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The Least-Robbed Cities in America
September 25, 2019
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The Least-Robbed Cities in America

With smartphones giving us constant access to bad news, things might seem pretty dark out there. So let’s take a collective deep breath with some brighter news: we’ve found the US cities you’re least likely to be robbed in.

That’s right—least. The safety experts at Frontpoint analyzed 2017 FBI Uniform Crime Reporting data to bring you this list of each state’s city with the fewest robberies. Whether you’re considering a move or want to find out which city (or two!) made the list in your state, check out our map and report below.

What is Robbery?

The FBI defines robbery for its Uniform Crime Reporting statistics as the “taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.”

Robbery is distinct from burglary in that burglary involves forcible entry—or breaking and entering. The Frontpoint team focused solely on robbery statistics in this report.

Map of the least robbed city in each state. View the full list at the bottom

Inside the Numbers

  • 2017 saw the lowest robbery rate in the past 20 years. For some context, there were 13,441 fewer US robberies in 2017 than in 2016. 
  • There were 319,356 robberies nationwide in 2017. That’s a rate of 9.8 robberies per 10,000 residents. All but one of the cities on our list fell well below this rate.
  • While many small US towns did not have any robberies in 2017, most of them fall under the 30,000 population minimum. 
  • A move to New England might score you some safety. Only six US cities with a population greater than 30,000 had zero robberies in 2017: Needham, MA; Shrewsbury, MA; Ballwin, MO; Marlboro Township, NJ; Monroe Township, NJ; and Cumberland, RI—five of them in the northeast.
  • Only three of our least-robbed cities have populations above 100,000 people: Honolulu, HI at 990,384; Henderson, NV at 299,285; and Sioux Falls, SD at 177,888.

Methodology

The Frontpoint team used 2017 FBI Uniform Crime Reporting data to determine the city in each state with the lowest robbery rate. We chose to consider only cities with a population above 30,000 for better statistical significance in our analysis.

Least-Robbed Cities by State

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