These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Kentucky For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Kentucky 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 Kentucky, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Kentucky is somewhere in the middle.

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

After analyzing 75 places in Kentucky with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Flatwoods (Photos)
  2. Fort Thomas (Photos)
  3. Villa Hills
  4. Edgewood
  5. Independence (Photos)
  6. Highland Heights
  7. Taylor Mill
  8. Central City
  9. Alexandria (Photos)
  10. Shelbyville

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 Kentucky

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)
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For example, there were a total of 18 crimes committed in Flatwoods which had a reported population of 7,307. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00246 which translates into a 1 in 406 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 75 places in Kentucky to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 75 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 Kentucky".

The safest city, based on population, is Flatwoods. The most dangerous? Oak Grove, where residents had a 1 in 18 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. Flatwoods

Flatwoods, Kentucky
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,307
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 232 (1st safest)

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

We are talking about only having a 1 in 429.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 7,306 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.

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2. Fort Thomas

Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,436
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 12 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 547 (3rd safest)

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

Fort Thomas 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 182.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Fort Thomas.

3. Villa Hills

Population: 7,499
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 26 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 373 (2nd safest)

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

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

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Edgewood

Population: 8,801
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 874 (8th safest)

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

This gem of a place in the Bluegrass State boasts the 8th best property crime rate and 1st best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Independence

Independence, Kentucky
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,227
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 69 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 565 (4th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Independence, KY.

You get what you pay for in Independence -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 1,433 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Independence residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Independence in heartbeat.

6. Highland Heights

Highland Heights, Kentucky
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,216
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 69 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 734 (6th safest)

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Highland Heights, the 6th safest city in Kentucky.

The town of some 7,216 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Highland Heights a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Highland Heights?

7. Taylor Mill

Population: 6,793
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 73 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 633 (5th safest)

Taylor Mill is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Kentucky.

It has 1 in 158.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,358 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

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

8. Central City

Source: intro Domain
Population: 5,875
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,429 (15th safest)

The eighth safest city in Kentucky for 2018 goes to Central City. Let's see why.

There were only 1 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 84 property crimes to boot.

9. Alexandria

Alexandria, Kentucky
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,112
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 15)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 43 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,525 (18th safest)

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

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

139 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 18th best in Kentucky on a rate basis.

10. Shelbyville

Population: 15,488
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 64 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,420 (14th safest)

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

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

In total, there were 10 violent crimes and 220 property crimes in Shelbyville; that's really good for a place of 15,488 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In Kentucky

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

But as most Kentucky 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 Kentucky:
3rd Most Dangerous: Newport
2nd Most Dangerous: Louisville
Most Dangerous: Oak Grove

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

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Flatwoods117,30713232
Fort Thomas2216,43612547
Villa Hills347,49926373
Edgewood468,8010874
Independence5527,22769565
Highland Heights677,21669734
Taylor Mill796,79373633
Central City8115,875171,429
Alexandria9249,112431,525
Shelbyville101515,488641,420
Wilmore1186,315151,599
Fort Mitchell12108,334831,007
Versailles136225,923571,516
Williamsburg14255,324931,314
Mount Washington151314,162771,461
Cold Spring16176,217481,656
Monticello17226,0711151,268
Lawrenceburg18311,140125870
Vine Grove19125,8921181,205
Bellevue20285,879511,700
Hillview21318,177971,540
Erlanger221922,9521431,381
Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills23146,159971,915
Dayton24485,450732,183
Fort Wright25235,8011551,534
Danville263316,7731311,919
Elsmere27308,5631511,623
Leitchfield28416,9041301,984
Jeffersontown293427,0061182,358
Bardstown305213,1811511,949
Madisonville312619,4671541,792
La Grange32188,7281372,085
Corbin33367,4031212,755
Morehead34217,0851691,961
Lebanon35375,7101921,751
Paris36279,8831512,347
Harrodsburg37298,3991662,178
Elizabethtown383229,8212281,596
Berea392015,1351322,841
Georgetown403533,0071722,784
Henderson415028,9041932,653
Hazard42755,3101125,122
Nicholasville433830,0931763,509
Murray443919,1822133,185
Somerset456511,4821913,684
Franklin46458,8522712,688
Glasgow474014,5602263,200
Cynthiana48166,4213112,476
Maysville49448,7802163,451
London50428,1521844,305
Mayfield514610,0862673,232
Hopkinsville525432,2222912,861
Richmond535333,9652204,045
Radcliff544922,3463442,734
Campbellsville556611,3572723,434
St. Matthews565818,1272094,429
Ashland576020,9872434,216
Russellville58437,0733533,166
Florence595732,6712444,242
Pikeville60557,0371985,741
Owensboro615159,3592294,477
Mount Sterling62617,2683304,058
Princeton63686,1423413,744
Covington646341,0944963,260
Lexington6564317,8533394,108
Shepherdsville665612,0982814,306
Bowling Green677264,5613154,295
Frankfort686927,9263753,913
Winchester696718,4612605,514
Shively707015,8005884,139
Middlesboro71599,6153325,460
Paducah727324,8363504,900
Newport737415,3303844,664
Louisville7471683,8256754,424
Oak Grove75477,4314704,952

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