These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Kentucky For 2019

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 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.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Kentucky for 2019:

  1. Villa Hills (Homes)
  2. Edgewood (Photos | Homes)
  3. Vine Grove (Homes)
  4. Fort Thomas (Photos | Homes)
  5. Flatwoods (Photos | Homes)
  6. Williamsburg (Photos | Homes)
  7. Taylor Mill (Homes)
  8. Central City (Photos | Homes)
  9. Mount Washington (Homes)
  10. Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills (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 Kentucky, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Kentucky

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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 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:

  • 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 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.

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9.5
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Population: 7,494
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 26 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 520 (2nd safest)
More on Villa Hills: Real Estate | Data

Edgewood, KY
Source: Public domain
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6
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Population: 8,771
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 912 (7th safest)
More on Edgewood: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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9
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Population: 6,055
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 16)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,106 (12th safest)
More on Vine Grove: Real Estate | Data

Fort Thomas, KY
Source: Public domain
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9.5
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Population: 16,485
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 703 (4th safest)
More on Fort Thomas: PhotosReal 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. Flatwoods, KY
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8.5
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Population: 7,284
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 54 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 466 (1st safest)
More on Flatwoods: PhotosReal 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. As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 287,702.
Williamsburg, KY
Source: Public domain
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5
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Population: 5,342
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 973 (8th safest)
More on Williamsburg: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Williamsburg is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Whitley County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 5,245 at the 2010 census. The city was founded in 1818 and named after William Whitley. The Cumberland River flows through the city.
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8.5
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Population: 6,774
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 44 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,018 (9th safest)
More on Taylor Mill: Real Estate | Data

Taylor Mill is a home rule-class city in Kenton County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 6,913 during the year 2000 U.S. census. Central City, KY
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6
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Population: 5,837
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,216 (14th safest)
More on Central City: PhotosReal 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.
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8.5
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Population: 14,511
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 55 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 882 (6th safest)
More on Mount Washington: Real Estate | Data

Mount Washington is a home rule-class city in northeast Bullitt County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 9,117 at the 2010 census. The city is one of several surrounding Louisville that have experienced a sharp rise in population in the past three decades, becoming a commuter town.

10. Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills

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Population: 6,133
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,548 (21st safest)
More on Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills: 

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Bluegrass State

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:

  1. Oak Grove
  2. Mayfield
  3. Louisville
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Kentucky For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Villa Hills, KY 7,494 26 520
2 Edgewood, KY 8,771 11 912
3 Vine Grove, KY 6,055 0 1,106
4 Fort Thomas, KY 16,485 48 703
5 Flatwoods, KY 7,284 54 466
6 Williamsburg, KY 5,342 37 973
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
11 Independence, KY 27,400 91 543
12 Fort Mitchell, KY 8,306 72 1,083
13 Lawrenceburg, KY 11,211 80 1,106
14 Fort Wright, KY 5,780 51 1,349
15 Highland Heights, KY 7,178 97 808
16 Alexandria, KY 9,486 21 1,676
17 Hillview, KY 8,942 55 1,319
18 Elsmere, KY 8,541 81 1,475
19 Erlanger, KY 22,947 95 1,215
20 Morehead, KY 7,915 50 1,895
21 Wilmore, KY 6,380 47 2,257
22 La Grange, KY 8,831 90 1,675
23 Monticello, KY 6,070 148 1,301
24 Danville, KY 16,891 148 1,485
25 Madisonville, KY 19,316 155 1,511
26 Versailles, KY 26,320 102 1,922
27 Cynthiana, KY 6,375 94 2,352
28 Harrodsburg, KY 8,427 177 1,673
29 Cold Spring, KY 6,276 95 2,629
30 Jeffersontown, KY 27,400 113 2,416
31 Shelbyville, KY 15,758 177 1,884
32 Bellevue, KY 5,826 154 2,368
33 Elizabethtown, KY 30,065 202 1,559
34 Berea, KY 15,406 155 2,544
35 Leitchfield, KY 6,900 188 2,072
36 Murray, KY 19,205 135 3,035
37 Lebanon, KY 5,656 212 1,785
38 Paris, KY 9,845 182 2,742
39 Glasgow, KY 14,690 136 3,573
40 Georgetown, KY 34,184 187 2,741
41 Pikeville, KY 7,121 70 4,999
42 Bardstown, KY 13,325 195 2,724
43 Henderson, KY 28,846 239 2,333
44 Shepherdsville, KY 12,204 204 2,851
45 Mount Sterling, KY 7,298 191 3,480
46 Nicholasville, KY 30,333 197 3,148
47 Florence, KY 32,866 158 3,973
48 Dayton, KY 5,423 295 2,341
49 Franklin, KY 8,884 270 2,521
50 Corbin, KY 7,411 215 3,090
51 Maysville, KY 8,841 192 3,709
52 Hopkinsville, KY 31,761 248 2,902
53 Campbellsville, KY 11,486 200 3,752
54 St. Matthews, KY 18,163 176 4,756
55 Ashland, KY 20,927 186 4,128
56 Richmond, KY 35,161 261 3,486
57 Princeton, KY 6,084 213 3,977
58 Hazard, KY 5,268 246 3,758
59 Radcliff, KY 22,473 329 3,675
60 Frankfort, KY 27,975 357 3,363
61 Russellville, KY 7,006 342 3,554
62 London, KY 8,184 219 4,435
63 Covington, KY 40,845 452 3,283
64 Newport, KY 15,202 276 4,065
65 Lexington, KY 322,332 350 3,782
66 Middlesboro, KY 9,534 220 5,779
67 Owensboro, KY 59,576 298 4,359
68 Winchester, KY 18,478 221 6,088
69 Bowling Green, KY 66,317 339 4,657
70 Shively, KY 15,830 410 4,125
71 Paducah, KY 25,169 329 5,478
72 Louisville, KY 684,362 647 4,122
73 Mayfield, KY 9,991 390 5,384
74 Oak Grove, KY 7,347 462 5,648

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