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The 100 Safest Cities in America Have Something in Common's list of the 100 safest cities in America reveals that suburbs of major metropolitans are surprisingly safe.

Looking to settle down in a slice of land where safety is a priority? The National Council for Home Safety and Security has released its list of the 100 Safest Cities in America. Using the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics, along with their own internal research, they determined which U.S. city is truly the safest (cities with a population less than 50,000 people were not considered).

The list, unsurprisingly, features almost zero large cities, as major metropolitan areas are known for having higher crime rates than the rest of the country. However, there did end up being one development that was unexpected: it turns out that most of America’s safest cities are only a stone’s throw from America’s largest.

Scrolling down the list, you’ll find that a shocking number of cities are within an hour or so of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, or any of the other big cities. In fact, all of the top 10 safest on this list sit less than a two-hour drive from a major metropolitan area. Many, including Johns Creek, GA and Sammamish, WA, are essentially suburbs of their respective metropolitan neighbors. Thornton, Colorado, the number one city on the list, sits less than 20 minutes from Denver.

aerial shot of suburbs


In a way, this entire list proves that the dream of the suburbs, of having a little slice of land while still being close to a big city, is still alive and well.  Ironically, families, once the staple of the suburbs, have found themselves less enchanted with the dream. Perhaps this list will remind them that the suburbs can still be a fun, safe environment to raise a family.