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.

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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 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:

  1. Boulder City
  2. Mesquite
  3. Henderson
  4. Winnemucca
  5. Sparks
  6. North Las Vegas
  7. Reno
  8. Fallon
  9. Elko

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:

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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
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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.

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1. Boulder City

Boulder City - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,266
Property Crime Rank: 378
Violent Crime Rank: 651

2. Mesquite

Mesquite - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,533
Property Crime Rank: 1,108
Violent Crime Rank: 1,754

3. Henderson

Henderson - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 271,725
Property Crime Rank: 1,419
Violent Crime Rank: 1,511

4. Winnemucca

Winnemucca - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,810
Property Crime Rank: 1,853
Violent Crime Rank: 1,925

5. Sparks

Sparks - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 93,437
Property Crime Rank: 2,274
Violent Crime Rank: 2,668

6. North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 226,860
Property Crime Rank: 1,827
Violent Crime Rank: 3,627

7. Reno

Reno - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 234,161
Property Crime Rank: 2,560
Violent Crime Rank: 3,254

8. Fallon

Fallon - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,442
Property Crime Rank: 3,045
Violent Crime Rank: 2,891

9. Elko

Elko - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,709
Property Crime Rank: 3,106
Violent 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

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Nevada

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Boulder City115,266378651
Mesquite216,5331,1081,754
Henderson3271,7251,4191,511
Winnemucca47,8101,8531,925
Sparks593,4372,2742,668
North Las Vegas6226,8601,8273,627
Reno7234,1612,5603,254
Fallon88,4423,0452,891
Elko919,7093,1062,841

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