Following a similar trend to last year, several New England cities have been ranked among the “safest” in the country — with five of the region’s cities taking up half of the overall top 10 spots, including first place — while other New England cities have either risen or fallen somewhat in the rankings since 2022.
In the No. 1 spot for the “safest” city in the U.S. for 2023 was Nashua, New Hampshire, according to WalletHub, rising from the second overall safest city last year to first.
Nashua traded places with Columbia, Maryland — which held the “safest city” title last year, but while slightly demoted still retains its No. 1 status for the safest city in the “home & community safety” category for 2023.
Following closely behind was South Burlington, Vermont, in 3rd place overall for 2023, according to WalletHub, which also designated it No. 1 in the category of “financial safety” for this year.
Worcester ranked as the 21st safest city in the U.S. for 2023, according to WalletHub. The city rose 7 places from 28th overall safest in 2022 to its current spot just outside the top 20.
Boston on the other hand was the 101st safest city in the U.S. for 2023, according to WalletHub — ranking somewhat high in the categories of “natural-disaster risk” in 35th and “financial safety” in 14th, but at 138th in the “home and community safety” category.
Comparatively, Boston fell 16 places from its previous position at 85th overall safest in 2022, based on WalletHub’s data.
For 2023, Boston ranked ahead of other major U.S. cities such as Portland, Oregon; Milwaukee; Pittsburgh; Phoenix; Nashville, Tennessee; and New York City, based on WalletHub’s data findings.
However, this year Massachusetts’ state capital ranked behind other major cities such as Charlotte, North Carolina; San Diego; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Antonio, Texas; and Minneapolis, Minnesota, based on WalletHub’s data findings.
Manchester, New Hampshire, ranked as the 24th safest city in the U.S. for 2023, based on WalletHub’s data, which added that it came in ninth place in the category of “financial safety” for this year.
Providence, Rhode Island, ranked as the 46th safest city in the U.S. for 2023, and 10th safest in terms of “natural-disaster risk.”
Bridgeport, Connecticut, was ranked the 55th safest city overall in 2023, with New Haven, Connecticut, in 120th place overall — the lowest-ranking New England city out of the 182 entries WalletHub examined.
Notably, cities such as Hartford, Connecticut, and Springfield, Massachusetts, did not feature in WalletHub’s rankings due to it only measuring the 150 most populated U.S. cities, in addition to at least two of the most populated cities within each of the 50 states.
WalletHub said it analyzed data from the 182 cities nationwide across 41 “key indicators” under the umbrellas of “home and community safety,” “natural-disaster risk” and “financial safety” to make its assessment.
An overall score was determined from each city’s weighted average across all metrics and communities were then rank-ordered using the resulting scores, WalletHub said of its methodology.
Notably, the cities listed refer to the city proper in each case, meaning surrounding metro area cities and suburbs were not considered.
The safest city nationwide in the category of “natural-disaster risk” for 2023 was Dover, Delaware.
The overall least “safe” cities in the U.S. for 2023 were St. Louis, Missouri; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; San Bernardino, California; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Detroit, according to WalletHub — all of which were the five least safe cities in WalletHub’s 2022 rankings.
To see WalletHub’s full rankings and data breakdowns for 2023, click here.