New report ranks Round Rock as No. 21 safest city in America

Analysis uses FBI violent crime rate data

Round Round ranks as the No. 21 safest city in America, according to a recent report.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed violent crime rates in major U.S. cities from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) most recent Uniform Crime Report. Violent crime includes murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. This year, Irvine, California, ranked as the safest city in the country, with a violent crime rate of 49 incidents per 100,000 people.

From the report:

Round Rock is one of four Texas cities among the 25 safest in the United States. With no known murders, the 72 reported incidents of aggravated assault accounted for the largest share of violent crimes in Round Rock in 2014. Like many of the cities with low violent crime rates, property crimes were also relatively rare in Round Rock. Only 1,951 property crimes were reported per 100,000 Round Rock residents in 2014, far lower than the nationwide average of 2,596 property crimes per 100,000 people.

The safest cities are also often prosperous, and Round Rock residents are not poor. The typical Round Rock household earns $73,098 annually, significantly more than the national median household income of $53,657.

While it is difficult to identify the root causes of violent behavior, violence is often conducted in similar contexts, and cities with especially low violent crime rates frequently share social and economic characteristics. In an interview with 24/7 Wall St., John Roman, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, a social policy research think tank, explained, “Places that are experiencing consistent economic growth tend to be the safest places in America.”

These areas are economically prosperous — and so are the residents. The median annual household income in all but two of the 25 safest cities exceeds the national income level of $53,657. Similarly, the poverty rate in all but two of the 25 cities is lower than the national rate of 15.5 percent.

Here is Round Rock data, according to the site:

  • Violent crimes per 100,000: 125
  • 2014 murders: 0
  • Poverty rate: 12.4%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.1%
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