Western States Have Safest Cities; Northeast Rates Poorly

An analysis found that the safest city in the Northeast is Yonkers, N.Y., which ranked just 29th overall. Check out a slideshow of the top 10 safest cities in America.

NEW YORK CITY – SmartAsset, a real estate and personal finance services company based here, crunched various metrics to identify the safest cities in the United States. Violent crime was a primary factor in the company’s analysis, but it also looked at other measures of safety, such as motor vehicle accidents, drug use and excessive drinking.

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The largest 200 cities in the U.S. were considered for the study. Six metrics in total, reflective of leading causes of death and injury in the U.S. per 100,000 residents, were factored: violent crime rate; vehicular mortality rate; drug poisoning mortality rate; population engaging in excessive drinking (percentage of the population that consumed more than 4 [women] or 5 [men] drinks of alcohol over a 30-day period);
Air Quality Index; and commuters driving to work alone.

The San Francisco Bay Area, as determined by the SmartAsset study results, is a safe area. Three Bay Area cities rank among the top 10 safest, led by Sunnyvale at number one. In general, cities in the Bay Area have low violent crime rates, low rates of drug use and relatively low rates of deadly traffic accidents.

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Texas too. Three of the top 11 safest U.S. cities and five of the top 25 are located in Texas. Places like McAllen and Frisco have some of the lowest violent crime rates in the U.S.

The Northeast rates poorly. Not a single city in the northeast ranks among the nation’s safest. In fact, SmartAsset’s analysis found that the safest city in the Northeast is Yonkers, N.Y., which ranked just 29th overall.

Check out this slideshow to learn more about the 10 safest cities in America.

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