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Olive Branch ranks high in safe city ranking

The city of Olive Branch finds itself with another positive ranking to be aware of.  

Regularly ranked among the best places to live in America, Olive Branch has now been noted by MoneyGeek, a personal finance website, as the safest small city in Mississippi.  

MoneyGeek used a formula to determine the cost per crime in each community and the crime cost per capita is $1,197. 

To quantify the cost of crime in smaller cities and towns, MoneyGeek analyzed crime data and calculated the cost of crime in each place.

MoneyGeek included data on violent crimes — such as murder, rape and aggravated assault — and property crimes — such as burglaries and car theft. Though property crimes are much more common, violent crimes are more costly.

According to the MoneyGeek survey, most of the safest small cities and towns in America are in the Northeast or Midwest, with four of the top ten cities in New York or New Jersey, three in Illinois and three in Massachusetts. 

As a source of personal finance information, MoneyGeek quantified crime by the dollars it costs its citizens to determine where the safest or most dangerous locale may be.  

The safest small city or town in America, by MoneyGeek’s formula, is Buffalo Grove, Illinois, where the crime cost per capita was determined to be only $22.  

Following Olive Branch, Gulfport was the next Mississippi city mentioned with a crime cost per capita of $2,254. Hattiesburg followed Gulfport at $2,408. 

You can examine the complete Safest Cities and Towns findings on the MoneyGeek website.

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