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25 Safest Cities in the U.S. in 2022. What You Need To Know!

New Castle Town, New York

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Whenever you’re deciding on a place to live, one crucial factor should be safety. After all, a good job or affordable house isn’t worth much if you’re in a city with a high crime rate.

In this article, we look at 25 of the safest cities in the United States so you can make an informed decision regarding where to move.

divider 5The 25 Safest Cities in the United States

1. Hopkins, Massachusetts

Hopkins, Massachusetts
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Population 18,585
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $95,735
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
Violent Crimes: 0

Hopkins, Massachusetts, has been ranked as the safest city in the United States in 2021 due to the very low crime rate. The violent crime rate was practically zero, while the property crime rate was only 1.61 incidents per 1,000 residents. This crime rate makes it the safest city in the United States in terms of crime rate alone.

In 2021, there were zero reported violent crimes in Hopkins, which is largely why it is considered the safest town in the country. You can’t really get much safer than that.

Hopkins has an A+ rating, with a crime occurring every 3 days and 20 minutes on average. (Crime Grade)


2. Franklin, Massachusetts

Population 33,149
Murder Rate: 0.06
Average Household Income: $101,980
Poverty Rate: 4%
Violent Crimes: 6

Not too far away from Hopkins, you’ll find another safe city: Franklin. In fact, Massachusetts seems to have a financing number of safe communities, so you’d likely be fairly safe living in any city there.

The violent crime rate in Franklin is practically nothing, though it isn’t zero. Still, you’re unlikely to run into any violence in this town.


3. Buckingham Township, Pennsylvania

Population 20,279
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $119,620
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
Violent Crimes: 8

This city has gotten much safer over the last few years and will likely continue to get safer as time passes. There is relatively no violent crime to speak of, though property crime drives it further down the list. Residents found that the police were visible and responsive, which contributes to this town’s safety.


4. Oakland Township, Michigan

Population 19,649
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $118,969
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
Violent Crimes: 0

Oakland has always been a safe town. However, the crime rates have increased over the last few years. Still, it is easily considered one of the safest towns in the United States. The violent crime rate is practically nothing, though the property crime rate is at about 1.93 per 1,000 people, making it higher than any other location so far on this list.


5. Bernards Township, New Jersey

Population 27,228
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $126,667
Poverty Rate: 3%
Violent Crimes: 0

Compared to residents of other towns, those living in Bernards Township are quite high above the poverty level. For this reason, crime rates tend to be quite low. They do have their fair share of property crimes, but violent crimes are practically non-existent.


6. Ridgefield, Connecticut

Population 25,050
Murder Rate: 0.04
Average Household Income: $130,091
Poverty Rate: 2%
Violent Crimes: 3

While Ridgefield has a lower property crime rating than Bernards Township, it has a slightly higher violent crime rating. Therefore, we placed it a bit lower on the list because violent crimes tend to be more significant than property crimes.


7. New Castle Town, New York

New Castle Town, New York
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Population 17,896
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $186,493
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
Violent Crimes: 0

Currently, New Castle Town has a violent crime rating of only 0.06 in 2021, though property crime was at 2.96. There were few crimes reported overall, making it one of the safer cities in the United States. In fact, it is 19.6 times safer than the average U.S. city.


8. Sparta Township, New Jersey

Population 18,532
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $126,090
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
Violent Crimes: 4

As we move down the list, the violent crime rating will slowly start going up. It isn’t that the Sparta Township isn’t safe, but it is less safe than those higher on this list.

This town has a B+ in terms of safety, with most residents saying that there is virtually no crime. Most violent crimes reported were assaults.


9. Hamburg Township, Michigan

Population 21,755
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $71,209
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
Violent Crimes: 11

With the lowest average income so far, Hamburg Township is considered safe, especially given its lower income. Generally, the violent crime rating is only 0.31, and the property crime rating is also decently low.


10. Bedford Town, New York

Population 17,791
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $119,069
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
Violent Crimes: 1

Bedford Town, New York, has a low violent crime rating. However, its property crime rating is a bit high. Based on this information, we decided to put it near the middle of this list.


11. Newtown, Connecticut

Newtown, Connecticut
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Population 27,795
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $108,667
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
Violent Crimes: 6

A couple of years ago, Newtown likely wouldn’t have appeared on this list. However, crime has now dropped so low, it is number 11 in the country in terms of safety. Both property and violent crimes are decently low in comparison to other communities.


12. Springboro, Ohio

Population 18,975
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $105,458
Poverty Rate: 2.83%
Violent Crimes: 1

Springboro is a town with sharply decreasing crime rates. We expect the crime rates will either stay the same or decrease more in the years to come, making it one of the safer communities in the United States.


13. Zionsville, Indiana

Population 27,630
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $132,409
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
Violent Crimes: 14

Zionsville is quite safe. In fact, there are hardly ever any murders reported. Property crimes are also extremely low, as are violent crimes in general. However, the average household income is far above the national average, making this community out of reach for many.


14. Carmel Town, New York

Population 34,251
Murder Rate: 0.23
Average Household Income: $105,406
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
Violent Crimes: 6

Carmel Town has also become increasingly safe over the last few years and will likely continue to become safer. With a low household income, housing and other necessities are also more affordable.


15. Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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Population 37,983
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $97,365
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
Violent Crimes: 4

In Shrewsbury, violent crimes are extremely low, though property crimes are a bit higher. However, due to the low violent crime rate, the community can easily be considered much safer than most of America.


16. Eastchester Town, New York

Population 20,073
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $104,891
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
Violent Crimes: 3

With an extremely low population and a decently high income, this community is the poster child for a safe community. The violent crime rate is decently low as 0.15, though other locations have lower rates. Property crimes are a bit high at 3.34.


17. Glen Cove, New York

Population 27,228
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $78,066
Poverty Rate: 13.8%
Violent Crimes: 3

This picturesque community has a relatively low violent crime rate. Murders are nearly non-existent compared to the rest of the country. Plus, the average income is one of the lowest on this list, so it is more accessible.


18. Northampton Township, Pennsylvania

Population 39,171
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $106,661
Poverty Rate: 3%
Violent Crimes: 11

This township is somewhat larger than some of the other options on this list, but it has a lower violent crime rate. The property crime rate is a bit high, though.


19. Vernon Township, New Jersey

Population 21,912
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $87,707
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
Violent Crimes: 1

Like most other towns on this list, Vernon has a low population. However, it also has a lower median income than most other towns, making the housing much more affordable.


20. Muskego, Wisconsin

Population 25,224
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $89,512
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
Violent Crimes: 8

Muskego is quite similar to Vernon. However, the violent crime rate is a bit higher, which is why it landed low on the list. The property crime rate is lower, though.


21. Harrison Town, New York

Population 27,946
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $111,122
Poverty Rate: 16.4%
Violent Crimes: 9

This moderately large town has a violent crime rate of practically zero. However, the property crime rate is quite high compared to some other options on this list. But if you are only basing it on the violent crime rate, this town is quite a bit safer than most.


22. Milton, Massachusetts

Population 27,471
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $127,448
Poverty Rate: 4.67%
Violent Crimes: 8

Compared to some other towns out there, this town has a low crime rate. However, the violent crime rate is higher than most other towns on this list. The property crime rate is low, though.


23. Roxbury Township, New Jersey

Population 22,755
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $104,453
Poverty Rate: 33.9%
Violent Crimes: 1

Roxbury has gotten significantly safer over the last few years, and we expect that streak to continue. The violent crime rate is low, but the property crime rate is a bit high.


24. Reading, Massachusetts

Population 25,305
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $112,634
Poverty Rate: 36.6%
Violent Crimes: 11

This smaller town has a decently low violent crime rate, but the property rate is high. For this reason, the town is low on our list.


25. Westford, Massachusetts

Population 24,403
Murder Rate: 0
Average Household Income: $125,143
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
Violent Crimes: 4

While Westford has a decently low property crime rate, the violent crime rate is significantly higher than most of the other locations on this list. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t safer than most other towns, though. It is just last on this list due to its higher violent crime rating.

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How to Stay Safe in the United States

Generally speaking, the United States is quite safe. Therefore, you’re likely to be safer anywhere in America than in many other countries in the world.

However, some cities are considered dangerous, such as Chicago.

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divider 5Conclusion: Safest Cities in the US

The United States is pretty safe. Therefore, most cities in the country are also safe. This list has the safest locations to live, which typically means that they have extremely low violent and property crimes.

Generally, these safe towns have a low population and a high income. Therefore, they are often inaccessible to low-income outsiders. Their property typically costs more than what most people can afford.


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