Where Do People Feel Most Safe From Life’s Hazards?

With around half of Americans worried about getting COVID-19, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Safest Cities in America.

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 42 key metrics.

The data set ranges from COVID-19 cases in the past seven days per 100,000 residents and assaults per capita to the unemployment rate and road quality.

Safest Cities in America Least Safe Cities in America
1. Columbia, MD 173. Chattanooga, TN
2. South Burlington, VT 174. Oklahoma City, OK
3. Plano, TX 175. Memphis, TN
4. Nashua, NH 176. Baton Rouge, LA
5. Lewiston, ME 177. Jackson, MS
6. Burlington, VT 178. Detroit, MI
7. Salem, OR 179. Birmingham, AL
8. Virginia Beach, VA 180. San Bernardino, CA
9. Raleigh, NC 181. St. Louis, MO
10. Gilbert, AZ 182. Fort Lauderdale, FL


Safest vs. Least Safe

  • Irvine, California, has the fewest aggravated assault incidents (per 100,000 residents), 23.58, which is 60.5 times fewer than in Detroit, the city with the most at 1,426.82.
  • Port St. Lucie, Florida, has the fewest thefts (per 1,000 residents), 8.74, which is 9.1 times fewer than in Springfield, Missouri, the city with the most at 79.81.
  • Washington has the most law-enforcement employees (per 100,000 residents), 641, which is 5.8 times more than in Irvine, California, the city with the fewest at 111.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota, has among the fewest pedestrian fatalities (per 100,000 residents), 0.32, which is 24 times fewer than in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the city with the most at 7.67.