America's safest cities

Of course, America's 100 safest cities rankings from NeighborhoodScout complements its sexier-titled America's 100 most dangerous cities list.

That earlier list, its authors note, tended toward medium to large-size cities with struggling economies, and industrial, often impoverished satellites of large cities. This current group--the safest--lean, descriptively, in another direction: they're more often than not a bedroom community a few miles outside a major city. Here's a bit about the methodology:

NeighborhoodScout was able to compile this top 100 list by comparing the safety of cities (of different sizes) across the country by factoring in population — giving a rate for individual types of crime per one thousand residents. Types of crimes taken into consideration for this list include violent and property crimes, including the seven major types of crimes tracked by the FBI: burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.

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