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Shortsville named amongst safest places to live in America

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STACKER (WSYR-TV) — The size of the backyard or layout of the kitchen doesn't matter much if the house isn't in a good neighborhood. A house can't become a home if you don't feel safe there; the amount of natural light is a moot point.

Just think about the prospective home buyers on House Hunters or Fixer Upper-more often than not, their decision comes down to the neighborhood rather than a home's charms. 

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Before you start hunting for a new apartment or house, do your research on towns and cities nearby. You might be surprised by which areas experience the most crime. Luckily, Stacker has already started the research for you.

Using Niche's data on the safest places to live in the United States in 2018, Stacker selected the city or town with the best crime and safety rating for each state. Niche assessed the overall safety of an area and ranked places using data on murder, assault, rape, robbery and other crimes from the FBI Uniform Crime Report and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Read through the slideshow to see whether or not you live near the safest place in your state, and decide whether or not you agree with the rankings.

Alabama: Taylor

Population: 2,704

Overall Niche grade: B

Crime & safety grade: A

Cost of living grade: A-

Diversity grade: B

Public schools grade: B+

Nearby City: Dothan, Alabama

Alaska: Sitka

Population: 8,921

Overall Niche grade: B

Crime & safety grade: B

Cost of living grade: C

Diversity grade: N/A

Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Juneau, Alaska

Arizona: Thatcher

Population: 4,972

Overall Niche grade: B+

Crime & safety grade: A-

Cost of living grade: B-

Diversity grade: A-

Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Safford, Arizona

Arkansas: Greenbrier

Population: 5,164

Overall Niche grade: B+

Crime & safety grade: A

Cost of living grade: B+

Diversity grade: B-

Public schools grade: A

Nearby City: Conway, Arkansas

California: Via de la Valle

Population: 2,764

Overall Niche grade: A+

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: C-

Diversity grade: B+

Public schools grade: A+

Nearby City: Del Mar, California 

Colorado: Palmer Lake

Population: 2,558

Overall Niche grade: A

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: C

Diversity grade: B+

Public schools grade: A

Nearby City: Monument, Colorado

Connecticut: Weston

Population: 10,347

Overall Niche grade: A+

Crime & safety grade: A

Cost of living grade: C

Diversity grade: C+

Public schools grade: A+

Nearby City: Westport, Connecticut 

Delaware: Ocean View

Population: 2,087

Overall Niche grade: B+

Crime & safety grade: A-

Cost of living grade: C+

Diversity grade: B-

Public schools grade: B+

Nearby City: White Creek Manor, Delaware

Florida: South Palm Beach

Population: 1,309

Overall Niche grade: B+

Crime & safety grade: A

Cost of living grade: C

Diversity grade: C

Public schools grade: C

Georgia: Homeland

Population: 1,082

Overall Niche grade: B

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: A-

Diversity grade: B

Public schools grade: C

Nearby City: Folkston, Georgia

Idaho: Filer

Population: 2,640

Overall Niche grade: B-

Crime & safety grade: A

Cost of living grade: B-

Diversity grade: B

Public schools grade: C

Nearby City: Buhl, Idaho

Illinois: McCullom Lake

Population: 1,011

Overall Niche grade: B

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: B

Diversity grade: A-

Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: McHenry, Illinois 

Indiana: Tell City

Population: 7,313

Overall Niche grade: A-

Crime & safety grade: A-

Cost of living grade: A

Diversity grade: B-

Public schools grade: B+

Nearby City: Troy, Indiana

Iowa: Rock Valley

Population: 3,623

Overall Niche grade: A-

Crime & safety grade: A

Cost of living grade: A-

Diversity grade: B-

Public schools grade: B

Kansas: Mission Hills

Population: 3,582

Overall Niche grade: A+

Crime & safety grade: A-

Cost of living grade: B

Diversity grade: C-

Public schools grade: A+

Nearby City: Overland Par, Kansas 

Kentucky: Nortonville

Population: 1,094

Overall Niche grade: B-

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: A

Diversity grade: C+

Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Little Valley, Kentucky

Louisiana: Brusly

Population: 2,675

Overall Niche grade: A-

Crime & safety grade: A

Cost of living grade: A-

Diversity grade: B+

Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Antonio, Louisiana

Maine: Phippsburg

Population: 2,029

Overall Niche grade: B+

Crime & safety grade: A

Cost of living grade: B-

Diversity grade: C+

Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Bath, Maine

Maryland: Lonaconing

Population: 1,214

Overall Niche grade: B

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: A

Diversity grade: C+

Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Nikep, Maryland 

Massachusetts: Berlin

Population: 3,061

Overall Niche grade: A-

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: C

Diversity grade: B-

Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Hudson, Massachusetts

Michigan: Frost Township

Population: 1,063

Overall Niche grade: B-

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: A

Diversity grade: C+

Public schools grade: C-

Nearby City: Harrison, Michigan

Minnesota: Thomson Township

Population: 5,046

Overall Niche grade: A-

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: B+

Diversity grade: C+

Public schools grade: A

Nearby City: Hallock, Minnesota 

Mississippi: Florence

Population: 4,313

Overall Niche grade: B+

Crime & safety grade: A

Cost of living grade: A-

Diversity grade: B

Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Brandon, Mississippi

Missouri: Lake Winnebago

Population: 1,211

Overall Niche grade: A

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: B-

Diversity grade: C

Public schools grade: A

Nearby City: Greenwood, Missouri 

Montana: Dillon

Population: 4,214

Overall Niche grade: B+

Crime & safety grade: B+

Cost of living grade: B-

Diversity grade: B-

Public schools grade: B+

Nebraska: Ashland

Population: 2,455

Overall Niche grade: B+

Crime & safety grade: A

Cost of living grade: A-

Diversity grade: B-

Public schools grade: B+

Nevada: Yerington

Population: 3,096

Overall Niche grade: B-

Crime & safety grade: B+

Cost of living grade: B+

Diversity grade: N/A

Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Carson City

New Hampshire: Newfields

Population: 1,526

Overall Niche grade: B+

Crime & safety grade: A

Cost of living grade: C-

Diversity grade: B-

Public schools grade: B+

Nearby City: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

New Jersey: Old Tappan

Population: 5,942

Overall Niche grade: A

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: C-

Diversity grade: A-

Public schools grade: A+

Nearby City: Westwood, New Jersey

New Mexico: Mesilla

Population: 2,486

Overall Niche grade: A-

Crime & safety grade: B+

Cost of living grade: C+

Diversity grade: A

Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Las Cruces

New York: Shortsville

Population: 1,361

Overall Niche grade: B

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: B

Diversity grade: C+

Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Victor, New York

North Carolina: Whispering Pines

Population: 3,125

Overall Niche grade: B+

Crime & safety grade: A

Cost of living grade: B-

Diversity grade: B

Public schools grade: B+

Nearby City: Southern Pines, North Carolina 

North Dakota: Lincoln

Population: 3,311

Overall Niche grade: B

Crime & safety grade: A-

Cost of living grade: A-

Diversity grade: C

Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Bismarck, North Dakota

Ohio: Lexington

Population: 5,484

Overall Niche grade: A-

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: A-

Diversity grade: B

Public schools grade: A

Nearby City: Mansfield, Ohio

Oklahoma: Ninnekah

Population: 1,113

Overall Niche grade: B+

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: A

Diversity grade: N/A

Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Norge, Oklahoma 

Oregon: Healy Heights

Population: 1,398

Overall Niche grade: A+

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: C-

Diversity grade: B

Public schools grade: A

Nearby City: Portland, Oregon

Pennsylvania: Mill Hall

Population: 1,573

Overall Niche grade: B

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: B+

Diversity grade: B-

Public schools grade: C

Nearby City: Lock Haven, Pennsylvania

Rhode Island: Jamestown

Population: 5,462

Overall Niche grade: A+

Crime & safety grade: A

Cost of living grade: C-

Diversity grade: B-

Public schools grade: A

Nearby City: Warwick, Rhode Island

South Carolina: Quinby

Population: 1,192

Overall Niche grade: B+

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: A-

Diversity grade: A-

Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Florence, South Carolina 

South Dakota: Eagle Butte

Population: 1,205

Overall Niche grade: C+

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: A

Diversity grade: N/A

Public schools grade: D-

Nearby City: Rapid City, South Dakota

Tennessee: Belle Meade

Population: 2,704

Overall Niche grade: A-

Crime & safety grade: A

Cost of living grade: C

Diversity grade: C

Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Berry Hill, Tennessee

Texas: Rio Bravo

Population: 4,842

Overall Niche grade: C+

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: A

Diversity grade: C+

Public schools grade: C+

Nearby City: Laredo, Texas

Utah: Centerfield

Population: 1,220

Overall Niche grade: B-

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: B-

Diversity grade: B+

Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Santaquin, Utah

Vermont: Castleton

Population: 4,610

Overall Niche grade: B

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: B-

Diversity grade: C+

Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Rutland, Vermont

Virginia: Cedar Bluff

Population: 1,183

Overall Niche grade: B-

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: B+

Diversity grade: C+

Public schools grade: B

Nearby City: Claypool Hill, Virginia 

Washington: Cosmopolis

Population: 1,539

Overall Niche grade: B

Crime & safety grade: A

Cost of living grade: B-

Diversity grade: B

Public schools grade: B-

Nearby City: Aberdeen, Washington

West Virginia: Eleanor

Population: 1,691

Overall Niche grade: A-

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: A-

Diversity grade: B-

Public schools grade: B+

Nearby City: Charleston, WV

Wisconsin: Brooklyn

Population: 1,343

Overall Niche grade: A-

Crime & safety grade: A+

Cost of living grade: B+

Diversity grade: B-

Public schools grade: A

Nearby City: Madison, Wisconsin

Wyoming: Worland

Population: 5,383

Overall Niche grade: B

Crime & safety grade: A-

Cost of living grade: B

Diversity grade: A-

Public schools grade: B-

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