SOURCE: Derek Miller with SmartAsset

When families are looking to move to a new area, they often consider the affordability of a new city, their new commutes and the quality of local schools. But one factor they can overlook is safety. More than just being crime-free, a safe city also has careful drivers and clean air. While danger can take an emotional and physical toll, a lack of safety can affect your savings account too. A bad accident or damage to your property can leave families tightening their budgets.

In order to rank the safest cities in America, we looked at data on seven factors. Specifically, we looked at violent crime rate, property crime rate, traffic death rate, percent of workers commuting to work alone, the air quality, percent of residents who excessively drink and drug overdose mortality rate. Check out our data and methodology below to see where we got our data and how we put it together to create our final rankings.

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