To determine the
most peaceful towns in America, We looked at research by the awesome folks at Safewise regarding the violent and property crime rates in every town in the United States, and also referenced data collected by NeighborhoodScout and ADT Security. The two main statistics compared in this list are the rates of violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault), and property crime (burglary, larceny/theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson).
There is a lot of data out there regarding the safety of different cities, and each organization compiles its information a little differently. We’ve tried to include the most peaceful places to live with populations between 6,000 and 20,000 people (there are a few exceptions), and focused on towns with active community programs in place to keep everything safe and peaceful. These are all great places to live with your family when you want that nice relaxed feeling that comes with knowing you’re in a truly safe place with your loved ones.
Please note that we know there are plenty of absolutely lovely, safe communities all across the country. This list includes peaceful towns specifically highlighted by established studies on public safety and crime rates. We would love to know which ones are your personal favorites. Check them out:
16. Sudbury, Massachusetts
helps its teenagers stay safe by hosting fun events at the Sudbury Teen Center on Friday nights, in order to keep them off the roads and under supervision. Sudbury also has a rich history of involvement in the Revolutionary War and King Phillip's War, and has been the home of Henry Ford, Babe Ruth, Shaquille O'Neal, and Paula Poundstone. In 2011, Boston magazine rated Sudbury's schools as the 4th best in the state. Now that is something for the people of this town to be proud of! Sudbury has a population of 18,592 and only 0.05 violent crimes per 1,000 people. In 2015, there were 3.17 property crimes reported per 1,000 people.
15. Weston, Connecticut
may have dropped five spots since last year's list was compiled, but this is still an exceptionally safe and peaceful place to live. Weston's police department employs high-tech communication and forensic systems that can actually alert residents about local emergencies within moments of them being reported. Weston is also close to many natural recreation areas, so it's a great choice for those outdoor lovers who enjoy a nice, peaceful lifestyle. Weston has a population of 10,417 and only 0.19 violent crimes per 1,000 people. In 2015, there were 3.17 property crimes reported per 1,000 people.
14. Franklin, Massachusetts
is the home of the nation's first public library, an accomplishment of which its namesake, Benjamin Franklin, would have been proud. Franklin is a great place to retire, as the Franklin Council on Aging is active in the community and teaches residents about issues involving senior citizens. The town is also home to a very strong school system and lots of lovely places to eat, shop, and stroll. So not only is it great in your golden years, it's also fabulous when you're raising a family. Franklin has a population of 32,857 and only 0.15 violent crimes per 1,000 people. In 2015, there were 3.20 property crimes reported per 1,000 people.
13. Wilton, Connecticut
SafeWise tells us that
has jumped a full 60 spots from last year's ranking. Businesses like Cannondale and Melissa & Doug are based in Wilton, which means employment is high and the economy is stable. Wilton's "Citizen Police Academy" program also teaches residents about crime spotting and prevention through a 12-week course. Wilton has a population of 18,807 and only 0.05 violent crimes per 1,000 people. In 2015, there were 3.24 property crimes reported per 1,000 people.
12. South Park Township, Pennsylvania
South Park Township, PA, USA
South Park Township
gets its name from an actual 3,000-acre park that is loaded with great outdoor opportunities. Residents are free to play golf, ice skate, picnic, and hike all over the beautiful public land. What a fun place to take the kids on a regular basis! We're thinking that this place will be a family favorite when you move here. South Park Township also has a very transparent and responsive police force, with residents being encouraged to reach out to the police chief via phone or email with any concerns. Wilton has a population of 13,571 and only 0.29 violent crimes per 1,000 people. In 2015, there were 0.29 property crimes reported per 1,000 people.
11. Brookings, South Dakota
This place may be the state's fourth largest city, but
Brookings, South Dakota
is still an exceptionally safe place to live and work. The city is home to South Dakota State University, lots of museums, and a thriving art scene. So if you love a good intellectual conversation, you'll be sure to find it in this beautiful place. Brookings is also quite safe. It has a population of 22,741 and only 9 violent crimes were reported in 2015, while 33 burglaries occurred.
10. Campton Hills, Illinois
Green space, rolling hills and beautiful farmland defines the small Illinois town of
. This place knows the importance of getting its residents out into nature and keeping them active. That's a basis for a truly healthy lifestyle. Its "Leave No Child Inside" program aims to promote community involvement and outdoor socialization, which actually does wonders for keeping crime rates low and helping people help each other with property maintenance and beautification. Campton Hills has a population of 11,351 and only 0.18 violent crimes per 1,000 people. In 2015, there were 3 property crimes reported per 1,000 people.
9. Imperial, California
For number nine, we head over to the West Coast.
is filled with rolling sand dunes and natural beauty, but that doesn't mean law enforcement is relaxed. Imperial's "E-Policing" program allows residents to sign up for crime and local news reports online, and to receive alerts when there are any emergencies ongoing in their area. Imperial's Neighborhood Watch program is also very active. Imperial has a population of 16,535 and only 0.30 violent crimes per 1,000 people. In 2015, there were 2.78 property crimes reported per 1,000 people.
8. Hopkinton, Massachusetts
The town of
cares deeply about the mental health and well-being of its citizens. Hopkinton offers anonymous psychological screenings and hosts seminars focused on healthy living and maintaining personal wellness. It's wonderful to know that you are cared about by your community. The town is full of green public areas and recently opened a new library. Hopkinton has a population of 16,209 and a minuscule violent crime rate of 0.06 per 1,000 people. In 2015, there were 2.65 property crimes reported per 1,000 people.
7. Upper Providence Township, Pennsylvania
Upper Providence Township, PA 19063, USA
Upper Providence Township, Pennsylvania
is one clean place to live. The Upper Providence Environmental Commission vigorously maintains a street cleaning initiative that keeps the town's roads looking spotless, while also hosting plenty of educational cleanup events and even sponsoring hazardous waste removal. The town also hosts plenty of gardening workshops that encourage residents to learn about sustainable living. Not only is this a great way to spend time, but it's also a practical skill that you'll use your whole life. On top of that, the town compost site makes sure nothing goes to waste. Being environmentally friendly is a great quality of this town. Upper Providence Township has a population of 10,354 and only 0.19 violent crimes per 1,000 people. In 2015, there were 2.51 property crimes reported per 1,000 people.
6. Ridgefield, Connecticut
Ridgefield, CT 06877, USA
actually ranked amongst the top three safest towns on a number of different 2014 surveys. Their "G.R.A.D.D." (Government of Ridgefield against Drunk Driving) program unites the community against substance abuse and helps young citizens recognize the dangers of drinking and driving. Ridge field's police department is exceptionally involved in making the town's neighborhoods safe and enjoyable places to live, which includes hosting a popular Halloween celebration to keep families safe through the holiday. The town has a population of 25,288 and reported 0.04 violent crimes per 1,000 people. Property crimes came in at 2.57 per 1,000 people.
5. Broadview Heights, Ohio
Broadview Heights, OH 44147, USA
Broadview Heights, Ohio
is all about giving back. Broadview hosts lots of town events that are aimed at mustering funds for local charities and community groups, such as their popular Outdoor Rock Concert series. These events are also fantastic places to meet new friends. The local schools are superb as well, with Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School ranking as one of the best in the nation. U.S. News Best High Schools gave us that information. This town has a population of 19,318 and a violent crime rate of 1.19 per 1,000 people. The property crime rate is 1.35 per 1,000 people.
4. Washington Township (Morris County), New Jersey
Washington Township, NJ, USA
The pretty town of
Washington Township, New Jersey
is filled with community gardens and public food-growing areas, making it a great place to support sustainable living and agriculture. Natural beauty and responsible environmental stewardship make an excellent combination. The Washington Township Family & Community Services and Municipal Alliance Commission also maintains a strong public program aimed at educating citizens about drugs and alcohol. The town has a population of 18,787 with only 0.37 violent crimes per 1,000 people. Property crimes were reported at 1.76 per 1,000 people.
3. Norfolk, Massachusetts
The historic town of
is big on public safety, and has a uniquely effective rabies vaccination program that keeps its streets and forests free of the disease. Drug use prevention is also a big deal here, with youth education starting early. George Washington was known to frequent taverns in Norfolk, and the town holds on to its roots by maintaining its beautiful historic public parks and architecture. When you walk around town, you'll get to enjoy all the beauty this place has to offer. This town has a population of 11,835 and only reported 0.17 violent crimes per 1,000 people. Property crime rates are also looking good at 1.86 per 1,000 people.
2. Wayland, Massachusetts
The town of
comes in a strong second in this list of safest places. It is home to the state's first public library, and runs a city-wide program teaching citizens the basics of fire safety and prevention. Schoolchildren as young as four are educated about how to keep themselves safe at home and in public. Wayland also has some pretty beautiful natural scenery, and plenty of historic buildings. This town has a population of 13,592, with only 0.44 violent crimes per 1,000 people. Property crimes come in at 0.96 per 1,000 people.
1. Lewisboro, New York
Let's start with the most impressive statistic about
Lewisboro, New York
: this town has a population of 12,712 and reported NO violent crimes in 2015. None. Where else can you find a wonderful statistic like that? Property crimes came in at 1 per 1,000 people, which is also incredibly low, seeing as this town sits just 50 miles away from New York City. Lewisboro has an extensive "Complete Streets" program that helps kids find safe walking routes to school, and educates pedestrians and bikers about safety. This town also has seven official natural parks and preserves, with plenty of scenic ponds, trails, and hiking areas.
What do you think of these safest and most relaxing places to live in the US? Would you consider moving to any of these spots? Are you lucky enough to live in one of them already? Please let us know what you think of these lovely towns in the comments section. We would love to hear your thoughts.
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