The Safest Small City in Every State

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How safe is your town? You might think living in a small city or town makes you safer than people who live in big cities, but that’s not always the case. Some small cities or towns have similar crime rates to big cities.

If you live in a place with more crime, you may not realize the economic toll it can take — not only on the local economy but on your wallet too. You’re more likely to pay higher home, renters and car insurance rates. And your city or town may spend more of its budget on policing and corrections instead of other services.

Check out MoneyGeek's ranking to find the safest small city or town in your state.



Alaska

A view of Fairbanks, the safest small city in Alaska, from across Chena River.

Fairbanks, AK

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $2,274
  • Violent Crime Rate: 784.3
  • Property Crime Rate: 4,296.2
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $71,601
  • Population: 31,493


Alabama

A father and his son play with water guns in the backyard.

Hoover, AL

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $769
  • Violent Crime Rate: 133.1
  • Property Crime Rate: 2,243.5
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $65,881
  • Population: 85,670


Arkansas

A view of downtown Bentonville, the safest small city in Arkansas.

Bentonville, AR

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $594
  • Violent Crime Rate: 222.7
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,373.7
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $31,718
  • Population: 53,434


Arizona

A father teaches his son to ride a bike with training wheels.

San Luis, AZ

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $200
  • Violent Crime Rate: 96.5
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,228.4
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $6,843
  • Population: 34,192


California

A view of a residential area near Racho Santa Maragarita, which was rated the safest small city in California.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $102
  • Violent Crime Rate: 62.0
  • Property Crime Rate: 611.9
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $4,956
  • Population: 48,377


Colorado

The sun peeks through the storm clouds over Castle Rock, Colorado.

Castle Rock, CO

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $162
  • Violent Crime Rate: 44.6
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,431.4
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $10,858
  • Population: 67,208


Connecticut

Sailboats pass by a waterfront estate in Greenwich, CT.

Greenwich, CT

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $92
  • Violent Crime Rate: 35.0
  • Property Crime Rate: 748.7
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $5,785
  • Population: 62,905


Delaware

Three kids with backpacks walk home from school.

Newark, DE

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $732
  • Violent Crime Rate: 250.3
  • Property Crime Rate: 2,085.0
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $24,853
  • Population: 33,957


Florida

A father shows his son the basics of cooking hot dogs on the grill.

Parkland, FL

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $66
  • Violent Crime Rate: 25.5
  • Property Crime Rate: 536.3
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $2,330
  • Population: 35,244


Georgia

A mother and her daughter walk along a paved trail with a small child's scooter between them.

Milton, GA

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $119
  • Violent Crime Rate: 37.4
  • Property Crime Rate: 726.3
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $4,776
  • Population: 40,067


Iowa

A family plays basketball together at a local park.

Urbandale, IA

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $153
  • Violent Crime Rate: 62.9
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,021.5
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $6,800
  • Population: 44,541


Idaho

The historic blue bridge over Snake River that connects Clarkson, Washington, with Lewiston, the safest small city in Idaho.

Lewiston, ID

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $379
  • Violent Crime Rate: 127.5
  • Property Crime Rate: 2,900.0
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $12,466
  • Population: 32,931


Illinois

An aerial view of a lakeside community in Northbrook, IL.

Northbrook, IL

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $116
  • Violent Crime Rate: 27.1
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,447.6
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $3,833
  • Population: 33,158


Indiana

The Crown Point Courthouse Square Historic District, located in Crown Point, IN.

Crown Point, IN

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $74
  • Violent Crime Rate: 23.1
  • Property Crime Rate: 955.8
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $2,244
  • Population: 30,341


Kansas

A mother, father and daughter play soccer in a large field.

Lenexa, KS

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $311
  • Violent Crime Rate: 154.7
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,353.1
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $17,503
  • Population: 56,240


Kentucky

An aerial view of downtown Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Nicholasville, KY

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $331
  • Violent Crime Rate: 150.7
  • Property Crime Rate: 2,430.4
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $10,326
  • Population: 31,188


Louisiana

A farmer's market is in full swing at LaSalle's Landing in Kenner, the safest small city in Louisiana.

Kenner, LA

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $1,081
  • Violent Crime Rate: 223.5
  • Property Crime Rate: 2,933.1
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $72,074
  • Population: 66,653


Massachusetts

A woman and her dog walk on a sidewalk lined with colorful fallen leaves.

Franklin, MA

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $12
  • Violent Crime Rate: 6.0
  • Property Crime Rate: 123.7
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $407
  • Population: 33,149


Maryland

Child has fun playing in a water fountain

Bowie, MD

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $369
  • Violent Crime Rate: 99.8
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,516.3
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $21,819
  • Population: 59,093


Maine

A tree-lined walkway on Bates College campus, located in Lewiston, Maine, the safest small city in the state.

Lewiston, ME

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $579
  • Violent Crime Rate: 298.3
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,996.4
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $20,763
  • Population: 35,865


Michigan

Senior couple walks down a neighborhood street on a cold winter's day.

Bloomfield Township, MI

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $73
  • Violent Crime Rate: 26.0
  • Property Crime Rate: 765.5
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $3,098
  • Population: 42,326


Minnesota

People walk near a park footbridge in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Plymouth, MN

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $129
  • Violent Crime Rate: 45.9
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,163.5
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $10,360
  • Population: 80,616


Missouri

People gather to fly kites and flags at a kite festival in Lee's Summit, Missouri.

Lee's Summit, MO

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $288
  • Violent Crime Rate: 115.7
  • Property Crime Rate: 2,108.4
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $28,594
  • Population: 99,365


Mississippi

The entrance to the University of Southern Mississippi, which is located in Hattiesville, the safest small city in MS.

Hattiesburg, MS

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $1,041
  • Violent Crime Rate: 230.6
  • Property Crime Rate: 4,492.0
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $47,845
  • Population: 45,971


Montana

A view of downtown Bozeman, MT, home to Montana State University and the safest small city in the state.

Bozeman, MT

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $521
  • Violent Crime Rate: 245.3
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,692.9
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $26,140
  • Population: 50,152


North Carolina

Young boy on a tricycle takes his dog on a walk around the neighborhood.

Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $145
  • Violent Crime Rate: 83.9
  • Property Crime Rate: 952.3
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $4,498
  • Population: 30,977


North Dakota

Two girls sled down a snowy hill.

West Fargo, ND

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $297
  • Violent Crime Rate: 144.1
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,530.0
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $11,338
  • Population: 38,171


Nebraska

Two friends chat while walking down a tree-lined street.

Bellevue, NE

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $825
  • Violent Crime Rate: 204.2
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,783.6
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $44,435
  • Population: 53,880


New Hampshire

An aerial view of downtown Dover, NH, in the fall.

Dover, NH

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $177
  • Violent Crime Rate: 78.2
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,086.1
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $5,657
  • Population: 31,950


New Jersey

A couple walks down a residential street holding hands.

Marlboro Township, NJ

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $61
  • Violent Crime Rate: 22.6
  • Property Crime Rate: 685.1
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $2,449
  • Population: 39,850


New Mexico

Couple walks down a neighborhood street.

Alamogordo, NM

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $588
  • Violent Crime Rate: 342.4
  • Property Crime Rate: 2,500.6
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $18,714
  • Population: 31,832


New York

Three sisters rollerblade down the street.

Carmel Town, NY

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $40
  • Violent Crime Rate: 23.4
  • Property Crime Rate: 221.9
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $1,361
  • Population: 34,251


Ohio

A group of three girls walk down a neighborhood street.

Mason, OH

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $72
  • Violent Crime Rate: 29.5
  • Property Crime Rate: 642.3
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $2,456
  • Population: 33,939


Oklahoma

Children from the neighborhood play in a local park.

Moore, OK

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $541
  • Violent Crime Rate: 174.6
  • Property Crime Rate: 2,258.8
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $34,110
  • Population: 62,998


Oregon

Houses dot the shoreline of Staats Lake in Keizer, Oregon.

Keizer, OR

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $298
  • Violent Crime Rate: 152.1
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,615.6
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $11,932
  • Population: 40,109


Pennsylvania

A man rides his bike on a tree-lined trail in the fall.

Northampton Township, PA

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $43
  • Violent Crime Rate: 15.3
  • Property Crime Rate: 334.4
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $1,703
  • Population: 39,171


Rhode Island

Blackstone River in Cumberland, RI, in the fall.

Cumberland, RI

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $152
  • Violent Crime Rate: 71.0
  • Property Crime Rate: 715.8
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $5,352
  • Population: 35,206


South Carolina

A girl and boy run down the boardwalk in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Mount Pleasant, SC

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $329
  • Violent Crime Rate: 113.6
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,227.7
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $30,386
  • Population: 92,448


South Dakota

The skyline of Rapid City, the safest small city in South Dakota.

Rapid City, SD

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $1,805
  • Violent Crime Rate: 707.3
  • Property Crime Rate: 3,214.4
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $137,795
  • Population: 76,343


Tennessee

Mother pushes son on a swing in a park

Brentwood, TN

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $176
  • Violent Crime Rate: 87.9
  • Property Crime Rate: 865.4
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $7,618
  • Population: 43,217


Texas

People gather in Southlake, TX, the safest small city in the state, for a parade.

Southlake, TX

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $84
  • Violent Crime Rate: 30.3
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,171.0
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $2,768
  • Population: 33,049


Utah

Windmills dot the road in Spanish Fork Canyon, Utah.

Spanish Fork, UT

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $68
  • Violent Crime Rate: 17.2
  • Property Crime Rate: 817.7
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $2,774
  • Population: 40,604


Virginia

Windmills dot the road in Spanish Fork Canyon, Utah.

Blacksburg, VA

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $68
  • Violent Crime Rate: 17.2
  • Property Crime Rate: 817.7
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $2,774
  • Population: 40,604


Vermont

Church Street Marketplace in downtown Burlington, the safest small city in Vermont.

Burlington, VT

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $1,248
  • Violent Crime Rate: 405.0
  • Property Crime Rate: 2,583.9
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $53,597
  • Population: 42,958


Washington

An aerial view of the cities of Bothell and Mill Creek in Washington.

Bothell, WA

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $211
  • Violent Crime Rate: 63.1
  • Property Crime Rate: 2,026.7
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $10,015
  • Population: 47,565


Wisconsin

A waterfall/dam in Wisconsin's safest small city, Menomonee Falls.

Menomonee Falls, WI

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $131
  • Violent Crime Rate: 73.8
  • Property Crime Rate: 872.5
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $4,979
  • Population: 37,936


West Virginia

An aerial view of downtown Morgantown, WV.

Morgantown, WV

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $386
  • Violent Crime Rate: 214.2
  • Property Crime Rate: 1,563.2
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $12,078
  • Population: 31,281


Wyoming

Shops in historic downtown Laramie, the safest small city in Wyoming.

Laramie, WY

  • Crime Cost per Capita: $352
  • Violent Crime Rate: 177.5
  • Property Crime Rate: 973.4
  • Cost of Crime ($000s): $11,486
  • Population: 32,669