A state full of wide open plains and forested mountains, Missouri features a plethora of rustic atmospheres with majestic views that are perfect for camping and exploring - in addition to bustling cities for those that prefer the constant socialization of concrete jungles. Located in the Midwest, Missouri offers a great deal of museums, featuring history and wildlife, with the newest addition being a botanical garden. With all the fantastic attractions, Missouri is the perfect place to both live and constantly explore.
Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.
This vibrant little town of 5,541 people comes packed with culture and history that’s upheld by its proud citizens and well-oiled community upkeep - which includes regular events, parks and recreation, community litter control, and wildlife preservation. The property crime rate comes in at 86.6% lower than national average and violent crimes only occur 32.2% as often as the American average. The community of Greenwood holds regular meetings to discuss the state of the town which contributes to maintaining the safety of its people and natural wildlife and ensuring those within the community are satisfied.
2. BONNE TERRE
Once home to one of the richest lead ore mines in the world, Bonne Terre is now a tranquil town with some of the lowest violent crime rates in Missouri at 12.8% of the national average. Bonne Terra features what has previously been named one of "America's Best Underwater Attractions” - the mine from the 1870's - which can be explored by boat with the help of a tour guide. The 7,058 residents of Bonne Terra are able to relax in comfort that can only be provided by a crime rate that’s significantly lower than that of the national average - property crime comes in at 76.4% under America's average crime rate.
Located in St. Louis county, Ballwin is a stunningly beautiful suburb of 30,526 people and spread out over 9 miles. Ballwin maintains the absolute lowest violent crime rate in Missouri, at just 8.65% of the national average. Sprinkled with several parks and at least 5 elementary schools, Ballwin is a wonderful place for families. Ballwin real estate is truly appreciable, presenting a variety of stately houses which are especially beautiful during the winter months, when snow dusts roofs and lawns. The rolling hills and houses range from elegant to subdued and offer the variety that makes Ballwin an ideal place to settle down - especially becuse it experienced more than 70% fewer property crimes than the country's average.
Small Town Living at its Best" is the slogan for this charming town of 5,142. The history of Savannah and its low crime rate - in addition to small town comfort - are a few of the more appealing aspects of this lovely little place. It’s real estate, with well-lept historical buildings and huge trees, is protected by its low property crime rate - just under 30% of the national average. The autumn months leave the town of Savannah appearing as if it’s lost in a vibrant hurricane of reds and oranges and the eventual snowfall makes its rustic buildings look staged. With violent crimes 82.7% less likely to occur than average in America, Savannah is one of the safest and most beautiful places in Missouri to settle.
Once named "Smith's Mill" after founding settler Humphrey Smith, Smithville's name was changed to its current pronunciation for the sake of ease. While its population remained fairly steady between 1880 and 1970, the 1980's marked the beginning of a massive population growth, growing from about 2,300 to the 9,278 that is is today. While the property crime rate is slightly more than other towns in Missouri, it still falls 67.9% below the national average. Smithville features a 7,190 acre lake that offers camping and the community does its part to maintain fish and wildlife health and safety. When it comes to violent crimes, it’s only 16.1% of the national average.
The Top 50 Safest Cities in Missouri, 2017
31. Lee's Summit
41. Bowling Green
2. Bonne Terre
13. Creve Coeur
26. Grain Valley
7. Webster Groves
27. Lake St. Louis
37. Maryland Heights
8. Pleasant Hill
18. Carl Junction
38. Park Hills
10. Town and Country
30. Oak Grove
40. St. Peters
50. St. Charles
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 5,000. Note that our use of the word "cities" is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the words "town" and "township."
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 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.