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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Irving, TX: Top 10 Safest Cities Over 200,000 in 2016

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Irving, Texas, reappeared on the list of safest cities this year after narrowly missing out last year at #11. However, Irving is not a newcomer to Law Street Media’s safest cities list; it ranked at #8 in the 2014 Crime in America release. Irving is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Irving is back on the list after it reported a modest decrease in its violent crime rate of about five percent, with small but noticeable decreases in robbery and aggravated assault.

Violent Crime Rate: 221/100,000 people
Murder Rate: 2/100,000 people
Population: 231,708
Officer to Population Ratio: 1:684
Rank Last Year: #11

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 Irving, Texas used the FBI’s legacy definition to report its rape statistics. Irving, Texas 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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