These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Colorado For 2019

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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 Colorado, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Cherry Hills Village.

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.

In all, we analyzed 68 cities in Colorado with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Colorado for 2019:

  1. Cherry Hills Village (Photos | Homes)
  2. Lamar (Photos | Homes)
  3. Frederick (Photos | Homes)
  4. Eaton (Photos | Homes)
  5. Johnstown (Homes)
  6. Louisville (Photos | Homes)
  7. Erie (Photos | Homes)
  8. Windsor (Photos | Homes)
  9. Firestone (Photos | Homes)
  10. Dacono (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Colorado, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Colorado

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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 2018) 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:

  • 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 27 crimes committed in Cherry Hills Village which had a reported population of 6,685. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.004 which translates into a 1 in 247 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 2017. This left us with a total of 68 of the biggest cities in Colorado to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 68 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 Cherry Hills Village. 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.

Cherry Hills Village, CO
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 6,685
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 373 (1st safest)
More on Cherry Hills Village: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The City of Cherry Hills Village is a home rule municipality located in Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 5987 at the 2010 United States Census. Cherry Hills Village is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is one of the most affluent places in Colorado and the United States. The city hosted two PGA Championships and the 2005 U.S. Women's Open at the Cherry Hills Country Club. The community was named for a grove of cherry trees near the original town site. Lamar, CO
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 7,468
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 937 (10th safest)
More on Lamar: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lamar is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Prowers County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 7,804 at the 2010 United States Census. The city was named after Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II during the period that he was Secretary of the Interior in the futile hope that the then town would be named as the land office. Frederick, CO
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 12,850
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 54 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 451 (3rd safest)
More on Frederick: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The Town of Frederick is a Statutory Town in Weld County, Colorado, United States. The population was 8679 at the 2010 census. Eaton, CO
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 5,212
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 805 (6th safest)
More on Eaton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Eaton is a Statutory Town in Weld County, Colorado, United States. The population was 4,567 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Benjamin Harrison Eaton, a pioneer of irrigation who played a leading role in transforming the arid prairie of the Great Plains east of Colorado's Front Range into a thriving agricultural region with water brought from the nearby Rocky Mountains in the late 19th century.

5. Johnstown

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Johnstown, CO
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 16,552
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,033 (11th safest)
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Louisville, CO
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 21,224
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 84 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 400 (2nd safest)
More on Louisville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Louisville Colorado is a Home Rule Municipality in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 18,376 at the 2010 United States Census. Louisville began as a rough mining community in 1877, suffered through a period of extraordinary labor violence early in the 20th century, and then, when the mines closed in the 1950s, made a transition to a suburban residential community. CNN/Money and Money magazine have consistently listed Louisville as one of the 100 best places to live in the United States, ranking it among the top 100 in 2007, 2009 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Erie, CO
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 23,660
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 845 (7th safest)
More on Erie: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The Town of Erie is a Statutory Town in Boulder and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. The population as of the 2010 census was 18,135, up from 6,291 at the 2000 census. Erie is located just west of Interstate 25, with easy access to Interstate 70, Denver International Airport and Colorado's entire Front Range. Erie's Planning Area spans 48 square miles, extending from the north side of State Highway 52 south to State Highway 7, and between US 287 on the west and Interstate 25 to the east. Erie is approximately 35 minutes from Denver International Airport, 25 minutes from Denver and 20 minutes from Boulder. The town was named after Erie, Pennsylvania, the former home of an early settler, Richard Van Valkenburg. Windsor, CO
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 23,523
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 21 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,143 (13th safest)
More on Windsor: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The Town of Windsor is a Home Rule Municipality in Larimer and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. According to June 2016 estimates, the population of the town was 24,500. Windsor is located in the region known as Northern Colorado. Windsor is situated 59 miles north of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. Firestone, CO
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 13,416
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 67 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 887 (8th safest)
More on Firestone: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The Town of Firestone is a Statutory Town in Weld County, Colorado, United States. The population was 10,147 at the 2010 census. Dacono, CO
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 5,261
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 114 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 551 (4th safest)
More on Dacono: PhotosReal Estate | Data

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Centennial State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Cherry Hills Village 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:

  1. Glendale
  2. Sheridan
  3. Pueblo
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Colorado For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Cherry Hills Village, CO 6,685 29 373
2 Lamar, CO 7,468 13 937
3 Frederick, CO 12,850 54 451
4 Eaton, CO 5,212 38 805
5 Johnstown, CO 16,552 18 1,033
6 Louisville, CO 21,224 84 400
7 Erie, CO 23,660 50 845
8 Windsor, CO 23,523 21 1,143
9 Firestone, CO 13,416 67 887
10 Dacono, CO 5,261 114 551
11 Fort Lupton, CO 8,057 111 1,129
12 Brush, CO 5,397 111 1,278
13 Castle Rock, CO 59,337 91 1,633
14 Eagle, CO 6,780 147 1,386
15 Parker, CO 52,179 147 1,502
16 Monument, CO 6,644 45 2,633
17 Milliken, CO 6,870 232 611
18 Fruita, CO 12,971 192 1,326
19 Salida, CO 5,642 88 3,030
20 Estes Park, CO 6,435 295 916
21 Manitou Springs, CO 5,364 223 1,584
22 Craig, CO 8,869 191 2,277
23 Steamboat Springs, CO 12,799 171 2,297
24 Broomfield, CO 68,158 123 2,626
25 Golden, CO 20,948 109 2,864
26 Littleton, CO 47,112 101 3,033
27 Aspen, CO 6,906 28 4,228
28 Carbondale, CO 6,844 248 1,578
29 Arvada, CO 119,346 161 2,766
30 Fort Collins, CO 167,633 220 2,535
31 Lafayette, CO 28,939 228 2,456
32 Gunnison, CO 6,326 252 2,070
33 Avon, CO 6,551 305 1,785
34 Woodland Park, CO 7,424 242 2,438
35 Evans, CO 22,153 306 2,067
36 Delta, CO 8,925 89 4,436
37 Cortez, CO 9,095 164 3,166
38 Loveland, CO 78,671 316 2,399
39 Vail, CO 5,516 108 4,477
40 Longmont, CO 93,979 352 2,466
41 Westminster, CO 115,155 238 3,185
42 Greeley, CO 105,906 423 2,562
43 Fort Morgan, CO 11,347 387 2,802
44 Durango, CO 18,801 234 3,765
45 Rifle, CO 9,724 318 3,136
46 Lone Tree, CO 13,638 161 6,540
47 Fountain, CO 29,203 510 2,674
48 Montrose, CO 19,346 227 4,889
49 Edgewater, CO 5,350 205 6,467
50 Northglenn, CO 39,520 384 3,502
51 Glenwood Springs, CO 10,073 268 4,536
52 Sterling, CO 13,955 437 3,246
53 Aurora, CO 368,018 608 3,003
54 Brighton, CO 39,099 480 3,342
55 Colorado Springs, CO 472,958 524 3,216
56 Canon City, CO 16,723 436 3,886
57 Commerce City, CO 56,469 556 3,263
58 Trinidad, CO 7,961 389 5,753
59 Wheat Ridge, CO 31,567 424 4,881
60 Denver, CO 706,616 675 3,667
61 Federal Heights, CO 12,624 609 4,285
62 Grand Junction, CO 62,352 578 4,569
63 La Junta, CO 6,900 507 5,855
64 Alamosa, CO 10,025 458 7,192
65 Lakewood, CO 156,344 644 4,858
66 Pueblo, CO 110,872 1,052 6,167
67 Sheridan, CO 6,103 704 9,093
68 Glendale, CO 5,362 857 14,565

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