These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Missouri For 2017
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 122 places in Missouri with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Bonne Terre
- Pleasant Hill
- Town and Country
- Webster Groves
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
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 (Sept 2015). 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 453 crimes committed in Bonne Terre which had a reported population of 7,064. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0641 which translates into a 1 in 16 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 122 places in Missouri to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 122 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 Bonne Terre. The most dangerous? Springfield, where residents had a 1 in 22 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. Bonne Terre
Population: 7,064Property Crime Rank: 179Violent Crime Rank: 274
Population: 30,484Property Crime Rank: 265Violent Crime Rank: 168
Population: 5,092Property Crime Rank: 278Violent Crime Rank: 422
Population: 5,400 Property Crime Rank: 45Violent Crime Rank: 924
Population: 8,911Property Crime Rank: 408Violent Crime Rank: 391
6. Pleasant Hill
Population: 8,216Property Crime Rank: 562Violent Crime Rank: 227
7. Town And Country
Population: 10,960 Property Crime Rank: 786Violent Crime Rank: 153
8. Webster Groves
Population: 23,120Property Crime Rank: 409Violent Crime Rank: 811
Population: 9,039Property Crime Rank: 370Violent Crime Rank: 918
Population: 83,053Property Crime Rank: 639Violent Crime Rank: 485
There You Have It - The Safest In Missouri
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Bonne Terre 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: Nevada 2nd Most Dangerous: St. Louis Most Dangerous: Springfield