2018’s Safest States to Live In – Crime Heat Map of America

Gun crime, shootings, murders, assault… it may seem that the whole country is sinking in crime these days. But that’s not the case and there are still beautiful and safe places that you can choose to live in. How do we know? Because we did the math.

We wanted to find out for ourselves how safe or dangerous each state in the US is. So we crunched the latest data available to paint a complete picture of crime in America. To ensure a comprehensive ranking that covers all aspects of serious crime as defined by the FBI, we looked at statistics for homicide, murder, manslaughter, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle crime.

Here’s a visual, easy-to-read and up-to-date crime heat map of America. More pretty infographics and tables can also be found below.

The Safest States to Live In - Crime Heat Map of America - VueVille

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Main Findings

The 5 safest states are:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Maine
  3. New Jersey
  4. Vermont
  5. New York

The 5 most unsafe states are:

  1. New Mexico
  2. Alaska
  3. Louisiana
  4. Arkansas
  5. Washington


  • New Hampshire is the safest state in the US overall, coming in 3rd for least violent crime, and 1st for least property crime.
  • However, New Hampshire has a surprisingly poor ranking of just 32 for rapes.
  • Ohio best represents the average crime rate (2898 per 100,000 people).
  • New Mexico is the most unsafe state in the US, coming in second-last for violent crime and last for property crime. Only Alaska beat New Mexico in violent crime.
  • New Mexico also tops the charts for both burglary and vehicle crime.
  • Louisiana has the highest murder rate, whereas New Hampshire has the lowest.
  • Alaska is the most unsafe state for women, whereas New Jersey is the safest for women.
  • Alaska tops the charts once again for aggravated assault, whereas Maine is the least violent.
  • Robberies are 21 times more frequent in Nevada than Wyoming which has the lowest robberies per capita (per person).
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Safest States to live in – Ranking

Please note that the overall ranking is based on the total number of crimes per capita (per person). So for example New Hampshire might have worse violent crime than Maine, but overall the crime rate per capita is still lower than that of Maine’s.

StateOverall Rank - Serious CrimeTotal Serious Crime per 100,000 populationRank - MurderRank - RapeRank - RobberyRank - Aggravated AssaultRank - BurglaryRank - Motor Theft
New Hampshire117111338433
New Jersey3179023134619
New York51922178392444
Rhode Island112138122513111214
South Dakota17239916447401421
West Virginia182405241610341711
North Dakota2125475345172235
North Carolina31311038330263413
South Carolina453746433928434639
New Mexico504640394945495050
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Violent Crime

Violent crime includes, murder, crimes against women, robbery and aggravated assault.


Safest States to Live In - Murder Rate per Capita in the USA - VueVille

Crimes against Women (Rape)

Safest States to Live In - Rapes per Capita in the USA - VueVille


Safest States to Live In - Robbery per Capita in the USA - VueVille

Aggravated Assault

Safest States to Live In - Aggravated Assault per Capita in the USA - VueVille

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Property Crime

Property crime includes burglary/theft and motor vehicle thefts.


Safest States to Live In - Burglary per Capita in the USA - VueVille

Motor vehicle theft

Safest States to Live In - Motor Vehicle Theft per Capita in the USA - VueVille

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Source and Methodology

Our source for this analysis is the 2016 serious crimes data published by the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.

In the info-graphics above, we combined burglary and larceny-theft together under the single heading of burglary/theft as they are very similar.

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Crime rates vary wildly across the country as our analysis shows above. But armed with the facts, you can make an informed choice about how to best protect yourself and your family.

Whether you are living in one of the top or bottom-ranked states, its always good to take proper security measures such as a burglar alarm and security camera system.

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  1. Thank you for making this.

    I wonder if an average rank might be helpful in addition to what you have provided. Take the example of Maine vs. New Hampshire. There are more crimes per person in Maine than in New Hampshire. But, the New Hampshire rank for rape is atrocious: 33. You might be less likely to suffer a crime overall in New Hampshire, but the likelihood of suffering a rape is huge compared to other states. If you average out the ranks for all crimes in each state, New Hampshire ends up with 8.6, while Maine ends up with 3.3. This could be useful for people to know.

    I like the ability to look at states on the basis of which crimes are more severe. Thank you for that. I’d much rather have my car stolen than risk violent assault, rape, or murder.

  2. I’m in Nevada.. It’s scary here!!

  3. It was very interesting. What is it about New Mexico? Who would have ever thought it would be #1.

  4. I really like the infographic. It helps me easily see which states have the highest crime rates & lowest crime rates. Luckily, I live in one of the states with the lowest crime rates. My state is 3rd lowest for murder. Woohoo!!

  5. I live in the UK and crime here is increasing daily due to government cuts to the police. I feel that there will be nowhere safe from crime before long

    • You are right, low-level crime seems to have increased quite a bit in my city recently. A similar crime heat map of the UK is next on my to-do list.

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