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When it comes to starting a family and picking a place to live, safety is almost always near the top of the must-haves list — you know, after good schools and proximity to the nearest wine bar.
So NeighborhoodScout, a neighborhood information company, ranked the top 100 safest cities in the nation for 2016, according to violent- and property-crime data statistics. And the safest place in the nation for families?
Keep in mind, the short list of 10 definitely focuses on "towns" versus "cities." But while you might have to forgo the late-night bar scene or a short walk to the nearest subway, some of these burgs are close enough to big cities that you can have the best of both worlds — access to entertainment with a lower risk of, say, getting mugged.
Here is a list of the top 10:
1. Ridgefield, Conn.
2. Winona, Minn.
3. Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
4. Franklin, Mass.
5. Bergenfield, N.J.
6. Lake in the Hills, Ill.
7. Shrewsbury, Mass.
8. Bartlett, Ill.
9. Zionsville, Ind.
10. Aliso Viejo, Calif.
"If you were to plot the top 100 safest cities on a map, you would notice an interesting trend," Andrew Schiller, founder and CEO of NeighborhoodScout, said in a statement. "Bedroom communities like the ones on this list exist somewhere in between big cities (which still have large crime counts), and the more-dangerous industrial satellites."
"Many of the safest cities also have the best school systems and high rates of college graduates," Schiller continued.