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.

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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 123 places in Missouri with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Ballwin
  2. Bonne Terre
  3. Glendale
  4. Savannah
  5. Greenwood
  6. Town and Country
  7. Smithville
  8. Ellisville
  9. Shrewsbury
  10. Pleasant Hill

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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 (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
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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.

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1. Ballwin

Ballwin - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,517
Property Crime Rank: 83
Violent Crime Rank: 92

2. Bonne Terre

Bonne Terre - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,310
Property Crime Rank: 57
Violent Crime Rank: 135

3. Glendale

Glendale - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,921
Property Crime Rank: 102
Violent Crime Rank: 89

4. Savannah

Savannah - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,144
Property Crime Rank: 114
Violent Crime Rank: 95

5. Greenwood

Greenwood - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,427
Property Crime Rank: 75
Violent Crime Rank: 189

6. Town And Country

Town And Country - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,939
Property Crime Rank: 124
Violent Crime Rank: 101

7. Smithville

Smithville - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,084
Property Crime Rank: 113
Violent Crime Rank: 122

8. Ellisville

Ellisville - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,183
Property Crime Rank: 107
Violent Crime Rank: 156

9. Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,216
Property Crime Rank: 136
Violent Crime Rank: 118

10. Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill - Safest Places In Missouri
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,240
Property Crime Rank: 145
Violent 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

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Missouri

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Ballwin130,5178392
Bonne Terre27,31057135
Glendale35,92110289
Savannah45,14411495
Greenwood55,42775189
Town and Country610,939124101
Smithville79,084113122
Ellisville89,183107156
Shrewsbury96,216136118
Pleasant Hill108,240145129
Ladue118,569162102
O'Fallon1283,550151128
Battlefield135,94518388
Creve Coeur1417,874159132
Webster Groves1523,258120206
Kearney169,191141163
Manchester1718,207184100
Chesterfield1847,811175126
Eureka1910,531189123
Maryville2012,076167166
Grain Valley2113,188177149
Willard225,514181154
Carl Junction237,57121496
Wentzville2433,282171172
Nixa2520,469180162
Clayton2615,871193140
Crestwood2711,95022690
Parkville286,018222105
Raymore2919,878204152
Jackson3014,535190188
Kirkwood3127,610203169
Lee's Summit3293,594227139
Lake St. Louis3314,888238146
Florissant3452,387200211
Park Hills358,651258133
Trenton366,068249159
Liberty3730,316211227
St. Peters3855,362237196
Pevely395,587235204
Maryland Heights4027,428218234
Oak Grove417,874241202
Sunset Hills428,529274143
Republic4315,794240208
Bowling Green445,553246205
Chillicothe459,282228238
Cameron469,851172323
Waynesville475,415187309
Perryville488,359208288
St. Ann4912,960209290
Olivette507,840261223
Blue Springs5153,440286192
St. Charles5267,970282209
Moberly5313,679306177
Dexter547,953321151
Washington5514,043327142
Troy5611,359277250
Pacific577,095262286
Des Peres588,488362114
Marshall5912,992287254
Brentwood608,027337167
Macon615,511281279
Mexico6211,535319214
Ozark6318,775302251
Arnold6421,207338186
Gladstone6526,330295269
Warrensburg6620,190314239
Harrisonville679,993323226
Festus6811,883242365
Salem695,020368150
Excelsior Springs7011,496332231
Boonville718,388340222
Jefferson City7243,372310285
Monett738,949342219
Carthage7414,185345213
Hazelwood7525,662318267
Kirksville7617,594300320
Fulton7712,757311303
Webb City7810,977403141
Bellefontaine Neighbors7910,815297342
Grandview8025,512325297
Belton8123,182315313
De Soto826,490352255
Columbia83116,847330310
St. John846,479324337
Charleston855,924272411
Neosho8612,234375245
Overland8715,997341307
Richmond885,651380259
Richmond Heights898,495395237
Lebanon9014,818365316
Raytown9129,502361327
Farmington9218,171359334
Marshfield936,814379298
Union9410,645391281
University City9535,099344369
Hannibal9617,875378319
Sullivan977,070400280
West Plains9812,321404271
Rolla9919,876347371
Clinton1009,032401306
Berkeley1019,093389349
Independence102117,321398333
Cape Girardeau10339,012373377
Ferguson10421,090383370
St. Joseph10577,269397347
Bolivar10610,523386372
Caruthersville1076,003350424
Maplewood1087,957419339
Warrenton1098,072396383
Kansas City110468,417382420
Sedalia11121,513411385
Joplin11250,751425366
Jennings11314,762385426
Bridgeton11411,721420381
Nevada1158,257417395
Aurora1167,493406419
St. Robert1175,375413413
Poplar Bluff11817,345429388
Branson11911,168432387
Sikeston12016,530408428
St. Louis121318,574409429
Kennett12210,912430403
Springfield123165,280424417

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