Did your city make the list of safest US cities in 2017? According to Niche, a company that combines analysis with authentic reviews, these 10 cities made the top of the list for safest cities in the US. While safety is important, you may also want to know about the culture, things to do, or the job market — so in addition to safety factors we compiled a list of interesting and fun facts for each city that made the list.
Safest City #10 – Cape Coral, FL
Water Lover’s Wonderland
Only 1 in 5 residents actually live in Cape Coral year-round. The other seasonal residents are “snowbirds” who escape to Cape Coral during the cold winters. One of the many reasons the snowbirds love Cape Coral is because it boasts 400+ miles of canals, more than Venice Italy! Many people enjoy the waterfront living which makes it easy to hop on a boat, jet ski, kayak, or paddle board and take advantage of the endless canals. Cape Coral is also attractive to residents because of its ideal weather, low cost of living, affordable homes, and no state income tax.
Safest City #9 – Sunnyvale, CA
Prime Spot For Techies
Conveniently located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale is a tech haven for many folks who work, or aspire to work, in the tech industry. In fact, Apple Inc. co-founder, Steve Wozniak, grew up in Sunnyvale and graduated from Homestead High School located in, you guessed it, Sunnyvale. Also, many Fortune 500 tech giants have corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale including Advanced Micro Devices, Maxim, Network Appliance, SanDisk, Spansion, and Yahoo.
Safest City #8 – Port St. Lucie, FL
Calling All Golf Enthusiasts
With the near perfect year-round weather, it’s no wonder that The Professional Golf Association (PGA) Learning Center calls Port St. Lucie home. You will also find the PGA Hall of Fame, the PGA Historic Center, and the Probst Library. The library boasts one of the most impressive collections of golf periodicals and memorabilia in the world. If you are an avid golfer, instructor, or even a spectator, then Port St. Lucie is the place for you.
Safest City #7 – Carlsbad, CA
Surf, Skate, Swim
The beautiful city of Carlsbad is known for its Triathlon course. After starting at Tamarack Surf Beach, the course passes by several scenic lagoons, beaches, and a wildlife preserve. The race kicks off with an ocean swim, followed by a bike course, and finishes with a run along the breathtaking Pacific Ocean coastline. A stunning course that any athlete would appreciate. Carlsbad is also home to the home of the first skateboard park in the world.
Safest City #6 – Ann Arbor, MI
Great City For Movie Buffs
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest film festival in North America. It features over 180 films and has attracted the likes of George Lucas, Andy Warhol, and Yoko Ono. The festival is so prestigious that it’s one of the few festivals which a film must appear to qualify for an Academy Award consideration. Another fun fact is that you will also find “fairy doors” scattered throughout the city. Since they first appeared in 2005, locals have been leaving candies, nickels, and other gifts for the ‘fairies’.
Safest City #5 – Round Rock, TX
An Engineer’s Dream
Tech titans IBM, Samsung, and Dell (which is headquartered there) all have offices in Round Rock. Round Rock is also home to the Tech Shop, a community-based workshop and prototyping studio on a mission to democratize access to the tools of innovation. They offer 24/7 access to tools, equipment, and computers as well as classes and workshops. It’s no surprise when you meet people in Round Rock that most of them happen to be engineers.
Safest City #4 – Provo, UT
Jobseekers Should Consider Provo
Provo has one of the best economies in the country, boasting a $16 billion market. In fact, five billion-dollar companies were started in Provo. The list of extremely successful companies includes Vivint, Qualtrics, Ancestry.com, Novell, and Nu Skin. Additionally, the first Big Boy burgers was started in Provo, and it became Utah County’s first fast food restaurant before it expanded nationwide.
Safest City #3 – Thousand Oaks, CA
A Bike Rider’s Paradise
Bicycling Magazine recognized Thousand Oaks as one of America’s Best Bike Cities and it was ranked number 33 in the nation in 2014. It was also named one of America’s 50 Greenest Cities by Popular Science Magazine and boasts over 150 miles of trails which are part of the 40% of land that Thousand Oaks dedicated to open space.
Safest City #2 – Irvine, CA
Perfect Place For Gamers
Blizzard Entertainment is the city’s largest employer and it produced some of the most popular video games in recent years including Diablo, StarCraft, and World of Warcraft. Irvine is also home to numerous Fortune 1000 companies and tech giants such as Broadcom, Gateway Inc., eMachines, and Vizio. The fast food giant Taco Bell is also headquartered in Irvine.
Safest City #1 – Naperville, IL
An Oasis For Meat Eaters
Naperville hosts the annual Ribfest, which is an entire weekend dedicated to sauce, rubs, smoke, music, and family activities.The event draws a large crowd and raises money to make the community a better place through programs in Community Service, Youth Activities, Americanism, and the Prevention of Child Abuse. This is the perfect place for a meat lover to call home!
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