America’s Safest City

For the second year in a row, the City of Plano has been ranked as the safest city in the America with a population over 250,000, according to Forbes magazine. In their “America’s Safest Cities” article, Forbes magazine ranked each city on the number of violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2010, as reported by the FBI based on a city’s rate for the number of violent crimes: murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Each crime category is considered separately and weighted based on its seriousness.

Next, they ranked each city on the number of traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They then averaged the rankings for violent crime and fatal crashes in each city to arrive at a final score.

“We are fortunate to be the safest city in America for the second year in a row, and to enjoy a high quality-of-life. This is the result of the diligent efforts of our employees in cooperation with our citizens.” states Chief Gregory W. Rushin. “A strong Police-community partnership is the key to maintaining a safe city. We try to engage every segment of our community through a variety of programs to work together with their Police Department.”

In a related note, Plano was selected as a National Award Winner in the 28th Annual National Night Out crime, drug and violence prevention program. This year’s event involved over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide. Plano ranked fourth among cities with a population of 100,000 to 299,000. (12/19/11)

To read the Forbes article, click here.