Safest Places to Live in Colorado 2020

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Last Update: June 7, 2020 Living

It goes without saying that US cities with a large population are more dangerous than the smaller ones. However, certain regions are safer than others too. For example, the coasts of the US are slightly more dangerous than the central part of it because of cities like New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, etc. With that in mind, if we analyze the average crime rate, some states are definitely safer than others.

One of such states is Colorado. This state, named after the Colorado River, spreads across the south part of the Rocky Mountains, and it is full of beautiful landscape: forests, rivers, mountains – all of these you can observe with amazement while passing through Colorado.

The 8th biggest state in terms of size and the 21st most populated state, Colorado had 5,540,545 residents in 2016, which is a 10% increase compared to 2010.

When it comes to the crime rate, Colorado is not among the safest states. As a matter of fact, there were 8.4% more violent crimes in 2017 than in 2016 in Colorado, whereas the increase per 100,000 people for the same period was 7.0%.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with a population under 3,000.

30 Safest Places in Colorado 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Cherry Hills Village 6740 0 0,00
2 Windsor 26441 6 0,23
3 Timnath 4174 1 0,24
4 Frederick 13390 4 0,30
5 Milliken 7238 3 0,41
6 Fort Lupton 8273 4 0,48
7 Johnstown 16490 9 0,55
8 Castle Rock 64526 36 0,56
9 Basalt 4219 3 0,71
10 Louisville 21545 16 0,74
11 Platteville 3887 3 0,77
12 Yuma 3509 3 0,85
13 Littleton 48632 43 0,88
14 Eaton 5355 5 0,93
15 Silt 3160 3 0,95
16 Parker 55573 55 0,99
17 Erie 25233 25 0,99
18 Salida 5951 6 1,01
19 Carbondale 6882 7 1,02
20 Florence 3919 4 1,02
21 Brush 5347 6 1,12
22 Broomfield 70307 82 1,17
23 Dacono 5774 7 1,21
24 Firestone 14419 18 1,25
25 Steamboat Springs 13100 17 1,30
26 Aspen 7465 12 1,61
27 Centennial 111646 202 1,81
28 Manitou Springs 5365 10 1,86
29 Silverthorne 4775 9 1,88
30 Lafayette 28914 60 2,08

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Crime Score in All Cities in Colorado 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of Colorado cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and divided all places in Colorado into the following categories:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Lakeside 8 0 0,00
2 Mountain View 541 0 0,00
3 Hugo 746 0 0,00
4 Mount Crested Butte 849 0 0,00
5 Log Lane Village 867 0 0,00
6 Haxtun 909 0 0,00
7 Dillon 971 0 0,00
8 Bow Mar 982 0 0,00
9 Ouray 1015 0 0,00
10 Mountain Village 1405 0 0,00
11 Columbine Valley 1469 0 0,00
12 Ault 1792 0 0,00
13 Olathe 1809 0 0,00
14 Granby 2110 0 0,00
15 Buena Vista 2842 0 0,00
16 La Salle 2385 1 0,42
17 Wray 2368 1 0,42
18 Del Norte 1563 1 0,64
19 Nederland 1554 1 0,64
20 Holyoke 2199 2 0,91
21 Crested Butte 1668 2 1,20
22 Rangely 2323 3 1,29
23 Meeker 2274 3 1,32
24 Green Mountain Falls 699 1 1,43
25 Leadville 2785 4 1,44
26 Bayfield 2738 4 1,46
27 Hayden 1952 3 1,54
28 Telluride 2456 4 1,63
29 Walsh 509 1 1,96
30 Pagosa Springs 1974 4 2,03
31 Limon 1937 4 2,07
32 Calhan 835 2 2,40
33 Fraser/Winter Park 2320 6 2,59
34 Palisade 2693 8 2,97
35 Springfield 1358 5 3,68
36 Ignacio 733 3 4,09
37 Elizabeth 1416 6 4,24
38 Oak Creek 933 4 4,29
39 Hotchkiss 922 4 4,34
40 Center 2282 10 4,38
41 Idaho Springs 1792 15 8,37
42 Parachute 1120 10 8,93
43 Cripple Creek 1206 14 11,61
44 Black Hawk 128 5 39,06

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Cherry Hills Village 6740 0 0,00
2 Timnath 4174 1 0,24
3 Milliken 7238 3 0,41
4 Fort Lupton 8273 4 0,48
5 Basalt 4219 3 0,71
6 Platteville 3887 3 0,77
7 Yuma 3509 3 0,85
8 Eaton 5355 5 0,93
9 Silt 3160 3 0,95
10 Salida 5951 6 1,01
11 Carbondale 6882 7 1,02
12 Florence 3919 4 1,02
13 Brush 5347 6 1,12
14 Dacono 5774 7 1,21
15 Aspen 7465 12 1,61
16 Manitou Springs 5365 10 1,86
17 Silverthorne 4775 9 1,88
18 Woodland Park 7709 16 2,08
19 Delta 8819 19 2,15
20 Estes Park 6399 14 2,19
21 New Castle 4863 11 2,26
22 Craig 8848 23 2,60
23 Burlington 3057 8 2,62
24 Edgewater 5328 16 3,00
25 Gunnison 6627 21 3,17
26 Cortez 8738 28 3,20
27 Vail 5511 19 3,45
28 Severance 4454 16 3,59
29 Eagle 6921 25 3,61
30 Monte Vista 4136 17 4,11
31 Rifle 9711 40 4,12
32 Frisco 3196 15 4,69
33 La Junta 6867 34 4,95
34 Trinidad 7947 43 5,41
35 Alamosa 9955 56 5,63
36 Avon 6565 42 6,40
37 Sheridan 6159 52 8,44
38 Glendale 5293 46 8,69

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Windsor 26441 6 0,23
2 Frederick 13390 4 0,30
3 Johnstown 16490 9 0,55
4 Louisville 21545 16 0,74
5 Erie 25233 25 0,99
6 Firestone 14419 18 1,25
7 Steamboat Springs 13100 17 1,30
8 Lafayette 28914 60 2,08
9 Golden 20768 44 2,12
10 Fruita 13390 30 2,24
11 Lone Tree 13933 43 3,09
12 Fort Morgan 11267 38 3,37
13 Montrose 19335 66 3,41
14 Glenwood Springs 10022 35 3,49
15 Durango 18717 81 4,33
16 Evans 20744 108 5,21
17 Canon City 16557 94 5,68
18 Greenwood Village 15989 94 5,88
19 Sterling 13928 88 6,32
20 Federal Heights 12929 86 6,65

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Castle Rock 64526 36 0,56
2 Littleton 48632 43 0,88
3 Parker 55573 55 0,99
4 Broomfield 70307 82 1,17
5 Centennial 111646 202 1,81
6 Arvada 120631 272 2,25
7 Fort Collins 168163 392 2,33
8 Englewood 35029 83 2,37
9 Wheat Ridge 31452 76 2,42
10 Loveland 78192 201 2,57
11 Boulder 108380 292 2,69
12 Thornton 139697 378 2,71
13 Brighton 41613 114 2,74
14 Westminster 113751 318 2,80
15 Northglenn 39383 145 3,68
16 Greeley 107325 424 3,95
17 Fountain 30367 120 3,95
18 Longmont 95534 415 4,34
19 Grand Junction 62974 275 4,37
20 Colorado Springs 471124 2617 5,55
21 Commerce City 57474 385 6,70
22 Aurora 372824 2716 7,28
23 Denver 720745 5262 7,30
24 Pueblo 111756 1110 9,93

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your city? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way you can help us understand your perspective better.

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