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Safest Places to Live in Colorado ( 2018 Updated ! )

EPF Last Update: November 17, 2018

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

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2017. 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.

20 Safest Places in Colorado 2018

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Basalt 3,933 0 0.00
2 Timnath 3,806 0 0.00
3 Lamar 7,468 1 0.13
4 Johnstown 16,552 3 0.18
5 Windsor 23,523 5 0.21
6 Yuma 3,593 1 0.28
7 Aspen 6,906 2 0.29
8 Cherry Hills Village 6,685 2 0.30
9 Eaton 5,212 2 0.38
10 Monument 6,644 3 0.45
11 Erie 23,660 12 0.51
12 Frederick 12,850 7 0.54
13 Firestone 13,416 9 0.67
14 Louisville 21,224 18 0.85
15 Salida 5,642 5 0.89
16 Delta 8,925 8 0.90
17 Castle Rock 59,337 54 0.91
18 Severance 4,177 4 0.96
19 Breckenridge 4,959 5 1.01
20 Florence 3,953 4 1.01

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Crime Score in All Cities in Colorado

In case your city didn’t make it to the 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 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 Wray 2,369 0 0.00
2 Mancos 1,482 0 0.00
3 Ouray 1,038 0 0.00
4 Bow Mar 982 0 0.00
5 Oak Creek 920 0 0.00
6 Haxtun 912 0 0.00
7 Hotchkiss 912 0 0.00
8 Kiowa 745 0 0.00
9 Ignacio 728 0 0.00
10 Walsh 506 0 0.00
11 Buena Vista 2,815 1 0.36
12 Telluride 2,481 1 0.40
13 La Salle 2,153 1 0.46
14 Granby 1,929 1 0.52
15 Snowmass Village 2,913 2 0.69
16 Columbine Valley 1,432 1 0.70
17 Mountain Village 1,432 1 0.70
18 Rangely 2,359 2 0.85
19 Center 2,232 2 0.90
20 Limon 1,967 2 1.02
21 Olathe 1,803 2 1.11
22 Bayfield 2,677 3 1.12
23 Ault 1,710 2 1.17
24 Mount Crested Butte 839 1 1.19
25 Holyoke 2,195 3 1.37
26 Leadville 2,711 4 1.48
27 Hayden 1,887 3 1.59
28 Meeker 2,336 4 1.71
29 Fowler 1,139 2 1.76
30 Kersey 1,616 3 1.86
31 Mountain View 531 1 1.88
32 Nederland 1,548 3 1.94
33 Dillon 970 2 2.06
34 Fraser/Winter Park 2,293 5 2.18
35 Palisade 2,645 8 3.02
36 Calhan 797 3 3.76
37 Hugo 748 3 4.01
38 Log Lane Village 863 4 4.63
39 Cripple Creek 1,173 6 5.12
40 Pagosa Springs 1,858 11 5.92
41 Idaho Springs 1,751 15 8.57
42 Crested Butte 1,626 14 8.61
43 Garden City 270 4 14.81
44 Parachute 1,119 20 17.87
45 Black Hawk 129 4 31.01
46 Lakeside 8 1 125.00

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Basalt 3,933 0 0.00
2 Timnath 3,806 0 0.00
3 Lamar 7,468 1 0.13
4 Yuma 3,593 1 0.28
5 Aspen 6,906 2 0.29
6 Cherry Hills Village 6,685 2 0.30
7 Eaton 5,212 2 0.38
8 Monument 6,644 3 0.45
9 Salida 5,642 5 0.89
10 Delta 8,925 8 0.90
11 Severance 4,177 4 0.96
12 Breckenridge 4,959 5 1.01
13 Florence 3,953 4 1.01
14 Platteville 3,854 4 1.04
15 New Castle 4,798 5 1.04
16 Vail 5,516 6 1.09
17 Brush 5,397 6 1.11
18 Fort Lupton 8,057 9 1.12
19 Dacono 5,261 6 1.14
20 Frisco 3,154 4 1.27
21 Eagle 6,780 10 1.47
22 Cortez 9,095 15 1.65
23 Craig 8,869 17 1.92
24 Silt 3,116 6 1.93
25 Edgewater 5,350 11 2.06
26 Manitou Springs 5,364 12 2.24
27 Milliken 6,870 16 2.33
28 Monte Vista 4,235 10 2.36
29 Woodland Park 7,424 18 2.42
30 Carbondale 6,844 17 2.48
31 Gunnison 6,326 16 2.53
32 Burlington 4,178 11 2.63
33 Estes Park 6,435 19 2.95
34 Avon 6,551 20 3.05
35 Rifle 9,724 31 3.19
36 Silverthorne 4,615 16 3.47
37 Trinidad 7,961 31 3.89
38 La Junta 6,900 35 5.07
39 Sheridan 6,103 43 7.05
40 Glendale 5,362 46 8.58

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Johnstown 16,552 3 0.18
2 Windsor 23,523 5 0.21
3 Erie 23,660 12 0.51
4 Frederick 12,850 7 0.54
5 Firestone 13,416 9 0.67
6 Louisville 21,224 18 0.85
7 Golden 20,948 23 1.10
8 Lone Tree 13,638 22 1.61
9 Steamboat Springs 12,799 22 1.72
10 Fruita 12,971 25 1.93
11 Montrose 19,346 44 2.27
12 Lafayette 28,939 66 2.28
13 Durango 18,801 44 2.34
14 Glenwood Springs 10,073 27 2.68
15 Evans 22,153 68 3.07
16 Fort Morgan 11,347 44 3.88
17 Canon City 16,723 73 4.37
18 Sterling 13,955 61 4.37
19 Alamosa 10,025 46 4.59
20 Fountain 29,203 149 5.10
21 Federal Heights 12,624 77 6.10

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Castle Rock 59,337 54 0.91
2 Littleton 47,112 48 1.02
3 Broomfield 68,158 84 1.23
4 Parker 52,179 77 1.48
5 Arvada 119,346 193 1.62
6 Fort Collins 167,633 369 2.20
7 Westminster 115,155 275 2.39
8 Loveland 78,671 249 3.17
9 Thornton 139,825 490 3.50
10 Longmont 93,979 331 3.52
11 Northglenn 39,520 152 3.85
12 Greeley 105,906 449 4.24
13 Wheat Ridge 31,567 134 4.24
14 Brighton 39,099 188 4.81
15 Colorado Springs 472,958 2,479 5.24
16 Commerce City 56,469 314 5.56
17 Grand Junction 62,352 361 5.79
18 Aurora 368,018 2,239 6.08
19 Lakewood 156,344 1,007 6.44
20 Denver 706,616 4,774 6.76
21 Pueblo 110,872 1,167 10.53

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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