These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Colorado For 2017

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 59 places in Colorado with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Frederick
  2. Firestone
  3. Louisville
  4. Milliken
  5. Windsor
  6. Erie
  7. Eagle
  8. Estes Park
  9. Cherry Hills Village
  10. Parker

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

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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 (Sept 2015). 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 252 crimes committed in Frederick which had a reported population of 10,186. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0247 which translates into a 1 in 40 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 59 places in Colorado to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 59 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 Frederick. The most dangerous? Pueblo, where residents had a 1 in 15 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. Frederick

Population: 10,186
Property Crime Rank: 207
Violent Crime Rank: 45

2. Firestone

Firestone - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,255
Property Crime Rank: 221
Violent Crime Rank: 218

3. Louisville

Louisville - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,548
Property Crime Rank: 130
Violent Crime Rank: 627

4. Milliken

Milliken - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,975
Property Crime Rank: 330
Violent Crime Rank: 334

5. Windsor

Windsor - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,455
Property Crime Rank: 420
Violent Crime Rank: 253

6. Erie

Erie - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,948
Property Crime Rank: 208
Violent Crime Rank: 760

7. Eagle

Eagle - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,553
Property Crime Rank: 196
Violent Crime Rank: 877

8. Estes Park

Estes Park - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,103
Property Crime Rank: 649
Violent Crime Rank: 628

9. Cherry Hills Village

Cherry Hills Village - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,329
Property Crime Rank: 935
Violent Crime Rank: 183

10. Parker

Parker - Safest Places In Colorado
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,342
Property Crime Rank: 497
Violent Crime Rank: 966

There You Have It - The Safest In Colorado

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Frederick 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: Edgewater
2nd Most Dangerous: Sheridan
Most Dangerous: Pueblo

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Colorado

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Frederick110,18620745
Firestone211,255221218
Louisville319,548130627
Milliken45,975330334
Windsor520,455420253
Erie619,948208760
Eagle76,553196877
Estes Park86,103649628
Cherry Hills Village96,329935183
Parker1047,342497966
Fort Lupton117,6692911,346
Gypsum126,6852691,555
Centennial13106,6046351,084
Castle Rock1452,1431,059676
Broomfield1560,6991,420437
Lochbuie165,2225572,140
Fruita1712,7501,1681,486
Golden1819,7801,5961,213
Littleton1944,5531,901775
Monument206,2521,5701,376
Woodland Park217,1551,6921,321
Salida225,3732,183552
Evans2320,3081,3772,193
Arvada24111,6582,1111,195
Craig258,9832,3441,025
Steamboat Springs2612,1481,9051,926
Cortez278,5712,2761,403
Fort Collins28153,2922,0911,740
Boulder29103,9192,1761,809
Loveland3071,7552,1301,977
Avon316,4141,9242,359
Aspen326,7403,303685
Montrose3318,9703,2231,013
Northglenn3437,7542,5822,222
Westminster35110,5982,6952,055
Greeley3697,0742,1652,953
Fountain3727,0622,3902,653
Manitou Springs385,2112,0193,233
Delta398,7792,8701,981
Durango4017,4862,8332,094
Gunnison415,9552,4412,800
Aurora42345,8672,4452,983
Brighton4335,5822,7552,646
Commerce City4450,3462,7012,880
Colorado Springs45442,0402,8922,888
La Junta467,0183,5871,601
Greenwood Village4714,9202,9952,928
Sterling4814,0463,0222,887
Wheat Ridge4930,8633,3732,409
Grand Junction5059,9453,2552,827
Denver51649,6542,8743,410
Trinidad528,4703,4972,455
Lone Tree5312,4623,7781,993
Vail545,3213,4892,844
Glenwood Springs559,7563,6622,569
Lakewood56147,8363,4703,204
Edgewater575,2373,7622,914
Sheridan585,9123,7963,015
Pueblo59108,0733,7403,604

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