The 10 safest and 10 most dangerous suburbs in America

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The Movoto Real Estate blog regularly surveys and rates housing markets on a variety of metrics.

No one can say why some suburbs are crime-ridden and others are safe, but one can at least know which is which.

Analyzing crime data for suburbs across the nation, Movato looked at data from the FBI’s 2012 uniform crime report, the latest available, and measured seven distinct crimes using the total reported incidents of burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, rape, robbery and assault.

They weighted the results based on the incidents of these categories of crime and the degree of crime overall, along with the likelihood of being a crime victim based on incidence rates and population.

The results show these are the 10 safest suburbs in America.

10) Germantown, Tenn.

This suburb of the very unsafe city of Memphis has under 39,000 residents. Aggravated assaults were 24 of the 31 violent crimes reported in Germantown during 2012, and there were no homicides. The rest of the  654 total reported crimes were property related.

9) Cupertino, Calif.

The home to Apple, this San Jose suburb of 58,000 witnessed 855 crimes reported during 2012; 56 were violent and 797 involved property.

8) Oro Valley, Ariz.

The 41,000 inhabitants of this Tucson suburb reported an even total of 700 crimes for 2012, of which 21 were violent and 679 involved property.

7) Apex, N.C.

Apex, a suburb of Raleigh, is the second-smallest place in the 10 safest with just over 40,000 residents. Thefts were the biggest problem, representing 454 of the 590 total crimes reported, and no murders.

6) Cary, N.C.

This town of nearly 146,000 is the largest suburb of the 10 safest, and it placed ninth for both violent and property crimes per capita.

5) Newton, Mass.

This is a Boston suburb of 85,000 people that ranked 12th-safest in terms of violent crimes per capita, but third-safest when it came to property crimes per capita.

4) Dublin, Ohio

While considerably smaller than Parma (see below), Dublin’s total number of crimes in 2012 was higher at 559. It also had one murder as part of its 15 total violent crimes.

3) Parma, Ohio

The Cleveland suburb of 82,000 residents was safest in terms of property crimes per capita and had the lowest chance of crime, a seventh-safest ranking in violent crimes per capita kept it from ranking first overall.

2) Fishers, Ind.

This Indianapolis suburb of 70,000 was second-safest in terms of violent crimes per capita, fourth-safest in property crimes, and it ranked third in terms of the chance of crime

And the number one safest suburb in America is…

1) Carmel, Ind.

Carmel saw just 819 crimes in 2012, with only 11 of them violent and 808 property related. Carmel ranked first overall for the lowest number of violent crimes per capita, second-safest in terms of property crimes per capita, and had the second-lowest odds of being the victim of a crime.


Click below for the most dangerous suburbs in America.

The 10 most dangerous suburbs

After analyzing crime data for 120 suburbs across the nation, Movoto determined these are the most dangerous suburbs in America.

10) Independence, Mo.

This Kansas City, Mo., suburb of 117,433 people had the lowest rank for murder among those on this list, with four homicides per 100,000 people in 2012.

9) Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Jacksonville Beach was the least dangerous of the three most dangerous Florida suburbs on this list, ranking sixth overall in terms of murders per 100,000 residents in 2012. Jacksonville Beach ranked 15th for property crime, at 4,666 per 100,000 residents, and 10th for total crime with 5,564 per 100,000. The odds of being a victim of crime there during 2012 stood at 1 in 18.

8) Tempe, Ariz.

Another Phoenix suburb, Tempe and its 166,061 residents fared a bit worse than their counterparts in Glendale when it came to murder and violent crime.

7) Glendale, Ariz.

This Phoenix suburb of 232,997 residents fared worst when it came to property crime, placing fifth with 6,410 per 100,000 residents in 2012. Total crime in Glendale stood at 6,901 per 100,000.

6) Clarksville, Ind.

This suburb of Louisville, Ken., had the third-worst property crime of any place Movoto looked at, with 7,240 per 100,000 in a suburb of just 22,057 residents.

5) Miami Gardens, Fla.

The 111,177 residents of this Miami suburb faced a murder rate of 22 per 100,000, which placed the city in third for that measure. The city ranked 15th for total crime and 20th for property crime.

4) Midwest City, Okla.

The Oklahoma City suburb of 55,768 did worse in terms of total crime, where it placed ninth with 5,876 per 100,000. The odds of being a victim of a crime were 1 in 17.

3) Miami Beach, Fla.

The big problem in Miami Beach is really property crime, with the suburb ranking second in that criterion with 9,914 per 100,000 residents.

2) East Point, Ga.

This Atlanta surburb is home to 35,155 people who, in 2012, faced a 1 in 8 chance of being the victim of a crime. East Point ranked first overall in terms of total crime and property crimes, at 12,061 and 10,863 per 100,000, respectively. East Point scored second overall for murder, with a murder rate of 34 per 100,000 residents in 2012.

And the most dangerous suburb in America is…

1) Camden, N.J.

Camden led in both murder and violent crime rankings, both of which it placed first in. There were 86 murders per 100,000 residents in this city of 77,665.

To see the original lists and more Movoto research, click here.

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