7. Jersey City, New Jersey
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Overall score: 84.28Violent crime rate: 504.2 per 100,000 peopleProperty crime rate: 1,788.0 per 100,000 peopleAccidental death rate: 24.4 per 100,000 peopleBinge drinking rate: 14.2% of adultsSmoking rate: 16.6% of adults
While Jersey City is safe across the major metrics considered in our analysis, the city has also been susceptible to catastrophic weather events in the past, such as Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, which will be an important consideration for families and homeowners alike. It should also be noted that the city’s violent crime rate is 30 percent higher than the national average, though property crime and binge drinking are lower.