5. Gilbert, Arizona
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Overall score: 85.10Violent crime rate: 85.4 per 100,000 peopleProperty crime rate: 1,384.3 per 100,000 peopleAccidental death rate: 45.0 per 100,000 peopleBinge drinking rate: 16.4% of adultsSmoking rate: 12.6% of adults
Gilbert is the surprise entry on this list—a former sleepy suburb of the Phoenix metropolitan area that is growing at an incredibly fast pace. In 1990, Gilbert’s population was just 30,000; as of 2017, the town had grown to 242,000. In spite of that rapid expansion, Gilbert has remained an incredibly safe place to live. With just 85 violent crimes per 100,000 people, Gilbert also has one of the lowest violent crime rates on this list.