PLANO, TEXAS NUMBER ONE AND HENDERSON, NEVADA NUMBER TWO RATED THE MOST SAFEST CITIES IN THE U.S.

Rounding out Forbes top ten list were Honolulu, Santa
Ana, Lincoln, San Jose, Mesa, Colorado Springs, Aurora
and New York City.

The ratings were based on such factors as median income,
poverty rate, violent crime and traffic fatality statistics.

Henderson was cited for its high median income of
$61,861, a low poverty rate of 7 percent, and higher
median home prices than Las Vegas.

Plano's strengths include a high median income of
$79,234, a high percentage of college graduates on
the police force and a strong community watch
program.

A UNLV criminology professor attributes the low
crime rate to the fact that Henderson Casinos cater
mostly to local residents which reduces traffic and
the number of tourists moving about the city.

This low rate of tourist traffic helps Henderson
according to Forbes, because crime rates are based
on census population and violent crimes involving
tourists inflate the numbers.

The more than 35 million people who visit the strip
and Las Vegas yearly make it difficult to estimate
the real risk of crime for citizens of Las Vegas as
tourist numbers are rarely factored into risk
analysis, according to Forbes.