The 9 safest cities in America

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    By Nick Wallace/SmartAsset

    Safety first, right? Whether you're thinking about relocating for your career, looking for a good neighborhood in which to buy a home or trying to decide where you want to attend college, safety is always a top consideration. It's a pretty safe bet to say that no one wants to live in a place where they feel threatened or afraid.

    To find the safest cities in the U.S. SmartAsset took a holistic approach, looking at a number of different metrics. Violent crime was a primary factor in our analysis, but we also looked at other measures of safety, such as motor vehicle accidents, drug use and excessive drinking. We considered the largest 200 cities in the U.S.

    Click ahead for a look at the nine safest cities in America.

    Click here to read more about the methodology.