Ranking reveals America's safest cities


The world presents all sorts of dangers, and WalletHub recently revealed the cities that are most apt to provide a safe haven from them. 

In compiling its list of 2017’s safest cities, the site weighed “35 key indicators of safety,” including assaults, hate crimes, natural disaster risks, and the number of people lacking insurance and emergency savings. 

The possible presence of terror attacks was heavily weighted, as was murders and sex offenders living in the area. The risk of various types of natural disasters also impacted the rating -- including earthquake, flood, hail, hurricane, tornado and wildfire.

Financial safety issues also played a lesser role, like the unemployment rate and even the share of households with emergency savings. 

When all those were measured, Nashua, New Hampshire came out as the safest city, followed by South Burlington, Vermont. 

Warwick, Rhode Island, Columbia, Maryland and Gilbert, Arizona came in 3rd, 4th and 5th, while Fargo, North Dakota filled the 6th slot and Lewiston, Maine took the 7th. Plano, Texas, Portland, Maine and Brownsville, Texas, respectively, rounded out the top 10. 

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Ranking America's safest cities: 2017
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Ranking America's safest cities: 2017

10. Brownsville, Texas

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9. Portland, Maine

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8. Plano, Texas

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7. Lewiston, Maine

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6. Fargo, North Dakota

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5. Gilbert, Arizona

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4. Columbia, Maryland

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3. Warwick, Rhode Island

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2. South Burlington, Vermont

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1. Nashua, New Hampshire

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