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 Villa Hills.
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 74 cities in Kentucky with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
So what's the safest place to live in Kentucky for 2019? According to the most recent FBI UCR data, Villa Hills ranks as the safest place to live on a violent crime and property crime rate basis.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
For more reading on safe places to live in and around Kentucky, check out:
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 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:
For example, there were a total of 41 crimes committed in Villa Hills which had a reported population of 7,494. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0055 which translates into a 1 in 182 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 74 of the biggest cities in Kentucky to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 74 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".
The safest city, based on our criteria, is Villa Hills. The most dangerous city in Kentucky? Oak Grove, where residents had a 1 in 16 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.
"There is nothing yucky in this city in Kentucky. It's actually quite the opposite, Villa Hills is safe.
Located in the extreme northern tip of Kentucky on the Kentucky/Ohio border, Villa Hills is our number one safest city to live in the Bluegrass State.
Villa Hills offers a safe environment with small town charm. Home to over 45 assisted living facilities, this ‘Special Place to Live' scored a whopping 9.5/10 on our snackablity scale. You wouldn't trust just anyone with granny and gramps, right?
To be honest, the only crime being committed here is the love they have for the Cincinnati Bengals. We get you're a border town, but you might want to convince your state to get their own football team cuz it's kinda weird.
Villa Hills' gold star qualities like the non-existent number of crimes per 100,000 residents, their large number of educated residents, and just their overall safety standards, speaks volumes. With a little over 5,000 residents, the superb quality of life in this little village in Kenton County is the reason that it is our number one Safest City in Kentucky for 2019. #winning"
Where Kentucky State Road 71 meets West Virginia State Road 275 is Edgewood. This Cincinnati-burb, known for its bootleggin' and rum runnin' stories from the late 1800s, is our second Safest City in Kentucky 2019.
All bootlegging aside, Edgewood is also known for its safe, family friendly atmosphere. There is a ton of stuff to do in this little town of 8,771 residents in the tiny tip of Kenton County. They have a boat load of places to shop and dine, and their immaculate parks, Presidents Park, Freedom Park, and Victory Park, provide the backdrop for safe, friendly games of basketball, volleyball, and soccer for all ages. Heck, there town motto is "Where every day is a walk in the park".
So if you want to feel like everyday's a walk in the park, grab the fam, pack up the pick-up, and get a-movin' so you don't miss out on any of their safe, family friendly, activities scheduled for 2019.
Vine Grove is the ideal destination when you're trying to find that true Kentucky, hillbilly feel with safe, small city vibes and big city pride. This is definitely one of the reasons it has held strong from last year to be our third safest city in Kentucky.
It might not be Louisville, but this little town with a vibrant downtown scene, unforgettable summer festivals, and year-round fun is just as notable and just as safe. Probably why it's one of the most populous cities at the northern end of Hardin County.
Vine Grove is the kind of place where one can safely cruise the roads on ATVs, lawnmowers, and trucks with gun racks. It's also the kind of place where packages from Amazon won't get stolen from your front porch. However if they do, it was probably a Hoosier. And take it from us, you should pick your battles. #bettersafethansorry
Of course Fort Thomas is safe. The whole idea behind a fort is to keep its inhabitants safe, and that is exactly what the ‘City of Beautiful Homes,' has done to become our fourth safest city in Kentucky
This is the quintessential Kentucky river city located in the southern bank of the Ohio River. Not surprising, they received an 8.5/10 job opportunity score and an 8.5/10 affordability score. There is a sense of true community in this city in Campbell County.
Whether it's strolling their newly renovated downtown or at the local coffee shop, nothin' says safe like a community that creates opportunities to get to know anything and everything about each other. Just make sure you take the trash out in proper attire cuz someone is always watching, and you wouldn't want to become the talk of hometown hero Chris Collinsworth's next NFL segment.
Y'all flip on your lawn mower hazards and slap on a fluorescent orange safety jacket before you ride, and read on to find out why Flatwoods is our fifth safest city in Kentucky.
It might not be Barney Fife's Mayberry, or maybe it is, but this little town with a vibrant community, unforgettable neighborhoods, and year-round fun backed by a strong farming community is just as notable and just as safe. Probably why it's one of the most sought after cities outside of Ashland.
It doesn't end there folks. This little piece of heaven, just outside Greenbo State Park, is a family friendly, safe city. It boasts convenient strip malls and we're pretty sure a Dollar General or two. It's a great place to raise a family. And word on the street is that young professionals are starting to take notice and move Flatwoods' direction. So don't wait, cuz the word is out.
And if you want to read more about how great Flatwoods is, check out our article ‘The Best Cities in Kentucky''. Not surprising, Flatwoods also made our top twenty. Good work ‘Good Neighbor Community'!
Williamsburg, nestled in the foothills of Daniel Boone Country, is our sixth safest city in Kentucky. Known for having the biggest waves in Kentucky, at their famous Kentucky Splash Waterpark, this little town is super family friendly and virtually crime free. It is one of the safest places to call home on our list.
Williamsburg's overall HomeSnacks snackability score was off the hook! Not surprising, considering their safety rating is a 9/10 and percentage of educated residents is 8/10. Busy people = less naughty people. If that doesn't say safe, we don't know what does.
And nothing says safe like a good ‘ol college town, right? Home to the University of Cumberland, you've got nothin' to fear when your wearing the maroon and white in Whitley County. #gopatriots
Keep livin' up to that 'Feels Like Home' town motto, Williamsburg.
We all could learn a lot from ‘the burg'. #safetyischic
Welcome to our seventh safest city in Kentucky: Taylor Mill. This old mill city in Kenton County should be called the ‘The Best City to live in Kentucky,' too, cuz all is crazy safe and super fine in the 859. We don't know about you, but we think a city with local festivals and multiple recreational opportunities sounds like a place we could definitely call home.
More importantly, the term SAFE takes on a new meaning in this Cincinnati-burb in the northern tip of the Bluegrass State. Not only do people think wearing a Bengals jersey will keep them safe, it truly is a family friendly city where the (S)treets (A)re (F)or (E)veryone. The people here are super welcoming and there are a ton of safe, family friendly parks and activities.
And kudos to Taylor Mill, their snackability rating is off the charts: a whopping 8.5/10! Their number of amenities scored an 8.5/10 and their education rating an 8/10! There's a reason Taylor Mill's motto is ‘Taylored with Pride,' they have a strong sense of community with a big city focus. Check it out! We're pretty sure you will want to call it home.
In Central City they love their wide open spaces, their parks, their safe neighborhoods, and their trucks with gun racks. We all know nothin' says safe like showin' up to the annual ‘Labor Day Cruise In' weekend with your gal by your side and a newly mounted rack, right?
Home to Kentucky's Rods & Ribs Festival, this city is our eighth safest city. It's a place where work and play meet midway between Louisville, Nashville, and the northern boundaries of the Green River.
Central City is so safe, that the only crime here is a bad haircut or dipping your ribs in ranch. Its small city charm delivers big opportunities to all that are searching for a safe place to call home. They claim to be more then prepared to show you the good ‘ol hometown pride that makes the south famous and safe. Yes, ‘It's that Friendly'.
Central City's slogan should be: "Where It's Happening". They are the only city in Muhlenburg County that allows liquor to be sold by package stores, they have a boat load of bbq joints, and three kinda close places where you can legally buy guns. So, if safe, family friendly communities that are happenin' is your cup of tea, you better hurry cuz Central City's homes are sellin' like hotcakes.
Mount Washington is not like the inside of a men's correctional facility, it is actually safe. More importantly, it just so happens to be our ninth safest city in Kentucky. And if you don't know how to keep it safe, they will put you in the Bullitt County Detention Center. #TheyKnowWhatToDoInThe502
Mount Washington is a city slightly southeast of Louisville. It's the perfect city if you want a middle-of-nowhere, Kentucky vibe, and it's the perfect place to escape real life when you need a break. But don't worry, they won't let you wander too far off that you get lost: that wouldn't be safe.
Mount Washington's residents say that this little slice of paradise on the Kentucky/Indiana border is the ‘Pride of the Bluegrass State.' So it is no surprise that they keep moving up our list. And, it's definitely not shocking that they scored a 9/10 safety rating to move them up six places from last year.
You won't hear 'hold my beer and watch me handle this" in this city in northeast Bullitt County. They are a safe, family friendly, town with a ton of respect for each other. Heck, crime is pretty much nonexistent in this city with a little more than 14,000 residents. Yep, you heard hear first, folks: Kentuckians can get along.
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,548 (21st safest)
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Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills (LPCH) rounds out our safest cities in Kentucky list coming in at number ten. They crushed our snackability scale with a gold star job ranking and an education score that makes the smartest cities in Kentucky look like chump change. Smart people know that working hard creates a safe, productive environment necessary for a city to survive.
Some might say LPCH is "The Farming Capital of Kentucky?" And we all know nothin' says safe like a bunch of good ‘ol farmers that know how to use tractors and sharp tools. (We think it's safe to say that they only use pitchforks on the hay….)
When LPCH residents aren't busy putting up lawn mower crossing signs or safely booby-trapping their surroundings, they can be found manning their other dominant industries like bourbon and moonshine. Make sure you call an Uber if you've been drinking that moonshine, LPCH, we wouldn't want you to tarnish your impeccable safety rating.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Villa Hills is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Kentucky 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 Kentucky according to the data:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|1||Villa Hills, KY||7,494||26||520|
|3||Vine Grove, KY||6,055||0||1,106|
|4||Fort Thomas, KY||16,485||48||703|
|7||Taylor Mill, KY||6,774||44||1,018|
|8||Central City, KY||5,837||17||1,216|
|9||Mount Washington, KY||14,511||55||882|
|10||Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills, KY||6,133||0||1,548|
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