One of the nation’s fastest growing states, Nevada is best known as home to the gambling mecca of Las Vegas, and a number of vast deserts and mountain ranges. The Silver State has one of the higher violent crime rates in the nation, but is also home to a number of safe, peaceful communities appropriate for raising a family in.
Nevada’s safest is Boulder City, the city of 15,661 is located about 26 miles southeast of Las Vegas. The fact that Boulder City is one of only two cities in Nevada where gambling is illegal may account for its low crime rates: the city averaged just 1.21 violent crimes and 10.47 property crimes per 1,000 inhabitants.
Mesquite (population: 17,969) ranks 2nd in the list of Nevada’s safest cities. Nestled on the state’s border within the Virgin River Valley, Mesquite’s rate of 1.22 crimes per 1,000 inhabitants is over four times lower than the state average.
Henderson (#3), with a population of 291,584, is much larger than the preceding cities on the list. Nevertheless, the city, just southeast of Las Vegas, posts crime rates significantly below the state average.
1. BOULDER CITY
Nevada's Safest Cities
|Rank||City||Population||Violent crime||Property crime||Violent per 1,000||Property per 1,000|
|6||North Las Vegas||238,554||2,276||5,277||9.54||22.12|
To identify the safest cities in Nevada, 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.