Safest Cities in Alabama

The Bluegrass State places excellently in nationwide crime rate rankings: its violent crimes place it in the top ten in the U.S., and its average rate of property crimes is just low enough for Kentucky to crack the top twenty.

4.15 Average violent crime per 1,000
37.84 Average property crime per 1,000

Fort Thomas is the safest community in what is, by all considerations, a very state. The small hamlet of 16,436 reported just two violent crimes, for a rate of 0.12 violent crimes per 1K. Fort Thomas’s rate of 5.48 property crimes per 1K is just as impressive.

Kentucky’s second safest community is Independence (population: 27,227), located near the border and actually considered a suburb of Cincinnati in neighboring Ohio. Independence’s rate of 0.70 violent crimes per 1,000 and a property crime rate similar to Fort Thomas’s indicate that its inhabitants and visitors to the town can breath easy.

Filling out Kentucky’s top five are Lawrenceburg (#3), Shelbyville (#4), and Mount Washington (#5). All are small towns of around 15,000 or less that boast very low crime rates in each category.

1.  FORT THOMAS

16,436 Population
2 Violent Crimes
90 Property Crimes
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2. INDEPENDENCE

27,227 Population
19 Violent Crimes
154 Property Crimes

3. LAWRENCEBURG

11,140 Population
14 Violent Crimes
97 Property Crimes

4. SHELBYVILLE

15,488 Population
10 Violent Crimes
220 Property Crimes

5. MOUNT WASHINGTON

14,162 Population
11 Violent Crimes
207 Property Crimes

Kentucky's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent crimeProperty crimeViolent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1Fort Thomas16,4362900.125.48
2Independence27,227191540.705.66
3Lawrenceburg11,14014971.268.71
4Shelbyville15,488102200.6514.20
5Mount Washington14,162112070.7814.62
6Erlanger22,952333171.4413.81
7Versailles25,923153930.5815.16
8Elizabethtown29,821684762.2815.96
9Madisonville19,467303491.5417.93
10Danville16,773223221.3119.20
11Bardstown13,181202571.5219.50
12Jeffersontown27,006326371.1823.59
13Henderson28,904567671.9426.54
14Berea15,135204301.3228.41
15Georgetown33,007579191.7327.84
16Radcliff22,346776113.4527.34
17Hopkinsville32,222949222.9228.61
18Murray19,182416112.1431.85
19Glasgow14,560334662.2732.01
20Mayfield10,086273262.6832.32
21Nicholasville30,093531,0561.7635.09
22Campbellsville11,357313902.7334.34
23Somerset11,482224231.9236.84
24Covington41,0942041,3404.9632.61
25Richmond33,965751,3742.2140.45
26Frankfort27,9261051,0933.7639.14
27Ashland20,987518852.4342.17
28Florence32,671801,3862.4542.42
29Lexington317,8531,07913,0583.3941.08
30Shepherdsville12,098345212.8143.06
31St. Matthews18,127388032.1044.30
32Bowling Green64,5612042,7733.1642.95
33Owensboro59,3591362,6582.2944.78
34Shively15,800936545.8941.39
35Newport15,330597153.8546.64
36Paducah24,836871,2173.5049.00
37Louisville Metro683,8254,62130,2546.7644.24
38Winchester18,461481,0182.6055.14

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Kentucky, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes. 

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