Boulder ranks among safest American cities

Posted by Tom Kalinski Founder RE/MAX of Boulder on Friday, September 9th, 2016 at 5:43pm.

When it comes to where you call home, safety is one of the biggest concerns. Everyone wants to live in a safe town.  

So it’s welcome news to hear that two Colorado cities rank in the top 25 safest cities to live in America.

Fort Collins ranked No. 9 with Boulder following at No. 23, according to data analyzed by Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on cities and recently released their annual Safest Cities List.

To determine safety rankings, violent and property crimes per capita were analyzed. Crimes included in the violent crime statistic are assault, murder, robbery and rape. Property crimes included are burglary, larceny and vehicular theft.

The safest city in America for 2016 is Naperville, Illinois, according to the Niche ranking. Located in the Chicago metro area, Naperville touts an annual median household income of more than $100,000 and a low unemployment rate of 4.7 percent. The city has over 130 parks, two public golf courses and a Riverwalk.

Fort Collins and Boulder unemployment rates also are reported to be lower than the national average of 6.3 percent. Fort Collins unemployment rate is 5.3 percent, while Boulder is reported to be at 4.6 percent unemployment.  

Median household incomes for the two Colorado cities are $53,755 and $58,062 respectively – about half that of Naperville’s.

For the past two decades, generally crime levels have been decreasing, according to Business Insider’s look at the Niche report. But some major U.S. cities have experienced increased violent crimes and Chicago is currently one of the most dangerous U.S. cities in 2016, notes Business Insider.

The nation’s safest state is California – home to 11 of the top 25 safest cities. 

Here are the key statistics reported for three Colorado cities and Naperville, as well as the national averages when available.

See the full Niche report at For the Business Insider story, visit

Tom Kalinski 
Owner and Founder
RE/MAX of Boulder

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