The Safest City in Every State

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Many people assume that small cities and towns are safer than big cities. MoneyGeek sought to test that assumption.

Lining up the data for large and small cities, we found that small cities and towns do tend to be safer than large cities. However, the distribution of crime costs also shows a significant overlap between crime costs in large cities and smaller cities and towns. In that overlap, small and large cities may have the same per capita cost of crime.

Every State’s Safest City

Still, the data show many unsafe small cities and towns with crime levels comparable to their big-city counterparts.

For example, the per capita cost of crime in the least safe small and large cities is comparable. In Petersburg, Virginia, the least safe small city, the per capita cost of crime is $9,022, nearly as high as St. Louis, Missouri, where the per capita cost of crime is $11,574. Federal Way, Washington (pop. 97,071) has a cost of crime per capita of $1,203, comparable to New York City (pop. 8.4 million), which has a cost of crime per capita of $1,204.

While the safest places to live tend to be smaller, there is not a perfect correlation between population size and crime levels.

Here are the safest cities in every state. 

Note: Data was not available for Alabama, Hawaii or Nevada.

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Juneau, Alaska

Crime cost per capita: $1,931

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Bentonville, Arkansas

Crime cost per capita: $532

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Oro Valley, Arizona

Crime cost per capita: $126

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Crime cost per capita: $78

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Castle Rock, Colorado

Crime cost per capita: $193

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Greenwich, Connecticut

Crime cost per capita: $69

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Newark, Delaware

Crime cost per capita: $376

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Parkland, Florida

Crime cost per capita: $62

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Milton, Georgia

Crime cost per capita: $90

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Bettendorf, Iowa

Crime cost per capita: $240

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Pocatello, Idaho

Crime cost per capita: $599

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Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Crime cost per capita:  $22

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Westfield, Indiana

Crime cost per capita: $97

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Leawood, Kansas

Crime cost per capita: $161

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Georgetown, Kentucky

Crime cost per capita: $384

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Kenner, Louisiana

Crime cost per capita: $971

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Franklin, Massachusetts

Crime cost per capita: $32

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Bowie, Maryland

Crime cost per capita: $354

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Portland, Maine

Crime cost per capita: $358

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Bloomfield Township, Michigan

Crime cost per capita: $69

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Minnetonka, Minnesota

Crime cost per capita: $132

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Ballwin, Missouri

Crime cost per capita: $134

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Olive Branch, Mississippi

Crime cost per capita: $1,197

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Bozeman, Montana

Crime cost per capita: $548

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

Crime cost per capita: $122

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West Fargo, North Dakota

Crime cost per capita: $343

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Kearney, Nebraska

Crime cost per capita: $676

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Derry, New Hampshire

Crime cost per capita: $241

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Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey

Crime cost per capita: $39

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Farmington, New Mexico

Crime cost per capita: $2,144

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Carmel Town, New York

Crime cost per capita: $35

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Upper Arlington, Ohio

Crime cost per capita: $65

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Edmond, Oklahoma

Crime cost per capita: $410

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Lake Oswego, Oregon

Crime cost per capita: $200

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Crime cost per capita: $6,018

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South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Crime cost per capita: $104

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Crime cost per capita: $210

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Rapid City, South Dakota

Crime cost per capita: $3,179

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Brentwood, Tennessee

Crime cost per capita: $101

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Southlake, Texas

Crime cost per capita: $89

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Lone Peak, Utah

Crime cost per capita: $74

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Blacksburg, Virginia

Crime cost per capita: $159

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Burlington, Vermont

Crime cost per capita: $906

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Sammamish, Washington

Crime cost per capita: $238

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New Berlin, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Crime cost per capita: $175

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Morgantown, West Virginia

Crime cost per capita: $356

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Casper, Wyoming

Crime cost per capita: $926

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To rank the safest small cities and towns in the United States, MoneyGeek started with standardized crime statistics reported to the FBI. To determine crime rates per 100,000 people, population data accessed from the FBI was added to the analysis. For purposes of this analysis, MoneyGeek focused on cities with a population between 30,000 and 100,000 residents.

MoneyGeek relied on research by professors Kathryn McCollister and Michael French of the University of Miami and Hai Fang of the University of Colorado Denver to determine the cost of crime to society. Their findings were integrated into the broader data set to better understand the societal cost of crime within individual cities.

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