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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Gilbert, AZ: Top 10 Safest Cities Over 200,000 in 2016

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Gilbert, Arizona, is once again the #2 safest city in America. Like Irvine, California, this is Gilbert’s third year occupying this spot on the list. Gilbert is located in Maricopa County, in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Gilbert experienced a minor change in its violent crime rate in 2014, with only a three percent increase from the previous year. However, Gilbert’s crime rate dropped by 10 percent from 2012 to 2013, indicating that the crime rate may be leveling out in a city that has experienced notable population growth over the last few decades.

Violent Crime Rate: 89/100,000 people
Murder Rate: 0/100,000 people
Population: 235,430
Officer to Population Ratio: 1:1037
Rank Last Year: #2

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

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

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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