The 33 safest American cities to live in

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Crime levels have declined sharply in the US over the past two decades. According to FBI statistics, the rate of violent crime fell 50% between 1993 and 2015, the most recent full year available.

However, public perceptions about crime don’t always align with the data. In 21 Gallup surveys since 1989, the majority of Americans said there was more crime compared to the year before, despite the downward trend in both violent and property crime rates in the US during that period.

Niche, a company that researches and collects reviews on cities, recently pinpointed the safest cities in the country in a 2018 ranking.

The researchers analyzed public crime data – including larceny, vehicular theft, and homicide rates – from sources like the US Census and the FBI. They also considered over 100 million reviews from users, who rated how safe they feel in their cities.The ranking suggests that California, with 12 of the top 33 cities, is one of the safest states in the nation.

One caveat: the cities below have relatively low population numbers. As The Atlantic notes, cities with higher densities tend to have more crime. But within a city, high traffic areas are generally safer than low-traffic areas.

Check out the 33 safest cities in America, according to Niche:


33. Boise, Idaho

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Boise Parks & Recreation/Facebook

Population: 218,677

Annual violent crimes (e.g. assault, homicide) per 100,000: 302

Annual property crimes (e.g. burglary, motor vehicle theft) per 100,000: 2,326


32. Alexandria, Virginia

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Facebook/Visit Alexandria VA

Population: 151,473

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 183

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,801


31. Elgin, Illinois

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Wikipedia Commons

Population: 111,919

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 212

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,386


30. Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Patrickneil / Wikimedia Commons

Population: 449,733

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 150

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,176


29. Scottsdale, Arizona

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Wikipedia Commons

Population: 234,495

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 161

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,365


28. Sandy Springs, Georgia

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Wikipedia Commons

Population: 102,212

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 132

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,635


27. Fort Collins, Colorado

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City of Fort Collins/Facebook

Population: 157,251

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 204

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,451


26. College Station, Texas

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A panorama of the interior of Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, 2015.
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Wikipedia Commons

Population: 104,684

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 233

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,067


25. Orange, California

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Wikipedia Commons

Population: 139,919

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 151

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,839


24. Torrance, California

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Corky Buczyk/Shutterstock

Population: 147,307

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 178

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,160


23. Corona, California

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Wikipedia Commons

Population: 161,614

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 105

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,218


22. Boulder, Colorado

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City of Boulder Colorado/Facebook

Population: 105,420

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 232

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 3,000


21. Richardson, Texas

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Live music is a favorite pastime in Richardson.
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City of Richardson Parks & Recreation/Facebook

Population: 108,350

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 144

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,184


20. McAllen, Texas

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Instagram/rworldtoo

Population: 138,475

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 134

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 3,143


19. Santa Clara, California

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Visit Santa Clara/Facebook

Population: 122,725

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 126

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,195


18. Roseville, California

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City of Roseville/Facebook

Population:128,276

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 153

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,501


17. Cape Coral, Florida

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Nadezda Murmakova/Shutterstock

Population: 170,063

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 123

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,716


16. Bellevue, Washington

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Bellevue, across Lake Washington, is Seattle’s largest suburb.
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Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Population: 136,718

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 102

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 3,259


15. Temecula, California

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NancyNance/Flickr

Population: 108,965

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 130

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,262


14. Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Ken Lund/Flickr

Population: 118,087

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 193

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,743


13. Burbank, California

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Downtown Burbank/Facebook

Population: 104,583

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 185

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,769


12. Rochester, Minnesota

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Visit Rochester, Minnesota/Facebook

Population: 111,396

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 188

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,187


11. Port St. Lucie, Florida

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Wikimedia

Population: 175,652

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 146

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,327


10. Overland Park, Kansas

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Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Kansas.
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David Reber/Flickr

Population: 183,775

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 231

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,482


9. Plano, Texas

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Visit Plano/Twitter

Population: 279,088

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 144

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,901


8. Glendale, California

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Philip Pilosian/Shutterstock

Population: 197,895

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 100

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,701


7. Sunnyvale, California

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Sunnyvale is a part of the larger Silicon Valley area, with large tech companies and smaller startups headquartered in the city.
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Mariusz S. Jurgielewicz/Shutterstock

Population: 149,596

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 108

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,388


6. Carlsbad, California

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Max Pixel

Population: 112,008

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 179

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,902


5. Round Rock, Texas

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Round Rock is recognized as a “super suburb” of Austin, Texas, and is home of the international headquarters of Dell.
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Round Rock, Texas City Government/Facebook

Population: 112,767

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 153

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,224


4. Provo, Utah

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The downtown historic district in Provo, Utah.
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Wikipedia Commons

Population: 115,718

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 131

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,344


3. Thousand Oaks, California

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Thousand Oaks, between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, has over 15,000 acres of natural, publicly owned open space within its boundaries.
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trekandshoot/Shutterstock

Population: 128,623

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 123

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,298


2. Irvine, California

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University of California, Irvine.
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Wikimedia Commons

Population: 246,992

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 52

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,401


1. Naperville, Illinois

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Naperville is a suburb of Chicago and has over 130 parks.
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Naperville Park District/Facebook

Population: 145,789

Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 62

Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,071