Safest Places to Live in the U.S. in 2020-21

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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  1. Green Bay, WI
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    Green Bay, WI

    #1 in Safest Places to Live

    Home to one of the most storied football franchises in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers, Green Bay has the perfect mix of... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.7
    Value
    Value
    8.1
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    7.7
    Value
    8.1
  2. Des Moines, IA
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    Des Moines, IA

    #2 in Safest Places to Live

    The capital of this so-called flyover state may not top your to-visit list, but Des Moines is a great place to live and... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.3
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.3
    Value
    Value
    8.4
    Overall Score
    7.3
    Quality of Life
    7.3
    Value
    8.4
  3. Portland, ME
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    Portland, ME

    #3 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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.4
    Value
    Value
    6.6
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    7.4
    Value
    6.6
  4. Worcester, MA
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    Worcester, MA

    #4 in Safest Places to Live

    A vibrant and diverse community nicknamed The Heart of the Commonwealth, Worcester, Massachusetts, is located... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.6
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.9
    Value
    Value
    6.6
    Overall Score
    6.6
    Quality of Life
    6.9
    Value
    6.6
  5. Boise, ID
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    Boise, ID

    #5 in Safest Places to Live

    Boise is a recreationalist's paradise. If you value the outdoors and time spent among rivers, mountains, canyons... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.3
    Value
    Value
    7
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    7.3
    Value
    7
  6. Providence, RI
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    Providence, RI

    #6 in Safest Places to Live

    Providence is a culturally diverse metro area home to young professionals and artists, characterized by a quaint New... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.5
    Value
    Value
    5.8
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    6.5
    Value
    5.8
  7. Boulder, CO
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    Boulder, CO

    #7 in Safest Places to Live

    Snug against the foothills where the Great Plains give rise to the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is nothing if not a looker... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.8
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    8.3
    Value
    Value
    6.3
    Overall Score
    7.8
    Quality of Life
    8.3
    Value
    6.3
  8. Manchester, NH
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    Manchester, NH

    #8 in Safest Places to Live

    Surrounded by rolling mountain ranges and verdant forests, Manchester is the largest metropolitan area in New Hampshire... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.1
    Value
    Value
    6.4
    Overall Score
    6.7
    Quality of Life
    7.1
    Value
    6.4
  9. Boston, MA
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    Boston, MA

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7
    Value
    Value
    5.6
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    7
    Value
    5.6
  10. Madison, WI
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    Madison, WI

    #10 in Safest Places to Live

    Against a backdrop of high-tech businesses and acclaimed academic institutions, Madison, Wisconsin, exudes the casual... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.7
    Value
    Value
    7
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    7.7
    Value
    7