Gilbert, Chandler, and Peoria Rank High on '2017's Safest Cities in America' List
Wallethub recently released its 2017 Safest Cities in America list and while it’s no surprise that crowd favorite Gilbert scored high, Chandler, Peoria and a handful of other Arizona cities also scored well.
To come up with the ranking, Wallethub compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities — across three three dimensions: Home and Community Safety, Financial Safety, and Natural-Disaster Risk. Thirty-five metrics, including active firefighters per capita and identity theft complaints, were given weights and graded on a 100-point scale, with those cities scoring the highest deemed the safest.
Scoring a total of 85.29 points and ranking 5th on the list was Gilbert. The town caters to family life and young professionals with a booming economy and development.
Coming in 11th with 83.71 points is Chandler. The city is committed to safety through dozens of outreach programs including Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods, which strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. The city also scored 10th on safety from natural disasters, but scored 60th in financial safety.
Peoria scored 14th earning 83.35 points and scored well on Home and Community Safety. The Peoria Fire Medical Department is certainly a main reason why. They make it a point to visit all Peoria schools annually to discuss fire safety, have senior programs to assist in installing smoke alarms, and have an open door policy for residents to ask questions and get involved. Financial safety didn’t bode as well here either, scoring 69th.
Scottsdale also earned 20th overall with 82.67 points and while Glendale didn’t score unfavorably with 75.78, it did get high distinction as the 4th city with the fewest traffic fatalities per capita.