Missouri – Known as the “Show Me” state, indicating the natural skepticism of its inhabitants, its official position is that it can be pronounced either “Missourah” or “Missouri.” It was famous as being the jumping-off point for much westward colonization. It has a population of approximately 6 million, making it 18th in the US state tables.
Traditionally Missouri was noted for its beer industry and agricultural products. This has broadened quite substantially, and Missouri is now home to thriving aerospace, financial services, technology, food services and transportation industries. It is a prosperous state, ranking 22nd in US state financial product terms.
At just over $54,000, Missouri’s average household income is below the US national average by around 10%. Individual income averages at $29,000 are similarly 10% below US statistical averages. Crime statistics for Missouri indicate that there are some challenges. Specifically, statistics show:
- Missouri is the 36th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
- It has a violent crime rate that is above the national average (1.13 ratio) with 3.9 crimes per 1,000 against the national average of 3.47.
- Considered alongside national averages, property crime levels are slightly under at a ratio of 0.84 with 34.13 crimes per 1,000 compared to the national average of 40.43.
In all states, crime statistics vary by locality. The top 5 safest areas in Missouri are:
- Webster Groves
- Town and Country
Safest Cities in Missouri, 2019
|Rank||City||Violent Crimes||Property Crimes||Violent Crime Rate||Property Crime Rate|
|3||Town and Country||5||130||0.448||11.652|
|11||Lake St. Louis||18||251||1.126||15.708|
To identify the safest cities in Missouri, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.
Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.
There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”
We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.
Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.