County In NY Named Safest Community In America For Second Consecutive Year

Nassau County was named the safest community in America by U.S. News & World Report for the second year in a row.

The detailed breakdown of community rankings by U.S. News was just recently made available, and Nassau placed in the top for public safety. "Whether you're a mayor, county executive, governor or president, keeping residents safe is our No. 1 job," said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. "Public safety is the core of our mission as a local government."

Nassau spends $1,148 per capita on police and fire protection — much higher than the national median of $359. The percent of the population that are public safety professionals is double the national median. And the violent crime rate is 143.6 per 100,000 people, whereas the national average is 204.6 per 100,000.

These are the top 10 safest communities in America, according to U.S. News & World Report:

  1. Nassau County, New York
  2. Rockland County, New York
  3. Alexandria, Virginia
  4. Westchester County, New York
  5. Arlington County, Virginia
  6. San Mateo County, California
  7. Shelby County, Missouri
  8. Bergen County, New Jersey
  9. Sublette County, Wyoming
  10. Butler County, Iowa

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