These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Colorado For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Colorado where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Colorado, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Colorado is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Centennial State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 66 places in Colorado with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Milliken (Photos)
  2. Eaton (Photos)
  3. Erie (Photos)
  4. Windsor (Photos)
  5. Cherry Hills Village
  6. Firestone (Photos)
  7. Gypsum (Photos)
  8. Eagle (Photos)
  9. Johnstown
  10. Louisville (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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How we calculated the safest cities in Colorado

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
These Are The 10 Safest Places In Colorado

For example, there were a total of 44 crimes committed in Milliken which had a reported population of 6,551. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00672 which translates into a 1 in 149 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 66 places in Colorado to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 66 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Colorado".

The safest city, based on population, is Milliken. The most dangerous? Glendale, where residents had a 1 in 7 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

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1. Milliken

Milliken, Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,551
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 45 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 625 (4th safest)

Taking the crown as the safest city in Colorado for 2018 is Milliken -- a classic example of everything that makes Colorado great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 159.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 2,183 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Colorado

2. Eaton

Eaton, Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,045
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 59 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 99 (1st safest)

If you're thinking of moving to Colorado and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Eaton -- the 2nd safest in the Centennial State.

Eaton is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 1009.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Eaton.

3. Erie

Erie, Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,115
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 54 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 610 (3rd safest)

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Erie ranks as the 3rd safest city in Colorado.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Erie.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Windsor

Windsor, Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,404
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,066 (11th safest)

You might be surprised to find Windsor this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Windsor is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Centennial State boasts the 11th best property crime rate and 1st best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Cherry Hills Village

Cherry Hills Village, Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,649
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,037 (10th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Cherry Hills Village, CO.

You get what you pay for in Cherry Hills Village -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 6,649 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Cherry Hills Village residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Cherry Hills Village in heartbeat.

6. Firestone

Firestone, Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,375
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,018 (9th safest)

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Firestone, the 6th safest city in Colorado.

The town of some 12,375 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Firestone a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Firestone?

7. Gypsum

Gypsum, Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,012
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,012 (8th safest)

Gypsum is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Colorado.

It has 1 in 98.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,753 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Colorado.

8. Eagle

Eagle, Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,715
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 59 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 819 (7th safest)

The eighth safest city in Colorado for 2018 goes to Eagle. Let's see why.

There were only 4 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 55 property crimes to boot.

9. Johnstown

Population: 16,143
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 80 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 706 (5th safest)

If you're looking for a safe place to live in Colorado, may we present Johnstown as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Colorado, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

114 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 5th best in Colorado on a rate basis.

10. Louisville

Louisville, Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,814
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 100 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 350 (2nd safest)

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Louisville.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Louisville residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 21 violent crimes and 73 property crimes in Louisville; that's really good for a place of 20,814 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In Colorado

Looking at the data, you can tell that Milliken is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Colorado residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Most dangerous cities in Colorado:
3rd Most Dangerous: Federal Heights
2nd Most Dangerous: Pueblo
Most Dangerous: Glendale

Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Colorado For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Milliken166,55145625
Eaton2 -
Erie3722,11554610
Windsor4522,404131,066
Cherry Hills Village586,649151,037
Firestone6312,375481,018
Gypsum7167,012571,012
Eagle896,71559819
Johnstown9116,14380706
Louisville10420,814100350
Brush11 -
Parker121350,409911,174
Estes Park13116,335941,136
Castle Rock141257,109891,544
Broomfield151066,953532,404
Fruita162012,8251241,434
Monument17216,497302,924
Lochbuie18245,5161261,794
Fort Lupton19147,9031891,277
Rifle20 -
Carbondale21 -
Golden221920,6161502,328
Avon23346,5321992,250
Cortez24298,7611592,385
Littleton251747,2881012,740
Woodland Park26227,2262351,992
Fort Collins2726164,6702072,450
Lafayette28 -
Salida29185,5161263,372
Aspen30326,926724,692
Evans312821,9753181,861
Steamboat Springs322712,5122472,389
Manitou Springs33435,3973142,260
Craig34258,7242172,728
Delta35398,7781023,782
Loveland363176,9362392,582
Longmont37 -
Boulder3830109,1892362,999
Montrose393319,0541524,382
Gunnison40416,1103102,700
Fort Morgan41 -
Westminster4235114,5142343,496
Fountain433728,1153482,592
Greenwood Village445016,0242123,831
Vail45565,4962005,149
Edgewater46585,3301876,247
Durango473818,2482353,934
Thornton48 -
Northglenn493639,8903483,391
Sterling505314,0873333,513
Commerce City514555,3414353,192
Brighton524438,3633723,461
Aurora5347366,4775293,059
Greeley5442102,4914563,195
Lone Tree554613,5932427,113
Colorado Springs5649464,1134953,560
Wheat Ridge574831,3893504,746
Sheridan58596,1133277,606
Denver5955699,2596573,589
Glenwood Springs60549,9783805,181
Grand Junction615260,6285175,047
Trinidad62517,9904006,132
Lakewood6357154,5535665,470
Federal Heights64 -
Pueblo6560109,9279836,798
Glendale66615,39675914,065

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