Study finds Naperville ranks as one of safest mid-sized U.S. cities

The City of Naperville has been named one of the safest mid-sized cities in America based on a study of FBI crime data that compared the number of crimes that occurred per 100,000 residents.

The study, completed by Movoto Real Estate, ranked Naperville No. 4 of the top 10 with Glendale, Calif., taking the top spot of the safest mid-sized city in the nation. 

Santa Clarita, Calif., and Sunnyvale, Calif., ranked No. 2 and 3, respectively. The full list of all the cities ranked in the report is available at

“During the past few months, the Police Department has focused on implementing a new organizational model that ensures Naperville will remain one of the safest cities in America,” Police Chief Robert Marshall said. “We are always looking at innovative police strategies, along with our community partners, to make certain our City remains in the top tier of the safest cities in the country. We would especially like to extend our gratitude to the residents and businesses of Naperville for helping us achieve this proud distinction.”

The study took 100 of the country’s mid-sized cities with populations between 126,047 and 210,309 residents that were ranked 101 to 201 in terms of size of all U.S. cities. Rankings were based on FBI crime data compiled from 2013 that included incidents such as burglary, theft, vehicle theft, murder, rape, robbery and assault.

With 146,197 residents, Naperville saw only 1,563 crimes per 100,000 residents. Violent crimes accounted for 79 of these, while property crimes made up 1,484, according to FBI crime data used in the report.

Movoto Real Estate is an online real estate brokerage based in San Mateo, Calif.


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