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
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.