The results of the 13th Annual Safest City Award were released yesterday – and Idaho’s capital city clocked in at 120, meaning it is the 120th least safe city.
Morgan Quitno Press, a Kansas-based publishing and research company, reevaluates the list each year for updated editions of City Crime Rankings, an annual reference book of crime statistics and rankings set for publication next week.
According the list, the safest city of the year was Brick, N.J., population 78,000-ish. (Amherst, N.Y. was number 2 and Mission Viejo, Calif., was number 3).
The runner-up most dangerous city was Detroit, and in a turn of events that shows how title-hungry this town is, St. Louis, Missouri, was named the nation’s Most Dangerous City, recapturing the designation it last held in 2002. The ranking was released just in time to rain on the city’s parade while celebrating Friday’s World Series victory over repetitively second-place Detroit.
The Morgan Quitno Safest City Award is based on a city’s rate for six basic crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. You know, the usual warm snuggly stuff. All cities with populations more than 75,000 that reported crime data to the FBI for the six crime categories were included in the rankings.
This year, the Morgan Quitno folks assessed 371 cities, so Boise’s ranking really isn’t so bad when you look at it as being better than most (and you consider all the gosh darn bank robberies this old west town sees, like, weekly).
But we just can’t get ahead of amiable Brick Township, which, according to Morgan Quitno President Scott Morgan, has no murders or rapes reported. Who’s calling the Garden State “New Dirty” now?