SafeWise, a website tracking safety and home security statistics, has named Hopkinton, Massachusetts the safest city in America in 2019. With a population of 17,348, Hopkinton had zero violent crimes and a property crime rate of 3.401 per 1000 — two of the lowest rates on the list. Daniel P Lundy — a town resident for more than twenty years, claims that coming in at the number one slot on the list, Hopkinton jumped 72 spots from last year’s rankings. Hopkinton is a small town in Middlesex County, sitting less than 30 miles from Boston that was incorporated in 1715.
Has Crime Risen Nationwide?
Although newspaper headlines and primetime stories indicate otherwise, crime in America has fallen significantly in the past decade. According to FBI data, violent crime fell 49 percent between 1993 and 2017, and property crime dropped 50 percent during that timeframe. The violent crime rate for the 100 cities on the list was 22.5 times lower than the national average — coming in at .20 per 1,000 people, compared to the national average of 4.49 per 1,000 people.
According to Daniel P Lundy, the same trend was true for property crimes, with the cities ranked on the top 100 list having property crime rate 3.8 times lower than the national average. The national average property crime rate was 27.11 per 1,000 people, while the average for cities that made the list is 7.11 per 1,000 people.
How Hopkinton Measures Up Compared to Other Towns
With 70 percent of the safest cities in the Northeast, Hopkinton is just one of two cities in Massachusetts. The top three cities — Hopkinton and Ridgefield and Madison, Connecticut — each reported zero violent crimes in 2017 and each had a median income over $100,000. Hopkinton reported a median income of $151,357.
While Hopkinton reported zero violent crimes, only 7 percent of cities on the list reported more than 10 and only six cities reported any counts of murder. Twenty-two of the cities reported fewer than 100 property crimes, and 70 had fewer than 200.
Although cities’ violent crime rates were relatively low, the jump from Hopkinton — ranked number one — to the number 100 city, Forks Township, Pennsylvania, was about three times. The increase in property crime rate from Hopkinton to Forks Township was about four times.
How Cites Were Chosen for the List
SafeWise identified the 100 safest cities in the country by using FBI crime data and statistics for 2017, which was the most recent year reported. The population threshold was set at 15,000, and cities were ranked according to the number of reported violent crimes, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The ranking also factored in property crimes such as arson, larceny and burglary. According to SafeWise, they calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city to level the playing field.
A long-term resident of Hopkinton, Daniel P Lundy, states that while it may seem like crime is on the rise in America, it is evident that there has been a substantial decrease in the past decade, and trend seems to indicate that it could continue to fall.