These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Colorado
We used data and science to determine the places in Colorado 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 Colorado, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Colorado is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Centennial State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 65 places in Colorado with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
How we calculated the safest cities in Colorado
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 (2014). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 37 crimes committed in Louisville which had a reported population of 19,888. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00186 which translates into a 1 in 538 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 2014. This left us with a total of 65 places in Colorado to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 65 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Colorado".
The safest city, based on population, is Louisville. The most dangerous? Pueblo, where residents had a 1 in 429 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: 19,888Property Crime Rank: 4Violent Crime Rank: 33
2. Castle Rock
Population: 54,253Property Crime Rank: 5Violent Crime Rank: 34
Population: 10,607Property Crime Rank: 20Violent Crime Rank: 12
Population: 20,112Property Crime Rank: 28Violent Crime Rank: 15
Population: 5,509Property Crime Rank: 24Violent Crime Rank: 25
Population: 6,002Property Crime Rank: 21Violent Crime Rank: 37
Population: 12,694Property Crime Rank: 25Violent Crime Rank: 29
8. Fort Lupton
Population: 7,756Property Crime Rank: 30Violent Crime Rank: 23
Population: 11,418Property Crime Rank: 33Violent Crime Rank: 24
Population: 20,861Property Crime Rank: 40Violent Crime Rank: 14
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Louisville is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Colorado residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Colorado:3rd Most Dangerous: Lakewood 2nd Most Dangerous: Federal Heights Most Dangerous: Pueblo
Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Colorado
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