The cities in this countdown of the safest cities to live in America are based on both the population size of each region and the number of crimes that take place. Each individual crime is tallied per thousand residents. Violent and property crimes including burglary, homicide, rape, armed robbery, assault, and vehicle theft are all accounted for in this study. Thanks to the Neighborhood Scouts and law enforcement for providing the information for the safest cities to live in the United States.
Number One: Zionsville, Indiana. Population: 25,000. Zionsville is located in Boone County, and is considered a “tourist attraction” city. The safest city in the United States has made a name for itself in Hollywood, and it was mentioned on Saturday Night Live and the television show The Middle. The small city is the hometown of several professional athletes, including Jeff Saturday (NFL), Ron Artest (now named Metta World Peace; NBA), Danny Granger (NBA), and Austin Collie (NFL).
Number Two: Lake in the Hills, Illinois. Population: 28,000. The city was formed by Chicago residents who used to vacation in Lake in the Hills. It wasn’t long before the vacationers turned into actual residents, and Lake in the Hills’ population greatly increased. The home value in this city is over $177,000 thousand.
Number Three: Bergenfield, New Jersey. Population: 27,000. Bergenfield has been ranked one of the best places to live in America a few times. The past two years, it was ranked the second safest city in America. The city is the hometown of Fun. guitarist and songwriter Jack Antonoff.
Number Four: Sammamish, Washington. Population: 50,000. Not only has Sammamish been ranked as one of the best places to live in America, but it was also named the Friendliest Town in the United States three years ago. The city is located in King County.
Number Five: Bella Vista, Arkansas. Population: 26,000. Bella Vista is predominantly a retirement community; changing the city to a retirement community helped boost the population significantly. The population increased from just over 2,000 residents in the 1980s to over 26,000 residents today.
Number Six: Rancho Santa Margarita, California. Population: 47,000. Education in this city is held very high, and more than 30% of residents living in Rancho Santa Margarita have a Bachelor’s degree. The reality television series, The Real Housewives of Orange County, is mainly filmed in this city (even though the show is based in Coto De Caza).
Number Seven: Franklin, Massachusetts. Population: 32,000. Franklin or the Town of Franklin is located in Norfolk County. It is home to America’s first library, and the library’s first books were donated by Benjamin Franklin. The city was named after Benjamin Franklin, which was voted on by the people in 1778.
Number Eight: Aliso Viejo, California. Population: 50,000. Aliso Viejo is located in Orange County, and it borders the infamous Laguna Beach (made popular on the reality television series on MTV). The average income for families in Aliso Viejo is about $99,000 thousand.
Number Nine: Bartlett, Illinois. Population: 41,000. Bartlett‘s motto is “History, Harmony, Pride.” The median home value in this town is around $290,000 thousand, and the average family income is about $90,000.
Number Ten: Cheshire, Connecticut. Population: 29,000. This town city is located in New Haven County. Along with being ranked one of the safest cities to live in, it was also ranked as one of the 100 Best Places to Live by Money magazine. The city’s bragging rights also include being the hometown of actor James Van Der Beek.