However, public perceptions about crime don't always align with the data. In 21 Gallup surveys since 1989, the majority of Americans said there was more crime compared to the year before, despite the downward trend in both violent and property crime rates in the US during that period.
The researchers analyzed public crime data — including larceny, vehicular theft, and homicide rates — from sources like the US Census and the FBI. They also considered over 100 million reviews from users, who rated how safe they feel in their cities. The ranking suggests that California, with 12 of the top 33 cities, is one of the safest states in the nation.
One caveat: the cities below have relatively low population numbers. As The Atlantic notes, cities with higher densities tend to have more crime. But within a city, high traffic areas are generally safer than low-traffic areas.
Check out the 33 safest cities in America, according to Niche:
33. Boise, Idaho
Annual violent crimes (e.g. assault, homicide) per 100,000: 302
Annual property crimes (e.g. burglary, motor vehicle theft) per 100,000: 2,326
32. Alexandria, Virginia
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 183
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,801
31. Elgin, Illinois
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 212
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,386
30. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 150
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,176
29. Scottsdale, Arizona