These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Nevada For 2017
We used data and science to determine the places in Nevada 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 Nevada, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Nevada is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Silver State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 9 places in Nevada 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 Nevada
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 1,029 crimes committed in Boulder City which had a reported population of 15,266. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0674 which translates into a 1 in 15 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 9 places in Nevada to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 9 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 Nevada".
The safest city, based on population, is Boulder City. The most dangerous? Elko, where residents had a 1 in 3 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. Boulder City
Population: 15,266Property Crime Rank: 378Violent Crime Rank: 651
Population: 16,533Property Crime Rank: 1,108Violent Crime Rank: 1,754
Population: 271,725Property Crime Rank: 1,419Violent Crime Rank: 1,511
Population: 7,810Property Crime Rank: 1,853Violent Crime Rank: 1,925
Population: 93,437Property Crime Rank: 2,274Violent Crime Rank: 2,668
6. North Las Vegas
Population: 226,860Property Crime Rank: 1,827Violent Crime Rank: 3,627
Population: 234,161Property Crime Rank: 2,560Violent Crime Rank: 3,254
Population: 8,442Property Crime Rank: 3,045Violent Crime Rank: 2,891
Population: 19,709Property Crime Rank: 3,106Violent Crime Rank: 2,841
There You Have It - The Safest In Nevada
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Boulder City is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Nevada residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Nevada:3rd Most Dangerous: Reno 2nd Most Dangerous: Fallon Most Dangerous: Elko
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