EL PASO, Texas -

El Paso is the No. 1 safest city with a population of 500,000 or more in CQ Press' most recent ranking of safest and dangerous U.S. cities.

The rankings are arranged according to population and are based on a city's rate for six crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft.

Lowest Crime Rate Ranking
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, WA
10. San Antonio, TX

Highest Crime Rate Ranking
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

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