“The bedroom community,” just miles from a major city, tended to dominate the list of the 100 safest cities in the U.S. for 2016.
In its fifth annual safe city list, NeighborhoodScout, a nationwide neighborhood search engine, compared the safety of various cities across the country by taking into account cities with populations of more than 25,000 and the rate for individual types of crime per one thousand residents. They took into account violent and property crimes, such as burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.
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“If you were to plot the top 100 safest cities on a map you would notice an interesting trend,” says Andrew Schiller, CEO and founder of NeighborhoodScout. “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. 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."
The following top 10 cities emerged as the nation’s safest, according to NeighborhoodScout’s analysis:
- Ridgefield, Conn.
- Winona, Minn.
- Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
- Franklin, Mass.
- Bergenfield, N.J.
- Lake in the Hills, Ill.
- Shrewsbury, Mass.
- Bartlett, Ill.
- Zionsville, Ind.
- Aliso Viejo, Calif.