14 Boston Suburbs Named Among Nation’s Safest

by James McClister

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Though crime can be found in all major cities, the severity and frequency of it vary greatly from metro to metro, as two new reports from real estate analytics provider NeighborhoodScout recently pointed out.

Annually pulling data from upwards of 18,000 local law enforcement agencies across the U.S., the analytics group compiles top-100 lists ranking both the safest and most dangerous cities in the country. The group determines its rankings considering population and the rate of individual crime types per one thousand residents – crime types including: burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

For the second year in a row, Ridgefield, Conn., was named the safest city in America, while East St. Louis was named the most dangerous city – a title it has held since 2012.

While Boston proper failed to make an appearance on either of NeighborhoodScout’s lists, 13 of the city’s suburbs were mentioned on the top 100 safest cities list – including Franklin, which came in at No. 4 (and has previously claimed the No. 1 spot).

Top 100 Safest Cities

Rank City
100 North Andover, Mass.
99 Highland Park, Ill.
98 Foster City, Calif.
97 Leander, Texas
96 Cibolo, Texas
95 Lakeville, Minn.
94 Wylie, Texas
93 Cary, N.C.
92 Upper Arlington, Ohio
91 Shoreview, Minn.
90 Hoffman Estates, Ill.
89 Royal Oak, Mich.
88 San Clemente, Calif.
87 Elmhurst, Ill.
86 Apex, N.C.
85 Sayreville, N.J.
84 Mount Prospect, Ill.
83 Los Altos, Calif.
82 Yorba Linda, Calif.
81 Walnut, Calif.
80 Ossining, N.Y.
79 Lincoln, Calif.
78 Spring Hill, Tenn.
77 Dublin, Ohio
76 Madison, Miss.
75 Milton, Ga.
74 Northbrook, Ill.
73 Melrose, Mass.
72 Fair Lawn, N.J.
71 West Linn, Ore.
70 The Colony, Texas
69 Carol Stream, Ill.
68 Newton, Mass.
67 Poway, Calif.
66 Arlington Heights, Ill.
65 Milton, Mass.
64 Cliffside Park, N.J.
63 South Kingstown, R.I.
62 Arlington, Mass.
61 Billerica, Mass.
60 Syracuse, Utah
59 Palatine, Ill.
58 Saratoga, Calif.
57 Shelton, Conn.
56 Hanover Park, Ill.
55 Lake Forest, Calif.
54 Flower Mound, Texas
53 Fishers, Ind.
52 Mission Viejo, Calif.
51 Holly Springs, N.C.
50 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
49 Carmel, Ind.
48 Bethel Park, Pa.
47 Westfield, N.J.
46 Brunswick, Ohio
45 Little Elm, Texas
44 Friendswood, Texas
43 Keller, Texas
42 Brentwood, Tenn.
41 Moorpark, Calif.
40 Long Beach, N.Y.
39 Glastonbury, Conn.
38 Mundelein, Ill.
37 Glenview, Ill.
36 Marshfield, Mass.
35 Huntley, Ill.
34 Rexburg, Idaho
33 Cheshire, Conn.
32 Plainfield, Ill.
31 Independence, Ky.
30 Johns Creek, Ga.
29 Greenwich, Conn.
28 Wellesley, Mass.
27 Sammamish, Wash.
26 Andover, Mass.
25 Belmont, Mass.
24 Merrimack, N.H.
23 Fort Lee, N.J.
22 Bella Vista, Ark.
21 Wheaton, Ill.
20 North Ridgeville, Ohio
19 Ridgewood, N.J.
18 Buffalo Grove, Ill.
17 Ballwin, Mo.
16 Lexington, Mass.
15 Pleasant Grove, Utah
14 Florence, Ariz.
13 Parkland, Fla.
12 Needham, Mass.
11 Weston, Fla.
10 Aliso Viejo, Calif.
9 Zionsville, Ind.
8 Bartlett, Ill.
7 Shrewsbury, Mass.
6 Lake in the Hills, Ill.
5 Bergenfield, N.J.
4 Franklin, Mass.
3 Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
2 Winona, Min.
1 Ridgefield, Conn.

Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities

Rank City
100 Beaumont, Texas
99 Elizabeth, N.J.
98 Cincinnati, Ohio
97 Orlando, Fla.
96 Bridgeport, Conn.
95 Panama City, Fla.
94 Reading, Pa.
93 Goldsboro, N.C.
92 Lima, Ohio
91 Lawton, Okla.
90 Balch Springs, Texas
89 Albuquerque, N.M.
88 Baton Rouge, La.
87 Gary, Ind.
86 North Miami, Fla.
85 Salisbury, Md.
84 Battle Creek, Mich.
83 Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
82 Tallahassee, Fla.
81 Waterloo, Iowa
80 Odessa, Texas
79 Jackson, Miss.
78 Rocky Mount, N.C.
77 Anderson, S.C.
76 Jackson, Miss.
75 Holyoke, Mass.
74 Spartanburg, S.C.
73 Worcester, Mass.
72 Miami Beach, Fla.
71 Chattanooga, Tenn.
70 New Orleans, La.
69 Gadsden, Ala.
68 Houston, Texas
67 Minneapolis, Minn.
66 Canton, Ohio
65 Philadelphia, Pa.
64 Bridgeton, N.J.
63 Miami, Fla.
62 Brockton, Mass.
61 Albany, Ga.
60 New Haven, Conn.
59 Springfield, Ill.
58 Fort Pierce, Fla.
57 Danville, Ill.
56 Springfield, Mass.
55 Jackson, Tenn.
54 Fort Myers, Fla.
53 Hartford, Conn.
52 Lawrence, Mass.
51 Newark, N.J.
50 Lansing, Mich.
49 Trenton, N.J.
48 Harrisburg, Pa.
47 Lake Worth, Fla.
46 Chelsea, Mass.
45 Nashville, Tenn.
44 Compton, Calif.
43 Fall River, Mass.
42 San Bernardino, Calif.
41 Springfield, Mo.
40 Riviera Beach, Fla.
39 Kalamazoo, Mich.
38 Niagara Falls, N.Y.
37 Weslaco, Texas
36 Buffalo, N.Y.
35 Washington, D.C.
34 Kansas City, Mo.
33 Charleston, W.Va.
32 New Bedford, Mass.
31 Rockford, Ill.
30 Pine Bluff, Ark.
29 Indianapolis, Ind.
28 Daytona Beach, Fla
27 Elkhart, Ind.
26 Atlanta, Ga.
25 Harvey, Ill.
24 Homestead, Fla.
23 Cleveland, Ohio
22 East Point, Ga.
21 Atlantic City, N.J.
20 Stockton, Calif.
19 Baltimore, Md.
18 Little Rock, Ark.
17 Myrtle Beach, S.C.
16 West Memphis, Ark.
15 Milwaukee, Wisc.
14 Newburgh, N.Y.
13 Chester, Pa.
12 Birmingham, Ala.
11 Ardmore, Okla.
10 St. Louis, Mo.
9 Oakland, Calif.
8 Saginaw, Mich.
7 Flint, Mich.
6 Memphis, Tenn.
5 Wilmington, Del.
4 Alexandria, La.
3 Detroit, Mich.
2 Camden, N.J.
1 East St. Louis, Ill.

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