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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 Greenwood.
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 119 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 2018:
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 2017) 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)
For example, there were a total of 26 crimes committed in Greenwood which had a reported population of 5,641. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0046 which translates into a 1 in 216 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 2016. This left us with a total of 119 of the biggest cities in Missouri to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 119 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".
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: 5,641 Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 12) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 443 (1st 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.
Population: 6,450 Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 12) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 31 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,503 (20th safest) More on Parkville:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Parkville is a city in Platte County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,554 at the 2010 census. Parkville is known for its antique shops, art galleries, and historic downtown. The city is home to Park University and English Landing Park.
10. Carl Junction
Population: 7,780 Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,632 (26th safest) More on Carl Junction:Real Estate | Data
Carl Junction is a city in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population was 7,445 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.
There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Show Me State
Looking at the data, you can tell that Greenwood 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.