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Safest Places to Live in Colorado 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

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

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Cherry Hills Village674000,00
2Windsor2644160,23
3Timnath417410,24
4Frederick1339040,30
5Milliken723830,41
6Fort Lupton827340,48
7Johnstown1649090,55
8Castle Rock64526360,56
9Basalt421930,71
10Louisville21545160,74
11Platteville388730,77
12Yuma350930,85
13Littleton48632430,88
14Eaton535550,93
15Silt316030,95
16Parker55573550,99
17Erie25233250,99
18Salida595161,01
19Carbondale688271,02
20Florence391941,02
21Brush534761,12
22Broomfield70307821,17
23Dacono577471,21
24Firestone14419181,25
25Steamboat Springs13100171,30
26Aspen7465121,61
27Centennial1116462021,81
28Manitou Springs5365101,86
29Silverthorne477591,88
30Lafayette28914602,08

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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

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Lakeside800,00
2Mountain View54100,00
3Hugo74600,00
4Mount Crested Butte84900,00
5Log Lane Village86700,00
6Haxtun90900,00
7Dillon97100,00
8Bow Mar98200,00
9Ouray101500,00
10Mountain Village140500,00
11Columbine Valley146900,00
12Ault179200,00
13Olathe180900,00
14Granby211000,00
15Buena Vista284200,00
16La Salle238510,42
17Wray236810,42
18Del Norte156310,64
19Nederland155410,64
20Holyoke219920,91
21Crested Butte166821,20
22Rangely232331,29
23Meeker227431,32
24Green Mountain Falls69911,43
25Leadville278541,44
26Bayfield273841,46
27Hayden195231,54
28Telluride245641,63
29Walsh50911,96
30Pagosa Springs197442,03
31Limon193742,07
32Calhan83522,40
33Fraser/Winter Park232062,59
34Palisade269382,97
35Springfield135853,68
36Ignacio73334,09
37Elizabeth141664,24
38Oak Creek93344,29
39Hotchkiss92244,34
40Center2282104,38
41Idaho Springs1792158,37
42Parachute1120108,93
43Cripple Creek12061411,61
44Black Hawk128539,06

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Cherry Hills Village674000,00
2Timnath417410,24
3Milliken723830,41
4Fort Lupton827340,48
5Basalt421930,71
6Platteville388730,77
7Yuma350930,85
8Eaton535550,93
9Silt316030,95
10Salida595161,01
11Carbondale688271,02
12Florence391941,02
13Brush534761,12
14Dacono577471,21
15Aspen7465121,61
16Manitou Springs5365101,86
17Silverthorne477591,88
18Woodland Park7709162,08
19Delta8819192,15
20Estes Park6399142,19
21New Castle4863112,26
22Craig8848232,60
23Burlington305782,62
24Edgewater5328163,00
25Gunnison6627213,17
26Cortez8738283,20
27Vail5511193,45
28Severance4454163,59
29Eagle6921253,61
30Monte Vista4136174,11
31Rifle9711404,12
32Frisco3196154,69
33La Junta6867344,95
34Trinidad7947435,41
35Alamosa9955565,63
36Avon6565426,40
37Sheridan6159528,44
38Glendale5293468,69

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Windsor2644160,23
2Frederick1339040,30
3Johnstown1649090,55
4Louisville21545160,74
5Erie25233250,99
6Firestone14419181,25
7Steamboat Springs13100171,30
8Lafayette28914602,08
9Golden20768442,12
10Fruita13390302,24
11Lone Tree13933433,09
12Fort Morgan11267383,37
13Montrose19335663,41
14Glenwood Springs10022353,49
15Durango18717814,33
16Evans207441085,21
17Canon City16557945,68
18Greenwood Village15989945,88
19Sterling13928886,32
20Federal Heights12929866,65

Over 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Castle Rock64526360,56
2Littleton48632430,88
3Parker55573550,99
4Broomfield70307821,17
5Centennial1116462021,81
6Arvada1206312722,25
7Fort Collins1681633922,33
8Englewood35029832,37
9Wheat Ridge31452762,42
10Loveland781922012,57
11Boulder1083802922,69
12Thornton1396973782,71
13Brighton416131142,74
14Westminster1137513182,80
15Northglenn393831453,68
16Greeley1073254243,95
17Fountain303671203,95
18Longmont955344154,34
19Grand Junction629742754,37
20Colorado Springs47112426175,55
21Commerce City574743856,70
22Aurora37282427167,28
23Denver72074552627,30
24Pueblo11175611109,93

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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