Crime in America 2016: Top 10 Safest Cities Over 200,000

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The top three safest cities in the United States remained the same this year, with Irvine, California taking the number one spot, Gilbert, Arizona second on the list, and Fremont, California rounding out the top three. The top 10 also featured two cities that were not included on last year's list--Irving, Texas and Chula Vista, California, at number #9 and #10, respectively. All statistics are based on 2014 data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. Look at the slideshow below to see the Top 10 Safest Cities over 200,000 people in the United States, and click here to see full Crime in America 2016 coverage.

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Chula Vista, California, located near San San Diego, is the #10 safest city on Law Street’s list. Like Irving, Texas, Chula Vista was not on last year’s list but broke into the top 10 this year. Chula Vista’s crime rate has held steady from 2013 to 2014, with only a one percent increase. Most notably, however, Chula Vista’s murders increased from 2 to 7, though the cause of the increase is unclear.

Violent Crime Rate: 235/100,000 people
Murder Rate: 3/100,000 people
Population: 259,894
Officer to Population Ratio: 1:1226

Rank Last Year: #12

Research and analysis by Law Street’s Crime in America Team: Kevin Rizzo, Alexis Evans, and Anneliese Mahoney.

Click here for additional information on Law Street’s crime-ranking methodology.


FBI: Violent crime, population, murder, and officer statistics, measured January – December 2014.

*Chula Vista, California uses the FBI’s legacy definition for reporting rape. For more information, click here.

Editor’s Note: This slide has been updated to accurately reflect the location of Chula Vista, California.

Kevin Rizzo
Kevin Rizzo is the Crime in America Editor at Law Street Media. An Ohio Native, the George Washington University graduate is a founding member of the company. Contact Kevin at



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