These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Missouri For 2019

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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 Ballwin.

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 124 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 2019:

  1. Ballwin (Photos | Homes)
  2. Bonne Terre (Homes)
  3. Greenwood (Homes)
  4. Glendale (Homes)
  5. Town and Country (Photos | Homes)
  6. Manchester (Photos | Homes)
  7. Ladue (Photos | Homes)
  8. Savannah (Photos | Homes)
  9. Webster Groves (Photos | Homes)
  10. Smithville (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 2018) 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 181 crimes committed in Ballwin which had a reported population of 30,299. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.006 which translates into a 1 in 167 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 124 of the biggest cities in Missouri to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 124 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 Ballwin. The most dangerous city in Missouri? Springfield, where residents had a 1 in 9 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.

Ballwin, MO
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Population: 30,299
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 39 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 557 (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.
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Population: 7,185
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 25)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 69 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 250 (1st safest)
More on Bonne Terre: Real Estate | Data

Bonne Terre is a city in St. Francois County, Missouri, United States. The population was 6,864 at the 2010 census.
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6
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Population: 5,733
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 69 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 383 (2nd 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.
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7
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Population: 5,889
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 832 (6th 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. Town And Country, MO
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10
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Population: 11,157
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 44 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,165 (10th safest)
More on Town And Country: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Manchester, MO
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Population: 18,154
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 49 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,200 (11th 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. Ladue, MO
Overall SnackAbility
10
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Population: 8,593
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 46 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,268 (13th 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. Savannah, MO
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Population: 5,136
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 77 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,148 (8th 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. Webster Groves, MO
Overall SnackAbility
10
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Population: 22,968
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 117 (24th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 727 (5th 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.
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8.5
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Population: 9,638
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 14)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,296 (16th safest)
More on Smithville: Real Estate | Data

Smithville is a city in Clay and Platte counties in the U.S. state of Missouri, along the Little Platte River. The population was 8,425 at the 2010 United States Census.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Ballwin 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. St. Louis
  3. Bridgeton
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Missouri For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Ballwin, MO 30,299 39 557
2 Bonne Terre, MO 7,185 69 250
3 Greenwood, MO 5,733 69 383
4 Glendale, MO 5,889 50 832
5 Town And Country, MO 11,157 44 1,165
6 Manchester, MO 18,154 49 1,200
7 Ladue, MO 8,593 46 1,268
8 Savannah, MO 5,136 77 1,148
9 Webster Groves, MO 22,968 117 727
10 Smithville, MO 9,638 93 1,296
11 Cottleville, MO 5,612 124 481
12 Kirkwood, MO 27,621 101 1,281
13 Nixa, MO 21,575 97 1,441
14 Willard, MO 5,452 128 1,118
15 Kearney, MO 10,032 109 1,525
16 Ellisville, MO 9,242 119 1,352
17 Lake St. Louis, MO 15,979 112 1,570
18 Battlefield, MO 6,127 32 2,023
19 Eureka, MO 10,588 85 1,870
20 Clayton, MO 16,743 119 1,528
21 Olivette, MO 7,859 114 1,755
22 Chesterfield, MO 47,687 111 1,776
23 Creve Coeur, MO 18,746 128 1,621
24 Jackson, MO 15,252 170 1,239
25 O'fallon, MO 87,388 180 1,151
26 Raymore, MO 21,110 71 2,150
27 Crestwood, MO 11,904 100 2,024
28 Wentzville, MO 38,876 180 1,386
29 Oak Grove, MO 8,019 99 2,232
30 Dexter, MO 7,935 126 1,940
31 Maryville, MO 11,820 203 1,277
32 Lee's Summit, MO 96,855 137 1,929
33 Parkville, MO 6,685 179 1,735
34 Pacific, MO 7,244 96 2,471
35 Peculiar, MO 5,039 138 1,984
36 Pleasant Hill, MO 8,496 164 1,918
37 Grain Valley, MO 13,825 159 1,945
38 Trenton, MO 5,920 219 1,570
39 Sunset Hills, MO 8,498 188 1,800
40 Park Hills, MO 8,637 81 3,276
41 St. Peters, MO 58,079 151 2,258
42 Liberty, MO 30,850 233 1,760
43 Mexico, MO 11,709 128 2,545
44 Webb City, MO 11,259 115 2,851
45 Carl Junction, MO 7,822 153 2,301
46 Florissant, MO 51,693 208 2,002
47 De Soto, MO 6,488 200 2,157
48 Festus, MO 12,187 336 1,723
49 Waynesville, MO 5,381 297 1,914
50 Macon, MO 5,360 186 2,518
51 Excelsior Springs, MO 11,592 181 2,648
52 Chillicothe, MO 9,760 420 1,772
53 St. Charles, MO 69,804 226 2,528
54 Maryland Heights, MO 27,083 288 2,134
55 Warrensburg, MO 20,483 205 2,807
56 Normandy, MO 7,544 357 1,922
57 Boonville, MO 8,482 259 2,298
58 Shrewsbury, MO 6,135 162 3,455
59 Bowling Green, MO 5,541 451 1,822
60 Troy, MO 12,079 355 2,061
61 Blue Springs, MO 54,727 219 2,923
62 Marshall, MO 12,867 194 3,194
63 Monett, MO 9,048 176 3,647
64 Brentwood, MO 7,991 150 4,042
65 Republic, MO 16,316 300 2,304
66 Ozark, MO 19,688 238 2,966
67 Marshfield, MO 7,341 231 3,201
68 Arnold, MO 21,399 177 3,822
69 Cameron, MO 9,765 491 2,089
70 St. John, MO 6,378 297 3,057
71 Farmington, MO 18,710 240 3,490
72 Kirksville, MO 17,520 251 3,293
73 Des Peres, MO 8,567 140 5,486
74 Jefferson City, MO 42,989 353 2,917
75 Perryville, MO 8,493 388 2,696
76 Gladstone, MO 27,390 438 2,566
77 Fulton, MO 13,160 265 3,503
78 Hazelwood, MO 25,401 322 3,117
79 Overland, MO 15,760 272 3,565
80 Pevely, MO 5,748 365 3,114
81 St. Ann, MO 12,779 539 2,464
82 Charleston, MO 5,698 702 2,176
83 Washington, MO 14,073 305 3,737
84 Columbia, MO 122,585 497 2,934
85 West Plains, MO 12,367 299 3,970
86 Union, MO 11,447 244 4,857
87 Moberly, MO 13,838 585 2,811
88 Neosho, MO 12,237 286 4,862
89 Harrisonville, MO 10,043 438 3,773
90 Sullivan, MO 7,132 238 6,183
91 Belton, MO 23,312 368 4,045
92 Lebanon, MO 14,739 298 4,932
93 Carthage, MO 14,292 426 4,149
94 Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO 10,678 796 2,828
95 Warrenton, MO 8,168 624 3,281
96 Rolla, MO 20,147 555 3,668
97 University City, MO 34,601 604 3,497
98 Clinton, MO 8,817 521 3,867
99 Sikeston, MO 16,324 373 4,998
100 Bolivar, MO 10,873 459 4,690

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