Top 15 Safest Cities In Colorado For 2018

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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 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.

In all, we analyzed 66 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 2018:

  1. Milliken (Photos | Homes)
  2. Eaton (Photos | Homes)
  3. Erie (Photos | Homes)
  4. Windsor (Photos | Homes)
  5. Cherry Hills Village (Photos | Homes)
  6. Firestone (Photos | Homes)
  7. Gypsum (Photos | Homes)
  8. Eagle (Photos | Homes)
  9. Johnstown (Homes)
  10. Louisville (Photos | Homes)
  11. Brush (Photos | Homes)
  12. Parker (Photos | Homes)
  13. Estes Park (Photos | Homes)
  14. Castle Rock (Photos | Homes)
  15. Broomfield (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 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:

  • 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 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.

Milliken, CO
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 6,551
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 45 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 625 (4th safest)
More on Milliken: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The Town of Milliken is a Statutory Town in Weld County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 5610 at the 2010 United States Census. Eaton, CO
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 5,045
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 59 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 99 (1st 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. Erie, CO
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 22,115
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 54 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 610 (3rd 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: 22,404
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,066 (11th 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. Cherry Hills Village, CO
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 6,649
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,037 (10th 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.
Firestone, CO
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 12,375
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,018 (9th 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. Gypsum, CO
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 7,012
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,012 (8th safest)
More on Gypsum: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Gypsum is a home rule municipality in Eagle County, Colorado, United States. The population was 6,477 at the 2010 census. Gypsum is the home of an American Gypsum drywall plant and mine. Eagle, CO
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 6,715
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 59 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 819 (7th safest)
More on Eagle: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Eagle is a statutory town that is the county seat of Eagle County, Colorado, United States. The population was 6,508 at the 2010 census, up from 3,032 at the 2000 census.

9. Johnstown

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Johnstown, CO
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 16,143
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 80 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 706 (5th safest)
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Louisville, CO
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 20,814
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 100 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 350 (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.
Brush, CO
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 5,456
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 91 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 751 (6th safest)
More on Brush: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The City of Brush is a Statutory City located in Morgan County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 5463 at the 2010 United States Census. Parker, CO
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 50,409
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 91 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,174 (14th safest)
More on Parker: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Parker is a home rule municipality in Douglas County, Colorado, United States. As a self-declared "Town" under the Home Rule statutes, Parker is the second most populous town in the county; Castle Rock is the most populous. In recent years, Parker has become a commuter town at the southeasternmost corner of the Denver Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census the town population was 45,297; the estimated population in 2014 was 49,857. Parker is now the 19th most populous municipality in the state of Colorado. Estes Park, CO
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 6,335
Rank Last Year: 11 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 94 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,136 (13th safest)
More on Estes Park: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The Town of Estes Park is a statutory town in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. A popular summer resort and the location of the headquarters for Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park lies along the Big Thompson River. Estes Park had a population of 5,858 at the 2010 census. Landmarks include The Stanley Hotel and The Baldpate Inn. The town overlooks Lake Estes and Olympus Dam. Castle Rock, CO
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 57,109
Rank Last Year: 12 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 89 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,544 (17th safest)
More on Castle Rock: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Castle Rock is an affluent home rule municipality that is the county seat of Douglas County, Colorado, United States. The most populous municipality of the county, the community's population was 48,231 at the 2010 United States Census, with an estimated population of 55,747 as of 2014. It is named for the prominent, castle tower-shaped butte near the center of town. Located midway between Denver and Colorado Springs, Castle Rock is part of the Denver Metropolitan Area and the Front Range Urban Corridor. Broomfield, CO
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 66,953
Rank Last Year: 10 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 53 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,404 (28th safest)
More on Broomfield: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Broomfield, officially the City and County of Broomfield is a consolidated city and county in the U.S. state of Colorado. Broomfield has a consolidated city and county government which operates under Article XX, Sections 10-13 of the Constitution of the State of Colorado. The population was 55,889 at the 2010 United States Census. Broomfield is the 16th most populous municipality and the 13th most populous county in Colorado.

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

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:

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

List Of Safest Cities In Colorado For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Milliken, CO 6,551 45 625
2 Eaton, CO 5,045 59 99
3 Erie, CO 22,115 54 610
4 Windsor, CO 22,404 13 1,066
5 Cherry Hills Village, CO 6,649 15 1,037
6 Firestone, CO 12,375 48 1,018
7 Gypsum, CO 7,012 57 1,012
8 Eagle, CO 6,715 59 819
9 Johnstown, CO 16,143 80 706
10 Louisville, CO 20,814 100 350
11 Brush, CO 5,456 91 751
12 Parker, CO 50,409 91 1,174
13 Estes Park, CO 6,335 94 1,136
14 Castle Rock, CO 57,109 89 1,544
15 Broomfield, CO 66,953 53 2,404
16 Fruita, CO 12,825 124 1,434
17 Monument, CO 6,497 30 2,924
18 Lochbuie, CO 5,516 126 1,794
19 Fort Lupton, CO 7,903 189 1,277
20 Rifle, CO 9,613 156 1,747
21 Carbondale, CO 6,728 208 1,099
22 Golden, CO 20,616 150 2,328
23 Avon, CO 6,532 199 2,250
24 Cortez, CO 8,761 159 2,385
25 Littleton, CO 47,288 101 2,740
26 Woodland Park, CO 7,226 235 1,992
27 Fort Collins, CO 164,670 207 2,450
28 Lafayette, CO 28,421 306 2,244
29 Salida, CO 5,516 126 3,372
30 Aspen, CO 6,926 72 4,692
31 Evans, CO 21,975 318 1,861
32 Steamboat Springs, CO 12,512 247 2,389
33 Manitou Springs, CO 5,397 314 2,260
34 Craig, CO 8,724 217 2,728
35 Delta, CO 8,778 102 3,782
36 Loveland, CO 76,936 239 2,582
37 Longmont, CO 93,268 313 2,466
38 Boulder, CO 109,189 236 2,999
39 Montrose, CO 19,054 152 4,382
40 Gunnison, CO 6,110 310 2,700
41 Fort Morgan, CO 11,313 318 2,678
42 Westminster, CO 114,514 234 3,496
43 Fountain, CO 28,115 348 2,592
44 Greenwood Village, CO 16,024 212 3,831
45 Vail, CO 5,496 200 5,149
46 Edgewater, CO 5,330 187 6,247
47 Durango, CO 18,248 235 3,934
48 Thornton, CO 136,451 349 3,157
49 Northglenn, CO 39,890 348 3,391
50 Sterling, CO 14,087 333 3,513
51 Commerce City, CO 55,341 435 3,192
52 Brighton, CO 38,363 372 3,461
53 Aurora, CO 366,477 529 3,059
54 Greeley, CO 102,491 456 3,195
55 Lone Tree, CO 13,593 242 7,113
56 Colorado Springs, CO 464,113 495 3,560
57 Wheat Ridge, CO 31,389 350 4,746
58 Sheridan, CO 6,113 327 7,606
59 Denver, CO 699,259 657 3,589
60 Glenwood Springs, CO 9,978 380 5,181
61 Grand Junction, CO 60,628 517 5,047
62 Trinidad, CO 7,990 400 6,132
63 Lakewood, CO 154,553 566 5,470
64 Federal Heights, CO 12,563 644 5,715
65 Pueblo, CO 109,927 983 6,798
66 Glendale, CO 5,396 759 14,065

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