Safest Cities in New Hampshire, 2021

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You’d be hard pressed to find a dangerous city in New Hampshire: the Granite State logged the lowest property crime rate of any state in the country, along with the 3rd lowest violent crime rate. This high level of safety is reflected in the many New Hampshire cities scoring very well on our Safety Index, a score based on the latest FBI crime data as well as the ratio of law enforcement employees to residents.

In one of the best showings of any state, 22 New Hampshire cities scored a .03 or higher on the Safety Index, while 8 scored a 0.6 or higher. A remarkable feat considering New Hampshire is the 10th least populous state. Let’s take a closer look at New Hampshire’s five safest cities. 

Portsmouth is our choice for New Hampshire’s safest city.  The historic Rockingham County seaport earned a terrific 0.85 Safety Index score based on a 2.03 per 1,000 violent crime rate and 13.88 property crime rate. Portsmouth’s score is also boosted by its high law enforcement to resident ratio of 3.9 per 1,000.

Not far behind is Londonderry, also of Rockingham county, which lodged a 0.75 score on the Safety Index on the strength of its very low 1.1 per 1,000 violent crime rate and property crime rate less than half of the national average.

Hanover, home of Ivy League Dartmouth College, just trails behind with its 0.71 Safety Index score. The city is very safe, logging a violent crime rate below 1 per 1,000 based on just 9 recorded violent crimes in 2017.

Rounding out New Hampshire’s top five safest cities are Hudson (#4) and Merrimack (#5). Each scored above a 0.6 on the Safety Index and enjoy violent and property crime rates well below half of the national average in each category.

Safest Cities in New Hampshire, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Portsmouth0.85
2Londonderry0.75
3Hanover0.71
4Hudson0.65
5Merrimack0.64
6Raymond0.62
7Bedford0.61
8Pelham0.6
9Windham0.59
10Dover0.58
11Milford0.58
12Hooksett0.57
13Hampton0.55
14Nashua0.52
15Salem0.52
16Amherst0.51
17Exeter0.49
18Berlin0.48
19Durham0.47
20Goffstown0.47
21Derry0.46
22Lebanon0.32
23Claremont0.2
24Concord0.11
25Somersworth0.07
26Keene0.03
27Laconia-0.22
28Rochester-0.39
29Manchester-0.48

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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Safest Cities in Nevada, 2021

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Although it’s mainly known as the home of Las Vegas, the prime destination for folks around the country to fly into for a weekend and indulge in gambling and other vices, Nevada has a handful of other cities with a safe, family-friendly character far removed from the glitz and rambunctiousness of the Vegas Strip. 

In order to determine the Silver State’s safest cities, we analyzed the crime rates and police forces of each of Nevada’s eight cities with a population over 10,000, giving each a score in our Safety Index. Of the eight cities, three scored very well, two had average ratings, and three fared poorly. Let’s see how Nevada’s cities stack up.

First, let’s talk about the cities that scored the highest on the Safety Index, indicating a high level of safety. Nevada’s clear leader in terms of safety is Boulder City, which scored an impressive 0.83 on our Safety Index. The city of 15K about 26 miles south of Las Vegas recorded an excellent 0.57 per 1,000 violent crime rate, along with a property crime rate less than half of the national average. The fact that Boulder City is just one of two Nevada cities where gambling is prohibited may have something to do with its low crime levels. 

Along with Boulder City, two other cities also enjoy low levels of crime: Mesquite, a quiet resort community along the Arizona state line, and Henderson, a large city which borders Las Vegas and is home to many casinos, as well. Both cities logged violent crimes rate below 2 per 1,000 and property crime rates below 10 per 1,000, indicating that they are reasonably safe.

Las Vegas and Elko, a city of around 20K in the northwest part of the state, belong in the middle of the pack in terms of safety. Las Vega’s 6.18 per 1,000 violent crime rate is above average, but not unusually high for a city its size.

Now, let’s talk about the cities with scores on the bottom rung of the Safety Index: Sparks, Reno and North Las Vegas. Each earned a middling Safety Index score of -0.5 or lower due to average-to-poor violent crime rates and property crime rates above the national average.

Safest Cities in Nevada, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Boulder City0.83
2Mesquite0.36
3Henderson0.24
4Las Vegas -0.25
5Elko-0.35
6Sparks-0.5
7Reno-0.87
8North Las Vegas-1.26

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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Safest Cities in Montana, 2021

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In terms of safety, Montana ranks around the middle of the pack among U.S. states: 31st in property crime and 29th in violent crime. Many of Montana’s smaller communities (population < 10,000) have rather low crime rates, though in computing our Safety Index scores, we eliminated cities below 10K in population from consideration, leaving the six larger Montana communities, which did not perform as well.

Kalispell and Bozeman share the honor of Montana’s safest city (within the population parameters), each earning a -0.17 Safety Index score. Of the two cities, the larger city of Bozeman looks more impressive on paper, with a 2.78 per 1,000 violent crime rate that is below state and national averages in the category.

Great Falls ranks #3 in safety among Montana’s cities. The county seat of Cascade County recorded violent and property crime rates above Montana state averages in both categories, yet still compares favorably to other Montana cities.

Missoula, home of the University of Montana, trails behind at #4, followed by state capital Helena at #5. Both cities recorded violent crime rates above 4.8 per 1,000 as well as correspondingly high property crime rates.

Montana’s largest city, Billings, is also its least safe, earning a Safety Index score of -0.97 due to a violent crime rate of 4.93 per 1,000 and property crime rate of 54.58 per 1,000.

Safest Cities in Montana, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Kalispell-0.17
2Bozeman-0.17
3Great Falls-0.6
4Missoula-0.74
5Helena-0.85
6Billings-0.97

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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Safest Cities in Missouri, 2021

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Missouri is a good example of a state whose statewide crime averages are poorly representative of many communities within the state. On a whole, Missouri ranks 38th in property crime and 44th in violent crime, which isn’t very impressive. However, a large number of the state’s cities score very high on our Safety Index, which combines FBI crime statistics along with law enforcement employment numbers to measure the safety of a given community. 

Overall, 21 Missouri cities log a 0.3 score or higher on the Safety Index, a strong indication that, despite Missouri’s statewide performance (skewed by high crime rates in large cities), there is certainly no shortage of safe, family-friendly communities in the Show Me State. Let’s look at some of the safest. 

Town and Country is our pick for the safest city in Missouri. The affluent suburb of St. Louis earned a remarkable 0.81 Safety Index score based on the strength of a very low 0.45 per 1,000 violent crime rate, along with a property crime rate well under half of the state average.

Clayton’s safety record is nearly as impressive as Town and Country’s: the city of 16.7K logged just 20 violent crimes in 2017, or less than 1 every two weeks.

Third in the ranking is Kirkwood, which logged a violent crime rate of just over 1 incident per 1,000 residents, a number that is over five times below the Missouri state average. The city is a great place in which to raise a family.

If it weren’t for its low ratio of law enforcement employees to residents (perhaps no more are needed), #4 Ballwin would be higher in the ranking: the city of over 30,000 achieved a scant 0.4 per 1,000 violent crime rate.

Manchester (#5) and Creve Coeur (#6) are two further Missouri cities to distinguish themselves by earning Safety Index scores higher than 0.6 through recording violent crime rates significantly below the state average.

Safest Cities in Missouri, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Town and Country0.81
2Clayton0.77
3Kirkwood0.67
4Ballwin0.66
5Manchester0.62
6Creve Coeur0.61
7Eureka0.54
8St. Ann0.53
9Webster Groves0.53
10Lake St. Louis0.51
11Crestwood0.51
12Maryland Heights0.48
13Mexico0.44
14Chesterfield0.43
15Excelsior Springs0.43
16Wentzville0.38
17Jackson0.36
18Raymore0.36
19Maryville0.35
20Nixa0.35
21Kearney0.34
22Lee's Summit0.29
23Overland0.28
24O'Fallon0.27
25Sikeston0.23
26Florissant0.22
27Webb City0.21
28St. Peters0.2
29Grain Valley0.2
30Festus0.19
31Blue Springs0.16
32Marshall0.14
33Hazelwood0.12
34St. Charles0.09
35Arnold0.09
36Liberty0.07
37Jefferson City0.07
38Warrensburg0.03
39Fulton0.03
40Troy-0.06
41West Plains-0.08
42Ozark-0.09
43Republic-0.11
44Farmington-0.16
45Lebanon-0.2
46Washington-0.21
47Belton-0.21
48Gladstone-0.22
49Harrisonville-0.22
50Union-0.25
51Kirksville-0.26
52Moberly-0.3
53Carthage-0.35
54Neosho-0.36
55Rolla-0.44
56Bolivar-0.47
57Cape Girardeau-0.47
58Hannibal-0.54
59University City-0.55
60Columbia-0.57
61Bellefontaine Neighbors-0.66
62Bridgeton-0.72
63Poplar Bluff-0.74
64Grandview-0.75
65Kennett-0.86
66Sedalia-0.9
67Independence-0.91
68Raytown-0.93
69Ferguson-0.94
70Branson-0.96
71St. Joseph-1.09
72Joplin-1.12
73Vinita Park-1.16
74Kansas City-2.13
75St. Louis-2.5
76Springfield-2.6

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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Safest Cities in Maine, 2021

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Maine is one of the safety states in the United States, if not the safest state. The Pine Tree State recorded the 4th lowest property crime rate and the lowest violent crime rate in the country.

Correspondingly, Maine’s cities boast some of the highest Safety Index scores in the nation, which is our way of determining the safety of U.S. cities based on crime rates and the ratio of law enforcement employees to residents in a given community. Let’s take a look at the five Maine cities which scored above a 0.6 on our Safety Index.

Wells is our pick for the safest community in Maine. The York County coastal town of just over 10K –which was founded all the way back in 1643– recorded a violent crime rate of 0.39 per 1,000 inhabitants based on just four reported violent crimes in 2017. Wells’ property crime rate is similarly impressive: less than half of the national average.

On second place, Scarborough is double the size of Wells, yet managed a nearly identical 0.40 per 1,000 violent crime rate, and a property crime rate a bit higher than our #1 pick, at 15.04, which is well below the national average.

York, Maine’s #3 safest city, is just a hair behind Scarborough in terms of safety, earning a 0.78 Safety Index score versus the latter’s 0.79. The city of 13K logged a mere 9 violent crimes in 2017, along with 143 property crimes.

Fourth in the ranking of Maine’s safest cities is Falmouth, which recorded the lowest violent crime rate of any Maine community with a population over 10,000: a very low 0.33 per 1,000 based on just 4 violent crimes in 2017. The city’s ratio of law enforcement to residents is slightly below others on the list and is the only thing keeping it out of the top spot. 

At number five, Kennebunk is noteworthy for its extremely low property crime rate, just 4.03 per 1,000, which is lower than many cities’ violent crime rates.

Safest Cities in Maine, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Wells0.92
2Scarborough0.79
3York0.78
4Falmouth0.66
5Kennebunk0.63
6Gorham0.47
7Brunswick0.42
8Orono0.41
9Saco0.4
10Windham0.39
11Westbrook0.31
12Portland0.28
13Bangor0.24
14Auburn0.22
15South Portland0.21
16Augusta0.18
17Lewiston0.17
18Biddeford0.1
19Sanford0.04
20Waterville-0.02

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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Safest Cities in Louisiana, 2021

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Louisiana is not among the safest states in the nation: the state’s violent crime rate of 5.57 per 1,000 and property crime rate of 33.67 per 1,000 are quite a bit above the national averages in both categories. However, much of Louisiana’s crime problem is localized in big cities like New Orleans and Baton Rouge, while many of the state’s smaller communities are relatively safe.

In fact, 11 Louisiana cities scored a 0.2 or above on our Safety Index, indicating that their crime rates are favorably low compared to state and national averages. Let’s take a closer look at Louisiana’s safest cities doing their best to challenge popular perception.

Gretna, a city in Jefferson Parish across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, is our pick for Louisiana’s safest city. While Gretna’s violent and property crime rates are below the state average, the main reason for the city’s high Safety Index score is its extremely high law enforcement employee to resident ratio of 10.88 per 1,000. Few police forces in the country are this well-staffed.

Second in the ranking is Mandeville, which earned a very high Safety Index score of 0.78 based on a low violent crime rate of 1.12 per 1,000, which is nearly five times lower than the state average. At just 19.91 per 1,000, the city’s property crime is nearly as impressive, resting below both national and state averages.

The small city of Minden in the northwest part of the state is #3 in the ranking of Louisiana’s safest cities. Minden recorded just 8 violent crimes in 2017 for a total rate of 0.64 per 1,000.

At fourth place, Covington is a small city in St. Tammany Parish that has seen growth in the past decade following the relocation of many New Orleans residents that lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina. The city boasts crime rates well below state averages. 

Youngsville and De Ridder share the #5 position, each earning a 0.47 Safety Index score for logging violent crime rates less than a third of Louisiana’s state average.

Safest Cities in Louisiana, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Gretna2.55
2Mandeville0.78
3Minden0.6
4Covington0.56
5Youngsville0.47
6De Ridder0.47
7Thibodaux0.29
8Broussard0.29
9Kenner0.23
10Jennings0.22
11Slidell0.2
12Houma-0.1
13Baker-0.11
14Abbeville-0.16
15Sulphur-0.18
16Eunice-0.27
17Denham Springs-0.38
18Morgan City-0.38
19Ruston-0.46
20West Monroe-0.47
21Lafayette-0.66
22Zachary-0.79
23Gonzales-0.89
24Bossier City-0.9
25Pineville-1.08
26Lake Charles-1.09
27New Orleans-1.17
28Baton Rouge-1.25
29Shreveport-1.26
30Bogalusa-1.38
31Natchitoches-1.56
32Hammond-2.15
33Crowley-2.24
34Alexandria-2.34
35Monroe-3.65

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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Safest Cities in Kentucky, 2021

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Kentucky is a very safe state, overall. The Bluegrass State logged a violent crime rate of 2.26 per 1,000 and a property crime rate of 21.29, both of which are below the national averages. Therefore, it should be no surprise that many of Kentucky’s individual cities fare well on our Safety Index, which assesses the overall safety of a city based on crime rates and proportional size of a community’s police force. In total, 13 Kentucky cities scored above a 0.2, meaning they are very safe indeed. Let’s look at the five Kentucky cities that scored a 0.4 or above.

Kentucky’s safest city is Somerset, a small city in Pulaski County that achieved a terrific 1.08 safety score. The city recorded just 23 violent crimes in 2017.

Madisonville earned a very high 0.73 Safety Index score, rendering it Kentucky’s #2 safest city. The Western Coal Fields region community managed a 1.55 per 1,000 violent crime rate and a 15.18 per 1,000 property crime rate, besting Kentucky’s already low state averages in both categories.

In the third position is Lawrenceburg, a city of 11,211 that logged just 9 violent crimes in 2017, good for a rate of 0.8 per 1,000. The city’s property crime rate is also significantly below the state average.

At number four, Fort Thomas achieved a violent crime rate of just 0.49 per 1,000, which is the lowest in the state for qualifying cities (those with a population above 10,000). The city rests on the bank of the Ohio River in the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky metropolitan area.

Nearby Erlanger (#5 in the ranking of Kentucky’s safest cities) achieved nearly as impressive crime rates, including a violent crime less than half of the Kentucky state average.

Safest Cities in Kentucky, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Somerset1.08
2Madisonville0.73
3Lawrenceburg0.5
4Fort Thomas0.43
5Erlanger0.4
6Mount Washington0.39
7Independence0.34
8Elizabethtown0.33
9Hopkinsville0.32
10Henderson0.3
11Berea0.3
12Danville0.3
13Jeffersontown0.29
14Shepherdsville0.19
15Georgetown0.15
16Versailles0.15
17Glasgow0.12
18Nicholasville0.09
19Shelbyville0.06
20Bardstown0.06
21Ashland0.06
22Florence-0.05
23Newport-0.07
24Campbellsville-0.13
25Covington-0.18
26St. Matthews-0.18
27Richmond-0.23
28Radcliff-0.24
29Paducah-0.25
30Frankfort-0.26
31Owensboro-0.27
32Bowling Green-0.38
33Lexington-0.4
34Shively-0.41
35Louisville Metro-0.81

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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Safest Cities in Kansas, 2021

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Though Kansas has a violent crime rate slightly above the national average, many of its cities are very safe places to live. In fact, 14 Kansas cities achieved a positive score on our Safety Index, indicating favorably low rates of violent and property crime. Here’s a closer look at the Sunflower State’s five safest cities, all of which recorded violent crime rates below the national average, while 4 out of 5 have property crime rates below the national average.

Leawood, a city of just over 35K in the Kansas City metropolitan area, has the lowest violent crime rate of all qualifying cities, making it Kansas’ safest city.  Leawood logged just 0.88 violent crimes per 1,000, putting it in great company with similar sized communities around the country.

Andover, a modestly sized suburb of Wichita, is Kansas’ #2 safest city, logging a violent crime rate less than half that of the state average. The city’s property crime rate of 22.37 per 1K, which is below the national average, is quite an achievement in a state with a high instance of property crime.

Third place goes to Derby, another suburb of Wichita, bests Andover in both violent and property crime rate, logging a slightly lower Safety Index score due to a lower ratio of law enforcement employees to residents (2.57 vs. 2.35). However, both cities are very safe, family-friendly communities.

The fourth spot in the ranking belongs to Lenexa, a large suburb in the Kansas City area that logged a 1.68 per 1,000 violent crime rate and 17.46 per 1,000 property crime rate. These statistics are very impressive for a city of over 50,000 in population.

Fifth place, McPherson is located in central Kansas, away from major metropolitan areas. The small city recorded a higher than national average property crime rate, but it’s violent crime rate of 2.05 per 1,000 is lower than both state and national averages.

Safest Cities in Kansas, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Leawood0.56
2Andover0.41
3Derby0.4
4Lenexa0.35
5McPherson0.26
6Liberal0.22
7Gardner0.19
8Shawnee0.17
9Olathe0.14
10Lansing0.12
11Overland Park0.11
12El Dorado0.09
13Emporia0.04
14Winfield0.01
15Hays-0.12
16Haysville-0.17
17Garden City-0.2
18Pittsburg-0.2
19Atchison-0.24
20Dodge City-0.33
21Merriam-0.36
22Salina-0.43
23Junction City-0.5
24Arkansas City-0.62
25Newton-0.68
26Hutchinson-0.7
27Great Bend-0.72
28Topeka-0.8
29Leavenworth-0.85
30Wichita-1.66

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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