Safest cities in the Valley: See cities with lowest crime rates

and last updated 2018-12-20 15:31:45-05

Wondering how safe it is where you live? According to federal data, residents in Buckeye and Paradise Valley have the best bragging rights when it comes to Valley cities.

Using 2017 crime data from the FBI, ABC15 compared 14 different Valley cities by the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents.

While some cities saw a decreased violent crime rate compared with 2016, others saw a jump.

Of the Valley cities compared, Paradise Valley, Buckeye, and Gilbert took the top ranks for lowest violent crime rates, respectively.

RELATED: See which cities have lowest crime rates in Phoenix metro for 2016

The violent crime rates for Paradise Valley and Buckeye both decreased from 2016 to 2017, but Paradise Valley's resulted in a lower rate that moved it from second to first in the rankings. 

Click on each city in the map below to see their violent crime rates for 2017, as well as 2016 rates and population information.

In a series of May stories, ABC15 looked at the Buckeye Police Department to see if their low crime rates were too good to be true. It was found that several charged crimes were excluded from their final statistics. 

Phoenix, easily the Valley's most populous city, had the highest violent crime rate of the 14 cities we compared in 2017. Glendale's violent crime rate decreased from 2016 to 2017, but it still dropped in rankings from 12th to 13th.

The entire state saw an increase of the violent crime rate per 100,000 between 2016 and 2017, from 470 to 508. This contrasts a nationwide decrease in violent crime rate, from 386.2 to 382.9.

Note: Crime statistics for Casa Grande, which was included in 2016 analysis, were not immediately provided from the FBI for 2017.

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