2018’s Safest Cities in America – WalletHub Study

by | Dec 3, 2018 | Education Feature

With fears of falling victim to cybercrime, identity theft and home burglaries topping the list of crime worries among Americans, according to the most recent Gallup polls, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Safest Cities in America as well as accompanying videos.

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. The data set ranges from assaults per capita to unemployment rate to road quality.

Safest Cities in America Least Safe Cities in America
1 Columbia, MD 173 Jackson, MS
2 South Burlington, VT 174 Los Angeles, CA
3 Plano, TX 175 Wichita, KS
4 Virginia Beach, VA 176 Oklahoma City, OK
5 Warwick, RI 177 Detroit, MI
6 Gilbert, AZ 178 Little Rock, AR
7 Yonkers, NY 179 Baton Rouge, LA
8 Bismarck, ND 180 San Bernardino, CA
9 Nashua, NH 181 Fort Lauderdale, FL
10 Boise, ID 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.

To read the full report and your city’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/safest-cities-in-america/41926/

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