These Are The 10 Safest Places 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 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.

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 Nevada

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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 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)
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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 0.0065 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.

1. Yerington

Yerington, NV

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

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 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. Boulder City

Boulder City, NV

Population: 15,661
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 121 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,047 (2nd safest)
More on Boulder City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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, NV

Population: 17,969
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 122 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,869 (5th safest)
More on Mesquite: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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, NV

Population: 7,978
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 350 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,855 (4th safest)
More on Winnemucca: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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, NV

Population: 291,584
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 211 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,880 (6th safest)
More on Henderson: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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 a heartbeat.

6. Fallon

Fallon, NV

Population: 8,433
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 201 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,727 (9th safest)
More on Fallon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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

The town of some 8433 people will have to try and continue to 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, NV

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

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, NV

Population: 97,269
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 447 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,518 (8th safest)
More on Sparks: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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, NV

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: PhotosReal 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

North Las Vegas, NV
Source: Public domain

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: PhotosReal 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.

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

  1. Las Vegas
  2. West Wendover
  3. Reno
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List Of Safest Cities In Nevada For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Yerington, NV 1 1 3,067 65 586
Boulder City, NV 2 2 15,661 121 1,047
Mesquite, NV 3 4 17,969 122 1,869
Winnemucca, NV 4 5 7,978 350 1,855
Henderson, NV 5 3 291,584 211 1,880
Fallon, NV 6 12 8,433 201 2,727
Carlin, NV 7 7 2,291 829 1,091
Sparks, NV 8 6 97,269 447 2,518
Elko, NV 9 9 20,687 493 2,881
North Las Vegas, NV 10 8 238,554 954 2,212
Reno, NV 11 10 244,554 702 3,243
West Wendover, NV 12 11 4,271 561 3,394
Las Vegas, NV 13 13 1,592,178 849 2,889

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