These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Kentucky For 2017
We used data and science to determine the places in Kentucky 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 Kentucky, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Kentucky is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Bluegrass State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 71 places in Kentucky with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Fort Thomas
- Villa Hills
- Highland Heights
- Taylor Mill
- Mount Washington
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in Kentucky
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 2015). 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 13 crimes committed in Flatwoods which had a reported population of 7,407. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00176 which translates into a 1 in 570 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 71 places in Kentucky to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 71 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 Kentucky".
The safest city, based on population, is Flatwoods. The most dangerous? Hazard, where residents had a 1 in 1 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.
Population: 7,407Property Crime Rank: 12Violent Crime Rank: 1
2. Fort Thomas
Population: 16,326Property Crime Rank: 242Violent Crime Rank: 92
3. Villa Hills
Population: 7,399 Property Crime Rank: 356Violent Crime Rank: 1
Population: 11,038Property Crime Rank: 281Violent Crime Rank: 151
Population: 26,062Property Crime Rank: 225Violent Crime Rank: 272
6. Highland Heights
Population: 7,152 Property Crime Rank: 358Violent Crime Rank: 158
Population: 8,699Property Crime Rank: 355Violent Crime Rank: 207
Population: 6,057Property Crime Rank: 376Violent Crime Rank: 195
9. Taylor Mill
Population: 6,701 Property Crime Rank: 294Violent Crime Rank: 556
10. Mount Washington
Population: 13,736 Property Crime Rank: 417Violent Crime Rank: 414
There You Have It - The Safest In Kentucky
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Flatwoods is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Kentucky residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Kentucky:3rd Most Dangerous: Paducah 2nd Most Dangerous: Newport Most Dangerous: Hazard