These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Utah
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 53 places in Utah with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Lone Peak
- Pleasant Grove
- Santa Clara/Ivins
- Saratoga Springs
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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 (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
For example, there were a total of 13 crimes committed in Smithfield which had a reported population of 10,672. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00122 which translates into a 1 in 821 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 53 places in Utah to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 53 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 1384 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: 10,672Property Crime Rank: 2Violent Crime Rank: 11
2. Lone Peak
Population: 27,524Property Crime Rank: 5Violent Crime Rank: 7
3. Pleasant Grove
Population: 35,317Property Crime Rank: 6Violent Crime Rank: 12
Population: 11,407Property Crime Rank: 10Violent Crime Rank: 9
5. Santa Clara/Ivins
Population: 14,179Property Crime Rank: 4Violent Crime Rank: 25
Population: 8,970Property Crime Rank: 13Violent Crime Rank: 8
7. Saratoga Springs
Population: 24,125Property Crime Rank: 9Violent Crime Rank: 19
Population: 26,104Property Crime Rank: 12Violent Crime Rank: 17
Population: 6,506Property Crime Rank: 15Violent Crime Rank: 15
Population: 21,029Property Crime Rank: 16Violent Crime Rank: 13
There You Have It
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: Riverdale 2nd Most Dangerous: South Salt Lake Most Dangerous: Salt Lake City
Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Utah
|American Fork/Cedar Hills||23|
|North Salt Lake||38|
|South Salt Lake||52|
|Salt Lake City||53|