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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 Utah, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Lone Peak.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Beehive State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 62 cities in Utah with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Utah 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 Utah.
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 184 crimes committed in Lone Peak which had a reported population of 28,862. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0064 which translates into a 1 in 156 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 2016. This left us with a total of 62 of the biggest cities in Utah to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 62 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 Utah".
The safest city, based on our criteria, is Lone Peak. The most dangerous city in Utah? Salt Lake City, where residents had a 1 in 10 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. Lone Peak
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Population: 28,862 Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 623 (2nd safest) More on Lone Peak:
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