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.

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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 42 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. McPherson
  3. Leawood
  4. Olathe
  5. El Dorado
  6. Bel Aire
  7. Valley Center
  8. Lenexa
  9. Lansing
  10. Tonganoxie

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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 (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
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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.

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1. Prairie Village

Prairie Village - Safest Places In Kansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,999
Property Crime Rank: 24
Violent Crime Rank: 15

2. Mcpherson

Mcpherson - Safest Places In Kansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,369
Property Crime Rank: 5
Violent Crime Rank: 65

3. Leawood

Leawood - Safest Places In Kansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,266
Property Crime Rank: 34
Violent Crime Rank: 20

4. Olathe

Olathe - Safest Places In Kansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 133,341
Property Crime Rank: 38
Violent Crime Rank: 22

5. El Dorado

El Dorado - Safest Places In Kansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,809
Property Crime Rank: 6
Violent Crime Rank: 82

6. Bel Aire

Bel Aire - Safest Places In Kansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,950
Property Crime Rank: 26
Violent Crime Rank: 52

7. Valley Center

Valley Center - Safest Places In Kansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,056
Property Crime Rank: 49
Violent Crime Rank: 24

8. Lenexa

Lenexa - Safest Places In Kansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,876
Property Crime Rank: 53
Violent Crime Rank: 35

9. Lansing

Lansing - Safest Places In Kansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,727
Property Crime Rank: 27
Violent Crime Rank: 83

10. Tonganoxie

Tonganoxie - Safest Places In Kansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,202
Property Crime Rank: 51
Violent 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

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Kansas

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Prairie Village121,9992415
El Dorado512,809682
Bel Aire66,9502652
Valley Center77,0564924
Overland Park13183,1085960
Park City177,5357654
Junction City2325,78678108
Dodge City2828,32591103
Bonner Springs317,51811190
Garden City3227,01097114
Arkansas City3612,282113111
Great Bend3915,876119109
Fort Scott407,897116120
Kansas City41149,103118118

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