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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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Yerington.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Silver State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 13 cities in Nevada with a population of more than 2,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Nevada for 2018:
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 Nevada.
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)
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 0.0065 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 of the biggest cities in Nevada to rank.
We ranked each city 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 our criteria, is Yerington. The most dangerous city in Nevada? Las Vegas, where residents had a 1 in 26 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.
Population: 20,687 Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 493 (8th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,881 (10th safest) More on Elko:Photos | Real Estate | Data
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
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Population: 238,554 Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 954 (13th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,212 (7th safest) More on North Las Vegas:Photos | Real Estate | Data
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 238554 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Silver State
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.