Safest Cities for Women 2017

Safest Cities for Women 2017

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Ever wondered how your city stacks up to others in the U.S. when it comes to safety? We did too, so we did the research to rank 2017’s safest cities for women. We gathered data and ranked 478 cities in five main categories to determine which areas are considered safest overall for women.

The top 10 safest cities for women in 2017 are: 

1. Waukesha, WI; 

2. Eau Claire, WI; 

3. Columbia, MD; 

4. Warwick, RI; 

5. Napa, CA; 

6. Fargo, ND; 

7. Duluth, MN; 

8. Asheville, NC; 

9. Boulder, CO; 

10. Ames, IA.

Scroll down to see our Security Choice® Safety Score categories, rankings and methodology, or skip to a specific section here:

Score Categories | Best in Category Awards | Top 100 Safest Cities rankings | Full Methodology

Security Choice Safety Score Categories

All 478 cities were ‘tested’ using the five metrics below. Take a look at the graphic below to see how we calculated overall city score.

 

Best in Category Awards

We want to  recognized the top 10 cities in each of our five main categories:

 

Best Scoring Cities for Education

Highest ranking cities for: Highest percentage of females with a high school diploma Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

Best Scoring Cities for Income

Highest ranking cities for: Highest female salary percentage

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

Best Scoring Cities for Employment

Highest ranking cities for: Lowest percentage of unemployed females
Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Best Scoring Cities for Poverty

Highest ranking cities for: Least number of females living below poverty level

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Best Scoring Areas for Crime Offenses

Highest ranking cities for: Least number of reported violent crime, murder, rape and theft offenses per 100,000 residents

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

Top 100 Safest Cities for Women

Below are full rankings for the top 100 safest cities for women. Search for an individual city or click on column headers to sort highest to lowest by category metrics.

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Full Methodology

To establish 2017’s safest cities for women, we evaluated 478 cities in the following five weighted categories. With help from city-level data and the American FactFinder tool from the U.S. Census Bureau, we assigned each city an overall Security Choice Safety Score.

Education: This metric represents the percentage of females with a high school diploma or higher. This data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau. 15% of Security Choice Safety Score.

Income: This metric calculates female earnings as a percentage of male earnings. This data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau. 15% of Security Choice Safety Score.

Employment: This metric compares female unemployment (ages 20 to 64) to total unemployment in the area. We calculated female unemployment percentage by total unemployment percentage to determine whether or not unemployment is improving per city. This data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau. 20% of Security Choice Safety Score.

Poverty: This metric calculates the number of females below poverty level by the total female population, giving us a percentage of females in poverty in comparison to the total female population. This data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau. 25% of Security Choice Safety Score.

Crime Offenses: This metric weighs each city’s reported violent crime offenses, as well as murder, rape and theft offenses per 100,000 residents. This data comes from U.S. Census Bureau. 25% of Security Choice Safety Score.