Irvine, California, Murrieta, California, and Cary, North Carolina, top the list of safest cities in the United States. Only cities with populations greater than 100,000 were considered by 24/7 Wall Street, which compiled the list using factors such as violent crime, educational attainment and income.
The safest cities all had crime rates lower than the national average of 368 per 100,000 people. Irvine’s 2013 violent crime rate was 48, while Murrieta’s was 65. Cary followed closely behind with 69. There were just four murders between the three cities in 2013.
Naperville, Illinois, is the fourth safest city, and Frisco, Texas, is the fifth safest. They share violent crime rates in the 70s and no murders in 2013. Like many of the safest cities, they also share high educational attainment rates and low poverty rates. Naperville boasts the highest percentage of adults with a high school diploma, and both cities have poverty rates below 5 percent.
Temecula, California, landed the sixth spot, while Gilbert, Arizona, came in at seventh. These two cities had only four murders between them in 2013, and both had violent crime rates in the 80s. Amherst, New York, Glendale, California, and Sunnyvale, California, took the remaining top 10 spots. Sunnyvale had the 10th lowest violent crime rate, while Amherst experienced a slight increase in violent crimes. Other types of crime remained uncommon there. Glendale was the anomaly on the list due to its population’s low crime rate despite the lower-than-average median income.