El Paso again ranks as safest U.S. city

POSTED: 01:25 AM MST Feb 05, 2013    UPDATED: 01:19 PM MST Feb 05, 2013 
EL PASO, Texas -

El Paso has been ranked the No. 1 safest city in America, according to CQ Press' City Crime Rankings 2013.

El Paso ranks No. 1 with cities of 500,000 or more population and first earned the safest city in America title in 2010. It is the third year in a row El Paso has ranked number one  with the lowest crime ranking.

Since 1997, El Paso has been ranked in the second or third spot of safest cities by this independent study.

CQ Press is an independent research firm that conducts various safety studies of cities, metropolitan areas and states.

Lowest Crime Rate Ranking Cities of 500,000 or more population
1.    El Paso, TX

2.    San Diego, CA

3.    New York, NY

4.    Austin, TX

5.    San Jose, CA

6.    Los Angeles, CA

7.    Portland, OR

8.    Charlotte, NC

9.    Seattle,    W A

10. San Antonio, TX

Highest Crime Rate Ranking of 500,000 or more population
1.    Detroit, MI

2.    Baltimore, MD

3.    Memphis, TN

4.    Philadelphia, PA

5.    Washington, DC

6.    Indianapolis, IN

7.    Milwaukee, WI

8.    Columbus, OH

9.    Oklahoma City, OK

10. Houston, TX