These Are The 10 Safest Places In Kansas For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Kansas 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 Kansas, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Ulysses.

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

In all, we analyzed 43 cities in Kansas with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

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

How we calculated the safest cities in Kansas

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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) in Kansas.

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)
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For example, there were a total of 59 crimes committed in Ulysses which had a reported population of 6,084. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0097 which translates into a 1 in 103 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 43 of the biggest cities in Kansas to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 43 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 Kansas".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Ulysses. The most dangerous city in Kansas? Wichita, where residents had a 1 in 15 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.

1. Ulysses

Ulysses, KS
Source: Public domain

Population: 6,084
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 65 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 904 (2nd safest)
More on Ulysses: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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

We are talking about only having a 1 in 110.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,521 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

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

2. Prairie Village

Prairie Village, KS

Population: 21,958
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,011 (3rd safest)
More on Prairie Village: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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

Prairie Village 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 98.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Prairie Village.

3. Bel Aire

Population: 7,574
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 79 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 765 (1st safest)
More on Bel Aire: Real Estate | Data

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

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

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Leawood

Leawood, KS
Source: Public domain

Population: 35,139
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 85 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,126 (6th safest)
More on Leawood: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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

This gem of a place in the Sunflower State boasts the 6th best property crime rate and 4th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Basehor

Population: 5,563
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 107 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,078 (5th safest)
More on Basehor: Real Estate | Data

Finishing just inside the top five is Basehor, KS.

You get what you pay for in Basehor -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 927 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Basehor residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Basehor in a heartbeat.

6. Andover

Andover, KS

Population: 12,937
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 115 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,576 (10th safest)
More on Andover: Real Estate | Data

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

The town of some 12937 people will have to try and continue to keep Andover a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Andover?

7. Lansing

Lansing, KS

Population: 11,860
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 177 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,053 (4th safest)
More on Lansing: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lansing is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Kansas.

It has 1 in 94.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 564 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

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

8. Colby

Colby, KS

Population: 5,418
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 18)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 92 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,122 (17th safest)
More on Colby: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The eighth safest city in Kansas for 2018 goes to Colby. Let's see why.

There were only 5 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 115 property crimes to boot.

9. Lenexa

Lenexa, KS

Population: 53,376
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 131 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,725 (11th safest)
More on Lenexa: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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

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

921 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 11th best in Kansas on a rate basis.

10. Valley Center

Population: 7,302
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 178 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,396 (7th safest)
More on Valley Center: Real Estate | Data

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

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

In total, there were 13 violent crimes and 102 property crimes in Valley Center; that's really good for a place of 7302 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Sunflower State

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

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

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Kansas according to the data:

  1. Wichita
  2. Independence
  3. Topeka
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List Of Safest Cities In Kansas For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Ulysses, KS 1 4 6,084 65 904
Prairie Village, KS 2 1 21,958 50 1,011
Bel Aire, KS 3 3 7,574 79 765
Leawood, KS 4 2 35,139 85 1,126
Basehor, KS 5 8 5,563 107 1,078
Andover, KS 6 9 12,937 115 1,576
Lansing, KS 7 11 11,860 177 1,053
Colby, KS 8 26 5,418 92 2,122
Lenexa, KS 9 10 53,376 131 1,725
Valley Center, KS 10 5 7,302 178 1,396
Olathe, KS 11 7 135,977 163 1,564
Abilene, KS 12 18 6,501 123 1,938
Derby, KS 13 16 23,708 92 2,273
Mulvane, KS 14 12 6,347 94 2,505
Overland Park, KS 15 14 189,104 198 1,482
Emporia, KS 16 13 24,601 142 2,337
Tonganoxie, KS 17 6 5,295 188 1,888
Shawnee, KS 18 15 65,603 202 1,791
Haysville, KS 19 32 11,288 159 2,613
El Dorado, KS 20 - 12,913 178 2,679
Hays, KS 21 25 21,206 315 2,089
Park City, KS 22 20 7,671 182 2,763
Augusta, KS 23 21 9,304 311 2,730
Pratt, KS 24 24 6,854 145 4,566
Paola, KS 25 19 5,509 326 3,104
Ottawa, KS 26 17 12,334 381 2,764
Winfield, KS 27 23 12,176 312 3,235
Dodge City, KS 28 27 27,997 353 3,103
Junction City, KS 29 33 24,780 706 2,070
Mission, KS 30 42 9,523 304 4,347
Atchison, KS 31 29 10,654 356 3,576
Garden City, KS 32 34 27,038 514 3,095
Salina, KS 33 35 47,805 428 3,821
Great Bend, KS 34 41 15,661 383 3,837
Newton, KS 35 37 19,226 514 3,177
Arkansas City, KS 36 38 12,085 479 3,632
Merriam, KS 37 39 11,337 449 4,895
Fort Scott, KS 38 47 7,792 539 4,055
Iola, KS 39 45 5,425 608 5,105
Parsons, KS 40 43 10,016 718 4,692
Topeka, KS 41 46 127,166 559 5,620
Independence, KS 42 - 8,860 654 5,699
Wichita, KS 43 49 391,399 1,056 5,381

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