2017 Safest Places to Live Methodology

The 2017 Safest Places ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall safety in an area. This grade takes into account key indicators of a location’s safety, including violent and property crime rates as well as resident reviews, in an attempt to measure an area’s safety and security. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Assault Rate Rate of assaults committed per 100,000 residents. FBI Uniform Crime Report 22.5%
Robbery Rate Rate of robberies committed per 100,000 residents. FBI Uniform Crime Report 22.5%
Murder Rate Rate of murders committed per 100,000 residents. FBI Uniform Crime Report 15.0%
Burglary Rate Rate of burglaries committed per 100,000 residents. FBI Uniform Crime Report 12.5%
Vehicle Theft Rate Rate of vehicle thefts committed per 100,000 residents. FBI Uniform Crime Report 12.5%
Larceny Rate Rate of larcenies committed per 100,000 residents. FBI Uniform Crime Report 10.0%
Composite Crime and Safety Score Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding crime and safety of the place. Self-reported by Niche users 5.0%

This ranking assesses 9,932 places in the U.S. The same methodology is used to produce the Crime & Safety Grade for each ranked place. Statistics are primarily obtained from the FBI Uniform Crime Report and represent the most recent data available.

For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here.