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.

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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 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:

  1. Louisville
  2. Castle Rock
  3. Frederick
  4. Erie
  5. Brush
  6. Milliken
  7. Johnstown
  8. Fort Lupton
  9. Firestone
  10. Windsor

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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
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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.

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1. Louisville

Louisville - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,888
Property Crime Rank: 4
Violent Crime Rank: 33

2. Castle Rock

Castle Rock - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,253
Property Crime Rank: 5
Violent Crime Rank: 34

3. Frederick

Frederick - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,607
Property Crime Rank: 20
Violent Crime Rank: 12

4. Erie

Erie - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,112
Property Crime Rank: 28
Violent Crime Rank: 15

5. Brush

Brush - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,509
Property Crime Rank: 24
Violent Crime Rank: 25

6. Milliken

Milliken - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,002
Property Crime Rank: 21
Violent Crime Rank: 37

7. Johnstown

Johnstown - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,694
Property Crime Rank: 25
Violent Crime Rank: 29

8. Fort Lupton

Fort Lupton - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,756
Property Crime Rank: 30
Violent Crime Rank: 23

9. Firestone

Firestone - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,418
Property Crime Rank: 33
Violent Crime Rank: 24

10. Windsor

Windsor - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,861
Property Crime Rank: 40
Violent 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

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Louisville119,888433
Castle Rock254,253534
Frederick310,6072012
Erie420,1122815
Brush55,5092425
Milliken66,0022137
Johnstown712,6942529
Fort Lupton87,7563023
Firestone911,4183324
Windsor1020,8614014
Cherry Hills Village116,3934817
Eagle126,5273741
Centennial13107,4854252
Parker1449,4284551
Broomfield1560,6936022
Lafayette1627,3806442
Fruita1712,7465867
Littleton1844,8597440
Golden1919,5566860
Rifle209,5346570
Monument215,8807754
Arvada22113,0087658
Fort Collins23154,0157974
Craig248,8648075
Evans2520,2846995
Woodland Park267,1417292
Avon276,4198571
Steamboat Springs2812,1148680
Salida295,4549956
Longmont3090,81375103
Boulder31104,2848884
Loveland3272,4658982
Fountain3327,5678197
Manitou Springs345,3009185
Lone Tree3513,82412519
Aspen366,74411345
Greenwood Village3714,82410172
Delta388,86011543
Westminster39112,1009583
Northglenn4037,9098796
Fort Morgan4111,42282107
Durango4217,7109391
Thornton43129,4429489
Montrose4418,98511062
Gunnison455,86583113
Cortez468,58810968
Aurora47350,94892111
Vail485,31611865
Brighton4936,18598106
Sterling5014,58496112
Commerce City5150,754100109
Wheat Ridge5231,096107101
Englewood5331,81312269
Trinidad548,32911493
Canon City5516,291106115
La Junta567,06812188
Greeley5797,406105121
Denver58665,353103125
Colorado Springs59444,949108117
Sheridan605,92312787
Glenwood Springs619,909117110
Grand Junction6259,972112119
Lakewood63148,236116120
Federal Heights6412,096120116
Pueblo65108,591126127

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