BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Bernards Township is listed as the 21st safest city in America in a report generated by SafeWise.com, “your source for home security and safety advice,” according to its website.

The group issued its list of the 100 Safest Cities in America for 2017 on Monday, Aug. 14, and it may surprise many who take the time to look at the list the number of New Jersey communities that made the list.

In May, after analyzing FBI crime statistics, SafeWise issued its report on the 50 safest cities in New Jersey. Since that report was issued, it evaluated the statistics for each state, then identified the safest cities in the country.

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Bernards Township, with a population of 26,896, had .11 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and 3.30 property crimes per 1,000 residents. The previous year, Bernards Township ranked 78th in the list.

“We’re impressed once again by the local police force as well as groups like the environmental Green Team and the Shade Tree Commission. After Hurricane Sandy destroyed 15,000 trees in Bernards Township, the Shade Tree Commission kicked off a program to restore its local flora—encouraging every resident to plant five trees in their yard. It’s clear that Bernards Township doesn’t care only about its crime rates, but also the environmental health and wellness of its town,” according to the write up.

In May, Bernards Township ranked as the third safest city in New Jersey, so it is no surprise that it out-ranked all but two other communities, Washington Township, Morris County, which was the safest city in the state and River Vale, which ranked number two.

Nearby towns that made it onto the list include Chatham Township, #42, Warren Township, #45, Berkeley Heights, #61, Madison, #64 and New Providence #67, but those aren’t the only New Jersey towns that made the 100 Safest Cities in America list.

The country-wide ranking was made by reviewing the FBI Crime Report from 2015 and population data for communities in each state. All communities with less than 10,000 residents were eliminated, as were those that did not submit a complete crime report to the FBI, according to the website.

Violent crimes, such as aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery and property crimes, burglary, arson, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft were compared, and calculated as events per 1,000 people in each city.  

The statistics from all 50 states were then compared and the final ranking complied and published. Check out the complete list of the 100 Safest Cities in America for 2017.