Top 15 Safest Cities In Kansas For 2018

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 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:

  1. Ulysses (Photos | Homes)
  2. Prairie Village (Photos | Homes)
  3. Bel Aire (Homes)
  4. Leawood (Photos | Homes)
  5. Basehor (Homes)
  6. Andover (Photos | Homes)
  7. Lansing (Photos | Homes)
  8. Colby (Photos | Homes)
  9. Lenexa (Photos | Homes)
  10. Valley Center (Homes)
  11. Olathe (Photos | Homes)
  12. Abilene (Photos | Homes)
  13. Derby (Photos | Homes)
  14. Mulvane (Photos | Homes)
  15. Overland Park (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Kansas, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Kansas

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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)
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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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Ulysses. 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.

1. Ulysses

Ulysses, KS
Source: Public domain

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Ulysses 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.

2. Prairie Village

Prairie Village, KS

Population: 21,958
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,011 (3rd safest)
More on Prairie Village: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Prairie Village 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 21,447.

3. Bel Aire

Population: 7,574
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 79 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 765 (1st safest)
More on Bel Aire: Real Estate | Data

Bel Aire is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,769.

4. Leawood

Leawood, KS
Source: Public domain

Population: 35,139
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 85 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,126 (6th safest)
More on Leawood: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Leawood 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 31,867.

5. Basehor

Population: 5,563
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 107 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,078 (5th safest)
More on Basehor: Real Estate | Data

Basehor is a city in Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States and is a suburb of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 4,613.

6. Andover

Andover, KS

Population: 12,937
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 115 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,576 (10th safest)
More on Andover: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Andover is a city in Butler County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,791.

7. Lansing

Lansing, KS

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: PhotosReal 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.

8. Colby

Colby, KS

Population: 5,418
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 18)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 92 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,122 (17th safest)
More on Colby: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Colby is a city in and the county seat of Thomas County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,387.

9. Lenexa

Lenexa, KS

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lenexa 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.

11. Olathe

Olathe, KS

Population: 135,977
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 163 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,564 (9th safest)
More on Olathe: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Olathe is a city in, and is the county seat of, Johnson County, Kansas, United States. Located in northeastern Kansas, it is the fourth most populous city in Kansas, with a population of 125,872 persons as of 2010. Olathe is also the fourth-largest city in the Kansas City metropolitan area. It is bordered by the cities of Lenexa to the north, Overland Park to the east, De Soto to the northwest, and Gardner to the southwest.

12. Abilene

Abilene, KS

Population: 6,501
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 123 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,938 (14th safest)
More on Abilene: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Abilene is a city in and the county seat of Dickinson County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,844. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is located in Abilene.

13. Derby

Derby, KS
Source: Public domain

Population: 23,708
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 92 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,273 (18th safest)
More on Derby: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Derby is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States and the largest suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 22,158.

14. Mulvane

Mulvane, KS

Population: 6,347
Rank Last Year: 12 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 94 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,505 (20th safest)
More on Mulvane: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Mulvane is a city in Sedgwick and Sumner counties in the U.S. state of Kansas and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,111.

15. Overland Park

Overland Park, KS

Population: 189,104
Rank Last Year: 14 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 198 (21st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,482 (8th safest)
More on Overland Park: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Overland Park is the second most populous city in the U.S. state of Kansas. Located in Johnson County, it is also the second most populous city in the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 173,372.

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.

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

  1. Wichita
  2. Independence
  3. Topeka
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Kansas For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Ulysses, KS 6,084 65 904
2 Prairie Village, KS 21,958 50 1,011
3 Bel Aire, KS 7,574 79 765
4 Leawood, KS 35,139 85 1,126
5 Basehor, KS 5,563 107 1,078
6 Andover, KS 12,937 115 1,576
7 Lansing, KS 11,860 177 1,053
8 Colby, KS 5,418 92 2,122
9 Lenexa, KS 53,376 131 1,725
10 Valley Center, KS 7,302 178 1,396
11 Olathe, KS 135,977 163 1,564
12 Abilene, KS 6,501 123 1,938
13 Derby, KS 23,708 92 2,273
14 Mulvane, KS 6,347 94 2,505
15 Overland Park, KS 189,104 198 1,482
16 Emporia, KS 24,601 142 2,337
17 Tonganoxie, KS 5,295 188 1,888
18 Shawnee, KS 65,603 202 1,791
19 Haysville, KS 11,288 159 2,613
20 El Dorado, KS 12,913 178 2,679
21 Hays, KS 21,206 315 2,089
22 Park City, KS 7,671 182 2,763
23 Augusta, KS 9,304 311 2,730
24 Pratt, KS 6,854 145 4,566
25 Paola, KS 5,509 326 3,104
26 Ottawa, KS 12,334 381 2,764
27 Winfield, KS 12,176 312 3,235
28 Dodge City, KS 27,997 353 3,103
29 Junction City, KS 24,780 706 2,070
30 Mission, KS 9,523 304 4,347
31 Atchison, KS 10,654 356 3,576
32 Garden City, KS 27,038 514 3,095
33 Salina, KS 47,805 428 3,821
34 Great Bend, KS 15,661 383 3,837
35 Newton, KS 19,226 514 3,177
36 Arkansas City, KS 12,085 479 3,632
37 Merriam, KS 11,337 449 4,895
38 Fort Scott, KS 7,792 539 4,055
39 Iola, KS 5,425 608 5,105
40 Parsons, KS 10,016 718 4,692
41 Topeka, KS 127,166 559 5,620
42 Independence, KS 8,860 654 5,699
43 Wichita, KS 391,399 1,056 5,381

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