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.

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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 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:

  1. Smithfield
  2. Pleasant Grove
  3. Mapleton
  4. Saratoga Springs
  5. Spanish Fork
  6. Salem
  7. Clinton
  8. Syracuse
  9. Lehi
  10. 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:

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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
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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.

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1. Smithfield

Smithfield - Safest Places In Utah
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,413
Property Crime Rank: 183
Violent Crime Rank: 164

2. Pleasant Grove

Pleasant Grove - Safest Places In Utah
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,771
Property Crime Rank: 223
Violent Crime Rank: 337

3. Mapleton

Mapleton - Safest Places In Utah
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,788
Property Crime Rank: 574
Violent Crime Rank: 1

4. Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs - Safest Places In Utah
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,532
Property Crime Rank: 319
Violent Crime Rank: 449

5. Spanish Fork

Spanish Fork - Safest Places In Utah
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,916
Property Crime Rank: 539
Violent Crime Rank: 189

6. Salem

Salem - Safest Places In Utah
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,015
Property Crime Rank: 459
Violent Crime Rank: 399

7. Clinton

Population: 21,036
Property Crime Rank: 631
Violent Crime Rank: 353

8. Syracuse

Syracuse - Safest Places In Utah
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,977
Property Crime Rank: 688
Violent Crime Rank: 444

9. Lehi

Lehi - Safest Places In Utah
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,079
Property Crime Rank: 596
Violent Crime Rank: 729

10. Pleasant View

Population: 8,647
Property Crime Rank: 537
Violent 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

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Utah

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Pleasant Grove235,771223337
Saratoga Springs422,532319449
Spanish Fork536,916539189
Pleasant View108,6475371,185
North Ogden1218,006754923
St. George2076,9151,2471,297
South Ogden2116,8051,2531,328
North Salt Lake3018,0461,952636
South Jordan3159,6622,070431
West Bountiful355,3941,7401,432
Cottonwood Heights3634,2342,2471,140
Cedar City3729,4291,6342,189
West Jordan41109,5492,4952,207
South Salt Lake5024,5013,7773,619
Salt Lake City51190,6793,8333,568

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