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View Poll Results: Safest Big City?
Lincoln, NE 12 12.00%
Portland, OR 7 7.00%
El Paso, TX 25 25.00%
San Diego, CA 18 18.00%
Austin, TX 6 6.00%
Seattle, WA 9 9.00%
Lexington, KY 1 1.00%
Raleigh, NC 5 5.00%
Colorado Springs, CO 9 9.00%
San Jose, CA 8 8.00%
Voters: 100. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-17-2014, 08:35 PM
 
Location: California → Tennessee → Ohio
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Out of these 10 cities what one do you think is the SAFEST from crime. A city where you won't have to be worried out being mugged, murdered, carjacked, your house or car broken into, etc.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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El Paso Ranked No. 1 Safest City in America for Fourth Year | El Paso 411
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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San Jose for me. By far.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Not Seattle.. Definitely not Portland.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:08 PM
 
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I voted for San Diego - the numbers back it up and I have felt incredibly safe during my time in San Diego. San Jose's crime rate is rising and Downtown SJ and parts of South San Jose feel sketchier to me than anywhere in San Diego.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:27 PM
 
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I love Seattle and think it is among the safer big cities in the country, but I don't see how someone could objectively argue that it is safer than San Diego.

In 2012, Seattle had a slightly higher murder rate than San Diego (both cities are low there), a robbery rate that is twice as high as San Diego's, an assault rate that is 20% higher than San Diego's, burglary and theft rates that are both more than two and a half times higher than San Diego's and higher auto theft rates. San Diego had slightly higher rape and arson rates.

In addition to the numbers, it feels qualitatively true. In Seattle it seems you often hear about shootings and stabbings in Downtown nightlife areas like Belltown and Pioneer Square. In those areas you'll often see drug deals and other sketchy activity out in the open. Downtown San Diego, especially the Gas Lamp District, doesn't have nearly as much of that.

City Data's crime rate index, which provides a rating compared to other U.S. cities, has San Diego at 241, while Seattle is 399 (U.S. average is about 300). I'm surprised by this, but San Jose actually is at 292, which is lower than I thought. Although its murder rate is a bit higher than the other two.

One thing the City Data data does show, however, is that Seattle has made great strides in terms of reducing their crime rates in recent years. In 2000, Seattle had a score of 585 on City Data's crime rate index, which is actually fairly high. By 2012, the score was 399. Meanwhile San Diego and San Jose's scores haven't changed that drastically. So, while Seattle still has a notably higher crime rate than the other two, it has made more improvements than them in the last decade plus.

Also, I didn't vote vote for Colorado Springs because it doesn't have the infrastructure or vibe of what I would consider a big city.

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Old 04-17-2014, 09:41 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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San Diego
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:26 AM
 
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Of the cities I know, San Diego. It didn't even feel like an American city where shootings and murders are a regular event on the evening news. It felt more like a Western European, Canadian, Australian, or East Asian city.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:42 AM
 
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Portland and Raleigh seems best.
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Not Seattle.. Definitely not Portland.
Isn't Portland safer than Seattle? Both are quite safe though, overall.
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