America's Safest City Neighborhoods

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Most Americans equate big cities with high crime -- New York, Los Angeles, Boston. But even the cities with the highest crime rates can have relatively safe neighborhoods, and thus it is less useful to generalize about an entire city.
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Using exclusive neighborhood crime data developed by Dr. Schiller at NeighborhoodScout.com, and based on FBI data from all 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, we found incredibly safe neighborhoods in every major American city. Some big cities offer neighborhoods that are among the safest of any place in the nation. Here we reveal for the first time the safest neighborhood in each of America's 50 biggest cities.
The No. 1 Safest Neighborhood in Each of America's 50 Biggest Cities
(The 50 largest U.S. cities are listed below in order of population size within the city limits. The #1 safest neighborhood in each city is shown. You can click on the neighborhood name for a neighborhood map and more details. The Crime Index indicates how safe that neighborhood is. 50 is average for America. 100 is safest among all neighborhoods in America.)
City: New York, N.Y.
Safest Neighborhood: (New York U Institute of Fine Arts / 5th Ave.)
Crime Index: 96
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 625
City: Los Angeles, Calif.
Safest Neighborhood: (Sesnon Blvd. / Tampa Ave.)
Crime Index: 95
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 588
City: Chicago, Ill.
Safest Neighborhood: (Bedford Park)
Crime Index: 97
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 1,000
City: Houston, Texas
Safest Neighborhood: (Route 6 / Westheimer Rd.)
Crime Index: 97
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 833
City: Phoenix, Arizona
Safest Neighborhood: (Parkview Estates)
Crime Index: 91
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 294
City: Philadelphia, Pa.
Safest Neighborhood: (Allens Ln. / Wissahickon Ave.)
Crime Index: 85
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 182
City: San Antonio, Texas
Safest Neighborhood: (Timberwood Park)
Crime Index: 94
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 455
City: Dallas, Texas
Safest Neighborhood: (Hillcrest Rd. / Alpha Rd.)
Crime Index: 91
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 303
City: San Diego, Calif.
Safest Neighborhood: (Carmel Mountain Rd. / Black Mountain Rd.)
Crime Index: 97
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 769
City: San Jose, Calif.
Safest Neighborhood: (English Town)
Crime Index: 94
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 500
City: Detroit, Mich.
Safest Neighborhood: (The Strand / Casino Way)
Crime Index: 59
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 57
City: San Francisco, Calif.
Safest Neighborhood: (Bay Shore Blvd. / Raymond Ave.)
Crime Index: 84
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 164
City: Jacksonville, Fla.
Safest Neighborhood: (Ortega Forest)
Crime Index: 84
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 167
City: Indianapolis, Ind.
Safest Neighborhood: (Meridian Hills/Williams Creek)
Crime Index: 89
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 263
City: Austin, Texas
Safest Neighborhood: (U.S. Route 290 / Farm-to-Market Rd. 1826)
Crime Index: 96
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 714
City: Columbus, Ohio
Safest Neighborhood: (Marble Cliff)
Crime Index: 94
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 476
City: Fort Worth, Texas
Safest Neighborhood: (Haslet)
Crime Index: 92
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 357
City: Charlotte, N.C.
Safest Neighborhood: (Providence Rd. / Colville Rd.)
Crime Index: 87
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 213
City: Memphis, Tenn.
Safest Neighborhood: (Capleville)
Crime Index: 84
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 172
City: Baltimore, Md.
Safest Neighborhood: (Glendale / Glenmont)
Crime Index: 91
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 323
City: Boston, Mass.
Safest Neighborhood: (Washington St. / Rutherford Ave.)
Crime Index: 81
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 141
City: El Paso, Texas
Safest Neighborhood: (Horizon City)
Crime Index: 88
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 238
City: Milwaukee, Wis.
Safest Neighborhood: (Kinnickinnic River Pky / Cleveland Ave.)
Crime Index: 82
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 147
City: Denver, Colo.
Safest Neighborhood: (Twin Lakes)
Crime Index: 92
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 333
City: Seattle, Wash.
Safest Neighborhood: (Lavilla)
Crime Index: 88
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 227
City: Nashville, Tenn.
Safest Neighborhood: (Woodmont Blvd. / Hillsboro Pike)
Crime Index: 73
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 92
City: Washington, D.C.
Safest Neighborhood: (College of Preachers / Rock Crk & Potomac Pky)
Crime Index: 93
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 370
City: Las Vegas, Nev.
Safest Neighborhood: (Buffalo Dr. / Lake Mead Blvd.)
Crime Index: 84
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 167
City: Portland, Ore.
Safest Neighborhood: (Sylvan)
Crime Index: 83
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 159
City: Louisville, Ky.
Safest Neighborhood: (Shippingport Dr. / 27th St.)
Crime Index: 99
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 5,000
City: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Safest Neighborhood: (119th St. / Portland Ave.)
Crime Index: 81
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 141
City: Tucscon, Ariz.
Safest Neighborhood: (Willow Canyon / Soldier Camp)
Crime Index: 90
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 270
City: Atlanta, Ga.
Safest Neighborhood: (Spalding Dr. / Jett Ferry Rd.)
Crime Index: 94
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 435
City: Albequerque, N.M.
Safest Neighborhood: (Paseo del Norte Blvd. / Browning St.)
Crime Index: 90
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 286
City: Kansas City, Mo.
Safest Neighborhood: (Parkville / Park College)
Crime Index: 90
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 270
City: Fresno, Calif.
Safest Neighborhood: (Raisin City)
Crime Index: 99
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 5,000
City: Sacremento, Calif.
Safest Neighborhood: (Laguna / Cosumnes River College)
Crime Index: 92
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 333
City: Long Beach, Calif.
Safest Neighborhood: (Arlington College / Studebaker Rd.)
Crime Index: 88
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 238
City: Mesa, Ariz.
Safest Neighborhood: (Rancho de Arboleda / Mesa Grande Trailer Ranch)
Crime Index: 91
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 323
City: Omaha, Neb.
Safest Neighborhood: (Q St. / 144th St.)
Crime Index: 95
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 588
City: Cleveland, Ohio
Safest Neighborhood: (Rocky River Dr. / Edgecliff Ave.)
Crime Index: 83
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 159
City: Virginia Beach, Va.
Safest Neighborhood: (Forest Hills / Great Neck Manor)
Crime Index: 93
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 385
City: Miami, Fla.
Safest Neighborhood: (Tamiami)
Crime Index: 93
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 370
City: Oakland, Calif.
Safest Neighborhood: (Leimert Blvd. / Monterey Blvd.)
Crime Index: 87
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 204
City: Raleigh, N.C.
Safest Neighborhood: (Six Forks)
Crime Index: 91
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 313
City: Tulsa, Okla.
Safest Neighborhood: (Sheridian Rd. / 111th St.)
Crime Index: 91
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 313
City: Minneapolis, Minn.
Safest Neighborhood: (Route 5 / Glumack Dr.)
Crime Index: 98
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 1,429
City: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Safest Neighborhood: (Broadmoor)
Crime Index: 90
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 278
City: Honolulu, Hawaii
Safest Neighborhood: (Kalanianaole Hwy / Kealahou St.)
Crime Index: 86
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 192
City: Arlington, Texas
Safest Neighborhood: (Lindberg)
Crime Index: 86
Chance of Becoming a Victim Here (In One Year): 1 in 200
Methodology
Location, Inc. offers the most detailed national database of neighborhood crime statistics available today.
Most city and town crime data are incomplete and inaccurate because crimes are reported by individual law enforcement agencies (municipal, university, county, etc.), rather than by city or town, and many cities have more than one agency responsible for law enforcement. Even FBI data are reported by agency not by city or town. But Location, Inc. collects data from all 17,000 local law enforcement agencies in America, and uses a special approach to assign reported crimes from each agency to the city or town where they occurred. Our method provides an accurate representation of the complete number and types of crimes that truly occur within any city or town. With this accurate foundation, Location, Inc. uses more than eighteen proprietary computer models developed by its expert analysts to statistically estimate the number of violent crimes and property crimes for every neighborhood in the U.S. ? creating a national database of accurate neighborhood crime statistics and crime risk.
Our crime data cover every one of the 61,000 neighborhoods in America (sub zip code), and every one of the 14,464 cities, towns, villages, boroughs, and hamlets in the U.S. No piece of land in America is without detailed crime statistics.
For this study to identify the safest neighborhood in each of America's largest cities, the crimes included in the analysis were both violent crimes and property crimes from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary (breaking and entering, including breaking into private homes), motor vehicle theft, and regular theft (larceny over $50).
Based on multiple years of data, and predicted to the individual neighborhood level by NeighborhoodScout's exclusive crime models, we identify the No. 1 safest neighborhood in each large city where your risk of becoming a victim of a crime is lowest. The rating is based on the predicted number of violent and property crimes in the neighborhood per 1,000 population of the neighborhood.
The data are averaged across the most recent three years of non-preliminary (final) data from the FBI. This moving three-year window helps stabilize data where a single year could be uncharacteristically high or low, providing a more accurate risk assessment. Note that very recent changes in a neighborhood may not be reflected in our findings, as we use non-preliminary data in our models that take a year to be released.
Licensing Our Data
If your marketing, underwriting, risk assessment, fraud detection, or investment strategies are impacted by crime, or if neighborhood safety is important to you in selecting your next home, we provide the exclusive information you need for informed decisions that will save you time and money and increase revenue. To license our data, contact us at: info@locationinc.com
2010-02-12 13:31:05
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