In order to create this list, we looked at the most recent survey by YouGov that found which big cities in the United States that Americans consider to be the safest.
Then, using data from the FBI’s 2012 uniform crime report, we explored the incidence of total reported violent crime rates including:
- Motor vehicle theft
We ranked each city according to the incidence of each of the above five crimes, with a heavier weight given to more violent and serious personal crimes such as murder and rape. We adjusted the total rate of crimes to per 100,000 to more easily compare the cities. Totalling the scores when compared to their perceived level of safety, we then determined that the following cities are some of the most surprisingly safe big cities in all of America.