Safest places to live in America

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May 22, 2018
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Safest Places to live in America

The size of the backyard or layout of the kitchen doesn’t matter much if the house isn’t in a good neighborhood. A house can’t become a home if you don’t feel safe there; the amount of natural light is a moot point. Just think about the prospective home buyers on House Hunters or Fixer Upper—more often than not, their decision comes down to the neighborhood rather than a home’s charms. 

Before you start hunting for a new apartment or house, do your research on towns and cities nearby. You might be surprised by which areas experience the most crime. Luckily, Stacker has already started the research for you. Using Niche’s data on the safest places to live in the United States in 2018, Stacker selected the city or town with the best crime and safety rating for each state. Niche assessed the overall safety of an area and ranked places using data on murder, assault, rape, robbery and other crimes from the FBI Uniform Crime Report and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read through the slideshow to see whether or not you live near the safest place in your state, and decide whether or not you agree with the rankings.

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City of Taylor, Alabama

Alabama: Taylor

Population: 2,704
Overall Niche grade: B
Crime & safety grade: A
Cost of living grade: A-
Diversity grade: B
Public schools grade: B+

Nearby City: Dothan, Alabama

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Alaska: Sitka

Population: 8,921
Overall Niche grade: B
Crime & safety grade: B
Cost of living grade: C
Diversity grade: N/A
Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Juneau, Alaska

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Arizona: Thatcher

Population: 4,972
Overall Niche grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: A-
Cost of living grade: B-
Diversity grade: A-
Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Safford, Arizona

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Arkansas: Greenbrier

Population: 5,164
Overall Niche grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: A
Cost of living grade: B+
Diversity grade: B-
Public schools grade: A

Nearby City: Conway, Arkansas

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California: Via de la Valle

Population: 2,764
Overall Niche grade: A+
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: C-
Diversity grade: B+
Public schools grade: A+

Nearby City: Del Mar, California 

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Colorado: Palmer Lake

Population: 2,558
Overall Niche grade: A
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: C
Diversity grade: B+
Public schools grade: A

Nearby City: Monument, Colorado

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Connecticut: Weston

Population: 10,347
Overall Niche grade: A+
Crime & safety grade: A
Cost of living grade: C
Diversity grade: C+
Public schools grade: A+

Nearby City: Westport, Connecticut 

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Delaware: Ocean View

Population: 2,087
Overall Niche grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: A-
Cost of living grade: C+
Diversity grade: B-
Public schools grade: B+

Nearby City: White Creek Manor, Delaware

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Florida: South Palm Beach

Population: 1,309
Overall Niche grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: A
Cost of living grade: C
Diversity grade: C
Public schools grade: C

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Georgia: Homeland

Population: 1,082
Overall Niche grade: B
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: A-
Diversity grade: B
Public schools grade: C

Nearby City: Folkston, Georgia

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Hawaii: N/A

No data available. 

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Idaho: Filer

Population: 2,640
Overall Niche grade: B-
Crime & safety grade: A
Cost of living grade: B-
Diversity grade: B
Public schools grade: C

Nearby City: Buhl, Idaho

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Illinois: McCullom Lake

Population: 1,011
Overall Niche grade: B
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B
Diversity grade: A-
Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: McHenry, Illinois 

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Indiana: Tell City

Population: 7,313
Overall Niche grade: A-
Crime & safety grade: A-
Cost of living grade: A
Diversity grade: B-
Public schools grade: B+

Nearby City: Troy, Indiana

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Iowa: Rock Valley

Population: 3,623
Overall Niche grade: A-
Crime & safety grade: A
Cost of living grade: A-
Diversity grade: B-
Public schools grade: B

 

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Kansas: Mission Hills

Population: 3,582
Overall Niche grade: A+
Crime & safety grade: A-
Cost of living grade: B
Diversity grade: C-
Public schools grade: A+

Nearby City: Overland Par, Kansas 

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Kentucky: Nortonville

Population: 1,094
Overall Niche grade: B-
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: A
Diversity grade: C+
Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Little Valley, Kentucky

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Louisiana: Brusly

Population: 2,675
Overall Niche grade: A-
Crime & safety grade: A
Cost of living grade: A-
Diversity grade: B+
Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Antonio, Louisiana

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Maine: Phippsburg

Population: 2,029
Overall Niche grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: A
Cost of living grade: B-
Diversity grade: C+
Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Bath, Maine

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Maryland: Lonaconing

Population: 1,214
Overall Niche grade: B
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: A
Diversity grade: C+
Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Nikep, Maryland 

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Massachusetts: Berlin

Population: 3,061
Overall Niche grade: A-
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: C
Diversity grade: B-
Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Hudson, Massachusetts

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Michigan: Frost Township

Population: 1,063
Overall Niche grade: B-
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: A
Diversity grade: C+
Public schools grade: C-

Nearby City: Harrison, Michigan

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Minnesota: Thomson Township

Population: 5,046
Overall Niche grade: A-
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B+
Diversity grade: C+
Public schools grade: A

Nearby City: Hallock, Minnesota 

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Mississippi: Florence

Population: 4,313
Overall Niche grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: A
Cost of living grade: A-
Diversity grade: B
Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Brandon, Mississippi

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Missouri: Lake Winnebago

Population: 1,211
Overall Niche grade: A
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B-
Diversity grade: C
Public schools grade: A

Nearby City: Greenwood, Missouri 

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Montana: Dillon

Population: 4,214
Overall Niche grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: B+
Cost of living grade: B-
Diversity grade: B-
Public schools grade: B+

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Nebraska: Ashland

Population: 2,455
Overall Niche grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: A
Cost of living grade: A-
Diversity grade: B-
Public schools grade: B+

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Nevada: Yerington

Population: 3,096
Overall Niche grade: B-
Crime & safety grade: B+
Cost of living grade: B+
Diversity grade: N/A
Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Carson City

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New Hampshire: Newfields

Population: 1,526
Overall Niche grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: A
Cost of living grade: C-
Diversity grade: B-
Public schools grade: B+

Nearby City: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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New Jersey: Old Tappan

Population: 5,942
Overall Niche grade: A
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: C-
Diversity grade: A-
Public schools grade: A+

Nearby City: Westwood, New Jersey

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New Mexico: Mesilla

Population: 2,486
Overall Niche grade: A-
Crime & safety grade: B+
Cost of living grade: C+
Diversity grade: A
Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Las Cruces

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New York: Shortsville

Population: 1,361
Overall Niche grade: B
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B
Diversity grade: C+
Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Victor, New York

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North Carolina: Whispering Pines

Population: 3,125
Overall Niche grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: A
Cost of living grade: B-
Diversity grade: B
Public schools grade: B+

Nearby City: Southern Pines, North Carolina 

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North Dakota: Lincoln

Population: 3,311
Overall Niche grade: B
Crime & safety grade: A-
Cost of living grade: A-
Diversity grade: C
Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Bismarck, North Dakota

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Ohio: Lexington

Population: 5,484
Overall Niche grade: A-
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: A-
Diversity grade: B
Public schools grade: A

Nearby City: Mansfield, Ohio

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Oklahoma: Ninnekah

Population: 1,113
Overall Niche grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: A
Diversity grade: N/A
Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Norge, Oklahoma 

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Oregon: Healy Heights

Population: 1,398
Overall Niche grade: A+
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: C-
Diversity grade: B
Public schools grade: A

Nearby City: Portland, Oregon

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Pennsylvania: Mill Hall

Population: 1,573
Overall Niche grade: B
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B+
Diversity grade: B-
Public schools grade: C

Nearby City: Lock Haven, Pennsylvania

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Rhode Island: Jamestown

Population: 5,462
Overall Niche grade: A+
Crime & safety grade: A
Cost of living grade: C-
Diversity grade: B-
Public schools grade: A

Nearby City: Warwick, Rhode Island

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South Carolina: Quinby

Population: 1,192
Overall Niche grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: A-
Diversity grade: A-
Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Florence, South Carolina 

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South Dakota: Eagle Butte

Population: 1,205
Overall Niche grade: C+
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: A
Diversity grade: N/A
Public schools grade: D-

Nearby City: Rapid City, South Dakota

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Tennessee: Belle Meade

Population: 2,704
Overall Niche grade: A-
Crime & safety grade: A
Cost of living grade: C
Diversity grade: C
Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Berry Hill, Tennessee

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Texas: Rio Bravo

Population: 4,842
Overall Niche grade: C+
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: A
Diversity grade: C+
Public schools grade: C+

Nearby City: Laredo, Texas

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Utah: Centerfield

Population: 1,220
Overall Niche grade: B-
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B-
Diversity grade: B+
Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Santaquin, Utah

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Vermont: Castleton

Population: 4,610
Overall Niche grade: B
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B-
Diversity grade: C+
Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Rutland, Vermont

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Virginia: Cedar Bluff

Population: 1,183
Overall Niche grade: B-
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B+
Diversity grade: C+
Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Claypool Hill, Virginia 

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Washington: Cosmopolis

Population: 1,539
Overall Niche grade: B
Crime & safety grade: A
Cost of living grade: B-
Diversity grade: B
Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Aberdeen, Washington

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West Virginia: Eleanor

Population: 1,691
Overall Niche grade: A-
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: A-
Diversity grade: B-
Public schools grade: B+

Nearby City: Charleston, WV

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Wisconsin: Brooklyn

Population: 1,343
Overall Niche grade: A-
Crime & safety grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B+
Diversity grade: B-
Public schools grade: A

Nearby City: Madison, Wisconsin

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Wyoming: Worland

Population: 5,383
Overall Niche grade: B
Crime & safety grade: A-
Cost of living grade: B
Diversity grade: A-
Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Thermopolis, Wyoming

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