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Safest Places to Live in Colorado ( 2017 Updated ! )

Latest Update:    October 30, 2017

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 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 crime rate, Colorado is not among the safest states. As a matter of fact, there were 9.4% more violent crimes in 2016 than in 2015 in Colorado, whereas the increase per 100,000 people for the same period was 7.6%. The increase of violent crime rates in the period from 2014 to 2015 was 6.2% or 4,3% per 100,000 people, which tells us that crime levels in this state are constantly rising.

 

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2016. 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 population under 3,000.

 

20 Safest Places in Colorado 2017

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Yuma 3,612 0 0
2 Windsor 22,404 3 0.13
3 Cherry Hills Village 6,649 1 0.15
4 Monument 6,497 2 0.31
5 Dacono 4,925 2 0.41
6 Milliken 6,551 3 0.46
7 Firestone 12,375 6 0.48
8 Basalt 3,900 2 0.51
9 Severance 3,805 2 0.53
10 Broomfield 66,953 36 0.54
11 Erie 22,115 12 0.54
12 Gypsum 7,012 4 0.57
13 Eaton 5,045 3 0.59
14 Eagle 6,715 4 0.6
15 New Castle 4,706 3 0.64
16 Aspen 6,926 5 0.72
17 Johnstown 16,143 13 0.81
18 Castle Rock 57,109 51 0.89
19 Parker 50,409 46 0.91
20 Brush 5,456 5 0.92

 

 

Crime Score in All Cities in Colorado

In case your city didn’t make it to top 20, 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 Elite Personal Finance made a detailed analysis and divided all places in Colorado in 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 Palmer Lake 2,621 0 0
2 Wray 2,382 0 0
3 Kersey 1,602 0 0
4 Mountain Village 1,412 0 0
5 Mancos 1,388 0 0
6 Columbine Valley 1,381 0 0
7 Ouray 1,008 0 0
8 Bow Mar 961 0 0
9 Calhan 790 0 0
10 Kiowa 753 0 0
11 Ignacio 723 0 0
12 Mountain View 532 0 0
13 Morrison 436 0 0
14 Campo 104 0 0
15 Snowmass Village 2,935 1 0.34
16 Buena Vista 2,790 1 0.36
17 Rangely 2,378 1 0.42
18 Springfield 1,385 1 0.72
19 Bayfield 2,611 2 0.77
20 Telluride 2,434 2 0.82
21 Haxtun 926 1 1.08
22 Ault 1,642 2 1.22
23 Nederland 1,534 2 1.3
24 Holyoke 2,237 3 1.34
25 Fraser/Winter Park 2,205 3 1.36
26 La Salle 2,070 3 1.45
27 Simla 635 1 1.57
28 Granby 1,880 3 1.6
29 Crested Butte 1,599 3 1.88
30 Limon 1,917 4 2.09
31 Meeker 2,344 5 2.13
32 Hotchkiss 895 2 2.23
33 Leadville 2,656 6 2.26
34 Palisade 2,654 6 2.26
35 Mount Crested Butte 833 2 2.4
36 Hugo 737 2 2.71
37 Pagosa Springs 1,763 5 2.84
38 Georgetown 1,052 3 2.85
39 Fowler 1,141 4 3.51
40 Oak Creek 894 4 4.47
41 Center 2,196 11 5.01
42 Dillon 972 5 5.14
43 Stratton 659 4 6.07
44 Walsenburg 2,871 21 7.31
45 Parachute 1,110 10 9.01
46 Cripple Creek 1,147 19 16.56
47 Idaho Springs 1,730 33 19.08
48 Garden City 269 13 48.33
49 Black Hawk 126 8 63.49
50 Lakeside 8 4 500

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Yuma 3,612 0 0
2 Cherry Hills Village 6,649 1 0.15
3 Monument 6,497 2 0.31
4 Dacono 4,925 2 0.41
5 Milliken 6,551 3 0.46
6 Basalt 3,900 2 0.51
7 Severance 3,805 2 0.53
8 Gypsum 7,012 4 0.57
9 Eaton 5,045 3 0.59
10 Eagle 6,715 4 0.6
11 New Castle 4,706 3 0.64
12 Aspen 6,926 5 0.72
13 Brush 5,456 5 0.92
14 Timnath 3,234 3 0.93
15 Estes Park 6,335 6 0.95
16 Silt 3,069 3 0.98
17 Delta 8,778 9 1.03
18 Lochbuie 5,516 7 1.27
19 Salida 5,516 7 1.27
20 Frisco 3,108 4 1.29
21 Rifle 9,613 15 1.56
22 Cortez 8,761 14 1.6
23 Florence 3,861 7 1.81
24 Edgewater 5,330 10 1.88
25 Fort Lupton 7,903 15 1.9
26 Burlington 3,624 7 1.93
27 Avon 6,532 13 1.99
28 Vail 5,496 11 2
29 Carbondale 6,728 14 2.08
30 Craig 8,724 19 2.18
31 Mead 4,713 11 2.33
32 Woodland Park 7,226 17 2.35
33 Breckenridge 4,971 12 2.41
34 Gunnison 6,110 19 3.11
35 Manitou Springs 5,397 17 3.15
36 Sheridan 6,113 20 3.27
37 Glenwood Springs 9,978 38 3.81
38 Trinidad 7,990 32 4.01
39 Monte Vista 4,262 24 5.63
40 Glendale 5,396 41 7.6

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Windsor 22,404 3 0.13
2 Firestone 12,375 6 0.48
3 Erie 22,115 12 0.54
4 Johnstown 16,143 13 0.81
5 Louisville 20,814 21 1.01
6 Fruita 12,825 16 1.25
7 Golden 20,616 31 1.5
8 Montrose 19,054 29 1.52
9 Greenwood Village 16,024 34 2.12
10 Durango 18,248 43 2.36
11 Lone Tree 13,593 33 2.43
12 Steamboat Springs 12,512 31 2.48
13 Lafayette 28,421 87 3.06
14 Fort Morgan 11,313 36 3.18
15 Evans 21,975 70 3.19
16 Sterling 14,087 47 3.34
17 Fountain 28,115 98 3.49
18 Federal Heights 12,563 81 6.45

 

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Broomfield 66,953 36 0.54
2 Castle Rock 57,109 51 0.89
3 Parker 50,409 46 0.91
4 Littleton 47,288 48 1.02
5 Fort Collins 164,670 342 2.08
6 Westminster 114,514 269 2.35
7 Boulder 109,189 258 2.36
8 Loveland 76,936 184 2.39
9 Longmont 93,268 292 3.13
10 Northglenn 39,890 139 3.48
11 Thornton 136,451 477 3.5
12 Wheat Ridge 31,389 110 3.5
13 Brighton 38,363 143 3.73
14 Commerce City 55,341 241 4.35
15 Greeley 102,491 468 4.57
16 Colorado Springs 464,113 2,301 4.96
17 Grand Junction 60,628 314 5.18
18 Aurora 366,477 1,939 5.29
19 Lakewood 154,553 875 5.66
20 Denver 699,259 4,597 6.57
21 Pueblo 109,927 1,081 9.83

 

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.

Thank you.

 

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