These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Nevada For 2018

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

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

After analyzing 13 places in Nevada with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Yerington
  2. Boulder City (Photos)
  3. Mesquite (Photos)
  4. Winnemucca (Photos)
  5. Henderson (Photos)
  6. Fallon (Photos)
  7. Carlin
  8. Sparks (Photos)
  9. Elko (Photos)
  10. North Las Vegas (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 Nevada

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 20 crimes committed in Yerington which had a reported population of 3,067. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00652 which translates into a 1 in 153 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 13 places in Nevada to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 13 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 Nevada".

The safest city, based on population, is Yerington. The most dangerous? Las Vegas, where residents had a 1 in 27 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. Yerington

Yerington, Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,067
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 65 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 586 (1st safest)

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

We are talking about only having a 1 in 170.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,533 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. Boulder City

Boulder City, Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,661
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 121 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,047 (2nd safest)

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

Boulder City 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 95.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Boulder City.

3. Mesquite

Mesquite, Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,969
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 122 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,869 (5th safest)

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

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

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Winnemucca

Winnemucca, Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,978
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 350 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,855 (4th safest)

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

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

5. Henderson

Henderson, Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 291,584
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 211 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,880 (6th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Henderson, NV.

You get what you pay for in Henderson -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 472 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Henderson residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Henderson in heartbeat.

6. Fallon

Fallon, Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,433
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 201 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,727 (9th safest)

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

The town of some 8,433 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Fallon a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Fallon?

7. Carlin

Carlin, Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,291
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 829 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,091 (3rd safest)

Carlin is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Nevada.

It has 1 in 91.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 120 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

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

8. Sparks

Sparks, Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 97,269
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 447 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,518 (8th safest)

The eighth safest city in Nevada for 2018 goes to Sparks. Let's see why.

There were only 435 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 2,450 property crimes to boot.

9. Elko

Elko, Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,687
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 493 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,881 (10th safest)

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

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

596 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 10th best in Nevada on a rate basis.

10. North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas, Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 238,554
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 954 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,212 (7th safest)

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is North Las Vegas.

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

In total, there were 2,276 violent crimes and 5,277 property crimes in North Las Vegas; that's really good for a place of 238,554 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In Nevada

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

But as most Nevada 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 Nevada:
3rd Most Dangerous: Reno
2nd Most Dangerous: West Wendover
Most Dangerous: Las Vegas

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

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Yerington113,06765586
Boulder City2215,6611211,047
Mesquite3417,9691221,869
Winnemucca457,9783501,855
Henderson53291,5842111,880
Fallon6128,4332012,727
Carlin772,2918291,091
Sparks8697,2694472,518
Elko9920,6874932,881
North Las Vegas108238,5549542,212
Reno1110244,5547023,243
West Wendover12114,2715613,394
Las Vegas13131,592,1788492,889

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