How Safe is Your City? Here’s the Best, Worst, and in Between

When buying real estate, everybody knows “location, location, location.” However, the difference between locations shouldn’t just be neighborhoods in the city, the city itself should also be on your mind. You certainly don’t want to live in one of those “most dangerous” cities, even though you may find a perfect location in the city.

Morgan Quitno Press, a private research and publishing company specializing in state and city reference books, just released its 13th annual “City Crime Rankings.” This year’s report, compiled with FBI crime data of 2004 and 2005, put St. Louis, MI (did they just win the world series?), as the most dangerous city in the nation, followed by Detroit, MI, Flint, MI, Compton, CA and Camden, NJ. And the honor of the safest goes to Brick, NJ, followed by Amherst, NY, and Mission Viejo, CA.

In the past couple of years (2004 and 2005), Camden, NJ, which is about 60 miles from where we live and also has a Rutgers University campus in town, topped the list of most dangerous cities and because of the ranking, the campus saw a sharp decline in enrollment. Officials of the city complained that the list failed to recognize the improvement made by the city and left people with very bad impression. This year, Camden is off the hook, though not by far.

 

So how safe is your city? Here’s the complete list from WCBS:

1. Brick, N.J.
2. Amherst, N.Y.
3. Mission Viejo, Calif.
4. Newton, Mass.
5. Troy, Mich.
6. Colonie, N.Y.
7. Irvine, Calif.
8. Cary, N.C.
9. Greece, N.Y.
10. Coral Springs, Fla.
11. Thousand Oaks, Calif.
12. Orem, Utah
13. Round Rock, Texas
14. Dover, N.J.
15. Lake Forest, Calif.
16. Sterling Heights, Mich.
17. Simi Valley, Calif.
18. Roswell, Ga.
19. Lee’s Summit, Mo.
20. Broken Arrow, Okla.
21. Chino Hills, Calif.
22. Gilbert, Ariz.
23. Edison, N.J.
24. Cranston, R.I.
25. Port St. Lucie, Fla.
26. Sandy, Utah
27. Nashua, N.H.
28. Danbury, Conn.
29. Huntington Beach, Calif.
30. Orange, Calif.
31. Hamilton, N.J.
32. Parma, Ohio
33. Overland Park, Kan.
34. Santa Clarita, Calif.
35. Stamford, Conn.
36. Cheektowaga, N.Y.
37. Livonia, Mich.
38. Sunnyvale, Calif.
39. Murrieta, Calif.
40. Canton, Mich.
41. Plano, Texas
42. Warwick, R.I.
43. Torrance, Calif.
44. Clifton, N.J.
44. Newport Beach, Calif.
46. Woodbridge, N.J.
47. Fargo, N.D.
48. Norman, Okla.
49. Olathe, Kan.
50. Boca Raton, Fla.
51. Livermore, Calif.
52. Centennial, Colo.
53. Fremont, Calif.
54. Clinton, Mich.
55. Vacaville, Calif.
56. Tracy, Calif.
57. Bellevue, Wash.
58. Carlsbad, Calif.
59. Pembroke Pines, Fla.
60. Farmington Hills, Mich.
61. Richardson, Texas
62. Rancho Cucamon., Calif.
63. Boulder, Colo.
64. McKinney, Texas
65. Rochester, Minn.
66. Beaverton, Ore.
67. Santa Clara, Calif.
68. Daly City, Calif.
69. Lewisville, Texas
70. Napa, Calif.
71. Burbank, Calif.
72. Arvada, Colo.
73. Alexandria, Va.
74. Virginia Beach, Va.
75. Ann Arbor, Mich.
76. Quincy, Mass.
77. Glendale, Calif.
78. Ventura, Calif.
79. Provo, Utah
80. Fullerton, Calif.
81. Lawrence, Kan.
82. Scottsdale, Ariz.
83. Carrollton, Texas
84. Hillsboro, Ore.
85. Somerville, Mass.
86. Kenosha, Wis.
87. Davie, Fla.
88. Chino, Calif.
89. Sunrise, Fla.
90. Cape Coral, Fla.
91. Henderson, Nev.
92. Billings, Mont.
93. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
94. Plantation, Fla.
95. Costa Mesa, Calif.
96. San Mateo, Calif.
97. Garland, Texas
98. Madison, Wis.
99. Corona, Calif.
100. Clovis, Calif.
101. Yonkers, N.Y.
102. Alhambra, Calif.
103. Buena Park, Calif.
104. Odessa, Texas
105. Chandler, Ariz.
106. Norwalk, Conn.
107. Upper Darby, Pa.
108. Peoria, Ariz.
109. Westminster, Calif.
110. Roseville, Calif.
111. Lakewood, Calif.
112. San Jose, Calif.
113. Honolulu, Hawaii
114. El Paso, Texas
115. Santa Barbara, Calif.
116. Temecula, Calif.
117. Cambridge, Mass.
118. Pasadena, Texas
119. Brownsville, Texas
120. Boise, Idaho
121. Garden Grove, Calif.
122. Mesquite, Texas
123. Westminster, Colo.
124. Manchester, N.H.
125. Whittier, Calif.
126. Westland, Mich.
127. McAllen, Texas
128. Lincoln, Neb.
129. Pasadena, Calif.
130. Columbia, Mo.
131. Midland, Texas
132. Chesapeake, Va.
133. Santa Rosa, Calif.
134. Spokane Valley, Wash.
135. Anaheim, Calif.
136. Athens-Clarke, Ga.
137. Green Bay, Wis.
138. Irving, Texas
139. Fort Collins, Colo.
140. Escondido, Calif.
141. Miramar, Fla.
142. Concord, Calif.
143. West Covina, Calif.
144. Hampton, Va.
145. New York City
146. Denton, Texas
147. Palm Bay, Fla.
148. Sioux City, Iowa
149. Sioux Falls, S.D.
150. Thornton, Colo.
151. Salem, Ore.
152. Hialeah, Fla.
153. Baldwin Park, Calif.
154. Erie, Pa.
155. San Angelo, Texas
156. Oxnard, Calif.
157. Oceanside, Calif.
158. Austin, Texas
159. Evansville, Ind.
160. Lakeland, Fla.
161. Laredo, Texas
162. Raleigh, N.C.
163. El Monte, Calif.
164. Waterbury, Conn.
165. Vista, Calif.
166. Murfreesboro, Tenn.
167. Fontana, Calif.
168. Grand Prairie, Texas
169. Fort Wayne, Ind.
170. Santa Ana, Calif.
171. Santa Monica, Calif.
172. Lexington, Ky.
173. Colorado Springs, Colo.
174. Suffolk, Va.
175. Hollywood, Fla.
176. Eugene, Ore.
177. Norwalk, Calif.
178. Santa Maria, Calif.
179. Downey, Calif.
180. Abilene, Texas
181. Chula Vista, Calif.
182. Ogden, Utah
183. Melbourne, Fla.
184. Clarksville, Tenn.
185. Sparks, Nev.
186. San Diego, Calif.
187. Carson, Calif.
188. Vancouver, Wash.
189. Greeley, Colo.
190. Springfield, Mo.
191. Mesa, Ariz.
192. Moreno Valley, Calif.
193. Tyler, Texas
194. Dearborn, Mich.
195. Des Moines, Iowa
196. Lowell, Mass.
197. San Antonio
198. Corpus Christi, Texas
199. El Cajon, Calif.
200. Salinas, Calif.
201. Fairfield, Calif.
202. Lakewood, Colo.
203. Redding, Calif.
204. Ontario, Calif.
205. South Gate, Calif.
206. Topeka, Kan.
207. Arlington, Texas
208. Lawton, Okla.
209. Riverside, Calif.
210. Antioch, Calif.
211. Long Beach, Calif.
212. Anchorage, Alaska
213. West Valley, Utah
214. Hawthorne, Calif.
215. Yuma, Ariz.
216. Louisville, Ky.
217. Omaha, Neb.
218. Clearwater, Fla.
219. Independence, Mo.
220. Spokane, Wash.
221. Reno, Nev.
222. Grand Rapids, Mich.
223. Pueblo, Colo.
224. Hayward, Calif.
225. Tuscaloosa, Ala.
226. Berkeley, Calif.
227. Las Cruces, N.M.
228. Mobile, Ala.
229. Worcester, Mass.
230. Palmdale, Calif.
231. Modesto, Calif.
232. Wichita Falls, Texas
233. Lubbock, Texas
234. San Leandro, Calif.
235. Amarillo, Texas
236. Bakersfield, Calif.
237. Columbus, Ga.
238. Gainesville, Fla.
239. Gresham, Ore.
240. Charleston, S.C.
241. Tempe, Ariz.
242. Lynn, Mass.
243. Lafayette, La.
244. Newport News, Va.
245. High Point, N.C.
246. Fort Worth, Texas
247. Salt Lake City, Utah
248. Jacksonville, Fla.
249. Portland, Ore.
250. Los Angeles
251. Victorville, Calif.
252. Bellflower, Calif.
253. Glendale, Ariz.
254. New Bedford, Mass.
255. Pomona, Calif.
256. Racine, Wis.
257. Aurora, Colo.
258. Elizabeth, N.J.
259. Rialto, Calif.
260. Savannah, Ga.
261. Paterson, N.J.
262. Seattle
263. Albany, Ga.
264. Southfield, Mich.
265. Lancaster, Calif.
266. Waco, Texas
267. Fresno, Calif.
268. Killeen, Texas
269. Greensboro, N.C.
270. San Francisco
271. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
272. Durham, N.C.
273. Fort Smith, Ark.
274. Tallahassee, Fla.
275. South Bend, Ind.
276. Lansing, Mich.
277. Federal Way, Wash.
278. Huntsville, Ala.
279. Albuquerque, N.M.
280. Visalia, Calif.
281. Winston-Salem, N.C.
282. Providence, R.I.
283. Everett, Wash.
284. Davenport, Iowa
285. Hammond, Ind.
286. Roanoke, Va.
287. Norfolk, Va.
288. Fayetteville, N.C.
289. Kent, Wash.
290. Akron, Ohio
291. St. Paul, Minn.
292. Wilmington, N.C.
293. Portsmouth, Va.
294. Oklahoma City
295. Columbia, S.C.
296. Canton, Ohio
297. Knoxville, Tenn.
298. Montgomery, Ala.
299. Allentown, Pa.
300. North Las Vegas, Nev.
301. Beaumont, Texas
302. Las Vegas, Nev.
303. Denver
304. Yakima, Wash.
305. Syracuse, N.Y.
306. Longview, Texas
307. Pittsburgh
308. Tucson, Ariz.
309. Bridgeport, Conn.
310. Inglewood, Calif.
311. Pompano Beach, Fla.
312. Albany, N.Y.
313. Phoenix
314. Boston
315. Chattanooga, Tenn.
316. Tampa, Fla.
317. Jersey City, N.J.
318. Milwaukee
319. Miami Beach, Fla.
320. Indianapolis, Ind.
321. Shreveport, La.
322. Sacramento, Calif.
323. St. Petersburg, Fla.
324. Tacoma, Wash.
325. Houston
326. Columbus, Ohio
327. Miami
328. Baton Rouge, La.
329. Charlotte, N.C.
330. Jackson, Miss.
331. Toledo, Ohio
332. Macon, Ga.
333. Nashville, Tenn.
334. Rochester, N.Y.
335. Tulsa, Okla.
336. Stockton, Calif.
337. Hartford, Conn.
338. Dallas
339. Miami Gardens, Fla.
340. Buffalo, N.Y.
341. Springfield, Mass.
342. Kansas City, Kan.
343. Philadelphia
344. West Palm Beach, Fla.
345. Minneapolis
346. Dayton, Ohio
347. Orlando, Fla.
348. San Bernardino, Calif.
349. Little Rock, Ark.
350. Newark, N.J.
351. Reading, Pa.
352. North Charleston, S.C.
353. Washington
354. Cincinnati
355. Atlanta
356. Kansas City, Mo.
357. Richmond, Va.
358. Trenton, N.J.
359. Memphis, Tenn.
360. Baltimore
361. Richmond, Calif.
362. Gary, Ind.
363. Youngstown, Ohio
364. Oakland, Calif.
365. Cleveland
366. Birmingham, Ala.
367. Camden, N.J.
368. Compton, Calif.
369. Flint, Mich.
370. Detroit
371. St. Louis

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3 Responses to “How Safe is Your City? Here’s the Best, Worst, and in Between”

  1. Property Salvage |  Nov 23, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    AMARILLO, TEXAS
    Location, location, location?
    I would like to see the statistics of home sales in the country, I think that more people are moving south for a more conservative place to raise their families with old fashion family values and be with like minded people. Not to be political but are the “red states” growing any faster than they were. Please tell me how your market is
    Property Salvage

  2. Real Estate Editorial |  Aug 08, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Awesome post, Being a Canadian, It’s great information. This gave me a great idea to do a post on the safest canadian cities. If i do eventually do one I will make sure to reference this post.

    Thanks