Moving is a part of life, especially if you’re American. The number of us who end up living in more than one place far outweigh those who are born and die in the same area. According to studies done by the Census Bureau in the last decade, an American can be expected to move about 11.7 times in their life.
Some people move due to unforeseen circumstances such as loss of a job. Others change locations to start their dream job, even if it’s far away. Many Americans, however, are interested in moving to a city or area because it offers everything they want for their family.
One of those things is safety. The following are considered the top safest places to start and raise a family in America:
1. Irvine, CA
The world can be a dangerous place. Sadly, it’s often other human beings who put our family in danger. Crimes such as theft and home burglary (when you’re away from home) are one thing, but rapists and active shooters are another.
Fortunately for Irvine residents, they live in the city with the lowest violent crime rates in America. This means less murderers, gangsters, muggers, and other criminals who can endanger your family. A population consisting mostly of professionals (the average home in Irvine makes $83K a year) is considered the reason why there’s less crime overall.
2. Gilbert, AZ
Gilbert is another city where crime seems to be under control. According the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report Statistics, Gilbert can attribute their low crime rate to their large, efficient police force.
Similar to Scottsdale, another Arizona city considered safe, Gilbert has a policing system where a high officer-to-resident ratio is always maintained. Add to it a healthy, vibrant community and you have the recipe for a safe place to raise your family.
3. Fremont, CA
Few cities in America can match the low violent crime rates of Fremont. Studies done by the FBI show that this Alameda County city has a murder rate about 81% below the national average along with a rape rate 76% below average.
Robbery, one of the most common crimes in America, also occurs less frequently in Fremont. The robbery rate is 47% below average, which means your family can live in a city where fear of getting mugged is far less than most other places.
4. Plano, Texas
Plano is mostly known as the place where countless huge corporations have their headquarters. They include Pizza Hut, J.C. Penney, Frito-Lay, Dell Services, and Toyota Motors USA, to name a few. Of course, this Texas city is also considered a very safe place to live.
Not only does it have a very low violent crime rate but it has also consistently ranked among the 10 cities with the lowest traffic fatality rates. The key factor to Plano’s safe community is a strong tax system that fuels an effective fire department, police force, and school system.
5. Honolulu, HI
As if being one of the most beautiful cities in the world weren’t enough, Honolulu is also known as one of the safest cities in America. In recent years it has ranked among the top five cities in terms of crime rates. There are also considerably less traffic fatalities as well.
It’s fun to believe there are less crimes and car accidents because everyone’s too busy surfing, but there’s much more to it. Honolulu is a very safe place to raise your family thanks to strict gun control laws and heavily-congested freeways, which means less high-speed collisions. A below-average poverty rate of 10.5% is also thought to be a factor.
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