Where Are the Best Schools in America's Safest Places to Live?


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Zionsville, Indiana, and Bergenfield, New Jersey, are safe communities with the best schools. As of 2015, both of these cities are in the top five safest cities in the United States, according to Neighborhood Scout.

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The best school systems and the safest places to live in the United States are often correlated. Zionsville and Bergenfield are similar to one another and to many other communities on the 'safest cities' lists in terms of the type of community they are: bedroom communities, or communities within commuting distance from major urban centers. The factors that determine the best schools in a given district are a combination of test scores, graduation rates, college acceptances, the educational environment of the community, class sizes and more. In Zionsville, a bedroom community of Indianapolis, the average number of students per class is 19, and 72 percent of the adult population has a college degree or higher. In Bergenfield, a bedroom community of New York City, the average class size is 12, the high school graduation rate at is 97 percent and 77 percent of those students are enrolled in a college within sixteen months after graduation.

The strongest school systems in a metro area will be located in or near the safest neighborhoods and suburbs surrounding the metropolis, according to Neighborhood Scout research. The determination of what makes a place safe to live is often compiled from the police reports and statistics gathered from various agencies that are active in a given community (municipal and county police, sheriff's office, campus police, public school security, etc). The residents of these suburbs usually have jobs in the nearby metropolis, and those jobs pay well enough that they can choose to relocate specifically for quality of life. Part of that quality is determined by how good an education a child can receive.

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