What are your criteria for safety? Is your aversion to big cities due to a high crime rate? Perhaps you’d rather not live in a fires?and
Violent crime is definitely something to take into account. There is a reason that home security companies are in high demand these days, especially in higher crime communities. Also, many of us would rather not wake up in the middle of the night to find out the ground is moving. There might be a city where you’d have both low crime and low likelihood of natural disasters. Good luck with that search. In the meantime, let’s hedge our bets and look at the 10 safest cities in the U.S., broken down as five for their low crime rates and five that are safest from natural disasters.
5 Cities Safest from Crime
- Bella Vista, Arkansas
Statistics show a Bella Vista resident has 1:133 odds of being a crime victim in any year. The odds drop to 1:1,237 of being involved in a violent incident. There were no homicides in 2011 and only one report of a stolen car.
- Virginia Beach, Virginia
Perhaps being near a major naval air base plays a part, but violent crime stays at bay near the beach. Per capita, it also has a low number of sex offenders. It’s a peaceful and friendly environment for families and their kids.
- Bartlett, Illinois
It’s believed this city’s high levels of educational achievement, property owners and household income play a huge part in the exceptionally low crime rate. Salaries are above the national average. In 2011, there were no murders while all other crimes were significantly lower than the national.
- Portland, Oregon
Oregon is considered one of the safest states to live so that its home to one of the safest cities shouldn’t surprise anyone. It has fewer sex offenders per capita and a lower than average crime rate across the board.
- Greenwich, Connecticut
Home to some of the country’s wealthiest and well educated people, this exclusive suburb has a microscopic crime rate considering it is only 30 miles outside of Manhattan. The odds of a resident being a crime victim in any given year is 1:137.
5 Cities Safest from Natural Disasters
- Syracuse, New York
Located in upstate New York, there’s little flooding, no hurricanes, wildfires, tornados and no likelihood of earthquakes. Recent storms were called a tornado but the National Weather Service refused to even consider the thought.
- Cleveland, Ohio
There have been some storms where wind and rain left damage. Otherwise Cleveland has never been victim to a natural disaster of any kind. The only thing you’ll need to worry about are humid summers and cold, snowy winters.
- Buffalo, New York
Flooding is a risk for any city near a large body of water. The idea is to closely watch the ones that have seen less or no such activity. The city of Buffalo sits on the edge of Lake Erie but has never been victim to more than a heavy snow.
- Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
This large Maryland area is in the vicinity of the Atlantic Ocean. Yet it’s geography lessens the possibility of succumbing to a natural disaster. It’s significantly west of Chesapeake Bay and north of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
- Dayton, Ohio
The Dayton Flood of 1913 is still recorded as the greatest natural disaster in that state’s history. This resulted in establishing a flood control district. The Miami Conservancy District has prevented flooding in Dayton over 1,500 times since.
Eddie Carpenter has worked as a civil engineer for the past 13 years and enjoys blogging when he can find the time. Before buying a home in a new city, Eddie recommends viewing statistics from http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/.
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