Crime in America 2017: Top 10 Safest Cities Over 200,000

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Irvine, California, and Gilbert, Arizona, remained the two safest cities in the United States with populations over 200,000 for the fourth year in a row. Newcomers to this year's list included Glendale, California, which previously wasn't included because its population was below the 200,000 person threshold, and Scottsdale, Arizona, which was not included in the FBI's statistics last year. While the overall rate of violent crime rose by a small margin in the United States--roughly 3 percent--the safest cities were a mixed bag, with both notable increases and decreases in violent crime rates.

All statistics are based on 2015 data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. Check out the slideshow below for the Top 10 Most Safest Cities Over 200,000.

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#2 Gilbert, Arizona

Gilbert was the #2 safest city in the United States once again; it is this city’s fourth time occupying that spot on Law Street’s list. Gilbert saw an impressive decrease in its violent crime rate of almost 20 percent, a contrast to last year’s minor increase of 3 percent. The largest drops were in the number of robberies, which decreased by 21 percent, and aggravated assaults, which decreased by 18 percent. Additionally, Gilbert also saw a population increase of just over 5 percent.

Violent Crime Rate:  72/100,000 people
Murder Rate: 1/100,000 people
Population: 247,324
Officer to Population Ratio: 1:1,099
Rank Last Year: #2

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 2015.

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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