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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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Green Bay, WI

badge #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 big-city a… more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 7.7 Quality of Life
  • 8.1 Value

Des Moines, IA

badge #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 raise a famil… more

  • 7.3 Overall Score
  • 7.3 Quality of Life
  • 8.4 Value

Portland, ME

badge #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 streets and shi… more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.4 Quality of Life
  • 6.6 Value

Worcester, MA

badge #4 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

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

Boise, ID

badge #5 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
  • 7.3 Quality of Life
  • 7.0 Value

Providence, RI

badge #6 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
  • 5.8 Value

Boulder, CO

badge #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. This city … more

  • 7.8 Overall Score
  • 8.3 Quality of Life
  • 6.3 Value

Manchester, NH

badge #8 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

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

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.0 Quality of Life
  • 5.6 Value

Madison, WI

badge #10 in Safest Places to Live

Against a backdrop of high-tech businesses and acclaimed academic institutions, Madison, Wisconsin, exudes the casual, down-to-earth … more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.7 Quality of Life
  • 7.0 Value
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