TX

  • Population: 41,213
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 6.6
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 153
  • Major City Nearby: Houston

40. Carmel, IN

  • Population: 99,757
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 6.6
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 153
  • Major City Nearby: Indianapolis

41. Little Elm, TX

  • Population: 46,453
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 6.6
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 151
  • Major City Nearby: Dallas

42. Danville, CA

  • Population: 43,582
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 6.7
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 149
  • Major City Nearby: San Francisco

43. Cumberland, RI

  • Population: 36,405
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 6.8
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 147
  • Major City Nearby: Providence

44. Sammamish, WA

  • Population: 67,455
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 6.8
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 147
  • Major City Nearby: Seattle

45. Moorpark, CA

  • Population: 36,284
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 6.9
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 145
  • Major City Nearby: Oxnard

46. Sayreville, NJ

  • Population: 45,345
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 14
  • Major City Nearby: New York

47. Wakefield, MA

  • Population: 27.090
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 143
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

48. Milford, MA

  • Population: 30,379
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 149
  • Major City Nearby: Worcester

49. Fishers, IN

  • Population: 98,977
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 143
  • Major City Nearby: Indianapolis

50. Sebastian, FL

  • Population: 25,054
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 142
  • Major City Nearby: Vero Beach

51. Rosemount, MN

  • Population: 25,650
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.1
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 141
  • Major City Nearby: Minneapolis

52. Londonderry, NH

  • Population: 25,826
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.2
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 140
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

53. Merrimack, NH

  • Population: 26,632
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.2
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 139
  • Major City Nearby: Manchester

54. Wylie, TX

  • Population: 57,526
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.2
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 139
  • Major City Nearby: Dallas

55. North Providence, RI

  • Population: 34,114
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.2
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 139
  • Major City Nearby: Providence

56. New Milford, CT

  • Population: 28,115
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.2
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 139
  • Major City Nearby: N/A

57. Belmont, MA

  • Population: 27,295
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.3
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 137
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

58. Fair Lawn, NJ

  • Population: 34,927
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.4
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 136
  • Major City Nearby: New York

59. Caledonia, WI

  • Population: 25,361
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.4
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 136
  • Major City Nearby: Racine

60. Waltham, MA

  • Population: 65,218
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.5
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 134
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

61. Oviedo, FL

  • Population: 40,059
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.5
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 134
  • Major City Nearby: Orlando

62. De Pere, WI

  • Population: 25,410
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.5
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 133
  • Major City Nearby: Green Bay

63. Bella Vista, AR

  • Population: 30,104
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.6
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 132
  • Major City Nearby: Fayetteville

64. Wallingford, CT

  • Population: 44,396
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.6
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 132
  • Major City Nearby: New Haven

65. Novi, MI

  • Population: 66,243
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.6
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 131
  • Major City Nearby: Detroit

66. Cheshire, CT

  • Population: 28,733
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.6
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 131
  • Major City Nearby: New Haven

67. Saratoga, CA

  • Population: 31,051
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.7
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 130
  • Major City Nearby: San Jose

68. Brentwood, TN

  • Population: 45,373
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.7
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 129
  • Major City Nearby: Nashville

69. Perrysburg, OH

  • Population: 25,041
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.8
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 129
  • Major City Nearby: Toledo

70. Port Chester, NY

  • Population: 31,693
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.8
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 129
  • Major City Nearby: New York

71. Royal Oak, MI

  • Population: 58,211
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.8
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 129
  • Major City Nearby: Detroit

72. Hillard, OH

  • Population: 37,114
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.8
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 128
  • Major City Nearby: Columbus

73. Westfield, IN

  • Population: 46,410
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.8
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 128
  • Major City Nearby: Indianapolis

74. Socorro, TX

  • Population: 34,306
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.8
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 128
  • Major City Nearby: El Paso

75. Farmington Hills, MI

  • Population: 83,986
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.9
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 127
  • Major City Nearby: Detroit

76. Lodi, NJ

  • Population: 26,206
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 7.9
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 127
  • Major City Nearby: New York

77. Flower Mound, TX

  • Population: 75,956
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 126
  • Major City Nearby: Dallas

78. Syracuse, UT

  • Population: 32,141
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 126
  • Major City Nearby: Ogden

79. Aliso Viejo, CA

  • Population: 52,176
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 125
  • Major City Nearby: Los Angeles

80. Dublin, OH

  • Population: 49,328
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 125
  • Major City Nearby: Columbus

81. Southlake, TX

  • Population: 31,265
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 125
  • Major City Nearby: Dallas

82. Watertown, MA

  • Population: 35,329
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.0
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 124
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

83. Brandon, MS

  • Population: 25,138
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.1
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 124
  • Major City Nearby: Jackson

84. Bluffton, SC

  • Population: 27,716
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.1
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 124
  • Major City Nearby: Bluffton

85. Keller, TX

  • Population: 45,776
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.2
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 122
  • Major City Nearby: Dallas

86. Ossining, NY

  • Population: 27,551
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.2
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 122
  • Major City Nearby: New York

87. Saratoga Springs, UT

  • Population: 37,696
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.3
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 121
  • Major City Nearby: Provo

88. Medina, OH

  • Population: 26,094
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.3
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 120
  • Major City Nearby: Cleveland

89. Hutto, TX

  • Population: 27,577
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.3
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 120
  • Major City Nearby: Austin

90. Norwood, MA

  • Population: 31,611
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.4
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 120
  • Major City Nearby: Boston

91. Rahway, NJ

  • Population: 29,556
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.4
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 120
  • Major City Nearby: New York

92. Coventry, RI

  • Population: 35,688
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.4
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 119
  • Major City Nearby: Providence

93. Easton, MA

  • Population: 25,058
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.4
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 119
  • Major City Nearby: Providence

94. Mequon, WI

  • Population: 25,142
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.6
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 116
  • Major City Nearby: Milwaukee

95. Taunton, MA

  • Population: 59,408
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.7
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 116
  • Major City Nearby: Providence

96. Ramsey, MN

  • Population: 27,646
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.7
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 115
  • Major City Nearby: Minneapolis

97. Peekskill, NY

  • Population: 25,431
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.7
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 115
  • Major City Nearby: New York

98. Bountiful, UT

  • Population: 45,762
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.7
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 115
  • Major City Nearby: Ogden

99. Muskego, WI

  • Population: 25,032
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.7
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 114
  • Major City Nearby: Milwaukee

100. Greenwich, CT

  • Population: 63,518
  • Total Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.7
  • Chance of being a victim:  1 in 114
  • Major City Nearby: Bridgeport