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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Flatwoods.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Bluegrass State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 75 cities in Kentucky 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:
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 Kentucky.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:
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 0.0025 which translates into a 1 in 405 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 of the biggest cities in Kentucky to rank.
We ranked each city 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 our criteria, is Flatwoods. The most dangerous city in Kentucky? 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.
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 7,307 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.
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.
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.
This gem of a place in the Bluegrass State boasts the 8th best property crime rate and 1st best violent crime rate for 2018.
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 a heartbeat.
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Highland Heights, the 6th safest city in Kentucky.
The town of some 7216 people will have to try and continue to 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?
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.
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.
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.
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 15488 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
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.
Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Kentucky according to the data:
|City||Rank||Previous Rank||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|Fort Thomas, KY||2||2||16,436||12||547|
|Villa Hills, KY||3||4||7,499||26||373|
|Highland Heights, KY||6||7||7,216||69||734|
|Taylor Mill, KY||7||9||6,793||73||633|
|Central City, KY||8||11||5,875||17||1,429|
|Fort Mitchell, KY||12||10||8,334||83||1,007|
|Mount Washington, KY||15||13||14,162||77||1,461|
|Cold Spring, KY||16||17||6,217||48||1,656|
|Vine Grove, KY||19||12||5,892||118||1,205|
|Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills, KY||23||14||6,159||97||1,915|
|Fort Wright, KY||25||23||5,801||155||1,534|
|La Grange, KY||32||18||8,728||137||2,085|
|St. Matthews, KY||56||58||18,127||209||4,429|
|Mount Sterling, KY||62||61||7,268||330||4,058|
|Bowling Green, KY||67||72||64,561||315||4,295|
|Oak Grove, KY||75||47||7,431||470||4,952|
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