While the crime rate in the United States is low compared to that of many high-income countries, most Americans, especially those with young families, desire to live in low-crime areas. Luckily, there are plenty of places here in the US that not only have low crime rates, but that also have thriving companies and plenty of activities for families. Thus, here is a quick look at the top 10 safest cities in the United States as of 2013.

1) Irvine, California

CaliforniaIrvine had just 51 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The largest employer is the University of California-Irvine, but there are plenty of businesses and a thriving technology sector. The great thing about Irving is that is was built completely from a plan, meaning that the roads and homes are well organized and there are plenty of parks and green spaces.

2) Gilbert, Arizona

Citizens of Gilbert, Arizona will not need to be calling up a home security company anytime soon. The city had just 96 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The area also has a wonderful climate that allows for families to be able to enjoy the outdoors during any time of the year.

3) Plano, Texas

Plano continues to draw people due to its job supply and mild climate. The city is the headquarters of companies such as J.C. Penny and Frito-Lay, which both are able to provide jobs for thousands of people with various skills. It had 136 violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2013.

4) Fremont, California

The progressive city of Fremont had just 140 violent crimes per 100,000 people. Much of the city’s economy is focused in the Silicon Valley high-tech industry, but there are plenty of low skill careers as well. With so much money being pumped into this area, everything is kept in great condition and there are plenty of activities that are able to attract young and bright minds that have families.

5) Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale had 147 crimes per 100,000 people in 2013. Major factors contributing to the low crime rate include its relatively elderly population as well as its steady employment opportunities within the U.S. defense sector.

6) Henderson, Nevada

The strong sense of community is the major factor contributing to Henderson’s low crime rate. The planned city offers first-rate recreation facilities and public areas and access to entertainment venues on the Las Vegas Strip. In fact, local residents around Las Vegas are often able to get large discounts on the many activities can be found within the city. The violent crime rate is 168 per 100,000 people.

7) Virginia Beach, Virginia

With a thriving tourist industry and plenty government jobs available, Virginia beach comes in 7th on the list with 169 violent crimes per 100,000 people. This lively city also hosts a large number of events and is in close distance to a number of cities and beaches, providing an unlimited amount of fun.

8) Irving, Texas

Irving had 226 violent crimes per 100,000 residents and a growing business economy that is contributing to its overall safety.

9) Garland, Texas

Garland had 230 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. It benefits from a low unemployment rate and it is currently undergoing a complete revival, with new businesses, parks, and renovations being made every single year.

10) Chula Vista, California

The tourism industry and the small-business community make Chula Vista a safe community with only 233 violent crimes per 100,000 people. Not only does the city offer plenty of different activities and sights, but it is a short distance from San Diego and it features once of the most pleasant climates that can be found in the United States.

The cities on this list offer plentiful amenities and ample employment opportunities, making them the perfect place for families who want the opportunities of a city without the worry of high crime rates.