The Top 25 Safest Cities to Own a Home in 2020

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The Top 25 Safest Cities to Own a Home in 2020

When it comes to buying a new home, there are a lot of things to consider. One of the most important questions to ask though is whether or not the city you are looking to move to is considered “safe.” It’s important to feel safe in your own home and so it’s valid to look into the crime rates before you make the move. 

If dealing with moving and packing is enough of a headache for you, then we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of the top 25 safest cities to own a home in 2020. We’ll dive into each cities crime rate, but we also took into consideration the likelihood of a natural disaster striking your home, too. 

In general, crime has decreased in the US in recent years, but the crime rates really do vary city to city. Check out this quote from a pew research study done on crime rates in the US:

There are large geographic variations in crime rates. The BJS data don’t allow for specific geographic comparisons, but the FBI data show big differences from state to state and city to city. 

In 2017, there were more than 600 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in Alaska, New Mexico and Tennessee. By contrast, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont had rates below 200 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. And while Chicago has drawn widespread attention for its soaring murder total in recent years, its murder rate in 2017 – 24.1 murders and non-negligent manslaughter per 100,000 residents – was less than half of the rates in St. Louis (66.1 per 100,000) and Baltimore (55.8 per 100,000). 

The FBI notes that various factors might influence a particular area’s crime rate, including its population density and economic conditions.

Without further ado, we present to you our list of the top 25 safest cities to own a home in 2020:

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  1. Portland, Maine - If it’s not good enough to live in the place that doughnut holes were invented, we don’t know what is. Also, Portland had only 127 reported violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2017 (the national average is closer to 400 per 100,000). 
  2. Manchester, New Hampshire - For being the largest city in New Hampshire, Manchester is doing really well on the crime front with only 265 reported violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2017.
  3. Worcester, Massachusetts - Also known as the Heart of the Commonwealth, Worcester is a very safe place to live with a crime rate of about 360 per 100,000 people. 
  4. Boise, Idaho - In Boise, it’s actually illegal to ride a merry-go-round on Sundays. Maybe that’s why their crime rate has not passed 300 violent crimes per 100,000 people in the last 13 years! 
  5. Providence, Rhode Island - Other than the fact that Providen is home to what’s referred to as “America’s Most Haunted Hotel,” the crime rate is very low at 294 per 100,000 people. 
  6. Lakeland, Florida - With a population of just over 100,000 people, Lakeland only reported 285 violent crimes in 2017.
  7. Santa Barbara, California - Frequently used for film sets, Santa Barbara has a very low crime rate at 340 per 100,000.
  8. Santa Rosa, California - Santa Rosa is the largest city in California wine country and has an average crime rate of 400 per 100,000.
  9. Boston, Massachusetts - Home to the very first chocolate factory in America, Boston is considered a very safe city reporting 305 violent crimes per 100,000 people. 
  10. Albany, New York - Modern toilet paper was first invented in Albany. This small town in upstate New York only had 291 reported violent crimes per 100,000 people.
  11. Madison, Wisconsin - Madison is the Swiss Cheese Capital of the World and if that doesn’t want to make you live there, maybe its low crime rate will. The city reported 374 violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2017.
  12. San Diego, California - In a city that fines people who leave their Christmas lights hanging past February 2, the crime rate is very low with only 337 per 100,000.
  13. Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Lancaster Pennsylvania is known for its dense Amish population, maybe this is why the crime rate is so low at 207 per 100,000.
  14. El Paso, Texas - For a city that used to be known as the Six Shooter, El Paso has a very low crime rate at 356 per 100,000.
  15. New York City, New York - In a city with over 8 million people and nearly 62 million tourists each year, you might expect a higher crime rate. However, New York City is considered to be very safe with only 329 violent crimes per 100,000 people. 
  16. Brownsville, Texas - Brownsville used to be a port for smuggling in Mexican goods; however, it is now considered to be one of the safest American cities with 312 crimes per 100,000 people.
  17. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Also known as the “Furniture City,” Grand Rapids is very safe and only reported 324 violent crimes per 100,000 people.
  18. Port St. Lucie, Florida - You can enjoy fresh delicious pineapples and live in this very safe city with only 233 per 100,000.
  19. Portland, Oregon - The name Portland was named on a coin toss. Heads or tails will still tell you that Portland is a very safe city with only 283 crimes per 100,000 people.
  20. Fayetteville, Arkansas - Fayetteville is the highest rated biking city in all of Arkansas. The crime rate in this spinning town? 375 per 100,000.
  21. San Jose, California - San Jose used to be home to California’s largest Mercury mine. Now it prides itself on being one of the safest cities in the state and country with only 308 violent crimes per 100,000 people.
  22. Reading, Pennsylvania - You can enjoy a delicious pretzel in Reading, Pennsylvania and know that you’re safe. This city has a crime rate of 259 per 100,000 people.
  23. Austin, Texas - Aside from having the largest urban bat colony in all of North America, Austin is considered a very safe city with only 306 crimes per 100,000 people.
  24. Allentown, Pennsylvania - Learn about American History at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum in Allentown. In this rich historical town, there is a crime rate of 237 per 100,000.
  25. Seattle, Washington - Seattle is home to the very first Starbucks. You can live very safely in the city that changed the world of coffee forever. The crime rate is only 353 violent crimes per 100,000 people.

Keep in mind that in general, the national crime rate is declining. However, in each of these cities, you’re very unlikely to experience any violent or property crime because each of their crime rates are well below the national average. So, pick your favorite city from this list and get moving! 

At your service,
Young Alfred