Public perception isn’t always accurate when it comes to crime. The sheer volume of information that a person can access, and frequent headlines about various tragedies, make it easy to assume that crime in an increasingly bigger problem, even if the data suggests otherwise. However, that doesn’t mean people don’t seek out the safest cities when choosing where to live.
FBI statistic show, according to a report by Business Insider, that the rate of violent crime has actually tumbled by 50 percent between 1993 and 2015. However, some cities have lower crime rates than others.
While the size of the city certainly plays a factor in these statistics, as lower population density can play a role, that isn’t a guarantee.
With that in mind, here are the five safest cities in the US.
1. Naperville, Illinois
With a population of almost 146,000, Naperville has an annual violent crime rate of just 62 per 100,000 people. Property crime is also fairly low, coming in at 1,071 per 100,000.
2. Irvine, California
Irvine has a population near 247,000 but experiences just 52 violent crimes per 100,000 individuals. They do experience more property crime that Naperville, but it’s still a modest 1,401 per 100,000.
3. Thousand Oaks, California
The population of Thousand Oaks is near 129,000, and the area experiences 123 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The annual property crime rate is 1,298 per 100,000.
4. Provo, Utah
Featuring a population just below 116,000, Provo has 131 violent crimes per 100,000 residents each year. Property crime is notably higher than the previous three list entries, coming in at 2,344 per 100,000, but that is still fairly low in comparison to many other locations.
5. Round Rock, Texas
Round Rock has a population of almost 113,000, with 153 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The property crime rate is lower than Provo, listed as 2,224 per 100,000.