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11 Small Towns And Cities In The US That Are Safe AND Charming

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Safe Small Towns

What makes a location safe? Job opportunities, natural features, and self-promotion can play a huge part. We are probably all concerned about the crime rates where we live, whether it’s a small town or a big city. And if we’re talking about the US, there are many cities with a high risk of violent attacks. According to the latest statistics by the FBI, violent crime in our country went up last year.

But, there ARE still a few places in the United States that boast surprisingly meager crime rates. These diverse small towns and cities have done an excellent job controlling their criminal element, allowing their residents to leave their belongings in their cars without worry and be able to walk alone at night. So, let’s look at 11 of the safest small towns and cities in the US.

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37 thoughts on “11 Small Towns And Cities In The US That Are Safe AND Charming”

    1. These are not small town I live in a small town which is less than 20 thousand not 100 thousand or more

    1. How can any place in California be safe to live in?! The whole west coast is beautiful and used to be safe with plenty of fun things to do. Now that the Democrats have taken over, run as fast as you can from the west coast.

    2. David Rodriguez

      Any place in CA would be a mistake given the taxes, the crime, the illegals and of course the governor who is all about giving tax money away like he has no budget.

  1. Thomas Josephi

    I would add to your list of small towns which a safe and charming, the place where i now live, Monongahela, Pa. It’s in western Pennsylvania about 27 miles from Pittsburgh. It is a lovely old town over 150 years old with wonderful homes and buildings. Mny of the families and businesses have been her for generations. It has a wonderful business district with fine shops and restaurants with places within walking distance. It has a good economy and an affordable cost of living. There is little crime here because we have a fine police department, fire department, paramedics and a fine local hospital. The buildings are well kept up and there is no slums or grafitti. People are friendly and say hello on the streets. There are other fine communities like this in the easteren and midwestern United States that should be included.

    1. I love this. I do not live far from here…and only have passed thru or passed by… never stopped… will definitely take a better look!!! Thanks!!

    2. Finally, a well thought out comment that explains opinion versus facts, is well written, stays on topic, shows higher level reasoning thinking and literacy. Kudos to you. You give me hope. And your town sounds lovely. I wish those areas were warmer.

  2. Fascinating that nothing is mentioned about the cost of living in any of these towns; any place is CA is cost-prohibitive and the same is true for anything in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Doesn’t matter how safe it is if you can’t afford to live there. Just sayin’.

  3. So you’re telling me that there are no cute affordable quaint little town in the Upper Midwest? I’m not a believer of these town!

  4. I live in a small town of only 2072 and everyone is friendly it’s like living in Mayberry. The town is EUREKA SPRINGS ARKANSAS, built in the 1800’s,it’s old school and no MLK street in my town. This is the place I picked to die in since I’ve been retired, 2018 people are so nice, lazy but nice.

  5. Most of these towns are suburbs of larger Cities, they are not separate town’s. They still have all the problems of the bigger cities.

  6. Los Angeles is a great place to get mugged , beat up in the streets, get robbed on the bus and street, get raped while jogging, drive by shootings, smash and grab theft, car jacking, knifings, break ins, Racist unrest, fires, murder, all the crooks have guns but you can’t have one, don’t wear your jewelry it will be stolen off your body, everything is extra expensive especially gasoline and groceries and rents are absurd. Other than these few items its a great place to live.

    1. Los Angeles and cities like it are like sardine cans stuffed until they pop the seal and spew, too many rats in a cage so they fight each other. Lot of open land, desert, etc, but it’s easier to pile rats on top of each other than to build a new town. The less affluent in those cities have the most baby rats, though they cannot afford them, so there you have it, the formula for misery.

    1. No place for these types to live in Old Greenwich. Stamford, Port Chester areas easier to frequent and concentrated populations as well as illegals swamp these areas

  7. The best kind I found was in western PA. I was born there, and the reason the crime rate is low in these small towns is because everybody is armed, either with a pistol or two, and a pump shotgun. My Mother’s Dad had 9 pistols hidden around the house, and one guy tried to break in. He was met with a 44 Magnum. Word got out that robbers and thieves do not live long there, and the crime rate there is next to nothing. Also, people there look out for each other. Not a bad way to live.

  8. Grew up in Chicago, retired on a small island in South East Alaska, had more of a population in my highschool class than population here. God has blessed me. No stop lights, no Walmarts, no traffic jams, and one perfect highway that runs north and south for an extra thrill of a two hour ride at 35MPH. Life on an island is an answer to my childhood prayer as we drove downtown, God, please get me out of here, and yes He did!

  9. michael j internicola

    You missed one in your research. The small town of Marblehead, Ohio. Situated on the coast of Lake Erie. There is virtually no crime. It has a very small population but swells considerably in the summer months as a result of boaters, campers, cottage people, and full time summer only residents. It has a sea side vibe and is considered vacation land by most people. We have a twelve grade school (0ne building). My son graduated from there. Check it out.

  10. Give me a break, why do you always pick 90percent of the towns west of the Mississippi. You must live out that way.
    Try Inverness, Fl, every bit as safe as Gilbert AZ

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