13 Boston suburbs named in 2016 top 100 safest cities in U.S.

by Alonzo Turner


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. In part one of this two part series on those crime numbers, we’ll be counting down the top 100 “safest” cities in America.

The group considered population and the rate of individual crime types per one thousand residents – including burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault – for its rankings.

For the third year in a row, Ridgefield, Conn., was named the safest city in America.

Boston proper made neither the safest nor most dangerous cities lists. However, the surrounding area was well represented, with 13 suburbs being named among America’s safest cities.

Massachusetts’ safest city was the suburb of Franklin, which came in at No. 4. It was followed closely in the rankings by Shrewsbury at No. 7 and Needham at No. 12. Of the 13 suburbs named, eight made top 50 appearances.

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, NC..
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, Maass.
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, Ari.
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, Minn.
1 Ridgefield, Conn.

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  • Joe p says:

    This a load of baloney. I live near some of these towns and can tell that this study is made up by the realtor community .

  • Lucille Murray says:

    What was the criteria – where is Winchester, MA?

    Winchester’s police log is like a joke – i.e., a teenage driver hits a curb stone.
    Like nothing ever bad happens here!

  • Lynda Bertone says:

    Where’s the list of towns, not cities, for the safest?

  • Norman Milker says:

    Do something wrong in Franklin and you will have the police force standing on your head before you can blink.

  • Sully says:

    Amazing not one location in Maryland nor Virginia!!!!!

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