Some of the Safest Places To Live in The U.S.

With the world seeming to become a more volatile and dangerous place with every encroaching year, it can be hard to know exactly where you can feel safe. The modern media is overloaded with stories about violence, crime, and sensational pieces on the worst people in our society. But there have to be some places within the United States where the chances of anything like that happening to you is next to impossible, right?

Whether you’re looking for a great place to raise a family or are simply looking to sleep easier at night, this list should give you plenty of options to choose from.

5. Broken Arrow, North Dakota
Broken Arrow North Dakota

Violent Crimes Per 100,000

Residents: 142.3

Poverty Rate: 7.6%

While this average sized town is only 15 miles from Tulsa, a city with a crime rate nearly three times the national average, it couldn’t be farther from it in terms of safety. With a shockingly low violent crime rate of 142 per 100,000 residents, Broken Arrow has a crime rate that is nearly half that of the national average. It’s strange to think that almost two entirely different worlds can exist within a short drive of each other.

Another big factor in crime is poverty and average income. Broken Arrow’s average income per household is around $70,788, while the average in nearby Tulsa is around $44,577.

4. Bellevue, Washington
Bellevue Washington

Violent Crimes Per 100,000

Residents: 132.1

Poverty Rate: 7.4%

With its low count of 132 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, Bellevue is by far the city with the lowest crime rate in Washington State. However, while this low crime rate is impressive, Bellevue is a hub of commercial shopping and marketing, making it a prime area for property crime. With a property crime rate well above the national average, it is still one of the safest, but for people, not material goods.

Bellevue’s average income per household is around $50,405 per year, which is a lower value than the national average and may explain some of the increased property crime as well.

3. Glendale, California
Glendale California

Violent Crimes Per 100,000

Residents: 98.7

Poverty Rate: 15.6%

Just a few miles North of the sprawling city of Los Angeles, a city that didn’t make our list, is Glendale, California. While Glendale is still a slight outlier in the rankings, the numbers don’t lie. One of the only cities to dip below the 100 count line in crime rate, it is one of the safest places at 98 violent crimes per 100,000 residents.

However, what makes this city such an outlier is the matter of poverty and wealth in relation to that crime rate. With an average income of only $58,657 a year, only slightly higher than the national average, and a poverty rate that is 1% higher than the average, something else must be contributing to Glendale’s low crime rate other than just wealth and poverty alone.

2. Middleton, Idaho
Middleton Idaho

Violent Crimes Per 100,000

Residents: 94

Poverty Rate: 17.2%

Idaho on the whole is one of the safest states in the country, but this next city stands out even among its safer options. With another crime rate under the 100 count threshold, Middleton stands out as a safe living option with only 94 violent crimes per 100,000 residents.

However, like Glendale it has a poverty rate above the national average, with 17.2%. Also in Middleton’s case, the average income is less than the average, coming in at $43,462. This would seem to imply that wealth and poverty aren’t as impactful on crime as most think. However, one large difference between Middleton and the others on this list is size. Middleton only has a population of 7,486 people (the violent crimes per 100,000 was extrapolated from its percentage per 1,000). This seems to imply that size also plays a large factor in crime rate.

1. Rexburg, Idaho
Rexburg Idaho

Violent Crimes Per 100,000

Residents: 38

Poverty Rate: 43%

Finally, the last entry on our list is another city from Idaho; Rexburg. While this city may have the lowest crime rate out of any other we’ve found though, at an extrapolated 38 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, there is another small caveat to this entry. The average income for the city is well below average at $26,341 and the poverty rate is an unbelievable 43%.

This seems to entirely detract from the argument that wealth and poverty directly affect crime, except for when population is taken into account again. Rexburg has a better representative sample for extrapolation than Middleton, with 28,698 people, but that is still much smaller than some of the other cities. This would imply that another major factor in crime is city population, which may have an even larger effect on the crime rate than the other two variables.

Article written by Nicholas Oetken, writer for Survival Gear Systems,, and many more top survivalist websites.


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