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10 Safest American Cities

Columbia, Maryland, comes out on top in new ranking
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2020 9:53 AM CST
10 Safest US Cities
Columbia, Maryland, takes top honors in the survey.   (Getty/Matthew Van Dyke)

If feeling safe is a high priority when it comes to where you live, then the city of Columbia, Maryland, might be worth checking out. A new analysis at WalletHub ranks the city as the safest in the country. The ranking, however, factors in more than crime stats. It also takes into account everything from the risk of natural disasters to financial security (think health care and mortgages). Columbia lands on top, while Vermont is the only state to have two cities in the top 10. The safest US cities, along with their overall score out of 100:

  1. Columbia, Maryland, 84.52
  2. South Burlington, Vermont, 83.99
  3. Plano, Texas, 81.20
  4. Nashua, New Hampshire, 80.80
  5. Lewiston, Maine, 80.59
  6. Burlington, Vermont, 80.55
  7. Salem, Oregon, 80.03
  8. Virginia Beach, Virginia, 79.68
  9. Raleigh, North Carolina, 79.55
  10. Gilbert, Arizona, 79.00
See the full ranking of 180 cities. (Or see the cities hardest hit by COVID.)

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