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39. Rhode Island
> Best city to live: Cranston
> Population: 81,025
> Median home value: $224,200 (highest 25%)
> Poverty rate: 6.0% (lowest 10%)
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 32.4% (highest 10%)

Cranston, Rhode Island has one of the strongest economies in the state and the country. Just 6.0% of Cranston residents live in poverty, less than half of Rhode Island’s 12.8% poverty rate and well below the 14.0% U.S. rate.

Cranston is safer than its neighboring cities. The city’s violent crime rate of 153.0 per 100,000 people is much lower than the rate across Rhode Island of 239.0 incidents per 100,000 people. There were also 1,862 property crimes in Cranston per 100,000 people, compared to 2,451 property crimes per 100,000 people nationwide.