Top 15 Safest Cities In Nevada For 2018

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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:

  1. Yerington (Photos | Homes)
  2. Boulder City (Photos | Homes)
  3. Mesquite (Photos | Homes)
  4. Winnemucca (Photos | Homes)
  5. Henderson (Photos | Homes)
  6. Fallon (Photos | Homes)
  7. Carlin (Photos | Homes)
  8. Sparks (Photos | Homes)
  9. Elko (Photos | Homes)
  10. North Las Vegas (Photos | Homes)
  11. Reno (Photos | Homes)
  12. West Wendover (Photos | Homes)
  13. Las Vegas (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Nevada, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Nevada

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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)
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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.

1. Yerington

Yerington, NV

Population: 3,067
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 65 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 586 (1st safest)
More on Yerington: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Yerington is a city in Lyon County, Nevada, United States. The population was 3,048 at the 2010 census. It is named after Henry M. Yerington, Superintendent of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad from 1868 to 1910. The city incorporated in 1907. It is the current county seat of Lyon County, the first county seat being established at Dayton on November 29, 1861. After the Dayton Court House burned down in 1909, the seat was moved to Yerington in 1911.

2. Boulder City

Boulder City, NV

Population: 15,661
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 121 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,047 (2nd safest)
More on Boulder City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Boulder City is a city in Clark County, Nevada. It is approximately 26 miles southeast of Las Vegas. As of the 2010 census, the population of Boulder City was 15,023.

3. Mesquite

Mesquite, NV

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Mesquite is a U.S. city in Clark County, Nevada, adjacent to the Arizona state line and 80 miles 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.

4. Winnemucca

Winnemucca, NV

Population: 7,978
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 350 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,855 (4th safest)
More on Winnemucca: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Winnemucca ) is the only incorporated city in and is the county seat of Humboldt County, Nevada, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 7,396, up 3.1 percent from the 2000 census figure of 7,174. Interstate 80 passes through the city, where it meets U.S. Route 95.

5. Henderson

Henderson, NV

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: PhotosReal 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.

6. Fallon

Fallon, NV

Population: 8,433
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 201 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,727 (9th safest)
More on Fallon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Fallon is a city in Churchill County, Nevada, United States. The population was 8,606 at time of the 2010 census. Fallon is the county seat of Churchill County and is located in the Lahontan Valley. Fallon and Churchill County are mostly agricultural areas. Although the area is arid, approximately 50,000 acres of its pastureland are irrigated with water from the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District. The principal crop grown is alfalfa for livestock feed. The "Heart O' Gold" cantaloupes of Churchill County were once distributed across the United States, but are now grown mostly for consumption in Nevada.

7. Carlin

Carlin, NV

Population: 2,291
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 829 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,091 (3rd safest)
More on Carlin: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Carlin is a small city located near the western border of Elko County in northeast Nevada, 23 miles west of the city of Elko. It is part of the Elko Micropolitan Statistical Area. Carlin sits along Interstate 80 at an elevation of approximately 4,900 feet. As of the 2010 census, its population was 2,368, up from 2,161 at the 2000 census. The city was named for Civil War general William Passmore Carlin. Its slogan is "Where the Train Stops...And the Gold Rush Begins".

8. Sparks

Sparks, NV

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: PhotosReal 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.

9. Elko

Elko, NV

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Coordinates: 40°50N 115°46W 40.833; -115.767 Elko 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.

10. North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas, NV
Source: Public domain

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

North Las Vegas is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, in the Las Vegas Valley. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 216,961, with an estimated population of 249,180 in 2017. The city was incorporated on May 16, 1946. It is in the Las Vegas-Paradise, NV MSA and is the fourth largest city in the state of Nevada.

11. Reno

Reno, NV

Population: 244,554
Rank Last Year: 10 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 702 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,243 (12th safest)
More on Reno: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Reno is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is in Northern Nevada, approximately 22 miles from Lake Tahoe. Known as "The Biggest Little City in the World", Reno is famous for its hotels and casinos and as the birthplace of Harrah's Entertainment. It is the county seat of Washoe County, in the northwestern part of the state. The city sits in a high desert at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and its downtown area occupies a valley informally known as the Truckee Meadows. It is named after Jesse L. Reno.

12. West Wendover

West Wendover, NV

Population: 4,271
Rank Last Year: 11 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 561 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,394 (13th safest)
More on West Wendover: PhotosReal Estate | Data

West Wendover is a small city in Elko County, Nevada, United States. The population was 4,410 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Elko micropolitan area. West Wendover is located on the eastern border of Nevada and the western edge of the Great Salt Lake Desert and is contiguous with Wendover, Utah, with which it is sometimes confused. Interstate 80 runs just north of the cities, while Interstate 80 Business runs through the two cities.

13. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

Population: 1,592,178
Rank Last Year: 13 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 849 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,889 (11th safest)
More on Las Vegas: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

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.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Nevada according to the data:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. West Wendover
  3. Reno
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Nevada For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Yerington, NV 3,067 65 586
2 Boulder City, NV 15,661 121 1,047
3 Mesquite, NV 17,969 122 1,869
4 Winnemucca, NV 7,978 350 1,855
5 Henderson, NV 291,584 211 1,880
6 Fallon, NV 8,433 201 2,727
7 Carlin, NV 2,291 829 1,091
8 Sparks, NV 97,269 447 2,518
9 Elko, NV 20,687 493 2,881
10 North Las Vegas, NV 238,554 954 2,212
11 Reno, NV 244,554 702 3,243
12 West Wendover, NV 4,271 561 3,394
13 Las Vegas, NV 1,592,178 849 2,889

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