The Safest Cities In The U.S.

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August 03, 2017

Though it might not seem like it, violent crime levels are down 50 percent nationally since 1993.

Some places, of course, are safer than others. Through a study from Niche, Business Insider named the 25 safest cities based on public crime data such as larceny, vehicular theft, and homicide rates.

Naperville, Ill., a Chicago suburb with a population of 144,000, ranked first, with only 87 annual violent crimes per 100,000 people, and 1,122 property crimes per 100,000. Rounding out the top five were Irvine and Thousand Oaks, Calif., Provo, Utah, and Round Rock, Texas.

Plano, Texas, ranked 11th, was the most populous city on the list, at 275,000 residents.

One caveat: the cities listed have relatively low population numbers. As The Atlantic notes, cities with higher densities tend to have more crime. But within a city, high traffic areas are generally safer than low-traffic areas. (The more foot traffic, the riskier an assault becomes for the assaulter.)

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