Forbes ranks the Greater Boston area as the fourth-safest place among the largest 40 U.S. cities. The ranking defines Greater Boston as Boston, Cambridge and Quincy with a total of 4.5 million residents. The ranking weighed the factors of violent crime, workplace fatalities, traffic death rates and natural disaster risk.
Minneapolis-St. Paul came in first, followed by Milwaukee, Portland and Seattle which tied for fourth with Boston. Among the 40 metro areas in the ranking, Miami was last. Boston ranked 10th in violent crimes but had the best ranking in traffic-related deaths and 28th in natural disaster risk.