Top 15 Safest Cities In Missouri 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 Missouri, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Greenwood.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Show Me State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 119 cities in Missouri with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Missouri for 2018:

  1. Greenwood (Homes)
  2. Cottleville (Photos | Homes)
  3. Ballwin (Photos | Homes)
  4. Glendale (Homes)
  5. Ladue (Photos | Homes)
  6. Savannah (Photos | Homes)
  7. Town and Country (Photos | Homes)
  8. Pleasant Hill (Photos | Homes)
  9. Parkville (Photos | Homes)
  10. Carl Junction (Homes)
  11. Battlefield (Homes)
  12. O'Fallon (Photos | Homes)
  13. Kearney (Photos | Homes)
  14. Manchester (Photos | Homes)
  15. Webster Groves (Photos | 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 Missouri, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Missouri

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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 Missouri.

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 26 crimes committed in Greenwood which had a reported population of 5,641. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0046 which translates into a 1 in 216 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 119 of the biggest cities in Missouri to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 119 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 Missouri".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Greenwood. The most dangerous city in Missouri? Springfield, where residents had a 1 in 10 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. Greenwood

Population: 5,641
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 443 (1st safest)
More on Greenwood: Real Estate | Data

Greenwood is a city in Jackson and Cass counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 5,221 at the 2010 census.

2. Cottleville

Cottleville, MO

Population: 5,151
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 660 (2nd safest)
More on Cottleville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

3. Ballwin

Ballwin, MO
Source: Public domain

Population: 30,609
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 771 (4th safest)
More on Ballwin: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Ballwin is a second-ring western suburb of St. Louis, located in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 30,404 as of the 2010 census.

4. Glendale

Population: 5,928
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,079 (7th safest)
More on Glendale: Real Estate | Data

Glendale is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,925 at the 2010 census.

5. Ladue

Ladue, MO

Population: 8,612
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 46 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,068 (6th safest)
More on Ladue: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Ladue is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis, located in central St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2013 census, the city had a population of 8,560.

6. Savannah

Savannah, MO

Population: 5,115
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 58 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 742 (3rd safest)
More on Savannah: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Savannah is a city and county seat of Andrew County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,057 at the 2010 census.

7. Town And Country

Town And Country, MO

Population: 11,158
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,218 (13th safest)
More on Town And Country: PhotosReal Estate | Data

8. Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill, MO

Population: 8,320
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 12 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,526 (21st safest)
More on Pleasant Hill: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Pleasant Hill is a city in Cass County, Missouri, United States. The population was 8,113 at the 2010 census.

9. Parkville

Parkville, MO

Population: 6,450
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 31 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,503 (20th safest)
More on Parkville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Parkville is a city in Platte County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,554 at the 2010 census. Parkville is known for its antique shops, art galleries, and historic downtown. The city is home to Park University and English Landing Park.

10. Carl Junction

Population: 7,780
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,632 (26th safest)
More on Carl Junction: Real Estate | Data

Carl Junction is a city in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population was 7,445 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.

11. Battlefield

Battlefield, MO

Population: 6,083
Rank Last Year: 31 (Up 20)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 49 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,495 (17th safest)
More on Battlefield: Real Estate | Data

Battlefield is a city in Greene County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,590. It is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town has no post office and shares the ZIP code with Brookline.

12. O'fallon

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Population: 86,093
Rank Last Year: 10 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 82 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,174 (11th safest)
More on O'fallon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

O'Fallon is a city along Interstate 70 and Interstate 64 between Lake St. Louis and St. Peters in St. Charles County, Missouri. It is part of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census O'Fallon had a population of 79,329, making it the largest municipality in St. Charles County and seventh largest in the state of Missouri. In 2006 Money Magazine named O'Fallon 39th in its "Best 100 Places to Live." Money Magazine also ranked O'Fallon 68th out of 100 in 2008 and 26th out of 100 in 2010.

13. Kearney

Kearney, MO

Population: 9,629
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 103 (27th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,111 (8th safest)
More on Kearney: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Kearney is a city in Clay County, Missouri, United States. The population per the 2010 U.S. Census was 8,381. It is most famous for being the birthplace of Jesse James, and there is an annual festival in the third weekend of September to recognize the notorious outlaw.

14. Manchester

Manchester, MO

Population: 18,256
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 21 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,780 (33rd safest)
More on Manchester: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Manchester is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 18,094 at the 2010 census. The mayor is David Willson.

15. Webster Groves

Webster Groves, MO

Population: 23,216
Rank Last Year: 12 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 99 (26th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,184 (12th safest)
More on Webster Groves: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Webster Groves is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis in St. Louis County, Missouri. The population was 22,995 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Show Me State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Greenwood is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Missouri 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 Missouri according to the data:

  1. Springfield
  2. Bridgeton
  3. St. Louis
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Missouri For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Greenwood, MO 5,641 17 443
2 Cottleville, MO 5,151 38 660
3 Ballwin, MO 30,609 35 771
4 Glendale, MO 5,928 33 1,079
5 Ladue, MO 8,612 46 1,068
6 Savannah, MO 5,115 58 742
7 Town And Country, MO 11,158 35 1,218
8 Pleasant Hill, MO 8,320 12 1,526
9 Parkville, MO 6,450 31 1,503
10 Carl Junction, MO 7,780 0 1,632
11 Battlefield, MO 6,083 49 1,495
12 O'fallon, MO 86,093 82 1,174
13 Kearney, MO 9,629 103 1,111
14 Manchester, MO 18,256 21 1,780
15 Webster Groves, MO 23,216 99 1,184
16 Ellisville, MO 9,318 85 1,502
17 Eureka, MO 10,681 56 1,713
18 Nixa, MO 21,377 98 1,534
19 Grain Valley, MO 13,484 140 1,431
20 Creve Coeur, MO 18,367 119 1,529
21 Smithville, MO 9,403 170 1,169
22 Lake St. Louis, MO 15,534 90 1,853
23 Lee's Summit, MO 95,821 108 1,696
24 Willard, MO 5,485 164 1,312
25 Wentzville, MO 36,938 165 1,326
26 Bonne Terre, MO 7,175 222 933
27 Kirkwood, MO 27,793 104 1,802
28 Raymore, MO 20,600 97 1,990
29 Sunset Hills, MO 8,548 116 1,848
30 Jackson, MO 15,092 159 1,563
31 Chesterfield, MO 47,939 118 1,810
32 Moberly, MO 13,900 50 2,561
33 Crestwood, MO 11,977 91 2,304
34 Clayton, MO 15,873 119 1,896
35 Boonville, MO 8,423 83 2,659
36 Pacific, MO 7,192 139 1,863
37 Maryville, MO 11,855 286 1,164
38 Shrewsbury, MO 6,197 80 2,888
39 Liberty, MO 30,699 270 1,498
40 Park Hills, MO 8,676 138 2,120
41 Maryland Heights, MO 27,374 200 1,716
42 Ozark, MO 19,366 118 2,432
43 Trenton, MO 5,874 119 2,281
44 Mexico, MO 11,691 76 3,147
45 St. Peters, MO 57,835 164 2,088
46 Pevely, MO 5,682 158 2,270
47 Excelsior Springs, MO 11,562 95 3,165
48 Florissant, MO 52,266 187 2,242
49 Waynesville, MO 5,467 329 1,554
50 Republic, MO 16,219 209 2,238
51 Dexter, MO 8,014 124 2,969
52 Blue Springs, MO 54,445 148 2,755
53 Olivette, MO 7,893 240 2,052
54 St. Charles, MO 69,364 198 2,531
55 Chillicothe, MO 9,495 410 1,642
56 Troy, MO 11,730 264 2,250
57 Macon, MO 5,427 294 2,082
58 Warrensburg, MO 20,136 233 2,786
59 Oak Grove, MO 7,956 263 2,614
60 Perryville, MO 8,431 486 1,743
61 Cameron, MO 9,817 509 1,772
62 Des Peres, MO 8,611 92 5,330
63 Gladstone, MO 27,138 313 2,538
64 Arnold, MO 21,461 186 3,653
65 Webb City, MO 11,192 169 3,850
66 Monett, MO 9,006 222 3,331
67 Kirksville, MO 17,521 234 3,264
68 Marshall, MO 13,031 314 2,716
69 St. Ann, MO 12,925 549 2,042
70 Washington, MO 14,065 199 3,960
71 Festus, MO 12,157 592 2,064
72 Columbia, MO 121,143 426 2,678
73 De Soto, MO 6,512 399 3,055
74 Jefferson City, MO 43,171 403 3,052
75 Normandy, MO 7,618 420 2,874
76 Marshfield, MO 7,230 401 3,195
77 Brentwood, MO 8,058 198 4,988
78 Carthage, MO 14,300 279 3,986
79 Belton, MO 23,170 306 3,694
80 Farmington, MO 18,564 414 3,237
81 Lebanon, MO 14,721 468 3,009
82 Rolla, MO 20,093 403 3,379
83 Clinton, MO 8,878 292 4,021
84 St. John, MO 6,454 387 3,796
85 Overland, MO 15,940 426 3,419
86 Neosho, MO 12,218 237 5,303
87 West Plains, MO 12,334 291 4,686
88 Fulton, MO 12,973 431 3,437
89 Grandview, MO 25,412 543 3,411
90 Hannibal, MO 17,825 415 4,269
91 Sullivan, MO 7,143 251 6,747
92 Richmond Heights, MO 8,466 283 6,425
93 Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO 10,788 1,019 3,049
94 Union, MO 11,092 441 4,760
95 Harrisonville, MO 9,975 451 4,741
96 Cape Girardeau, MO 39,738 593 4,096
97 Richmond, MO 5,558 611 4,246
98 University City, MO 35,002 725 3,959
99 Warrenton, MO 8,147 834 3,620
100 Sedalia, MO 21,536 552 5,098

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