What could be more important to a parent than raising children in safety? Who doesn't dream of an idyllic city where children could play in the streets, front doors could be left unlocked and you never worried about a kid getting snatched? While we can't find that utopia for you, we gauged the safety of cities by tabulating the violent crime rate, the number of sex offenders per capita, and the peace index from the Institute for Economics & Peace which examined 'the absence of violence' across the U.S. including factors such as availability of small arms and the presence of police.
1. Burlington, Vermont
Ranked second overall on our Best Cities list, Burlington secured the top spot on this list thanks to low violent crime and sex offenders per capita. In fact, the entire state of Vermont earned a peaceful ranking on the Institute for Economics & Peace index, third only to Maine and New Hampshire when it comes to states with low murder rates, high per capita police officers and minimal access to small arms.