Beyond MoCo: Columbia, MD (Howard County) is ‘Safest City in America’, According to Report

by MCS Staff

Personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s Safest Cities in America, and nearby Columbia MD (Howard County) was ranked the safest city in America. It appears that only Baltimore and Columbia, the two areas in MD with a population over 100,000 were the only places in Maryland included in the report.

Per WalletHub, To determine where Americans can feel most protected against life’s hazards, including nonphysical forms of danger, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 42 key metrics. The data set ranges from the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated and assaults per capita to the unemployment rate and road quality.

Safest Cities in America Least Safe Cities in America
1. Columbia, MD 173. Chattanooga, TN
2. Nashua, NH 174. Jackson, MS
3. Laredo, TX 175. Oakland, CA
4. Portland, ME 176. Oklahoma City, OK
5. Warwick, RI 177. Memphis, TN
6. Yonkers, NY 178. Baton Rouge, LA
7. Gilbert, AZ 179. Detroit, MI
8. Burlington, VT 180. San Bernardino, CA
9. Raleigh, NC 181. Fort Lauderdale, FL
10. Lewiston, ME 182. St. Louis, MO

Safest vs. Least Safe

  • Irvine, California, has the fewest aggravated assault incidents (per 100,000 residents), 22.22, which is 86.3 times fewer than in Memphis, Tennessee, the city with the most at 1,917.08.
  • Port St. Lucie, Florida, has the fewest thefts (per 1,000 residents), 8.26, which is 9.2 times fewer than in Salt Lake City, the city with the most at 75.93.
  • Washington has the most law-enforcement employees (per 100,000 residents), 624, which is 6.8 times more than in Chula Vista, California, the city with the fewest at 92.
  • Gilbert, Arizona, has among the fewest pedestrian fatalities (per 100,000 residents), 0.40, which is 25.3 times fewer than in Little Rock, Arkansas, the city with the most at 10.10.

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