These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Colorado For 2017
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 59 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. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
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 (Sept 2015). 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 252 crimes committed in Frederick which had a reported population of 10,186. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0247 which translates into a 1 in 40 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 59 places in Colorado to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 59 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 Frederick. The most dangerous? Pueblo, where residents had a 1 in 15 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: 10,186 Property Crime Rank: 207Violent Crime Rank: 45
Population: 11,255Property Crime Rank: 221Violent Crime Rank: 218
Population: 19,548Property Crime Rank: 130Violent Crime Rank: 627
Population: 5,975Property Crime Rank: 330Violent Crime Rank: 334
Population: 20,455Property Crime Rank: 420Violent Crime Rank: 253
Population: 19,948Property Crime Rank: 208Violent Crime Rank: 760
Population: 6,553Property Crime Rank: 196Violent Crime Rank: 877
8. Estes Park
Population: 6,103Property Crime Rank: 649Violent Crime Rank: 628
9. Cherry Hills Village
Population: 6,329Property Crime Rank: 935Violent Crime Rank: 183
Population: 47,342Property Crime Rank: 497Violent Crime Rank: 966
There You Have It - The Safest In Colorado
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Frederick 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: Edgewater 2nd Most Dangerous: Sheridan Most Dangerous: Pueblo