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Morgan Quitno Press' 13th Annual Safest Metro Area Award

SAFEST METRO RANK ORDER

("Metro" includes suburbs and other surrounding areas whereas "City" is limited to the city limits of the named city. All metro area listings are for Metropolitan Statistical Areas (M.S.A.s) except for those ending with "M.D." Listings with "M.D." are Metropolitan Divisions which are smaller parts of ten large M.S.A.s. These ten M.S.A.s, further divided into M.D.s, are indicated by the word "(greater)" following the name. An example is Dallas (greater) which includes the two M.D.s of Dallas-Plano and Fort Worth-Arlington.)

A Score of "0.00" would reflect an average crime rate at the national rate in the six crimes reviewed.   A positive score reflects an average rate above the national rate.  A negative score, shown in parentheses, reflects an average rate below the national rate.

Most Dangerous Order

Safest Order

Metro Area

Score

2005 Population

344

1

Fond du Lac, WI

(79.56)

99,150

343

2

State College, PA

(74.41)

140,740

342

3

Bangor, ME

(73.44)

148,674

341

4

Eau Claire, WI

(72.04)

153,906

340

5

Appleton, WI

(71.98)

214,153

339

6

Sheboygan, WI

(70.29)

114,520

338

7

Bismarck, ND

(69.71)

98,280

337

8

La Crosse, WI-MN

(67.50)

129,304

336

9

Logan, UT-ID

(67.04)

113,266

335

10

Wausau, WI

(66.97)

128,363

334

11

Columbus, IN

(66.18)

73,390

333

12

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

(65.93)

159,792

332

13

Edison, NJ M.D.

(65.36)

2,296,411

331

14

Harrisonburg, VA

(64.97)

112,890

330

15

Rockingham County, NH M.D.

(63.39)

414,043

329

16

Nassau-Suffolk, NY M.D.

(62.00)

2,819,162

328

17

Elizabethtown, KY

(61.18)

110,277

327

18

Lancaster, PA

(59.55)

488,248

326

19

Wheeling, WV-OH

(59.04)

149,595

325

20

Corvallis, OR

(58.96)

80,383

324

21

Binghamton, NY

(57.82)

249,588

323

22

Rochester, MN

(57.51)

175,945

322

23

Portland, ME

(57.01)

512,440

321

24

Manchester-Nashua, NH

(55.63)

401,776

320

25

Cambridge-Newton, MA M.D.

(55.21)

1,460,573

319

26

Provo-Orem, UT

(54.95)

426,264

318

27

Fargo, ND-MN

(53.95)

182,319

317

28

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

(53.43)

107,367

316

29

Madison, WI

(52.07)

534,388

315

30

Winchester, VA-WV

(51.58)

114,269

314

31

Poughkeepsie, NY

(51.49)

664,698

313

32

Blacksburg, VA

(51.45)

153,046

312

33

Anderson, IN

(51.21)

131,322

311

34

Idaho Falls, ID

(50.74)

113,276

310

35

Cedar Rapids, IA

(50.55)

245,529

309

36

Owensboro, KY

(49.88)

111,764

308

37

Lynchburg, VA

(49.33)

235,893

307

38

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

(49.32)

245,946

306

39

Ames, IA

(49.21)

80,727

305

40

Iowa City, IA

(48.98)

137,950

304

41

Williamsport, PA

(48.85)

118,765

303

42

Green Bay, WI

(48.45)

296,931

302

43

Morgantown, WV

(48.03)

113,868

301

44

Lebanon, PA

(47.57)

124,723

300

45

Lewiston, ID-WA

(47.19)

59,909

299

46

Bloomington, IN

(46.92)

178,566

298

47

St. George, UT

(46.84)

113,630

297

48

Grand Forks, ND-MN

(46.83)

96,477

296

49

Bethesda-Frederick, MD M.D.

(46.72)

1,148,021

295

50

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

(46.32)

493,553

294

51

Great Falls, MT

(45.95)

80,608

293

52

Decatur, AL

(45.90)

148,529

292

53

Kingston, NY

(45.65)

182,039

291

54

Utica-Rome, NY

(44.67)

299,248

290

55

Dubuque, IA

(44.53)

91,366

289

56

Cumberland, MD-WV

(44.26)

101,601

288

57

Evansville, IN-KY

(44.01)

350,443

287

58

Sandusky, OH

(43.49)

79,027

286

59

Elmira, NY

(42.44)

90,113

285

60

Lafayette, IN

(42.10)

182,513

284

61

Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH

(41.98)

163,063

283

62

Grand Junction, CO

(41.76)

129,017

282

63

Casper, WY

(41.69)

69,387

281

64

Monroe, MI

(41.47)

152,676

280

65

San Luis Obispo, CA

(40.96)

256,256

279

66

Napa, CA

(40.83)

133,218

278

67

St. Cloud, MN

(40.58)

180,272

277

68

Fort Walton Beach, FL

(40.54)

185,556

276

69

Cheyenne, WY

(40.19)

85,764

275

70

Ocean City, NJ

(38.95)

100,979

274

71

Sherman-Denison, TX

(38.71)

117,840

273

72

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks, CA

(38.70)

802,996

272

73

Bridgeport-Stamford, CT

(38.66)

886,621

272

73

Allentown-Bethlehem, PA-NJ

(38.66)

781,316

270

75

Essex County, MA M.D.

(38.52)

736,938

269

76

Erie, PA

(38.12)

282,886

268

77

Prescott, AZ

(37.89)

197,115

267

78

Lawrence, KS

(37.79)

103,131

266

79

Billings, MT

(37.19)

145,842

265

80

Pocatello, ID

(37.00)

85,293

264

81

Santa Ana-Anaheim, CA M.D.

(36.43)

3,007,430

263

82

Holland-Grand Haven, MI

(36.22)

252,557

262

83

Wenatchee, WA

(35.62)

104,814

261

84

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

(35.24)

162,564

260

85

Charlottesville, VA

(35.10)

183,511

259

86

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA

(34.79)

552,568

258

87

Olympia, WA

(33.96)

227,714

257

88

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

(33.68)

192,826

256

89

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

(33.66)

143,872

255

90

York-Hanover, PA

(33.29)

402,368

254

91

Warner Robins, GA

(33.05)

127,162

253

92

Carson City, NV

(32.99)

57,893

252

93

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

(32.77)

846,480

251

94

St. Joseph, MO-KS

(32.75)

123,143

250

95

Syracuse, NY

(32.69)

654,925

249

96

Medford, OR

(32.65)

195,487

248

97

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

(32.49)

126,916

247

98

Barnstable Town, MA

(31.75)

228,050

246

99

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

(31.60)

110,360

245

100

Janesville, WI

(31.27)

157,284

244

101

Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, WA

(31.21)

218,379

243

102

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

(30.93)

287,756

242

103

Worcester, MA

(30.82)

777,330

241

104

Altoona, PA

(30.69)

127,708

240

105

Naples-Marco Island, FL

(30.58)

303,375

239

106

Athens-Clarke County, GA

(30.41)

178,545

238

107

Camden, NJ M.D.

(30.34)

1,240,483

237

108

Punta Gorda, FL

(30.18)

160,681

236

109

Pittsburgh, PA

(30.07)

2,406,091

235

110

Morristown, TN

(29.90)

130,365

234

111

Boston (greater), MA-NH

(29.63)

4,416,837

233

112

Santa Barbara-Santa Maria, CA

(29.58)

404,519

232

113

Fort Collins-Loveland, CO

(29.55)

272,598

231

114

San Jose, CA

(29.32)

1,752,994

230

115

Pittsfield, MA

(29.04)

132,119

229

116

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

(28.76)

520,307

228

117

Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA

(28.75)

74,678

227

118

Raleigh-Cary, NC

(28.70)

929,889

226

119

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

(28.60)

513,940

225

120

Fayetteville, AR-MO

(28.16)

394,610

224

121

Springfield, MO

(28.12)

394,091

223

122

Asheville, NC

(27.64)

393,687

222

123

Norwich-New London, CT

(27.58)

141,228

221

124

Hartford, CT

(27.32)

1,002,799

220

125

Gainesville, GA

(27.20)

165,357

219

126

Bend, OR

(26.90)

136,218

219

126

Mansfield, OH

(26.90)

128,152

217

128

Bowling Green, KY

(26.04)

109,812

216

129

Bay City, MI

(25.83)

109,569

215

130

Jefferson City, MO

(25.02)

143,579

214

131

Columbia, MO

(25.01)

152,508

213

132

Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA

(24.66)

471,561

212

133

Fort Wayne, IN

(24.22)

404,303

211

134

Rochester, NY

(24.14)

1,042,990

210

135

New York (greater), NY-NJ-PA

(23.49)

18,741,475

209

136

Odessa, TX

(23.31)

126,536

208

137

Missoula, MT

(22.75)

99,959

207

138

Bellingham, WA

(22.69)

182,606

206

139

Muncie, IN

(22.12)

118,424

205

140

Austin-Round Rock, TX

(21.81)

1,435,502

204

141

Ann Arbor, MI

(21.70)

339,467

203

142

Danville, VA

(21.20)

109,683

202

143

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

(21.05)

143,508

201

144

Sioux Falls, SD

(20.99)

204,654

200

145

Midland, TX

(19.66)

122,324

199

146

El Paso, TX

(19.53)

724,856

198

147

Johnson City, TN

(19.45)

189,289

197

148

Racine, WI

(18.90)

195,146

196

149

Rome, GA

(18.87)

96,598

195

150

Victoria, TX

(18.02)

115,316

194

151

Lincoln, NE

(17.22)

280,043

193

152

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

(17.05)

358,599

192

153

Salem, OR

(16.82)

374,181

191

154

Coeur d'Alene, ID

(16.43)

125,497

190

155

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

(16.01)

768,164

189

156

Honolulu, HI

(15.48)

908,521

188

157

Roanoke, VA

(14.78)

295,336

187

158

Reading, PA

(14.22)

392,376

186

159

Kingsport, TN-VA

(14.04)

304,191

185

160

Houma, LA

(12.86)

199,025

184

161

Lexington-Fayette, KY

(11.77)

427,476

183

162

New York-W. Plains NY-NJ M.D.

(11.30)

11,468,310

182

163

Rapid City, SD

(11.03)

118,257

181

164

Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce, FL

(10.85)

373,006

180

165

Clarksville, TN-KY

(10.03)

241,081

179

166

Auburn-Opelika, AL

(9.82)

121,450

178

167

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

(9.33)

319,525

177

168

Charleston, WV

(9.12)

308,017

176

169

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

(8.86)

456,300

175

170

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

(8.29)

163,258

174

171

Dover, DE

(8.07)

140,951

173

172

Akron, OH

(7.96)

702,386

172

173

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

(7.84)

377,941

171

174

Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA

(7.68)

2,091,269

170

175

Flagstaff, AZ

(7.51)

126,931

169

176

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

(7.08)

252,297

168

177

Burlington, NC

(7.06)

140,764

167

178

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

(6.83)

319,704

166

179

Greeley, CO

(6.10)

222,296

165

180

Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX

(6.03)

351,810

164

181

Jackson, MI

(5.81)

163,106

163

182

Salt Lake City, UT

(5.58)

1,053,174

162

183

Salinas, CA

(5.33)

417,382

161

184

Joplin, MO

(5.05)

165,539

160

185

Louisville, KY-IN

(3.48)

1,208,545

159

186

Atlantic City, NJ

(3.46)

269,281

158

187

Pensacola, FL

(3.35)

447,002

157

188

Fort Smith, AR-OK

(3.29)

284,640

156

189

Dayton, OH

(2.88)

846,018

155

190

Topeka, KS

(2.66)

228,584

154

191

Spokane, WA

(2.38)

441,541

153

192

Lakeland, FL

(2.36)

536,226

152

193

San Angelo, TX

(2.14)

107,246

151

194

Albany, GA

(1.82)

167,284

150

195

Palm Bay-Melbourne, FL

(1.70)

531,111

149

196

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY

(1.45)

1,156,031

148

197

Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN

(1.42)

2,061,977

147

198

Abilene, TX

(1.06)

161,123

146

199

Colorado Springs, CO

(0.31)

584,237

145

200

Eugene-Springfield, OR

(0.02)

335,881

144

201

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

1.24

112,567

143

202

Monroe, LA

1.35

171,547

142

203

Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, FL

1.41

666,576

141

204

McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr, TX

1.43

669,076

141

204

Knoxville, TN

1.43

653,969

139

206

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

2.32

808,810

138

207

Boston-Quincy, MA M.D.

2.39

1,805,283

137

208

Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ M.D.

2.76

689,371

136

209

Fort Lauderdale, FL M.D.

2.84

1,794,506

135

210

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

3.23

242,375

134

211

Yuma, AZ

3.90

182,075

133

212

Las Cruces, NM

4.39

188,549

132

213

Kokomo, IN

4.50

101,779

131

214

Dothan, AL

4.64

136,070

130

215

Goldsboro, NC

4.76

116,145

129

216

St. Louis, MO-IL

5.24

2,784,658

128

217

Newark-Union, NJ-PA M.D.

5.44

2,157,592

127

218

Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA-NC

5.63

1,668,025

126

219

Milwaukee, WI

5.87

1,523,217

125

220

El Centro, CA

5.97

153,460

124

221

Pascagoula, MS

6.07

157,249

123

222

San Diego, CA

6.21

2,951,182

122

223

Trenton-Ewing, NJ

6.41

366,071

121

224

Valdosta, GA

7.26

126,064

121

224

Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL

7.26

161,514

119

226

Brunswick, GA

7.42

100,737

118

227

Redding, CA

7.44

178,997

117

228

College Station-Bryan, TX

8.01

192,585

116

229

Washington (greater) DC-VA-MD

8.82

5,187,049

115

230

Chico, CA

8.93

214,382

114

231

Augusta, GA-SC

9.73

527,083

113

232

Pueblo, CO

9.76

152,252

112

233

Gadsden, AL

9.95

103,880

111

234

Daytona Beach, FL

10.17

489,475

110

235

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX M.D.

10.42

1,918,427

109

236

Reno-Sparks, NV

11.01

397,671

108

237

San Antonio, TX

11.18

1,884,548

107

238

Tyler, TX

12.08

189,480

106

239

Madera, CA

12.16

139,874

105

240

Chattanooga, TN-GA

12.57

497,125

104

241

Yuba City, CA

13.05

152,396

103

242

Ocala, FL

13.06

297,898

102

243

Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI

14.20

174,543

101

244

Springfield, MA

15.42

678,672

100

245

Laredo, TX

15.44

223,074

99

246

Greensboro-High Point, NC

16.05

678,641

98

247

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

16.38

525,904

97

248

Winston-Salem, NC

16.41

448,950

96

249

Atlanta, GA

16.51

4,837,981

95

250

Wilmington, NC

17.30

308,288

94

251

Wichita Falls, TX

17.32

150,258

93

252

Jonesboro, AR

17.88

112,605

92

253

Lawton, OK

18.21

111,277

91

254

Philadelphia (greater) PA-NJ-DE

18.55

5,819,726

90

255

Lafayette, LA

18.91

246,589

89

256

San Francisco-S. Mateo, CA M.D.

19.98

1,700,710

88

257

Denver-Aurora, CO

20.26

2,362,441

87

258

Corpus Christi, TX

20.85

416,481

86

259

Columbus, GA-AL

21.06

286,160

85

260

Los Angeles (greater), CA

21.11

13,011,161

84

261

Greenville, NC

21.26

163,480

83

262

Longview, WA

21.28

97,491

82

263

Seattle-Bellevue, WA M.D.

21.42

2,454,192

81

264

Durham, NC

21.54

458,714

80

265

Greenville, SC

22.94

591,797

79

266

Riverside-San Bernardino, CA

23.25

3,818,268

78

267

Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR

23.55

134,610

78

267

Columbia, SC

23.55

688,684

76

269

Rocky Mount, NC

23.67

147,841

75

270

Tampa-St Petersburg, FL

23.80

2,646,385

74

271

Washington, DC-VA-MD-WV M.D.

24.52

4,039,028

73

272

Huntsville, AL

24.79

364,669

72

273

Oklahoma City, OK

24.93

1,152,229

71

274

Jackson, MS

25.00

520,502

70

275

Seattle (greater), WA

25.05

3,209,692

69

276

Dallas (greater), TX

25.08

5,794,020

68

277

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

25.47

389,750

67

278

Amarillo, TX

25.62

239,998

66

279

Salisbury, MD

25.97

115,518

65

280

West Palm Beach, FL M.D.

25.99

1,271,293

64

281

Mobile, AL

26.57

402,968

63

282

Battle Creek, MI

27.82

139,180

62

283

Spartanburg, SC

27.84

267,819

61

284

Toledo, OH

28.20

658,525

60

285

Fayetteville, NC

29.21

353,533

59

286

Santa Fe, NM

29.54

140,534

58

287

Vineland, NJ

29.63

151,514

57

288

Waco, TX

30.42

226,098

56

289

Merced, CA

31.13

238,579

55

290

Anderson, SC

31.48

175,907

54

291

Jacksonville, FL

31.51

1,253,042

53

292

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX M.D.

32.12

3,875,593

52

293

Sacramento, CA

32.16

2,030,094

51

294

Lima, OH

32.87

106,920

50

295

Indianapolis, IN

32.99

1,630,558

49

296

Columbus, OH

33.53

1,694,651

48

297

Longview, TX

33.88

203,701

47

298

Miami (greater), FL

35.08

5,482,749

46

299

Lake Charles, LA

35.72

194,981

45

300

Gainesville, FL

36.22

244,512

44

301

Bakersfield, CA

36.32

739,726

43

302

Tacoma, WA M.D.

36.66

755,500

42

303

San Francisco (greater), CA

36.94

4,181,453

41

304

Philadelphia, PA M.D.

37.02

3,889,872

40

305

Kansas City, MO-KS

37.38

1,936,981

39

306

Los Angeles County, CA M.D.

38.42

10,003,731

38

307

Anchorage, AK

38.50

291,624

37

308

Savannah, GA

38.73

319,272

36

309

Lubbock, TX

39.60

261,901

35

310

Orlando, FL

39.74

1,903,731

34

311

Montgomery, AL

40.15

357,347

33

312

Springfield, OH

40.16

142,676

32

313

Tulsa, OK

40.23

887,903

31

314

Nashville-Davidson, TN

40.59

1,410,545

30

315

Baton Rouge, LA

41.14

729,999

29

316

Tallahassee, FL

44.12

339,142

28

317

Fresno, CA

44.44

872,528

27

318

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

44.46

591,358

26

319

Baltimore-Towson, MD

44.48

2,659,312

25

320

Alexandria, LA

44.83

147,408

24

321

Sumter, SC

45.17

107,382

23

322

Modesto, CA

45.58

501,664

22

323

Houston, TX

46.99

5,265,657

21

324

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

47.33

3,841,790

20

325

Macon, GA

48.34

234,455

19

326

Oakland-Fremont, CA M.D.

48.63

2,480,743

18

327

Tucson, AZ

53.91

937,925

17

328

Yakima, WA

54.40

232,195

16

329

Little Rock, AR

57.00

642,769

15

330

Albuquerque, NM

58.87

791,750

14

331

Saginaw, MI

59.30

209,232

13

332

Hot Springs, AR

62.34

93,029

12

333

Charlotte-Gastonia, NC-SC

63.41

1,498,697

11

334

Miami-Dade County, FL M.D.

64.00

2,416,950

10

335

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

72.23

382,482

9

336

Jackson, TN

73.28

111,328

8

337

Stockton, CA

75.22

654,183

7

338

Flint, MI

80.14

444,309

6

339

Myrtle Beach, SC

80.71

220,563

5

340

Florence, SC

83.31

199,935

4

341

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

84.14

1,707,257

3

342

Pine Bluff, AR

103.14

106,885

2

343

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

125.03

1,262,520

1

344

Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI M.D.

157.39

2,017,845