These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Utah For 2017
We used data and science to determine the places in Utah where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 live in the safest state, either. Utah is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Beehive State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 51 places in Utah with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Pleasant Grove
- Saratoga Springs
- Spanish Fork
- Pleasant View
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:
How we calculated the safest cities in Utah
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
For example, there were a total of 347 crimes committed in Smithfield which had a reported population of 10,413. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0333 which translates into a 1 in 30 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 51 places in Utah to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 51 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 Utah".
The safest city, based on population, is Smithfield. The most dangerous? Salt Lake City, 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.
Population: 10,413Property Crime Rank: 183Violent Crime Rank: 164
2. Pleasant Grove
Population: 35,771Property Crime Rank: 223Violent Crime Rank: 337
Population: 8,788Property Crime Rank: 574Violent Crime Rank: 1
4. Saratoga Springs
Population: 22,532Property Crime Rank: 319Violent Crime Rank: 449
5. Spanish Fork
Population: 36,916Property Crime Rank: 539Violent Crime Rank: 189
Population: 7,015Property Crime Rank: 459Violent Crime Rank: 399
Population: 21,036 Property Crime Rank: 631Violent Crime Rank: 353
Population: 25,977Property Crime Rank: 688Violent Crime Rank: 444
Population: 54,079Property Crime Rank: 596Violent Crime Rank: 729
10. Pleasant View
Population: 8,647 Property Crime Rank: 537Violent Crime Rank: 1,185
There You Have It - The Safest In Utah
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Smithfield is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Utah residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Utah:3rd Most Dangerous: Murray 2nd Most Dangerous: South Salt Lake Most Dangerous: Salt Lake City