These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Kansas For 2019

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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Leawood.

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 49 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 2019:

  1. Leawood (Photos | Homes)
  2. Bel Aire (Homes)
  3. Abilene (Photos | Homes)
  4. Valley Center (Homes)
  5. Basehor (Homes)
  6. Olathe (Photos | Homes)
  7. Ulysses (Photos | Homes)
  8. Derby (Photos | Homes)
  9. Gardner (Photos | Homes)
  10. Shawnee (Photos | Homes)

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

For more reading on safe places to live and Kansas, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Kansas

Safest Cities in Kansas Graph

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 2018) 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)
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For example, there were a total of 470 crimes committed in Leawood which had a reported population of 35,029. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0134 which translates into a 1 in 74 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 2017. This left us with a total of 49 of the biggest cities in Kansas to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 49 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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Leawood. The most dangerous city in Kansas? Wichita, 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.

Leawood, KS
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 35,029
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 88 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,253 (6th safest)
More on Leawood: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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9.5
/10

Population: 7,819
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 166 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 703 (2nd safest)
More on Bel Aire: Real Estate | Data

Abilene, KS
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 6,407
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 109 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,482 (11th safest)
More on Abilene: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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6
/10

Population: 7,431
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 148 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,399 (7th safest)
More on Valley Center: Real Estate | Data

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9
/10

Population: 5,835
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 68 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,765 (15th safest)
More on Basehor: Real Estate | Data

Olathe, KS
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 137,070
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 186 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,428 (9th safest)
More on Olathe: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Ulysses, KS
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 6,014
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 216 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 681 (1st safest)
More on Ulysses: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Derby, KS
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 23,821
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 117 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,098 (17th safest)
More on Derby: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Gardner, KS
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 21,449
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 191 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,421 (8th safest)
More on Gardner: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Shawnee, KS
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 65,683
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 178 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,661 (12th safest)
More on Shawnee: PhotosReal Estate | Data

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Sunflower State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Leawood 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.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Kansas according to the data:

  1. Wichita
  2. Independence
  3. Parsons
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List Of Safest Cities In Kansas For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Leawood, KS 35,029 88 1,253
2 Bel Aire, KS 7,819 166 703
3 Abilene, KS 6,407 109 1,482
4 Valley Center, KS 7,431 148 1,399
5 Basehor, KS 5,835 68 1,765
6 Olathe, KS 137,070 186 1,428
7 Ulysses, KS 6,014 216 681
8 Derby, KS 23,821 117 2,098
9 Gardner, KS 21,449 191 1,421
10 Shawnee, KS 65,683 178 1,661
11 Andover, KS 13,183 136 2,237
12 Lenexa, KS 53,717 167 1,746
13 Tonganoxie, KS 5,379 223 1,059
14 Eudora, KS 6,417 249 810
15 Lansing, KS 11,941 234 1,130
16 Overland Park, KS 191,566 208 1,686
17 Colby, KS 5,420 147 2,878
18 Mulvane, KS 6,343 110 3,389
19 Liberal, KS 20,317 324 1,451
20 Emporia, KS 24,804 189 2,826
21 El Dorado, KS 13,125 213 2,384
22 Mcpherson, KS 13,169 205 3,037
23 Winfield, KS 12,274 187 3,413
24 Hays, KS 21,110 307 2,449
25 Paola, KS 5,560 323 2,679
26 Park City, KS 7,678 377 2,357
27 Concordia, KS 5,144 291 3,052
28 Augusta, KS 9,329 203 3,805
29 Atchison, KS 10,628 348 3,462
30 Haysville, KS 11,314 380 3,279
31 Junction City, KS 24,240 750 1,926
32 Dodge City, KS 27,447 455 3,060
33 Garden City, KS 26,728 628 2,738
34 Salina, KS 47,251 425 3,720
35 Fort Scott, KS 7,725 453 3,896
36 Pittsburg, KS 20,384 441 4,748
37 Wellington, KS 7,845 331 5,659
38 Great Bend, KS 15,459 530 4,379
39 Merriam, KS 11,278 372 5,993
40 Newton, KS 19,095 633 3,576
41 Leavenworth, KS 36,284 711 3,508
42 Coffeyville, KS 9,423 509 4,881
43 Hutchinson, KS 41,160 583 4,715
44 Arkansas City, KS 12,009 524 4,846
45 Topeka, KS 126,624 613 5,128
46 Iola, KS 5,413 609 5,191
47 Parsons, KS 9,815 784 4,503
48 Independence, KS 8,692 690 6,638
49 Wichita, KS 391,084 1,022 5,535

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