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

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Chandler, Arizona, improved its place on the list from #10 last year moving to #8. Chandler is a large suburb outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Chandler’s position was improved as a result of the large 20 percent decrease in its violent crime rate this year. While the number of murders and rapes only dropped slightly, the number of robberies and aggravated assaults both saw significant decreases. This is the second year in a row that Chandler’s violent crime rate has markedly decreased, indicating it may continue to improve its place on the safest cities list.

Violent Crime Rate: 185/100,000 people
Murder Rate: .40/100,000 people
Population: 252,369
Officer to Population Ratio: 1:801
Rank Last Year: #10

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.

*In 2013 Chandler, Arizona used the FBI’s legacy definition to report its rape statistics. Chandler, Arizona began using the FBI’s revised definition in 2014, which is more inclusive. For more information click here.

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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