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.

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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 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:

  1. Bonne Terre
  2. Ballwin
  3. Savannah
  4. Greenwood
  5. Smithville
  6. Pleasant Hill
  7. Town and Country
  8. Webster Groves
  9. Kearney
  10. O'Fallon

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:

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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
These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities in Missouri

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.

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1. Bonne Terre

Bonne Terre - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,064
Property Crime Rank: 179
Violent Crime Rank: 274

2. Ballwin

Ballwin - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,484
Property Crime Rank: 265
Violent Crime Rank: 168

3. Savannah

Savannah - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,092
Property Crime Rank: 278
Violent Crime Rank: 422

4. Greenwood

Population: 5,400
Property Crime Rank: 45
Violent Crime Rank: 924

5. Smithville

Smithville - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,911
Property Crime Rank: 408
Violent Crime Rank: 391

6. Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,216
Property Crime Rank: 562
Violent Crime Rank: 227

7. Town And Country

Population: 10,960
Property Crime Rank: 786
Violent Crime Rank: 153

8. Webster Groves

Webster Groves - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,120
Property Crime Rank: 409
Violent Crime Rank: 811

9. Kearney

Kearney - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,039
Property Crime Rank: 370
Violent Crime Rank: 918

10. O'Fallon

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Source: Wikipedia

Population: 83,053
Property Crime Rank: 639
Violent 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

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Missouri

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Bonne Terre17,064179274
Ballwin230,484265168
Savannah35,092278422
Greenwood45,40045924
Smithville58,911408391
Pleasant Hill68,216562227
Town and Country710,960786153
Webster Groves823,120409811
Kearney99,039370918
O'Fallon1083,053639485
Ladue118,559781304
Willard125,429857232
Glendale135,9281,1931
Carl Junction147,5771,112146
Creve Coeur1517,944817751
Raymore1619,813878767
Manchester1718,1871,208246
Nixa1820,177934748
Chesterfield1947,7061,126538
Wentzville2032,827890987
Shrewsbury216,2081,368187
Parkville225,9461,188642
Waynesville235,2507151,475
Ellisville249,1811,295477
Lake St. Louis2514,9331,406305
Kirkwood2627,6121,233701
Oak Grove277,8391,435458
Lee's Summit2893,6181,334864
Maryville2911,9977241,947
Clayton3015,9001,1901,240
Grain Valley3113,1341,0141,650
Battlefield325,8441,511839
Olivette337,8431,0361,662
Park Hills348,6951,892208
Eureka3510,4501,581858
Maryland Heights3627,4011,4921,638
Liberty3730,0351,4291,799
Bowling Green385,4651,960908
Jackson3914,4391,4851,764
Cameron4010,1679322,712
Pevely415,5961,9901,054
Crestwood4211,9612,139822
St. Peters4355,1351,7301,540
Trenton446,0422,086964
Blue Springs4553,3642,299917
Pacific466,3051,4862,313
Republic4715,5941,5992,151
Odessa485,2221,4022,521
Marshall4913,0481,4302,492
Florissant5052,3561,6782,122
St. Charles5167,4792,0171,591
Sunset Hills528,5332,0311,620
Kirksville5317,5741,6522,288
Chillicothe549,0251,3172,973
Gladstone5526,3092,3871,267
Dexter567,9202,3341,412
Perryville578,3331,4282,905
Moberly5813,8792,5331,100
Harrisonville5910,0032,4271,560
Macon605,4681,9452,449
Excelsior Springs6111,5122,5281,498
St. Ann6212,9731,3843,293
Monett638,9572,5411,551
Festus6411,8391,5003,285
Mexico6511,5882,3622,052
Arnold6621,1232,9191,177
De Soto676,4692,5771,836
Ozark6818,6082,5172,005
Charleston695,8771,4583,530
Webb City7011,0353,147897
Troy7111,1751,9093,121
Belton7223,2092,4692,388
Boonville738,3502,6302,120
Washington7413,9932,8061,869
Carthage7514,2782,8511,933
Warrensburg7619,7392,8671,911
Des Peres778,4803,3141,212
Jefferson City7843,1862,5392,632
Hazelwood7925,6862,6902,510
Brentwood808,0523,1211,788
Overland8116,0112,6592,838
Columbia82115,3912,5133,086
Fulton8312,8122,7402,755
Grandview8424,9972,5683,077
Neosho8512,1023,1872,084
St. John866,4913,0432,672
Rolla8719,9102,7393,151
Sullivan886,9983,5091,921
Union8910,6443,2072,633
Farmington9017,5702,8203,288
West Plains9112,2303,3452,514
Raytown9229,4863,2102,780
Lebanon9314,6373,2682,690
Bellefontaine Neighbors9410,8142,7233,512
University City9535,1722,9493,243
Marshfield966,8602,9503,338
Richmond975,6542,7293,614
Richmond Heights988,5103,7172,035
Independence99117,1923,4802,820
Hannibal10017,7173,4252,950

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