These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Missouri
We used data and science to determine the places in Missouri 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 Missouri, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Missouri is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Show Me State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 123 places in Missouri with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Bonne Terre
- Town and Country
- Pleasant Hill
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
How we calculated the safest cities in Missouri
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 175 crimes committed in Ballwin which had a reported population of 30,517. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00573 which translates into a 1 in 174 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 123 places in Missouri to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 123 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 Missouri".
The safest city, based on population, is Ballwin. The most dangerous? Springfield, where residents had a 1 in 197 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: 30,517Property Crime Rank: 83Violent Crime Rank: 92
2. Bonne Terre
Population: 7,310Property Crime Rank: 57Violent Crime Rank: 135
Population: 5,921Property Crime Rank: 102Violent Crime Rank: 89
Population: 5,144Property Crime Rank: 114Violent Crime Rank: 95
Population: 5,427Property Crime Rank: 75Violent Crime Rank: 189
6. Town And Country
Population: 10,939Property Crime Rank: 124Violent Crime Rank: 101
Population: 9,084Property Crime Rank: 113Violent Crime Rank: 122
Population: 9,183Property Crime Rank: 107Violent Crime Rank: 156
Population: 6,216Property Crime Rank: 136Violent Crime Rank: 118
10. Pleasant Hill
Population: 8,240Property Crime Rank: 145Violent Crime Rank: 129
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Ballwin is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Missouri residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Missouri:3rd Most Dangerous: St. Louis 2nd Most Dangerous: Kennett Most Dangerous: Springfield