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Safest Places to Live in Kansas 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

Located in the Midwestern region of the United States, Kansas borders Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Nebraska. Kansas is the 35th most populous state, with over 2.9 million residents. Its capital is Topeka, but the largest city is Wichita, which is home to around 390,000 people.

After being home to Native American tribes for centuries, Kansas was settled by European settlers. It officially became a state in 1861. After the Civil War, its population grew very fast due to the fact that immigrants converted the prairie into the farmland.

The economy of Kansas depends mainly on agriculture, and in fact, this state is one of the biggest agricultural producers in the entire US. It produces great quantities of wheat, corn, sorghum, and soybeans.

From 2016 to 2017, Kansas saw an increase in the violent crime of 3.1%, which is 2.9% per 100,000 people.

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 Kansas 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Hugoton 3816 2 0,52
2 Paola 5574 4 0,72
3 Leawood 35070 27 0,77
4 Valley Center 7370 6 0,81
5 Frontenac 3409 3 0,88
6 Lindsborg 3247 3 0,92
7 Bel Aire 8092 8 0,99
8 Tonganoxie 5508 6 1,09
9 Basehor 6239 7 1,12
10 Emporia 24698 28 1,13
11 Rose Hill 3986 5 1,25
12 Ellsworth 3044 4 1,31
13 Hesston 3791 5 1,32
14 Mulvane 6391 9 1,41
15 Marysville 3268 5 1,53
16 Derby 23842 37 1,55
17 Scott City 3854 6 1,56
18 Osawatomie 4278 7 1,64
19 Ulysses 5878 10 1,70
20 McPherson 13211 23 1,74
21 Winfield 12072 22 1,82
22 Augusta 9387 18 1,92
23 Lenexa 54349 107 1,97
24 El Dorado 12960 28 2,16
25 Olathe 139154 305 2,19
26 Abilene 6315 14 2,22
27 Overland Park 193877 440 2,27
28 Baxter Springs 3919 9 2,30
29 Larned 3828 9 2,35
30 Beloit 3695 9 2,44

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Crime Score in All Cities in Kansas 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of Kansas 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 narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • 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 Havensville 155 0 0,00
2 Walton 235 0 0,00
3 Bronson 310 0 0,00
4 Colony 409 0 0,00
5 Alta Vista 419 0 0,00
6 Argonia 479 0 0,00
7 Moran 511 0 0,00
8 Little River 524 0 0,00
9 Mound City 680 0 0,00
10 Bucklin 792 0 0,00
11 Mount Hope 804 0 0,00
12 Lake Quivira 939 0 0,00
13 Montezuma 943 0 0,00
14 St. George 1028 0 0,00
15 Hoxie 1194 0 0,00
16 Auburn 1221 0 0,00
17 Carbondale 1357 0 0,00
18 Meade 1610 0 0,00
19 Oswego 1703 0 0,00
20 Humboldt 1783 0 0,00
21 Sabetha 2569 0 0,00
22 Clearwater 2529 1 0,40
23 Sterling 2214 1 0,45
24 Osage City 2777 2 0,72
25 St. Francis 1301 1 0,77
26 Atwood 1196 1 0,84
27 Westwood 2276 2 0,88
28 Caney 2000 2 1,00
29 Minneapolis 1949 2 1,03
30 Hillsboro 2829 3 1,06
31 Horton 1687 2 1,19
32 Cheney 2180 3 1,38
33 Belleville 1885 3 1,59
34 Plainville 1832 3 1,64
35 Oberlin 1730 3 1,73
36 Norton 2760 5 1,81
37 Belle Plaine 1568 3 1,91
38 Council Grove 2030 4 1,97
39 Herington 2305 5 2,17
40 Benton 872 2 2,29
41 Sedgwick 1661 4 2,41
42 Peabody 1111 3 2,70
43 Hoisington 2539 7 2,76
44 Wellsville 1803 5 2,77
45 Grandview Plaza 1627 5 3,07
46 Elkhart 1825 6 3,29
47 Anthony 2115 7 3,31
48 Neodesha 2292 8 3,49
49 Burlington 2537 9 3,55
50 Ellinwood 1992 8 4,02
51 Cherryvale 2154 9 4,18
52 Galena 2871 12 4,18
53 Seneca 2044 10 4,89

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Hugoton 3816 2 0,52
2 Paola 5574 4 0,72
3 Valley Center 7370 6 0,81
4 Frontenac 3409 3 0,88
5 Lindsborg 3247 3 0,92
6 Bel Aire 8092 8 0,99
7 Tonganoxie 5508 6 1,09
8 Basehor 6239 7 1,12
9 Rose Hill 3986 5 1,25
10 Ellsworth 3044 4 1,31
11 Hesston 3791 5 1,32
12 Mulvane 6391 9 1,41
13 Marysville 3268 5 1,53
14 Scott City 3854 6 1,56
15 Osawatomie 4278 7 1,64
16 Ulysses 5878 10 1,70
17 Augusta 9387 18 1,92
18 Abilene 6315 14 2,22
19 Baxter Springs 3919 9 2,30
20 Larned 3828 9 2,35
21 Beloit 3695 9 2,44
22 Maize 4735 12 2,53
23 Garnett 3231 9 2,79
24 Edwardsville 4505 13 2,89
25 Park City 7785 24 3,08
26 Concordia 5059 16 3,16
27 Columbus 3066 10 3,26
28 Holton 3258 12 3,68
29 Wamego 4748 19 4,00
30 Hiawatha 3132 13 4,15
31 Pratt 6737 28 4,16
32 Fort Scott 7779 37 4,76
33 Clay Center 3930 19 4,83
34 Russell 4454 25 5,61
35 Lyons 3540 21 5,93
36 Coffeyville 9375 57 6,08
37 Iola 5306 33 6,22
38 Independence 8629 62 7,19
39 Parsons 9664 91 9,42

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Emporia 24698 28 1,13
2 Derby 23842 37 1,55
3 McPherson 13211 23 1,74
4 Winfield 12072 22 1,82
5 El Dorado 12960 28 2,16
6 Lansing 12043 30 2,49
7 Gardner 21945 56 2,55
8 Dodge City 27756 90 3,24
9 Haysville 11343 46 4,06
10 Atchison 10589 43 4,06
11 Arkansas City 11791 50 4,24
12 Garden City 26902 123 4,57
13 Ottawa 12300 63 5,12
14 Newton 18830 131 6,96
15 Great Bend 15251 112 7,34

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Leawood 35070 27 0,77
2 Lenexa 54349 107 1,97
3 Olathe 139154 305 2,19
4 Overland Park 193877 440 2,27
5 Shawnee 65983 165 2,50
6 Hutchinson 40573 166 4,09
7 Topeka 126399 766 6,06
8 Leavenworth 36331 345 9,50
9 Wichita 391726 4622 11,80

How safe do you feel?

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

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