These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Kentucky

We used data and science to determine the places in Kentucky 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 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 75 places in Kentucky with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Flatwoods
  2. Fort Thomas
  3. Villa Hills
  4. Independence
  5. Mount Washington
  6. Lawrenceburg
  7. Highland Heights
  8. Taylor Mill
  9. Wilmore
  10. Fort Mitchell

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 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 (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 92 crimes committed in Flatwoods which had a reported population of 7,436. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0124 which translates into a 1 in 81 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 75 places in Kentucky to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 75 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? Newport, where residents had a 1 in 36 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. Flatwoods

Flatwoods - Safest Places In Kentucky
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,436
Property Crime Rank: 52
Violent Crime Rank: 40

2. Fort Thomas

Fort Thomas - Safest Places In Kentucky
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,228
Property Crime Rank: 68
Violent Crime Rank: 71

3. Villa Hills

Villa Hills - Safest Places In Kentucky
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,440
Property Crime Rank: 74
Violent Crime Rank: 64

4. Independence

Independence - Safest Places In Kentucky
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,433
Property Crime Rank: 73
Violent Crime Rank: 78

5. Mount Washington

Mount Washington - Safest Places In Kentucky
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,170
Property Crime Rank: 88
Violent Crime Rank: 75

6. Lawrenceburg

Lawrenceburg - Safest Places In Kentucky
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,120
Property Crime Rank: 69
Violent Crime Rank: 103

7. Highland Heights

Highland Heights - Safest Places In Kentucky
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,934
Property Crime Rank: 92
Violent Crime Rank: 84

8. Taylor Mill

Taylor Mill - Safest Places In Kentucky
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,746
Property Crime Rank: 86
Violent Crime Rank: 101

9. Wilmore

Wilmore - Safest Places In Kentucky
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,124
Property Crime Rank: 93
Violent Crime Rank: 116

10. Fort Mitchell

Fort Mitchell - Safest Places In Kentucky
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,288
Property Crime Rank: 116
Violent Crime Rank: 77

There You Have It

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: Somerset
2nd Most Dangerous: Paducah
Most Dangerous: Newport

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Kentucky

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Flatwoods17,4365240
Fort Thomas216,2286871
Villa Hills37,4407464
Independence426,4337378
Mount Washington512,1708875
Lawrenceburg611,12069103
Highland Heights76,9349284
Taylor Mill86,74686101
Wilmore96,12493116
Fort Mitchell108,28811677
Edgewood118,75212663
Vine Grove125,479109106
Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills135,94513267
Central City145,88290146
Williamsburg155,314104157
La Grange168,426112148
Alexandria178,76814393
Morehead186,93514883
Berea1914,57114695
Madisonville2019,760139114
Cold Spring216,19115496
Hillview227,980137132
Erlanger2322,610150115
Fort Wright245,78117280
Lebanon255,653133160
Shelbyville2614,925136156
Jeffersontown2727,124151134
Monticello286,155142161
Elsmere298,497144167
Mayfield3010,130165133
Paris319,754156154
Bardstown3213,005163143
Harrodsburg338,380176121
Murray3418,188168140
Radcliff3523,242149180
Danville3616,455161168
Glasgow3714,315173147
Shepherdsville3811,788162170
Elizabethtown3930,208184137
Georgetown4031,280167172
Russellville417,053166178
London428,115178163
Bellevue435,887174174
Princeton446,232159204
Campbellsville4510,840187155
Nicholasville4628,889188162
Henderson4728,843181184
Leitchfield486,854186179
St. Matthews4917,945192169
Maysville508,895190173
Hopkinsville5132,697171206
Corbin527,380177198
Mount Sterling537,165206142
Versailles548,973205149
Owensboro5558,659193175
Franklin568,745180200
Pikeville576,908214135
Middlesboro589,867213145
Cynthiana596,334185202
Oak Grove607,461191192
Florence6131,769203171
Winchester6218,387202187
Frankfort6327,489189210
Richmond6432,828194205
Dayton655,377201193
Lexington66311,848195209
Ashland6721,321207189
Shively6815,669196212
Covington6941,072197214
Hazard705,415211190
Bowling Green7162,117204208
Louisville Metro672677,710200216
Somerset7311,503210203
Paducah7425,017209207
Newport7515,357212213

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