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View Poll Results: Where would you rather live?
San Jose, CA 3 3.00%
El Paso, TX 6 6.00%
San Diego, CA 17 17.00%
Los Angeles, CA 19 19.00%
New York, NY 31 31.00%
Austin, TX 8 8.00%
Fresno, CA 0 0%
Portland, OR 10 10.00%
Louisville, KY 3 3.00%
Charlotte, NC 3 3.00%
Voters: 100. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-08-2015, 04:09 PM
 
Location: California → Tennessee → Ohio
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I was just looking at the crime stats of all the cities with a population of over 500K. I figured out the safest and the most unsafe of those cities.

Lets start out with the most safe...

Safest Big Cities
1. San Jose
2. El Paso
3. San Diego
4. Los Angeles
5. New York
6. Austin
7. Fresno
8. Portland
9. Louisville
10. Charlotte

Most Unsafe Big Cities
1. Detroit
2. Memphis
3. Baltimore
4. Milwaukee
5. Indianapolis
6. Washington DC
7. Houston
8. Philadelphia
9. San Francisco
10. Nashville

Now, my question to all of you is...out of those 10 cities on the safest big cities list, what one would you want to live in the most?

The criteria would be...

- Amenities
- Climate
- Economy
- Education
- Health Care
- Housing
- Social and Civic
- Transportation
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Old 05-08-2015, 05:18 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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I'm very struck at the list of unsafe cities, because several of them -- DC, San Fran, Nashville, Houston, Indy, -- are generally considered attractive places to live, while several of the safest cities -- Fresno, El Paso, New York, LA -- are often way down the list of places many people choose to move.

Like all politics, all crime is local.

It's a neighborhood phenomenon, not a city-wide one because you don't live and work in a whole city--only sections of it. You can find unbelievably gorgeous and safe neighborhoods in Baltimore or Detroit. You can also find slums in both cities. You can find high crime and gangs in NYC or LA. And you can also find streets lined with million dollar apartments.

If I were relocating I'd look for the job I wanted first, then find a safe NEIGHBORHOOD, in or around that city. Fact is crime has been on a downward trend for decades in most places and the bad neighborhoods anywhere are pretty easy to recognize and avoid. All the other considerations like weather, amenities, transportation, would be a matter of personal preferences--with the exception of public schools, which would be very important if I had little kids.

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Old 05-09-2015, 02:53 PM
 
Location: California → Tennessee → Ohio
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I'm very struck at the list of unsafe cities, because several of them -- DC, San Fran, Nashville, Houston, Indy, -- are generally considered attractive places to live, while several of the safest cities -- Fresno, El Paso, New York, LA -- are often way down the list of places many people choose to move.
I don't know why that is. Look at the population growth of those cities...

Population Growth % 2010-2013
1. San Jose 4.8%
2. El Paso 3.9%
3. San Diego 4.2%
4. Los Angeles 2.4%
5. New York 2.8%
6. Austin 9.2%
7. Fresno 2.8%
8. Portland 4.4%
9. Louisville 2.1%
10. Charlotte 7.8%

Population Growth % 2010-2013
1. Detroit -3.5%
2. Memphis 1.0%
3. Baltimore 0.2%
4. Milwaukee 0.7%
5. Indianapolis 2.8%
6. Washington DC 7.4%
7. Houston 4.7%
8. Philadelphia 1.8%
9. San Francisco 4.0%
10. Nashville 5.1%
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Old 05-09-2015, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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1.Los Angeles
2.San Diego
3.San Jose
4.New York
5.Portland
6.Austin
7.Charlotte
8.Louisville
9.Fresno
10.El Paso
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Old 05-10-2015, 09:16 PM
 
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I would say Charlotte
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Old 05-10-2015, 10:28 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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New York. Other than LA, the rest do not appeal to me at all.
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Old 04-28-2017, 11:45 AM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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very few people know that El Paso is consistently rated on of the safest cities in the US and with it nearly perfect climate, low COL and in business friendly Texas its a no brainer for me in this poll.

here's one source backing it, one of many:
http://elpaso411.com/2014/01/el-paso...r-fourth-year/
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Old 04-28-2017, 12:12 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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This "big cities" list is flawed because some of these "big cities" are only considered as such because they either have bloated city limits or have the majority of their population within their core municipality within their metros while many other cities (core city under 500K) that aren't considered for the lists are functionally larger places. Atlanta, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis are examples of such cities.
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Old 04-28-2017, 01:04 PM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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This "big cities" list is flawed because some of these "big cities" are only considered as such because they either have bloated city limits or have the majority of their population within their core municipality within their metros while many other cities (core city under 500K) that aren't considered for the lists are functionally larger places. Atlanta, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis are examples of such cities.
yes, but apparently they don't make the top list
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Old 04-28-2017, 06:00 PM
 
Location: First Hill, Seattle
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Originally Posted by rnc2mbfl View Post
This "big cities" list is flawed because some of these "big cities" are only considered as such because they either have bloated city limits or have the majority of their population within their core municipality within their metros while many other cities (core city under 500K) that aren't considered for the lists are functionally larger places. Atlanta, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis are examples of such cities.
Exactly. Indy? El Paso?

Fresno?
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