El Paso ranked Safest U.S. city (among cities with population over 500,000 and above)

January 10, 2011

El Paso is the safest large city in the United States, according to rankings released on Sunday. Though the city has been ranked in the top three each year since 1997, this is the first time El Paso has taken the top spot for having the lowest crime rate among cities of more than 500,000 population in the annual rankings by CQ Press, a publishing firm based in Washington, D.C.

The crime rate rankings of the cities and metropolitan areas are calculated using six crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. The rankings include all cities of at least 75,000 residents that reported crime data to the FBI in the categories noted for calendar year 2009. In the most recent survey, 347 metropolitan areas and 400 cities were considered using statistics released by the Uniform Crime Reporting Program of the FBI in September, 2010.

Rankings

Lowest Crime Rate
1. El Paso, TX
2. Honolulu, HI
3. New York, NY
4. San Jose, CA
5. San Diego, CA

Diego, CA