There’s a lot to be said about home security. From locks, to security systems, to adequate lighting, a lot can be done to help protect you and yours from unsavory individuals. When it comes to keeping them safe, however, sometimes putting yourself in the right environment is the most potent form of protection. From The Big Apple to the west coast, the cities listed here could provide your family with protection, entertainment, and peace.
12. New York, NY
As shocking as it may seem, The Big Apple is among the top 12 safest cities in the United States. Despite the tough exterior of the “greatest city in the world”, a rank of 27th in violent crime (a lower rank indicating lower levels of violent crime) belies a population less likely to assault you than give you directions. In addition, the traffic of the metropolitan megalith is among the safest for pedestrians in the country, clocking in at 3rd. While some areas are safer than others, you can be sure that a trip down Park Ave will be a safe one.
11. Round Rock, TX
Mayor Alan McGraw can be proud of his town. One of the fastest growing cities in America, Round Rock experienced 0 murders last year, and only 104 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. With robust community monitoring programs, developed recreational infrastructure, and listing in numerous publications as one of the safest, most innovative, and most idyllic suburbs in the country, it’s no wonder the residents of this Texas town are happy with their city.
10. Colorado Springs, CO
When it comes to idyllic, it’s hard to beat the mountainous terrain and breathtaking views of Colorado Springs. The home of the US Olympic training facilities also boasts a remarkably low crime rate, coming in at 18 on the annual rankings. Coupled with a developed public transit system, extensive recreational facilities infrastructure, and local economy bolstered by athletes and coaches, the city enjoys all the peace of mind of a small town, with all the attractions and pageantry of a large one.
9. Gilbert, AZ
In the desert of Arizona lies number 9 on our list of top 12 safest cities. The residents of Gilbert enjoy a paltry 95 violent crimes and 28 robberies per 100,000 residents. Bolstered by an automated emergency and town calendar system, the sleepy settlement combines great scenery, warm temperatures, and a satiate population to the benefit of its residents and its reputation.
8. Mesa, AZ
Outside the bustling suburb of Scottsdale, companion to the larger city of Phoenix, lies the quiet city of Mesa. In addition to its art culture, natural attractions, theaters, and adult sports leagues, the town boasts a violent crime rank of 8 and a car fatality ranking of 10. These factors, robust public entertainment programs, and proximity to an affluent suburb have rendered Mesa one of the safest cities in the United States.
7. San Jose, CA
The third-largest city in California and 10th-largest in the nation, San Jose residents enjoy all the comforts of a big city without the accompanying crime. With a network of hospitals, multitude of universities and colleges, two libraries, and heavy emphasis on environmental consciousness, the population is largely affluent, well-educated, and well-occupied. These factors are what likely account for the city’s 6th-place ranking in violent crimes, and 12th-place ranking in traffic fatalities.
6. Murietta, CA
While few may be familiar with the second California city on the list, one statistic in particular stands out: 1. That’s 1 murder per 100,000 residents. With a population of only 103,000 at the time of the 2010 census, this nascent city boasts a historical district healthy business development effort, and violent crime rate of 95 per 100,000. The combination has placed it in the upper-echelons of many “safest city” lists; an honor the town is likely to retain.
5. Santa Ana, CA
Tucked within the wealthy district of Orange County, California, Santa Ana enjoys all the privileges of high tax revenue without the dangers of cities equal in size. At approximately 331,000 residents, the locale enjoys a vehicle fatality ranking of 4th in the nation, not to mention a violent crime ranking of 11th. With copious resources at their disposal and a proven track record of safety, it’s no wonder why so many residents enjoy the sunshine of Santa Ana.
4. Cary, NC
Across the country, the 7th largest municipality in North Carolina breaks our top 5 rankings. The largely unremarkable rural town has something to say when it comes to safety, boasting a rate of violent crimes and robberies per 100,000 residents of 85 and 25 respectively. While it may not be the Big Apple, those looking for a quieter life, unmolested by the dangers of the world, can enjoy their stay in Cary.
3. Honolulu, HI
With sunshine, surf, wealth, and culture, Honolulu appears to be destined for the top 12. At approximately 375,000 residents, the state capital of Hawaii enjoys a violent crime ranking of 4th, thanks to strict gun control laws and remarkable affluence. Coupled with a traffic fatality ranking of 7th in the country, denizens of the tropical town bask in natural beauty and unabashed peace of mind.
2. Irvine, CA
Coming in at number 2 on the rankings is another wealthy suburb of Orange County, California: Irvine. This campus town is home to a sophisticated fine arts program, collection of city parks and attractions, and school district that has consistently ranked in the top echelons of education for some time. With 55 violent crimes and a mind-easing 0 murders
per 100,000 residents, the warm climate is home to some of the happiest, safest people on the planet.
1. Plano, TX
Despite California’s track record as home to some of the safest cities in the country, the gold medal goes to the wealthy town of Plano, deep in the heart of Texas. The Lone Star State’s shining star is the number one safest city in the country with regards to violent crime, and 6th in the nation in vehicle fatalities. Residents enjoy a median income some 60% above the national average, and a police force full of college graduates
that keep the town safe, secure, and smiling.
When it comes to home security, putting your loved ones in the right circumstances is step 1 in helping to ensure their safety. With impressive schools, extensive public services, low crime rates, and temperate weather, any town listed here would make a welcome home for the most precious things in your life: your family members.