These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Nevada

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 10 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. Winnemucca
  4. Henderson
  5. Sparks
  6. North Las Vegas
  7. Reno
  8. Elko
  9. Las Vegas
  10. Fallon

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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 (2014). 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 3 crimes committed in Boulder City which had a reported population of 15,233. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.000197 which translates into a 1 in 5078 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 10 places in Nevada to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 10 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? Fallon, where residents had a 1 in 379 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: 15,233
Property Crime Rank: 2
Violent Crime Rank: 1

2. Mesquite

Mesquite - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,734
Property Crime Rank: 4
Violent Crime Rank: 4

3. Winnemucca

Winnemucca - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,144
Property Crime Rank: 6
Violent Crime Rank: 2

4. Henderson

Henderson - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 274,121
Property Crime Rank: 7
Violent Crime Rank: 5

5. Sparks

Sparks - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 94,012
Property Crime Rank: 9
Violent Crime Rank: 6

6. North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 229,436
Property Crime Rank: 8
Violent Crime Rank: 11

7. Reno

Reno - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 235,055
Property Crime Rank: 10
Violent Crime Rank: 9

8. Elko

Elko - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,528
Property Crime Rank: 13
Violent Crime Rank: 7

9. Las Vegas

Las Vegas - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,530,899
Property Crime Rank: 11
Violent Crime Rank: 12

10. Fallon

Fallon - Safest Places In Nevada
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,342
Property Crime Rank: 14
Violent Crime Rank: 8

There You Have It

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: Elko
2nd Most Dangerous: Las Vegas
Most Dangerous: Fallon

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Nevada

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Boulder City115,23321
Mesquite216,73444
Winnemucca38,14462
Henderson4274,12175
Sparks594,01296
North Las Vegas6229,436811
Reno7235,055109
Elko820,528137
Las Vegas91,530,8991112
Fallon108,342148

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