DENVER — Denver is the No. 2 safest city in America – or at least it feels that way to many of the people who live here.
A new Gallup poll asked thousands of people in each of the 50 largest U.S. cities if they “felt safe” walking the streets alone at night in the area where they live. Seventy-eight percent of Denver-Aurora area residents surveyed said yes, the highest total for any city expect for the Minneapolis-St. Paul region of Minnesota.
Also among the safest-feeling cities were Raleigh, N.C.; Boston, Salt Lake City and Austin. At 55 percent, Memphis, Tenn., residents felt the least safe, followed by New Orleans, Riverside, Calif.; and Houston.
Nationally, about 72 percent of all people said they felt safe.
Gallup noted that a safe feeling did not always equate to actual low crime statistics. According to Congressional Quarterly, Denver actually has the tenth-lowest crime rate in the U.S., making it more dangerous than Los Angeles and New York. Using the same measure, Detroit and Baltimore are the most dangerous cities.
There’s definitely some correlation, though – Memphis generally has a high crime rate, while Austin generally has a low one.
For more details on the poll, visit Gallup’s website.