Looking for the safest U.S. cities for your next home or vacation? You may want to consider Minneapolis, Minn., and Seattle, according to a new Gallup poll.

Those cities ranked first and second, respectively, in the poll on perceived safety in 14 big American cities. The results don’t necessarily reflect crime statistics; instead, they focus on public perception about each city.

Washington and Detroit didn’t fare as well. They were at the bottom of the list.

More than 1,000 U.S. adults participated in the October telephone poll, rating the 14 largest cities as “safe” or “unsafe.”

Here’s how the cities ranked in perceived safety, in order from most safe to least safe:

Minneapolis, Minn. Seattle Dallas Boston Houston San Francisco Atlanta Chicago Philadelphia New York Miami Los Angeles Washington Detroit

Minneapolis, Minn., was called “safe” by 78 percent of respondents. The city has ranked high in past Gallup polls; since 1993, at least 70 percent of Americans have called Minneapolis “safe,” says Gallup.

In contrast, only 33 percent of this year’s poll-takers called Detroit “safe.”

Three cities — Philadelphia, Washington, and Detroit — had declines in their perceived safety this year. However, all 14 cities rank higher than they did in 1990, says Gallup, noting a substantial drop in the nation’s crime rate since then.

By Miranda Hitti, reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD

SOURCE: Gallup News Service.