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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

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Basalt3,93300.00
2Timnath3,80600.00
3Lamar7,46810.13
4Johnstown16,55230.18
5Windsor23,52350.21
6Yuma3,59310.28
7Aspen6,90620.29
8Cherry Hills Village6,68520.30
9Eaton5,21220.38
10Monument6,64430.45
11Erie23,660120.51
12Frederick12,85070.54
13Firestone13,41690.67
14Louisville21,224180.85
15Salida5,64250.89
16Delta8,92580.90
17Castle Rock59,337540.91
18Severance4,17740.96
19Breckenridge4,95951.01
20Florence3,95341.01

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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

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Wray2,36900.00
2Mancos1,48200.00
3Ouray1,03800.00
4Bow Mar98200.00
5Oak Creek92000.00
6Haxtun91200.00
7Hotchkiss91200.00
8Kiowa74500.00
9Ignacio72800.00
10Walsh50600.00
11Buena Vista2,81510.36
12Telluride2,48110.40
13La Salle2,15310.46
14Granby1,92910.52
15Snowmass Village2,91320.69
16Columbine Valley1,43210.70
17Mountain Village1,43210.70
18Rangely2,35920.85
19Center2,23220.90
20Limon1,96721.02
21Olathe1,80321.11
22Bayfield2,67731.12
23Ault1,71021.17
24Mount Crested Butte83911.19
25Holyoke2,19531.37
26Leadville2,71141.48
27Hayden1,88731.59
28Meeker2,33641.71
29Fowler1,13921.76
30Kersey1,61631.86
31Mountain View53111.88
32Nederland1,54831.94
33Dillon97022.06
34Fraser/Winter Park2,29352.18
35Palisade2,64583.02
36Calhan79733.76
37Hugo74834.01
38Log Lane Village86344.63
39Cripple Creek1,17365.12
40Pagosa Springs1,858115.92
41Idaho Springs1,751158.57
42Crested Butte1,626148.61
43Garden City270414.81
44Parachute1,1192017.87
45Black Hawk129431.01
46Lakeside81125.00

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Basalt3,93300.00
2Timnath3,80600.00
3Lamar7,46810.13
4Yuma3,59310.28
5Aspen6,90620.29
6Cherry Hills Village6,68520.30
7Eaton5,21220.38
8Monument6,64430.45
9Salida5,64250.89
10Delta8,92580.90
11Severance4,17740.96
12Breckenridge4,95951.01
13Florence3,95341.01
14Platteville3,85441.04
15New Castle4,79851.04
16Vail5,51661.09
17Brush5,39761.11
18Fort Lupton8,05791.12
19Dacono5,26161.14
20Frisco3,15441.27
21Eagle6,780101.47
22Cortez9,095151.65
23Craig8,869171.92
24Silt3,11661.93
25Edgewater5,350112.06
26Manitou Springs5,364122.24
27Milliken6,870162.33
28Monte Vista4,235102.36
29Woodland Park7,424182.42
30Carbondale6,844172.48
31Gunnison6,326162.53
32Burlington4,178112.63
33Estes Park6,435192.95
34Avon6,551203.05
35Rifle9,724313.19
36Silverthorne4,615163.47
37Trinidad7,961313.89
38La Junta6,900355.07
39Sheridan6,103437.05
40Glendale5,362468.58

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Johnstown16,55230.18
2Windsor23,52350.21
3Erie23,660120.51
4Frederick12,85070.54
5Firestone13,41690.67
6Louisville21,224180.85
7Golden20,948231.10
8Lone Tree13,638221.61
9Steamboat Springs12,799221.72
10Fruita12,971251.93
11Montrose19,346442.27
12Lafayette28,939662.28
13Durango18,801442.34
14Glenwood Springs10,073272.68
15Evans22,153683.07
16Fort Morgan11,347443.88
17Canon City16,723734.37
18Sterling13,955614.37
19Alamosa10,025464.59
20Fountain29,2031495.10
21Federal Heights12,624776.10

Over 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Castle Rock59,337540.91
2Littleton47,112481.02
3Broomfield68,158841.23
4Parker52,179771.48
5Arvada119,3461931.62
6Fort Collins167,6333692.20
7Westminster115,1552752.39
8Loveland78,6712493.17
9Thornton139,8254903.50
10Longmont93,9793313.52
11Northglenn39,5201523.85
12Greeley105,9064494.24
13Wheat Ridge31,5671344.24
14Brighton39,0991884.81
15Colorado Springs472,9582,4795.24
16Commerce City56,4693145.56
17Grand Junction62,3523615.79
18Aurora368,0182,2396.08
19Lakewood156,3441,0076.44
20Denver706,6164,7746.76
21Pueblo110,8721,16710.53

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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