Top 10 Most Safest Cities in The United States Today
According to the Global Peace Index, the United States ranks 128 on the list of safest countries. Photo: KnowInsiders

The coronavirus pandemic has redefined how people in the U.S. think about public safety, likely making health concerns as paramount as crime rates or transit fatalities.

In 2020, the virus has become a key factor in the personal finance site WalletHub’s evaluation of more than 180 major American cities for safety. While prominent metrics such as numbers of mass shootings and risk of natural disaster have carried over from previous years, the average number of positive COVID-19 tests in a community has become uniquely important.

The list of the top 10 cities for safety in the United States Today

1. Sunnyvale, CA

2. Frisco, TX

3. McKinney, TX

4. Santa Clarita, CA

5. Plano, TX

6. Glendale, CA

7. Yonkers, NY

8. Arlington, VA

9. McAllen, TX

10. San Jose, CA (tie)

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What are the safest cities in America today?

1. Sunnyvale, CA

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Located in Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale ranks at the top of our study as the safest city in America. This California city has the 11th-lowest drug poisoning mortality rate (8.3 deaths for every 100,000 residents), the 21st-lowest violent crime rate (167 for every 100,000 residents) and ranks 31st for excessive drinking with 16.73% of the population over-drinking.

2. Frisco, TX

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Frisco, Texas has the fourth-lowest violent crime rate of all 200 cities, at 80 violent crimes per every 100,000 residents. The Texan city ties for the fifth-lowest drug poisoning mortality rate, with 7.8 deaths for every 100,000 residents. But excessive drinking is more of an issue in Frisco, with 19.26% of the city’s adult population over-drinking.

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3. McKinney, TX

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McKinney is in the same county as Frisco and thus has the same county-level data for drug poisoning mortality rate (7.8 deaths for every 100,000 residents) and percentage of adults engaging in excessive drinking (19.26%). This Texan city, however, has a higher violent crime rate (143 for every 100,000 residents) than Frisco, but a lower property crime rate (993 incidents per 100,000 residents).

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4. Santa Clarita, CA

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North of Los Angeles, Santa Clarita has just 944 property crimes for every 100,000 residents, the fifth-lowest rate in our study. The violent crime rate is also 12th-lowest, with 127 for every 100,000 residents. Santa Clarita ties for the 17th-lowest drug poisoning mortality rate (nine deaths for every 100,000 residents).

5. Plano, TX

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Plano, Texas is also in the same county as Frisco and McKinney, and all three Texan cities tie for the 33rd-lowest vehicular mortality rate (6.4 deaths for every 100,000 residents). Plano also ranks 18th for its violent crime rate – at 148 for every 100,000 residents – and 31st for property crime rate – at 1,683 incidents per 100,000 residents.

6. Glendale, CA

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Glendale, California has the eighth-lowest and 29th-lowest violent and property crime rate, respectively. FBI data shows that in 2019 there were 114 violent crimes per 100,000 residents and 1,631 property crimes per 100,00 residents in the city. Glendale also ties at 17th for drug poisoning mortality, with nine deaths for every 100,000 residents.

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7. Yonkers, NY

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Yonkers is located directly north of New York City and has the fourth-lowest property crime rate in this study, with only 913 for every 100,000 residents. The city has the fifth-lowest vehicular mortality rate, with 4.1 deaths for every 100,000 residents. But Yonkers has a higher drug poisoning mortality rate (15.6 deaths for every 100,000 residents), ranking 94th for this metric.

8. Arlington, VA

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Arlington, Virginia – a suburb of Washington, DC – has the second-lowest vehicular mortality rate of all 200 cities with just 2.7 deaths for every 100,000 residents. Arlington also has the 11th-lowest violent crime rate, with 127 incidents for every 100,000 residents. But it has a much higher excessive drinking rate of 22.23%.

9. McAllen, TX

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McAllen, Texas is the only top Texan city in our list that is located outside of Collin County. It has the sixth-lowest violent crime rate, with 97 for every 100,000 residents. McAllen has the lowest drug poisoning mortality rate, with only 3.5 drug deaths for every 100,000 residents. But it ranks in the bottom half of this study for vehicular mortality rate, with 10.6 deaths for every 100,000.

10. San Jose, CA (tie)

Top 10 Most Safest Cities in The United States Today
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San Jose is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and has the 11th-lowest drug poisoning mortality rate, with 8.3 deaths for every 100,000 residents. This city ranks 31st for vehicular mortality rate (6.4 deaths per 100,000 residents) and excessive drinking (16.73% of the population is over-drinking).

There's an ongoing stereotype that larger cities are more dangerous. While no larger cities (population of 300,000 or more) made the overall safest list, fewer than half of the 15 least-safe cities in the U.S. were large cities. Four of the cities that are least safe also rank in the top 15 best cities to buy a home during the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting that even cities that are not among the safest places to live can be attractive markets for homeowners.

According to the Global Peace Index, the United States ranks 128 on the list of safest countries. One of the factors to determine these rankings is the rate of violent crimes.

The media especially can make living the United States feel very unsafe, as stories involving violence are often given the most attention. Many parts of the United States, are experiencing lower violent crime rates than they were in the past couple of decades. According to the FBI, the nation’s violent and property crime rates fell between 2016 and 2017. Violent crime has dropped 49% between 1993 and 2017.

When deciding where to relocate, safety is a large concern, especially for families.

Safe Cities and neighborhoods have some common characteristics. Safe cities typically have successful economies, good school systems, neighborhood watch programs, well-maintained homes and housing, and social engagements.

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