NeighborhoodScout, a nationwide neighborhood search engine and analytics provider just released a list of the safest places to live in 2016.
In compiling it’s list, NeighborhoodScout factored population by creating a crime rate per 1,000 residents, according to their article. They considered violent and neighborhood crime, including the FBI’s major seven types of crime: burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault.
Studies showed that the safest places were just outside major cities, typically close enough to commute to the city for jobs.
“If you were to plot the top 100 safest cities on a map you would notice an interesting trend,” NeighborhoodScout CEO and founder Andrew Schiller stated. “Bedroom communities like the ones on this list exist somewhere in between big cities (which still have large crime counts), and the more-dangerous industrial satellites. There could be something to be said regarding the fact that the safest towns are overwhelmingly places where people live, but often do not work: the types of communities that are populated by the gainfully employed and their families, who can afford to relocate specifically for quality of life.”
“Many of the safest cities also have the best school systems and high rates of college graduates,” he said. “High paying jobs are not far away. What this illustrates is that access to opportunity (nearby high paying jobs), combined with amenities in the community (like good schools), can drive home values up and crime down.”
These were the top 10 safest cities, according to NeighborhoodScout.
10. Aliso Viejo, CA
Located on the coast of California, and about an hour from Los Angeles, Aliso Viejo ranks the 10th safest city in the U.S. The city is so small, that every resident lives within 3 miles of the town center, according to an article by Julianna Crisalli.
9. Zionsville, IN
Is a small town just outside of Indiana’s I-465 with a total population of just 25,734. In Zionsville, there is a one in 4,289 chance of being involved in a violent crime, and a one in 169 of being involved in property crime.
8. Bartlett, IL
Bartlett is just an hour west of Chicago. Its violent crime rate is one in 2,974, and its property crime is one in 175.
7. Shrewsbury, MA
Shrewsbury is less than an hour outside of Boston, and boasts a violent crime rate of one in 10,000 and a property crime rate of one in 175.
6. Lake in the Hills, IL
Illinois has a second city in the top ten. Lake in the Hills is located about an hour and a half outside of Chicago, and has a violent crime rate of one in 1,700 and a property crime rate of one in 206.
5. Bergenfield, NJ
Although a bay separates Bergenfield from New York City, it is less than an hour away. Its violent crime rate is one in 2,491 and property crime rate is one in 230.
4. Franklin, MA
Massachusetts also has a second city in the top ten. Franklin, which is less than an hour from Boston, has a violent crime rate of one in 3,648 and a property crime rate of one in225.
3. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
With a name that means Saint Margarita Ranch, this city lies between Los Angeles and San Diego, and is California’s second city in the top 10 safest. The city’s violent crime rate is one in 1,828 and its property crime rate is one in 242.
2. Winona, MN
Winona lies on the border of Minnesota and Michigan, and is the second safest city in the U.S. with a violent crime rate of one in 1,095 and a property crime rate of one in 380.
1. Ridgefield, CT
Although this small town may have had a bloody beginning with the Battle of Ridgefield in the Revolutionary War, it is now the safest city in the U.S. Ridgefield is located about an hour and a half north of New York City. The chances of becoming victim to a violent crime are one in 10,000 and one in 388 for property crime. This is well below Connecticut’s rate of one in 422 for violent crime and one in 52 for property crime.