CQPress has released their annual list of American cities, metropolitan areas, and their crime rankings for 2010-11, and it shows that statistically, Salt Lake City has become a safer place to live for the second year in a row. Salt Lake is listed as only the 105th most dangerous city in the United States, compared to 89th in the 2009 report (2008 statistics) and 69th in the 2008 report (2007 statistics). It should be noted that although the report is titled "for 2010-11", the statistics are based on the 2009 calendar year; there's always a one-year lag time. Ratings for the 2006 year were previously discussed HERE, the 2007 ratings HERE, and the 2008 ratings HERE.
Although there will be nominal fluctuation up and down the list from one year to the next, this report shows improvement in Salt Lake's position for the second consecutive year, so Salt Lake appears to be becoming a safer place to live, although the east side is usually the safest. Once again, there is a distinct split between Salt Lake and its suburbs on the southern end of the valley. For the first time, St. George qualified to be rated as a city; as expected, it is one of the safest places on the list.
The complete list of the 400 cities ranked can be viewed HERE; population threshold is 75,000 or more. Utah cities shown below, along with rankings from previous years for comparison:
1. Salt Lake City - 105th in 2009, 89th in 2008, 69th in 2007, 108th in 2006, 125th in 2005.
2. West Valley City - 152nd in 2009, 184th in 2008, 146th in 2007, 201st in 2006, 159th in 2005.
3. Ogden - 197th in 2009, 198th in 2008, 170th in 2007, 198th in 2006, 190th in 2005.
4. West Jordan - 319th in 2009, 329th in 2008, 301st in 2007, 323rd in 2006, not rated in 2005.
5. Sandy - 332nd in 2009, 341st in 2008, 319th in 2007, 345th in 2006, 346th in 2005.
6. Provo - 364th in 2009, 359th in 2008, 352nd in 2007, 340th in 2006, 293rd in 2005.
7. Orem - 390th in 2009, 369th in 2008, 366th in 2007, 367th in 2006, 360th in 2005.
8. St. George - 382nd in 2009, first time rated as a city
In addition, CQ Press also ranked 347 metro areas. Here are Utah's five metro areas:
1. Salt Lake Metro (Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele Counties): 136th in 2009, 154th in 2008, 121st in 2007.
2. Ogden-Clearfield Metro (Davis, Morgan, and Weber Counties): 321st in 2009, 304th in 2008, 298th in 2007.
3. St. George Metro (Washington County): 339th in 2009, 311th in 2008, 307th in 2007.
4. Provo-Orem Metro (Utah and Juab Counties): 344th in 2009, 325th in 2008, 334th in 2007.
5. Logan Metro (Cache County UT and Franklin County ID): 346th in 2009, 328th in 2008, 338th in 2007.
Methodology: According to their press release, the crime rate rankings of the cities and metropolitan areas are calculated using six crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. These categories have been used for determining city crime rate ratings since 1999. The rankings include all cities of at least 75,000 residents that reported crime data to the FBI in the categories noted for calendar year 2009. In the most recent survey, 347 metropolitan areas and 400 cities were considered using statistics released by the Uniform Crime Reporting Program of the FBI in September, 2010. More detailed information on methodology is available HERE; data limitations discussed HERE.