safe cities nevada 2018

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.

7.43 Average violent crime per 1,000
27.10 Average property crime per 1,000

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.


15,661 Population
19 Violent Crimes
164 Property Crimes
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17,969 Population
22 Violent Crimes
336 Property Crimes
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291,584 Population
617 Violent Crimes
5,484 Property Crimes
henderson crime 2018


97,269 Population
435 Violent Crimes
2,450 Property Crimes
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20,687 Population
102 Violent Crimes
596 Property Crimes
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Nevada's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent crimeProperty crimeViolent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1Boulder City15,661191641.2110.47
6North Las Vegas238,5542,2765,2779.5422.12
7Las Vegas1,592,17813,52046,0008.4928.89


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. 

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