The rankings for the safest cities in America for 2012 was released by Forbes recently and Silicon Valley’s San Jose continues to prove that it is the place to be concerning safety and raising a family.http://therandomforest.com/america-safest-cities-2012/
San Jose received a healthy ranking at #6 for the safest city in America according to a formula of population to crime. Only one California city was ranked higher than San Jose, and that was Santa Ana who was ranked at #4.
Plato, Texas was ranked the most safe city in America.
Not only did San Jose have a high ranking for being a safe city in relation to crime, but San Jose was ranked by AARP as the 2nd happiest place to live in America.
San Jose’s credentials as being a great place to raise a family was substantiated by Parenting Magazine which listed San Jose as the 51st best city for raising a family in America. San Francisco received a #15 placement for being family friendly.
Income proved to be a big factor for safety and crime as cities that had a median household income over the national average also had lower crime statistics which enhanced their safe city ranking.
Although San Jose had the highest homicide rate in 20-years in 2012, it did not impact the overall crime issue compared to cities with similar populations in America. Additionally, subtracting out the gang violence equated to citizens without affiliations to gangs being extremely safe from crime.
Spirituality perhaps plays a role in the battle against right or wrong as San Jose has one of the higher percentages of those with a religious affiliation at 38,782 per 100,000 in an article released by the Huffington Post. One of the highest ratios reported was by Los Angeles which reported 48,489 per 100,000 of the population.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/08/most-and-least-christian-cities_n_1915050.html#slide=1569431
Economically San Jose as the hub of the Silicon Valley continues to report higher than average statistics and continues to rally behind the sluggish economy that has plagued other cities in 2012. Employment opportunities and a recovering housing market is making San Jose one of the more attractive options to live.
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