For families and individuals alike, a safe place to live should be a leading priority when looking for a new home. With so many places in the country, however, researching the absolute safest places is a seriously daunting task. Fortunately, there are sites like Neighborhood Scout, who employ vast amounts of data and are able to rank numerous cities and towns — say, perhaps 100 – to make the search far easier.
Neighborhood Scout looked at townships with 25,000 or more people and ranked them according to the total number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents. The crimes examined include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, forcible rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, the site said. “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,” it added.
Of those 100, we chose the top ten ranked towns and cities to feature here. They’re ranked by the crime index score assigned to it by Neighborhood Scout.
10. Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
With a crime score of 86, the 36,048-resident town of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts is the 10th safest town in the United States, according to the data from Neighborhood Scout. While violent crime is at the near-lowest on the list, at a rate of 0.17 per 1,000 people, property crime is higher, at 7.57 per 1,000. In Shrewsbury, the chances of being a victim of violent crime are exceptionally low, at 1 in 6,008, but the likelihood of being a victim of property related crimes – 1 in 132 — pushed Shrewsbury’s score down.