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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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Flatwoods.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Bluegrass State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 75 cities in Kentucky with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Kentucky for 2018:
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 Kentucky.
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)
For example, there were a total of 18 crimes committed in Flatwoods which had a reported population of 7,307. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0025 which translates into a 1 in 405 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 75 of the biggest cities in Kentucky to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 75 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 Kentucky".
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: 7,307 Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 232 (1st safest) More on Flatwoods:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Flatwoods is a home rule-class city in Greenup County, Kentucky, United States. Flatwoods is considered a suburb of nearby Ashland, although Ashland itself is located in neighboring Boyd County. The population of Flatwoods was 7,423 at the 2010 census, making Flatwoods the largest city in Greenup County. Flatwoods is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 287,702.
2. Fort Thomas
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Population: 16,436 Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 12 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 547 (3rd safest) More on Fort Thomas:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Fort Thomas is a home rule-class city in Campbell County, Kentucky, United States, on the southern bank of the Ohio River and the site of an 1890 US Army post. The population was 16,325 at the 2010 census, making it the largest city in Campbell County and it is officially part of the Cincinnati ? Northern Kentucky metropolitan area.
3. Villa Hills
Population: 7,499 Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 26 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 373 (2nd safest) More on Villa Hills:Real Estate | Data
Population: 8,801 Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 874 (8th safest) More on Edgewood:Real Estate | Data
Population: 27,227 Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 69 (13th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 565 (4th safest) More on Independence:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Independence is a home rule-class city in Kenton County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is one of its county's two seats of government. Independence is a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, and the population was 24,757 at the time of the 2010 U.S. census.
Population: 5,875 Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,429 (15th safest) More on Central City:Real Estate | Data
Central City is a home rule-class city in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 5,978 at the 2010 census. It is also the largest city in the county and the principal community in the Central City Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Muhlenberg County.