People look at crime and safety the same way.

If you live in a crime-ridden community there's a good chance you don't feel safe.

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If crime numbers are low, you feel less likely to be the victim of a crime.

One of the things Money Geek took a look at to decide how safe cities are across the United States is by introducing a new metric:

How much crime actually costs those in the community.

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It's an interesting take, and when you think about it, it shows communities that withstand crime the best.

That essentially means, crime exists everywhere but the MoneyGeek study is basically saying this:

Money Geek:

Crime is costly to individual victims, perpetrators, communities and society at large.

Are the crimes big and how much are those crimes affecting those that live in those cities?

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Based on those numbers, the safest city in America just so happens to be in Illinois.

Money Geek:

Naperville, IL, was the safest city overall with a crime cost per capita of $187St. Louis, MO, had the highest per-capita crime costs at $11,574.

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On the other side of things, on the list of most dangerous cities in America, a town not too far from Naperville made the list.

Apparently, Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the 11th most dangerous city in the US with a "Crime Cost Per Capita" of $5,049.

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