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.
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:
- Fort Thomas
- Villa Hills
- Mount Washington
- Highland Heights
- Taylor Mill
- Fort Mitchell
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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
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.
Population: 7,436Property Crime Rank: 52Violent Crime Rank: 40
2. Fort Thomas
Population: 16,228Property Crime Rank: 68Violent Crime Rank: 71
3. Villa Hills
Population: 7,440Property Crime Rank: 74Violent Crime Rank: 64
Population: 26,433Property Crime Rank: 73Violent Crime Rank: 78
5. Mount Washington
Population: 12,170Property Crime Rank: 88Violent Crime Rank: 75
Population: 11,120Property Crime Rank: 69Violent Crime Rank: 103
7. Highland Heights
Population: 6,934Property Crime Rank: 92Violent Crime Rank: 84
8. Taylor Mill
Population: 6,746Property Crime Rank: 86Violent Crime Rank: 101
Population: 6,124Property Crime Rank: 93Violent Crime Rank: 116
10. Fort Mitchell
Population: 8,288Property Crime Rank: 116Violent 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
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