Top 15 Safest Cities In Kentucky For 2018

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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:

  1. Flatwoods (Photos | Homes)
  2. Fort Thomas (Photos | Homes)
  3. Villa Hills (Homes)
  4. Edgewood (Homes)
  5. Independence (Photos | Homes)
  6. Highland Heights (Photos | Homes)
  7. Taylor Mill (Homes)
  8. Central City (Photos | Homes)
  9. Alexandria (Photos | Homes)
  10. Shelbyville (Photos | Homes)
  11. Wilmore (Photos | Homes)
  12. Fort Mitchell (Photos | Homes)
  13. Versailles (Photos | Homes)
  14. Williamsburg (Photos | Homes)
  15. Mount Washington (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 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)
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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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Flatwoods. The most dangerous city in Kentucky? Oak Grove, where residents had a 1 in 18 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.

1. Flatwoods

Flatwoods, KY

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: 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.

2. Fort Thomas

Fort Thomas, KY
Source: Public domain

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: 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.

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

4. Edgewood

Edgewood, KY
Source: Public domain

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

5. Independence

Independence, KY

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: PhotosReal 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.

6. Highland Heights

Highland Heights, KY

Population: 7,216
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 69 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 734 (6th safest)
More on Highland Heights: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Highland Heights is a home rule-class city in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 6,923 at the 2010 U.S. census.

7. Taylor Mill

Population: 6,793
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 73 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 633 (5th 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.

8. Central City

Central City, KY

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: 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.

9. Alexandria

Alexandria, KY

Population: 9,112
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 15)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 43 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,525 (18th safest)
More on Alexandria: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Alexandria is a home rule-class city in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Along with Newport, it is one of the dual seats of the county. The population was 8,477 at the 2010 census.

10. Shelbyville

Shelbyville, KY
Source: Public domain

Population: 15,488
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 64 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,420 (14th safest)
More on Shelbyville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Shelbyville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Shelby County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 14,045 at the 2010 census.

11. Wilmore

Wilmore, KY
Source: Public domain

Population: 6,315
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,599 (22nd safest)
More on Wilmore: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Wilmore is a home rule-class city in Jessamine County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 5,920 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Lexington-Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles, all of it land.

12. Fort Mitchell

Fort Mitchell, KY
Source: Public domain

Population: 8,334
Rank Last Year: 10 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 83 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,007 (9th safest)
More on Fort Mitchell: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Fort Mitchell is a home rule-class city in Kenton County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 8,207 at the 2010 census.

13. Versailles

Versailles, KY

Population: 25,923
Rank Last Year: 62 (Up 49)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,516 (17th safest)
More on Versailles: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Versailles is a home rule-class city in Woodford County, Kentucky, United States and is located near Lexington. It is part of the Lexington-Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 8,568 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Woodford County. The city's name is pronounced vr-SAYLZ, not like the French city of the same name.

14. Williamsburg

Williamsburg, KY
Source: Public domain

Population: 5,324
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,314 (12th 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.

15. Mount Washington

Population: 14,162
Rank Last Year: 13 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 77 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,461 (16th 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.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Flatwoods 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. Louisville
  3. Newport
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Kentucky For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Flatwoods, KY 7,307 13 232
2 Fort Thomas, KY 16,436 12 547
3 Villa Hills, KY 7,499 26 373
4 Edgewood, KY 8,801 0 874
5 Independence, KY 27,227 69 565
6 Highland Heights, KY 7,216 69 734
7 Taylor Mill, KY 6,793 73 633
8 Central City, KY 5,875 17 1,429
9 Alexandria, KY 9,112 43 1,525
10 Shelbyville, KY 15,488 64 1,420
11 Wilmore, KY 6,315 15 1,599
12 Fort Mitchell, KY 8,334 83 1,007
13 Versailles, KY 25,923 57 1,516
14 Williamsburg, KY 5,324 93 1,314
15 Mount Washington, KY 14,162 77 1,461
16 Cold Spring, KY 6,217 48 1,656
17 Monticello, KY 6,071 115 1,268
18 Lawrenceburg, KY 11,140 125 870
19 Vine Grove, KY 5,892 118 1,205
20 Bellevue, KY 5,879 51 1,700
21 Hillview, KY 8,177 97 1,540
22 Erlanger, KY 22,952 143 1,381
23 Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills, KY 6,159 97 1,915
24 Dayton, KY 5,450 73 2,183
25 Fort Wright, KY 5,801 155 1,534
26 Danville, KY 16,773 131 1,919
27 Elsmere, KY 8,563 151 1,623
28 Leitchfield, KY 6,904 130 1,984
29 Jeffersontown, KY 27,006 118 2,358
30 Bardstown, KY 13,181 151 1,949
31 Madisonville, KY 19,467 154 1,792
32 La Grange, KY 8,728 137 2,085
33 Corbin, KY 7,403 121 2,755
34 Morehead, KY 7,085 169 1,961
35 Lebanon, KY 5,710 192 1,751
36 Paris, KY 9,883 151 2,347
37 Harrodsburg, KY 8,399 166 2,178
38 Elizabethtown, KY 29,821 228 1,596
39 Berea, KY 15,135 132 2,841
40 Georgetown, KY 33,007 172 2,784
41 Henderson, KY 28,904 193 2,653
42 Hazard, KY 5,310 112 5,122
43 Nicholasville, KY 30,093 176 3,509
44 Murray, KY 19,182 213 3,185
45 Somerset, KY 11,482 191 3,684
46 Franklin, KY 8,852 271 2,688
47 Glasgow, KY 14,560 226 3,200
48 Cynthiana, KY 6,421 311 2,476
49 Maysville, KY 8,780 216 3,451
50 London, KY 8,152 184 4,305
51 Mayfield, KY 10,086 267 3,232
52 Hopkinsville, KY 32,222 291 2,861
53 Richmond, KY 33,965 220 4,045
54 Radcliff, KY 22,346 344 2,734
55 Campbellsville, KY 11,357 272 3,434
56 St. Matthews, KY 18,127 209 4,429
57 Ashland, KY 20,987 243 4,216
58 Russellville, KY 7,073 353 3,166
59 Florence, KY 32,671 244 4,242
60 Pikeville, KY 7,037 198 5,741
61 Owensboro, KY 59,359 229 4,477
62 Mount Sterling, KY 7,268 330 4,058
63 Princeton, KY 6,142 341 3,744
64 Covington, KY 41,094 496 3,260
65 Lexington, KY 317,853 339 4,108
66 Shepherdsville, KY 12,098 281 4,306
67 Bowling Green, KY 64,561 315 4,295
68 Frankfort, KY 27,926 375 3,913
69 Winchester, KY 18,461 260 5,514
70 Shively, KY 15,800 588 4,139
71 Middlesboro, KY 9,615 332 5,460
72 Paducah, KY 24,836 350 4,900
73 Newport, KY 15,330 384 4,664
74 Louisville, KY 683,825 675 4,424
75 Oak Grove, KY 7,431 470 4,952

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