Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, Peoria Safest, Tucson Least Safe Cities In U.S.

Gilbert, and Chandler Arizona are two of the nation’s safest cities according to WalletHub’s report on 2019’s Safest Cities in America. Peoria and Scottsdale landed in the top twenty.

Tucson, Arizona landed in the twenty least safe cities included in WalletHub’s report.

To determine where Americans can feel most protected against life’s hazards, including nonphysical forms of danger, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 41 metrics. The data set ranges from assaults per capita to unemployment rate to road quality.

Overall Rank
(1 = Safest)
CityTotal Score‘Home & Community Safety’ Rank‘Natural-Disaster Risk’ Rank‘Financial Safety’ Rank
1Columbia, MD85.3336377
2Yonkers, NY84.80139116
3Plano, TX83.54211344
4Gilbert, AZ83.4471461
5South Burlington, VT83.3333363
6Virginia Beach, VA83.22114422
7Bismarck, ND82.9226649
8Nashua, NH82.84162745
9Chandler, AZ82.5417846
10Warwick, RI82.17202276
11Chesapeake, VA81.96156938
12Scottsdale, AZ81.90235334
13Fargo, ND81.85277731
14Burlington, VT81.35393735
15Peoria, AZ81.16282679
16Madison, WI80.95328910
17Laredo, TX80.93342483
18Cedar Rapids, IA80.843110112
19Lewiston, ME80.75561230
20Aurora, IL80.73591148
160Denver, CO64.0515713963
161Tucson, AZ63.8917365106
162Las Vegas, NV63.2916496144
163Kansas City, MO63.2116313893
164Orlando, FL62.4817532122
165New Orleans, LA62.3617031165
166Cleveland, OH62.1816554176
167Washington, DC62.151768059
168St. Petersburg, FL61.90108N/A147
169Philadelphia, PA60.7317815128
170Wichita, KS60.4716817286
171Los Angeles, CA60.37161149159
172Anchorage, AK60.2917416172
173Jackson, MS59.98166137177
174Memphis, TN59.9017285175
175Oklahoma City, OK58.5916217347
176Birmingham, AL57.70171136178
177Little Rock, AR56.49177147132
178Baton Rouge, LA56.2618290138
179Detroit, MI56.0718041180
180San Bernardino, CA53.93181160161

Safest vs. Least Safe

  • Irvine, California, has the fewest aggravated assault incidents (per 100,000 residents), 23.26, which is 63.5 times fewer than in Detroit, the city with the most at 1,477.78.
  • Port St. Lucie, Florida, has the fewest thefts (per 1,000 residents), 9.74, which is 7.4 times fewer than in Spokane, Washington, the city with the most at 72.11.
  • Washington has the most law-enforcement employees (per 100,000 residents), 643, which is six times more than in Irvine, California, the city with the fewest at 108.
  • Plano, Texas, and Lincoln, Nebraska, have among the fewest pedestrian fatalities (per 100,000 residents), 0.35, which is 19 times fewer than in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the city with the most at 6.66.
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