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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 Nevada, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Yerington.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Silver State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 13 cities in Nevada with a population of more than 2,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Nevada 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 Nevada.
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 20 crimes committed in Yerington which had a reported population of 3,067. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0065 which translates into a 1 in 153 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 13 of the biggest cities in Nevada to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 13 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 Nevada".
The safest city, based on our criteria, is Yerington. The most dangerous city in Nevada? Las Vegas, where residents had a 1 in 26 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.
Population: 17,969 Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 122 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,869 (5th safest) More on Mesquite:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Mesquite is a U.S. city in Clark County, Nevada, adjacent to the Arizona state line and 80 miles (130ákm) northeast of Las Vegas on Interstate 15. As of 2015, the United States Census estimates that the city had a population of 17,496. The city is located in the Virgin River valley adjacent to the Virgin Mountains in the northeastern part of the Mojave Desert. It is home to a growing retirement community, as well as several casino resorts and golf courses.
Population: 291,584 Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 211 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,880 (6th safest) More on Henderson:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Henderson, officially the City of Henderson, is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, about 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas. It is the second-largest city in Nevada, after Las Vegas, with an estimated population of 292,969 in 2016. The city is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which spans the entire Las Vegas Valley. Henderson occupies the southeastern end of the valley, at an elevation of approximately 1,330 feet (410ám).
Population: 97,269 Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 447 (7th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,518 (8th safest) More on Sparks:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Sparks is a city in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. It was founded in 1904 and incorporated on March 15, 1905, and is located just east of Reno. The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau population count was 90,264. It is the fifth most populous city in Nevada. It is named after the late Nevada Governor John Sparks, a member of the Silver Party.
Population: 20,687 Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 493 (8th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,881 (10th safest) More on Elko:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Coordinates: 40░50N 115░46W / 40.833░N 115.767░W / 40.833; -115.767 Elko (Shoshoni: Natakkoa, "Rocks Piled on One Another") is the largest city and county seat of Elko County, Nevada, United States. The population was 18,297 at the 2010 census. The city straddles the Humboldt River.
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Population: 238,554 Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 954 (13th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,212 (7th safest) More on North Las Vegas:Photos | Real Estate | Data
There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Silver State
Looking at the data, you can tell that Yerington is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Nevada residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.