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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 Boulder City.
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 2019:
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 2018) 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 145 crimes committed in Boulder City which had a reported population of 15,804. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0092 which translates into a 1 in 108 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 2017. 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 Boulder City. The most dangerous city in Nevada? West Wendover, where residents had a 1 in 25 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: 3,147 Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 127 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 508 (1st safest) More on Yerington:Photos | Real 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.
Population: 18,476 Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 167 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,710 (4th 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 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: 299,285 Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 185 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,833 (5th 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.
Population: 7,938 Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 516 (8th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,053 (6th safest) More on Winnemucca:Photos | Real 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.
Population: 2,299 Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,000 (12th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 913 (3rd safest) More on Carlin:Photos | Real 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".
Population: 99,732 Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 475 (7th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,699 (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: 20,807 Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 389 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,196 (11th safest) More on Elko:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Coordinates: 4050N 11546W 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.
Population: 8,450 Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 272 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,467 (13th safest) More on Fallon:Photos | Real 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.
Population: 1,627,244 Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 618 (9th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,943 (9th safest) More on Las Vegas:Photos | Real 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 Boulder City 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.