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.
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
5. MOUNT WASHINGTON
Kentucky's Safest Cities
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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.