missouri safe cities 2018

A Midwestern state that also serves as a gateway to the south, Missouri is home to large cities such as Kansas City and St. Louis as well as quiet, rural communities in the Ozark region found in the southern part of the state. Overall, Missouri’s violent and property crime rates are a bit high compared to the nationwide average, yet the Show Me State is home to its share of safe communities.

7.80 Average violent crime per 1,000
39.81 Average property crime per 1,000

The safest city in Missouri is Ballwin, an upper-middle-class suburb of St. Louis of 30,609. Ballwin’s rates of 0.36 violent crimes and 7.71 property crimes per 1,000 are many times lower than the state averages. It’s no wonder the community has been named one of the best places to live in the U.S. numerous times by a number of publications.

The second safest community in Missouri is Town and Country, a uniquely-named town of 11,158 that boasts the highest median household income in the state, and one of the highest of the U.S., overall. It is also the location of the famous Bellerive Country Club, forthcoming home of the 2018 PGA Championship. Town and Country’s very low violent crime rate of 0.36 incidents per 1,000 should be a comfort to residents and visitors, alike.

1.  BALLWIN

30,609 Population
11 Violent Crimes
236 Property Crimes
ballwin crime 2018

2.  TOWN AND COUNTRY

11,158 Population
4 Violent Crimes
136 Property Crimes
town and country crime 2018

3. O'FALLON

86,093 Population
71 Violent Crimes
1,011 Property Crimes
ofallon crime 2018

4. WEBSTER GROVES

23,216 Population
23 Violent Crimes
275 Property Crimes
webster groves crime 2018

5. WENTZVILLE

36,938 Population
61 Violent Crimes
490 Property Crimes
wentzville crime 2018

Missouri's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent crimeProperty crimeViolent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1Ballwin30,609112360.367.71
2Town and Country11,15841360.3612.19
3O'Fallon86,093711,0110.8211.74
4Webster Groves23,216232750.9911.85
5Wentzville36,938614901.6513.27
6Maryville11,855341382.8711.64
7Grain Valley13,484191931.4114.31
8Nixa21,377213280.9815.34
9Creve Coeur18,367222811.2015.30
10Eureka10,68161830.5617.13
11Jackson15,092242361.5915.64
12Manchester18,25643250.2217.80
13Lee's Summit95,8211041,6261.0916.97
14Liberty30,699834602.7014.98
15Kirkwood27,793295011.0418.03
16Chesterfield47,939578681.1918.11
17Lake St. Louis15,534142880.9018.54
18Maryland Heights27,374554702.0117.17
19Clayton15,873193011.2018.96
20Raymore20,600204100.9719.90
21St. Peters57,835951,2081.6420.89
22Crestwood11,977112760.9223.04
23Florissant52,266981,1721.8822.42
24Republic16,219343632.1022.38
25Ozark19,366234711.1924.32
26Moberly13,90073560.5025.61
27Troy11,730312642.6422.51
28St. Charles69,3641381,7561.9925.32
29St. Ann12,925712645.4920.43
30Festus12,157722515.9220.65
31Blue Springs54,445811,5001.4927.55
32Gladstone27,138856893.1325.39
33Warrensburg20,136475612.3327.86
34Marshall13,031413543.1527.17
35Mexico11,69193680.7731.48
36Excelsior Springs11,562113660.9531.66
37Columbia121,1435173,2454.2726.79
38Kirksville17,521415722.3432.65
39Jefferson City43,1711741,3184.0330.53
40Lebanon14,721694434.6930.09
41Farmington18,564776014.1532.37
42Arnold21,461407841.8636.53
43Rolla20,093816794.0333.79
44Overland15,940685454.2734.19
45Fulton12,973564464.3234.38
46Webb City11,192194311.7038.51
47Belton23,170718563.0636.94
48Grandview25,4121388675.4334.12
49Washington14,065285571.9939.60
50Carthage14,300405702.8039.86
51Bellefontaine Neighbors10,78811032910.2030.50
52Hannibal17,825747614.1542.69
53Cape Girardeau39,7382361,6285.9440.97
54University City35,0022541,3867.2639.60
55West Plains12,334365782.9246.86
56Sikeston16,4551206767.2941.08
57Union11,092495284.4247.60
58Neosho12,218296482.3753.04
59Raytown29,3771801,4046.1347.79
60Sedalia21,5361191,0985.5350.98
61Independence117,3356016,3895.1254.45
62Ferguson21,0321701,0918.0851.87
63Kennett10,610675836.3154.95
64St. Joseph76,5774284,5465.5959.37
65Kansas City478,3647,91520,84216.5543.57
66Bolivar10,790796427.3259.50
67Poplar Bluff17,3091321,0717.6361.88
68Joplin52,0013293,7796.3372.67
69St. Louis314,5076,01718,65319.1359.31
70Bridgeton11,8351108909.2975.20
71Springfield168,3072,25114,25113.3784.67
72Branson11,593841,3887.25119.73

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Missouri, 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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