UNION, NJ – Analyzing data from the FBI to statistically determine the safest cities in the nation, Safehome, a professional review organization, has ranked Union the 41st Safest City in America.

“Times change and people change, but our commitment to the safety of our residents has never wavered,” said Mayor Suzette Cavadas.  “This is a wonderful recognition and we will continue to do everything in our power to make sure that our Township remains a safe place to live, work and play.”

The results place Union in the top 25th percentile for safest places to live in the U.S. of cities with populations over 50,000.  The data from the FBI was analyzed to statistically find out which cities are safest, compiled from information provided by 13,366 law enforcement agencies.  Safehome also used the Chapman University Survey of American Fears to highlight the crime rates of what Americans fear most, between violent crime and property crime rates.

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According to Safehome, several different factors were used to assign a Safety Score to a city.  First is the FBI’s latest report of how many and what types of crimes occurred in each city over a single year. The city’s crime trends are also considered; in other words, cities where crime is on the decline are given a higher Safety Score and vice-versa. They also looked at the number of law enforcement officers compared to the population.

New Jersey had the most cities with low crime rates, with 18 of the top 101 safest cities. California was next with 17 cities, followed by Illinois with 11 cities, most of which were located in the suburbs of Chicago.

“Our ranking on this list says a lot about our town,” said Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio. “Not only does it indicate that we have top-notch law enforcement, but it also indicates that the close-knit fabric of our community plays a role in preventing and deterring crime.” 

To view the entire list, visit https://www.safehome.org/safest-cities/.