2019’s Safest Cities in America – WalletHub Study


With nearly half of Americans worrying about being the victim of a mass shooting or a terrorist attack, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’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 41 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. Yonkers, NY 174. Memphis, TN
3. Plano, TX 175. Oklahoma City, OK
4. Gilbert, AZ 176. Birmingham, AL
5. South Burlington, VT 177. Little Rock, AR
6. Virginia Beach, VA 178. Baton Rouge, LA
7. Bismarck, ND 179. Detroit, MI
8. Nashua, NH 180. San Bernardino, CA
9. Chandler, AZ 181. Fort Lauderdale, FL
10. Warwick, RI 182. St. Louis, MO

Safest vs. Least Safe

  • Irvine, California, has the fewest aggravated assault incidents (per 100,000 residents), 23.26, which is 63.5 times fewer than in Detroit, the city with the most at 1,477.78.
  • Port St. Lucie, Florida, has the fewest thefts (per 1,000 residents), 9.74, which is 7.4 times fewer than in Spokane, Washington, the city with the most at 72.11.
  • Washington has the most law-enforcement employees (per 100,000 residents), 643, which is six times more than in Irvine, California, the city with the fewest at 108.
  • Plano, Texas, and Lincoln, Nebraska, have among the fewest pedestrian fatalities (per 100,000 residents), 0.35, which is 19 times fewer than in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the city with the most at 6.66.

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