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Rock 'n' roller John Mellencamp crooned that he can "breathe in a small town." Politician Sarah Palin said small towns "grow good people." And actress Patty Duke said that settling in a small town was tantamount to a childhood dream come true.

Here's another reason that small town life may be appealing: An analysis of 2020 FBI crime data by location reveals the 10 safest cities in the United States are relatively tiny municipalities with comparatively few residents.

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Elana Ashanti Jefferson

Elana Ashanti Jefferson serves as ALM's PropertyCasualty360 Group Chief Editor. She is a veteran journalist and communications professional. Reach her by sending an e-mail to [email protected].