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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Milliken.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Centennial State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
After analyzing 66 cities in Colorado with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list of the safest cities in Colorado for 2018:
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:
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 Colorado.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:
For example, there were a total of 44 crimes committed in Milliken which had a reported population of 6,551. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0067 which translates into a 1 in 148 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 66 of the biggest cities in Colorado to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 66 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 Colorado".
The safest city, based on our criteria, is Milliken. The most dangerous city in Colorado? Glendale, where residents had a 1 in 6 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.
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 45 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 625 (4th safest)
Taking the crown as the safest city in Colorado for 2018 is Milliken -- a classic example of everything that makes Colorado great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 159.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 2,183 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.
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 59 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 99 (1st safest)
If you're thinking of moving to Colorado and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Eaton -- the 2nd safest in the Centennial State.
Eaton 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 1009.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Eaton.
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 54 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 610 (3rd safest)
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Erie ranks as the 3rd safest city in Colorado.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Erie.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,066 (11th safest)
This gem of a place in the Centennial State boasts the 11th best property crime rate and 1st best violent crime rate for 2018.
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,037 (10th safest)
Finishing just inside the top five is Cherry Hills Village, CO.
You get what you pay for in Cherry Hills Village -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 6,649 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Cherry Hills Village residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Cherry Hills Village in a heartbeat.
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,018 (9th safest)
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Firestone, the 6th safest city in Colorado.
The town of some 12375 people will have to try and continue to keep Firestone a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Firestone?
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,012 (8th safest)
Gypsum is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Colorado.
It has 1 in 98.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,753 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Colorado.
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 59 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 819 (7th safest)
The eighth safest city in Colorado for 2018 goes to Eagle. Let's see why.
There were only 4 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 55 property crimes to boot.
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 80 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 706 (5th safest)
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Colorado, may we present Johnstown as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Colorado, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
114 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 5th best in Colorado on a rate basis.
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 100 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 350 (2nd safest)
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Louisville.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Louisville residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 21 violent crimes and 73 property crimes in Louisville; that's really good for a place of 20814 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Milliken is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Colorado 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 Colorado according to the data:
|City||Rank||Previous Rank||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|Cherry Hills Village, CO||5||8||6,649||15||1,037|
|Estes Park, CO||13||11||6,335||94||1,136|
|Castle Rock, CO||14||12||57,109||89||1,544|
|Fort Lupton, CO||19||14||7,903||189||1,277|
|Woodland Park, CO||26||22||7,226||235||1,992|
|Fort Collins, CO||27||26||164,670||207||2,450|
|Steamboat Springs, CO||32||27||12,512||247||2,389|
|Manitou Springs, CO||33||43||5,397||314||2,260|
|Fort Morgan, CO||41||-||11,313||318||2,678|
|Greenwood Village, CO||44||50||16,024||212||3,831|
|Commerce City, CO||51||45||55,341||435||3,192|
|Lone Tree, CO||55||46||13,593||242||7,113|
|Colorado Springs, CO||56||49||464,113||495||3,560|
|Wheat Ridge, CO||57||48||31,389||350||4,746|
|Glenwood Springs, CO||60||54||9,978||380||5,181|
|Grand Junction, CO||61||52||60,628||517||5,047|
|Federal Heights, CO||64||-||12,563||644||5,715|
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