These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Kansas
We used data and science to determine the places in Kansas where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 42 places in Kansas with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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 (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
For example, there were a total of 39 crimes committed in Prairie Village which had a reported population of 21,999. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00177 which translates into a 1 in 564 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 42 places in Kansas to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 42 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? Coffeyville, where residents had a 1 in 41 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.
1. Prairie Village
Population: 21,999Property Crime Rank: 24Violent Crime Rank: 15
Population: 13,369Property Crime Rank: 5Violent Crime Rank: 65
Population: 33,266Property Crime Rank: 34Violent Crime Rank: 20
Population: 133,341Property Crime Rank: 38Violent Crime Rank: 22
5. El Dorado
Population: 12,809Property Crime Rank: 6Violent Crime Rank: 82
6. Bel Aire
Population: 6,950Property Crime Rank: 26Violent Crime Rank: 52
7. Valley Center
Population: 7,056Property Crime Rank: 49Violent Crime Rank: 24
Population: 50,876Property Crime Rank: 53Violent Crime Rank: 35
Population: 11,727Property Crime Rank: 27Violent Crime Rank: 83
Population: 5,202Property Crime Rank: 51Violent Crime Rank: 45
There You Have It
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: Coffeyville