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Safest Places to Live

Crime rate can be one of the deciding factors of where families settle down. Based on the metro areas’ murder and property crime rates per 100,000 people, determined by the FBI crime reports, these are the safest places to live in the country.

For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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Portland, ME

badge #1 in Safest Places to Live

For the people of Maine, there is only one Portland. Maine's largest metro area and economic hub features cobblestone streets and shi… more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 7.6 Quality of Life
  • 6.4 Value

Manchester, NH

badge #2 in Safest Places to Live

Surrounded by rolling mountain ranges and verdant forests, Manchester is the largest metropolitan area in New Hampshire and home to a… more

  • 6.7 Overall Score
  • 7.1 Quality of Life
  • 6.4 Value

Worcester, MA

badge #3 in Safest Places to Live

A vibrant and diverse community nicknamed The Heart of the Commonwealth, Worcester, Massachusetts, is located approximately an hour's… more

  • 6.5 Overall Score
  • 7.0 Quality of Life
  • 6.5 Value

Boise, ID

badge #4 in Safest Places to Live

Boise is a recreationalist's paradise. If you value the outdoors and time spent among rivers, mountains, canyons, deserts and lakes –… more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.2 Quality of Life
  • 7.1 Value

Providence, RI

badge #5 in Safest Places to Live

Providence is a culturally diverse metro area home to young professionals and artists, characterized by a quaint New England vibe. Pr… more

  • 6.3 Overall Score
  • 6.5 Quality of Life
  • 5.7 Value

Lakeland, FL

badge #6 in Safest Places to Live

Aptly named for its 38 stunning lakes, Lakeland is infused with Old Florida history and natural beauty. Remnants of Lakeland's past, … more

  • 6.6 Overall Score
  • 6.9 Quality of Life
  • 6.0 Value

Santa Barbara, CA

badge #7 in Safest Places to Live

It has been described as the "American Riviera," a "playground for the rich and famous" and, quite simply, "paradise." Situated betwe… more

  • 6.5 Overall Score
  • 7.8 Quality of Life
  • 3.7 Value

Santa Rosa, CA

badge #8 in Safest Places to Live

Santa Rosa, the hub of economic activity in northern California's wine country, welcomes artists of all ages, as well as young people… more

  • 6.5 Overall Score
  • 7.5 Quality of Life
  • 4.3 Value

Boston, MA

badge #9 in Safest Places to Live

Boston often feels like a small town with all the perks of city life. The metro area features a diverse culinary scene, access to the… more

  • 6.9 Overall Score
  • 7.0 Quality of Life
  • 5.7 Value

Albany, NY

badge #10 in Safest Places to Live

Located about 150 miles north of New York City on the west bank of the Hudson River, Albany serves as the capital of New York state a… more

  • 6.9 Overall Score
  • 7.2 Quality of Life
  • 7.1 Value
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