These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Utah For 2018
We used data and science to determine the places in Utah where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 Utah, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Utah is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Beehive State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 62 places in Utah with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Lone Peak
- Salem (Photos)
- Santa Clara/Ivins
- Pleasant Grove (Photos)
- North Ogden
- Smithfield (Photos)
- Saratoga Springs
- Bluffdale (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:
How we calculated the safest cities in Utah
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)
For example, there were a total of 184 crimes committed in Lone Peak which had a reported population of 28,862. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00638 which translates into a 1 in 157 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 62 places in Utah to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 62 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 Utah".
The safest city, based on population, is Lone Peak. The most dangerous? Salt Lake City, where residents had a 1 in 11 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. Lone Peak
Taking the crown as the safest city in Utah for 2018 is Lone Peak -- a classic example of everything that makes Utah great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 160.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 7,215 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.
Population: 7,696Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 7) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 753 (6th safest)
If you're thinking of moving to Utah and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Salem -- the 2nd safest in the Beehive State.
Salem 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 132.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Salem.
3. MapletonPopulation: 9,479 Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 21 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 727 (4th safest)
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Mapleton ranks as the 3rd safest city in Utah.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Mapleton.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
4. Santa Clara/Ivins
This gem of a place in the Beehive State boasts the 7th best property crime rate and 3rd best violent crime rate for 2018.
5. Pleasant Grove
Population: 38,984Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 30 (7th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 646 (3rd safest)
Finishing just inside the top five is Pleasant Grove, UT.
You get what you pay for in Pleasant Grove -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 3,248 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Pleasant Grove residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Pleasant Grove in heartbeat.
6. North Ogden
Population: 18,654Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 13) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 26 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,190 (13th safest)
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in North Ogden, the 6th safest city in Utah.
The town of some 18,654 people will have to try and continue to try and keep North Ogden a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there North Ogden?
Population: 11,015Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 63 (20th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 326 (1st safest)
Smithfield is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Utah.
It has 1 in 306.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,573 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Utah.
8. Saratoga SpringsPopulation: 27,211 Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 47 (16th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 731 (5th safest)
The eighth safest city in Utah for 2018 goes to Saratoga Springs. Let's see why.
There were only 13 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 199 property crimes to boot.
Population: 11,765Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 42 (12th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,019 (10th safest)
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Utah, may we present Bluffdale as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Utah, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
120 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 10th best in Utah on a rate basis.
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Santaquin/Genola.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Santaquin/Genola residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 5 violent crimes and 136 property crimes in Santaquin/Genola; that's really good for a place of 12,289 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
There You Have It - The Safest In Utah
Looking at the data, you can tell that Lone Peak is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Utah 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 Utah:3rd Most Dangerous: Murray 2nd Most Dangerous: South Salt Lake Most Dangerous: Salt Lake City
Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Utah For 2018
|North Salt Lake||22||31||20,572|
|American Fork/Cedar Hills||25||26||39,028|
|South Salt Lake||61||58||25,022|
|Salt Lake City||62||57||193,918|