These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Montana For 2017
We used data and science to determine the places in Montana 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 Montana, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Montana is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Treasure State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 15 places in Montana with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
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 Montana
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 3,034 crimes committed in Miles City which had a reported population of 8,627. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.352 which translates into a 1 in 3 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 15 places in Montana to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 15 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 Montana".
The safest city, based on population, is Miles City. The most dangerous? Helena, where residents had a 1 in 5 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. Miles City
Population: 8,627Property Crime Rank: 1,847Violent Crime Rank: 1,187
Population: 6,933Property Crime Rank: 1,915Violent Crime Rank: 1,621
Population: 6,216Property Crime Rank: 1,111Violent Crime Rank: 3,234
Population: 6,692Property Crime Rank: 2,508Violent Crime Rank: 1,414
Population: 5,883Property Crime Rank: 1,539Violent Crime Rank: 3,198
Population: 40,319Property Crime Rank: 2,211Violent Crime Rank: 2,231
Population: 7,738Property Crime Rank: 1,943Violent Crime Rank: 2,738
Population: 7,136Property Crime Rank: 2,392Violent Crime Rank: 2,274
Population: 5,284Property Crime Rank: 2,153Violent Crime Rank: 2,730
10. Great Falls
Population: 59,563Property Crime Rank: 3,266Violent Crime Rank: 2,089
There You Have It - The Safest In Montana
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Miles City is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Montana residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Montana:3rd Most Dangerous: Kalispell 2nd Most Dangerous: Missoula Most Dangerous: Helena
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