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  • Safest Places to live in America
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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.

  • Alabama: Taylor
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    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

  • Alaska: Sitka
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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

  • Arizona: Thatcher
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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

  • Arkansas: Greenbrier
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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

  • California: Via de la Valle
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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 

  • Colorado: Palmer Lake
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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

  • Connecticut: Weston
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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 

  • Delaware: Ocean View
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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

  • Florida: South Palm Beach
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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

  • Georgia: Homeland
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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

  • Hawaii: N/A
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    Hawaii: N/A

    No data available. 

  • Idaho: Filer
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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

  • Illinois: McCullom Lake
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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 

  • Indiana: Tell City
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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

  • Iowa: Rock Valley
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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

     

  • Kansas: Mission Hills
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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 

  • Kentucky: Nortonville
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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

  • Louisiana: Brusly
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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

  • Maine: Phippsburg
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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

  • Maryland: Lonaconing
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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 

  • Massachusetts: Berlin
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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

  • Michigan: Frost Township
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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

  • Minnesota: Thomson Township
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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 

  • Mississippi: Florence
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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

  • Missouri: Lake Winnebago
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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 

  • Montana: Dillon
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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+

  • Nebraska: Ashland
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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+

  • Nevada: Yerington
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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

  • New Hampshire: Newfields
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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

  • New Jersey: Old Tappan
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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

  • New Mexico: Mesilla
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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

  • New York: Shortsville
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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

  • North Carolina: Whispering Pines
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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 

  • North Dakota: Lincoln
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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

  • Ohio: Lexington
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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

  • Oklahoma: Ninnekah
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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 

  • Oregon: Healy Heights
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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

  • Pennsylvania: Mill Hall
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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

  • Rhode Island: Jamestown
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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

  • South Carolina: Quinby
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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 

  • South Dakota: Eagle Butte
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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

  • Tennessee: Belle Meade
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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

  • Texas: Rio Bravo
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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

  • Utah: Centerfield
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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

  • Vermont: Castleton
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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

  • Virginia: Cedar Bluff
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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 

  • Washington: Cosmopolis
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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

  • West Virginia: Eleanor
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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

  • Wisconsin: Brooklyn
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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

  • Wyoming: Worland
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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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