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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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Ulysses.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Sunflower State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 43 cities in Kansas with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Kansas for 2018:
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 2017) in Kansas.
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)
For example, there were a total of 59 crimes committed in Ulysses which had a reported population of 6,084. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0097 which translates into a 1 in 103 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 2016. This left us with a total of 43 of the biggest cities in Kansas to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 43 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 Kansas".
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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Population: 6,084 Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 65 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 904 (2nd safest) More on Ulysses:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Ulysses (pronounced /julss/) is a city in and the county seat of Grant County, Kansas, United States. It is named after Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,161.
Population: 11,860 Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 177 (16th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,053 (4th safest) More on Lansing:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Lansing is a city situated along the Missouri River in the eastern part of Leavenworth County, located in northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,265. It is the second most populous city of Leavenworth County and is a part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Population: 53,376 Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 131 (11th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,725 (11th safest) More on Lenexa:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Lenexa /lnks/ is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 48,190. It is bordered by the cities of Shawnee to the north, Overland Park to the east, De Soto to the west and Olathe to the south.
10. Valley Center
Population: 7,302 Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 6) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 178 (17th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,396 (7th safest) More on Valley Center:Real Estate | Data
Valley Center is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,822.
There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Sunflower State
Looking at the data, you can tell that Ulysses is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Kansas residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.