Study: Cambridge Is Among Top Safest Cities For Treat-or-Treating

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's no trick, the city on the northside of the Charles River has been found to be the second safest city in the United States for trick-or-treating.

According to the study from the Chamber of Commerce, rankings were decided based on data from more than 300 census-defined cities across the U.S., valuing factors like metrics of pedestrian fatalities, violent crime, property crime, number of registered sex offenders, and number of law enforcement employees in the area.

Each metric was calculated per 100,000 residents— every city on the list has a population of at least 100,000.

The Chamber of Commerce says that the study was intended to give parents a bit of insight into which cities have the safest door-to-door experience when the night of Halloween rolls around.

The entire list consists of 25 U.S. cities, ranking from safest top to bottom:

  1. Gilbert, Arizona
  2. Cambridge, Massachusetts
  3. Cary, North Carolina
  4. Naperville, Illinois
  5. Rochester, Minnesota
  6. Irvine, California
  7. Scottsdale, Arizona
  8. Carlsbad, California
  9. Glendale, California
  10. Stamford, Connecticut
  11. Centennial, Colorado
  12. Boulder, Colorado
  13. Miramar, Florida
  14. College Station, Texas
  15. Bellevue, Washington
  16. Pembroke Pines, Florida
  17. Chandler, Arizona
  18. Burbank, California
  19. Overland Park, Kansas
  20. Sunnyvale, California
  21. Hillsboro, Oregon
  22. Surprise, Arizona
  23. Peoria, Arizona
  24. Torrance, California
  25. Murrieta, California

The reasoning for Cambridge's top spot, the CC says, comes despite the city's "college town atmosphere," as it has a low number of pedestrian fatalities and registered sex offenders in the area.

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Numbers used in the study came from multiple federal agencies including the U.S. Census Bureau, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Data Explorer, and the FBI's National Sex Offender Registry.

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