These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Kansas For 2017

We used data and science to determine the places in Kansas 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 Kansas, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Kansas is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Sunflower State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 47 places in Kansas with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Prairie Village
  2. Bel Aire
  3. Leawood
  4. Ulysses
  5. Valley Center
  6. Andover
  7. Olathe
  8. Lansing
  9. Lenexa
  10. Emporia

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 Kansas

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 625 crimes committed in Prairie Village which had a reported population of 21,814. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0287 which translates into a 1 in 35 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 47 places in Kansas to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 47 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 Kansas".

The safest city, based on population, is Prairie Village. The most dangerous? Wichita, where residents had a 1 in 54 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. Prairie Village

Prairie Village - Safest Places In Kansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,814
Property Crime Rank: 440
Violent Crime Rank: 185

2. Bel Aire

Population: 7,059
Property Crime Rank: 347
Violent Crime Rank: 1,079

3. Leawood

Population: 33,339
Property Crime Rank: 677
Violent Crime Rank: 525

4. Ulysses

Ulysses - Safest Places In Kansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,022
Property Crime Rank: 837
Violent Crime Rank: 486

5. Valley Center

Population: 6,586
Property Crime Rank: 490
Violent Crime Rank: 1,169

6. Andover

Population: 12,293
Property Crime Rank: 744
Violent Crime Rank: 1,395

7. Olathe

Olathe - Safest Places In Kansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 131,508
Property Crime Rank: 1,009
Violent Crime Rank: 1,142

8. Lansing

Lansing - Safest Places In Kansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,623
Property Crime Rank: 508
Violent Crime Rank: 2,191

9. Lenexa

Population: 50,412
Property Crime Rank: 1,185
Violent Crime Rank: 1,258

10. Emporia

Emporia - Safest Places In Kansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,739
Property Crime Rank: 1,454
Violent Crime Rank: 1,249

There You Have It - The Safest In Kansas

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Prairie Village is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Kansas residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in Kansas:
3rd Most Dangerous: Fort Scott
2nd Most Dangerous: Kansas City
Most Dangerous: Wichita

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Kansas

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Prairie Village121,814440185
Bel Aire27,0593471,079
Valley Center56,5864901,169
Overland Park13181,4641,3331,856
Park City197,2901,6632,381
Dodge City2528,0452,2342,415
Junction City2624,8231,5273,436
Bonner Springs297,4982,3632,470
Garden City3327,0072,3332,964
Arkansas City3412,2532,6132,987
Great Bend3815,8503,1672,963
Fort Scott457,8933,4293,300
Kansas City46148,8553,3573,494

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