These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Colorado For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in Colorado where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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Colorado is famous for many reasons.

If you are an avid outdoors fan, perhaps you have dreams of climbing the 14ers and if you like a chill camping weekend, perhaps legal recreational marijuana draws you to the Centennial state.

But what else does Colorado have to offer you other than a bunch of super tall mountains and edibles? A super steep staircase, of course. (Who wouldn't want to spend their free time climbing up a staircase famously called the Incline?)

Coloradans have more going for them than just spending all their free time training to climb steep things.

When you join the mile-high club in Colorado, you also get to live in the state with the #1 economy, according to U.S. News.

If you fall off the staircase from hell, don't worry, Colorado ranks 9th in healthcare.

And while it does rank 10th in quality of life, there are some negatives about Colorado. High cost of living. Low income equality. Low affordability.

So how do they rank crime-wise? U.S. News ranks Colorado as 29th in crime and corrections, but you've gotta be wondering what's the deal in a state that is famous for being so chill.

Which cities really are chill and which have some unsettling undercurrents? To accomplish this, we determined where the safest cities in Colorado were based on the FBI's most recent crime data.

Take a look at our top 10 safest places in Colorado:

  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)

If Cherry Hills, Colorado, is filled with cherry trees, perhaps everyone is so busy eating delicious fruit to get into much other trouble.

Colorado's safest city is also famous for hosting two PGA championships and a U.S. Women's Open.

Keep reading to learn more about how your city stacked up and more details about our ranking.

For more reading on safe places to live and Colorado, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Colorado

Safest Cities in Colorado Graph

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)
10 Best Places To Live In Colorado

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
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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 safest of the safe in Colorado turns out to be Cherry Hills Village.

This is a great place to live if you don't want to get murdered -- there weren't any here in 2017. What's probably more relevant to your everyday concerns is the fact that it ranks as the safest in terms of property crime per capita -- a small, tiny 1 in over 268 chance.

Those odds are so low you'll have a better chance of having your taxes audited twice before you get robbed.

Lamar, CO
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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, located near the south east corner of Colorado, had the lowest violent crime rate in Colorado which helped it to a second place overall finish.

Lamar is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Prowers County.

Interestingly, the city has a higher than average poverty rate and unemployment rate for the state, but it has not led to an increase in crime.

Frederick, CO
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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

Frederick, the first place over 10,000 people on the list, has the 3rd lowest property crime rate and 9th best violent crime rank.

The Town, located in Northern Colorado, also happens to be on of the richest cities in the state thanks to a median income over $90,00 and homes that cost over $261,000 on the median.

One could say the town is rich in money and poor in crime. One could say...

Eaton, CO
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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's population is booming -- up almost 20% this decade.

All those people are flocking here because the crime rate has been, and remains, so low. It ranks 6th for both violent crime and property crime rates. That could be because basically everyone here has a job -- it has a staggeringly low 1.1% unemployment rate.

Eaton is a Statutory Town in Weld County 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.

5. Johnstown

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Johnstown, CO
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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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The biggest city on the list yet, Johnstown can be found in Northern Colorado right next to Frederick.

The lack of violent crimes in the city (2nd lowest in CO) earned it this spot -- up 3 spots overall from last year.

Johnstown is a Home Rule Municipality in Weld and Larimer counties with a median household income of about $70,000.

Louisville, CO
Source: Public domain
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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

Next up on tour of Colorado's safest cities lands us in Louisville.

I was going to mention something about Kentucky or Cardinals, but I decided against it.

Instead, let's focus on the fact that there's basically no property crimes here and that we actually ranked it as the best place to live in Colorado for 2018.

See, no Kentucky or Cardinals needed.

Erie, CO
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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

We've moved some barges in our day…

Well, maybe not in this Erie -- a town located near so many of the other towns on this list in North Central Colorado.

It had top ten finishes for both property and violent crime and also spots a hefty $110,000+ median household income. You read that correctly, income, not home price.

To put a small damper on things, the city actually fell from its number 2 ranking last year.

Windsor, CO
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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

Much like Erie, Windsor is a super safe place in Colorado that has fallen a bit this year thanks to pesky up starts from smaller cities that hadn't previously submitted data to the FBI.

Located in the northern part of the same counties as basically every other city, Windsor had the 3rd safest violent crime rate in the state.

The city makes appearances on both our best places to live and best places for families lists in Colorado.

Firestone, CO
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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

If we haven't sold you enough on Weld County, maybe Firestone will do the trick.

Top ten finishes for both violent crime and property crime safety earn the town this spot.

That's probably because the people that live here are super smart -- well over 36% of residents have a BA or higher.

Dacono, CO
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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

And rounding out the top ten safest places to live in Colorado for 2019 goes to Dacono.

Not to be confused with Denver -- glad I could clear that up for you -- Dacono just squeaked past our 5,000 person threshold to lock down the 10 spot.

Dacono is home to the Colorado National Speedway, but no one speeds around this final Weld County town.

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
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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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