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Lawrence, KS—For the third year in a row, Amherst, New York is America’s Safest City. The honor will be announced in the upcoming, new edition of City Crime Rankings, an annual reference book of crime statistics and rankings slated for publication in December. The results of the ninth annual Safest City Award, which compares crime in 342 cities, were announced today by Morgan Quitno Press, a Lawrence, Kansas-based publishing and research company. At the opposite end of the crime scale, St. Louis, Missouri ranks as the nation’s most dangerous city.

“Amherst is stuck to the top of our rankings,” said Scott Morgan, President of Morgan Quitno Press. “But, it is no wonder that the city does so well. With no murders and some of the lowest crime rates in the nation, Amherst easily beat out the other 341 cities in this year’s ranking.”

The Morgan Quitno Safest City Award is based on a city’s rate for six basic crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. All cities of 75,000+ populations that reported crime data to the FBI for the six crime categories were included in the rankings. Final 2001 statistics, released by the FBI on October 28, 2002 were used to determine the rankings.

Joining Amherst at the top of the Safest City rankings were Brick Township, New Jersey; Newton, Massachusetts; Thousand Oaks, California and Sunnyvale, California. Just ahead of St. Louis at the most dangerous end of the Morgan Quitno crime scale were Detroit, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; Gary, Indiana and Baltimore, Maryland.

In addition to ranking the safety of cities, Morgan Quitno also examined crime in metropolitan areas. In those rankings, Danbury Connecticut rose to the top of the list to win this year’s Safest Metropolitan Area Award. The Memphis, TN-AR-MS metropolitan area ranked as the most dangerous.

The findings of the ninth annual Safest City and Metropolitan Area Awards are announced in City Crime Rankings 9th Edition, an annual reference book from Morgan Quitno Press. The newly updated edition of this volume will be available December 10th. The Safest City and Metropolitan Area rankings are one of five Morgan Quitno Awards announced annually by the publishing company. These other annual announcements designate the nation’s Most Livable State (a state quality of life survey); the Healthiest State (a survey of state health care); the Safest and Most Dangerous States (a state crime survey) and the Smartest State (a state education survey).

Additional information regarding the results of the ninth annual Safest City and Metropolitan Area Awards is available from Morgan Quitno Press via the Internet at The website provides methodology and rankings of the top and bottom 25 cities. A full report featuring information for all 342 cities is available online for $3.00.