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The U.S.’s Safest and Most Dangerous Cities Revealed

By: Guest Contributor

The personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2018’s Safest Cities in America.

To determine where Americans can feel most protected against life’s hazards, including nonphysical forms of danger, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 39 key metrics.
Among them were crime rates, terrorist attacks, drug overdoses, foreclosures and natural disasters.
The dataset ranges from assaults per capita to unemployment rate to road quality.

Here are the safest, and least safe, cities in America, according to the study.

Safest Cities in America

1. Columbia, MD
2. South Burlington, VT
3. Plano, TX
4. Virginia Beach, VA
5. Warwick, RI
6. Gilbert, AZ
7. Yonkers, NY
8. Bismarck, ND
9. Nashua, NH
10. Boise, ID

Least Safe Cities in America

173. Jackson, MS
174. Los Angeles, CA
175. Wichita, KS
176. Oklahoma City, OK
177. Detroit, MI
178. Little Rock, AR
179. Baton Rouge, LA
180. San Bernardino, CA
181. Fort Lauderdale, FL
182. St. Louis, MO

Safest vs. Least Safe

Irvine, California, has the fewest aggravated assault incidents (per 100,000 residents), 23.90, which is 63.6 times fewer than in Detroit, the city with the most at 1,519.55.

Yonkers, New York, has the fewest thefts (per 1,000 residents), 11.38, which is eight times fewer than in Springfield, Missouri, the city with the most at 90.80.

Washington has the most law-enforcement employees (per 100,000 residents), 645, which is 5.9 times more than in Irvine, California, the city with the fewest at 109.

Lincoln, Nebraska, has among the fewest pedestrian fatalities (per 100,000 residents), 0.36, which is 18.6 times fewer than in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the city with the most at 6.71.

You can read the full report and see your city’s rank here.


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  • Vicki C. Says:
    December 6th, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Virginia Beach and Columbia Maryland must have made enormas strides for safety in the past years!! I was shocked to see they were listed in the safest categorey!


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