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Safest Places to Live in Kentucky 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

Kentucky, or the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which is its original name, is located in the south-central region of the United States. With over 4.4 million residents, it is the 26th most populous state. Its capital is Frankfurt, and major cities are Louisville and Lexington.

One of the nicknames of Kentucky is the Bluegrass State. The reason for this is the fact that the Bluegrass Region, which has a lot of fertile bluegrass pastures, lies in central Kentucky.

The first thing that comes to our minds when we think of Kentucky is probably the KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) franchise. But the economy of Kentucky covers many fields, such as the coal industry, automobile manufacturing, etc. Other things that Kentucky is famous for are bourbon, moonshine, horse racing, tobacco, bluegrass music, etc.

In the period from 2016 to 2017, the violent crime rate in Kentucky dropped by 3.8%, which was a 4.2% decrease 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 Kentucky 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Indian Hills 3002 0 0,00
2 West Liberty 3342 0 0,00
3 Morganfield 3454 0 0,00
4 Williamstown 3932 0 0,00
5 Alexandria 9583 1 0,10
6 Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills 6107 1 0,16
7 Prospect 4956 1 0,20
8 Benton 4495 1 0,22
9 Greenville 4239 1 0,24
10 Villa Hills 7455 2 0,27
11 Highland Heights 7112 2 0,28
12 Vine Grove 6237 2 0,32
13 Lawrenceburg 11378 4 0,35
14 Harrodsburg 8399 3 0,36
15 Fort Thomas 16274 6 0,37
16 Columbia 4927 2 0,41
17 Fort Mitchell 8260 4 0,48
18 Morehead 7869 4 0,51
19 Central City 5746 3 0,52
20 Carrollton 3820 2 0,52
21 Stanford 3617 2 0,55
22 La Grange 8995 5 0,56
23 Prestonsburg 3404 2 0,59
24 Taylor Mill 6781 4 0,59
25 Cold Spring 6430 4 0,62
26 Wilmore 6406 4 0,62
27 Springfield 3157 2 0,63
28 Edgewood 8736 6 0,69
29 Bellevue 5746 4 0,70
30 Mount Washington 14704 12 0,82

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Crime Score in All Cities in Kentucky 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of Kentucky 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 Livingston 217 0 0,00
2 Trenton 374 0 0,00
3 Woodburn 375 0 0,00
4 Centertown 436 0 0,00
5 Martin 562 0 0,00
6 Science Hill 696 0 0,00
7 Millersburg 796 0 0,00
8 Lewisburg 804 0 0,00
9 Brownsville 832 0 0,00
10 Bellefonte 836 0 0,00
11 West Point 858 0 0,00
12 Adairville 878 0 0,00
13 Northfield 1061 0 0,00
14 Clay City 1098 0 0,00
15 Heritage Creek 1147 0 0,00
16 Brodhead 1179 0 0,00
17 Clinton 1277 0 0,00
18 Vanceburg 1403 0 0,00
19 Audubon Park 1506 0 0,00
20 Worthington 1519 0 0,00
21 Owenton 1541 0 0,00
22 Olive Hill 1569 0 0,00
23 Munfordville 1651 0 0,00
24 Lewisport 1710 0 0,00
25 Salyersville 1745 0 0,00
26 Jamestown 1790 0 0,00
27 Whitesburg 1885 0 0,00
28 Hurstbourne Acres 1909 0 0,00
29 Lebanon Junction 1957 0 0,00
30 Raceland 2347 0 0,00
31 Horse Cave 2366 0 0,00
32 Anchorage 2448 0 0,00
33 Eminence 2581 0 0,00
34 Graymoor-Devondale 2981 0 0,00
35 Providence 2994 1 0,33
36 Pioneer Village 2914 1 0,34
37 Simpsonville 2871 1 0,35
38 Brandenburg 2852 1 0,35
39 Junction City 2300 1 0,43
40 Dry Ridge 2220 1 0,45
41 Liberty 2105 1 0,48
42 Falmouth 2100 1 0,48
43 Jackson 2029 1 0,49
44 Catlettsburg 1766 1 0,57
45 Warsaw 1693 1 0,59
46 Edmonton 1583 1 0,63
47 Owingsville 1575 1 0,63
48 Coal Run Village 1502 1 0,67
49 Park Hills 2982 2 0,67
50 Stanton 2642 2 0,76
51 Eddyville 2569 2 0,78
52 Taylorsville 1262 1 0,79
53 Morgantown 2425 2 0,82
54 Louisa 2405 2 0,83
55 Irvington 1173 1 0,85
56 Bloomfield 1061 1 0,94
57 Muldraugh 984 1 1,02
58 Carlisle 1957 2 1,02
59 Flemingsburg 2822 3 1,06
60 Pineville 1716 2 1,17
61 Calvert City 2513 3 1,19
62 Evarts 816 1 1,23
63 Stamping Ground 782 1 1,28
64 Sebree 1535 2 1,30
65 Tompkinsville 2267 3 1,32
66 Powderly 736 1 1,36
67 Fulton 2175 3 1,38
68 Guthrie 1388 2 1,44
69 Auburn 1377 2 1,45
70 Dawson Springs 2665 4 1,50
71 Cadiz 2637 4 1,52
72 Mount Vernon 2437 4 1,64
73 Beattyville 1192 2 1,68
74 Irvine 2330 4 1,72
75 Augusta 1141 2 1,75
76 Marion 2916 6 2,06
77 Burnside 905 2 2,21
78 West Buechel 1287 3 2,33
79 Elkton 2106 5 2,37
80 Greensburg 2101 5 2,38
81 Cave City 2425 6 2,47
82 Russell Springs 2588 8 3,09
83 Uniontown 943 3 3,18
84 Manchester 1343 5 3,72
85 Harlan 1526 8 5,24

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Indian Hills 3002 0 0,00
2 West Liberty 3342 0 0,00
3 Morganfield 3454 0 0,00
4 Williamstown 3932 0 0,00
5 Alexandria 9583 1 0,10
6 Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills 6107 1 0,16
7 Prospect 4956 1 0,20
8 Benton 4495 1 0,22
9 Greenville 4239 1 0,24
10 Villa Hills 7455 2 0,27
11 Highland Heights 7112 2 0,28
12 Vine Grove 6237 2 0,32
13 Harrodsburg 8399 3 0,36
14 Columbia 4927 2 0,41
15 Fort Mitchell 8260 4 0,48
16 Morehead 7869 4 0,51
17 Central City 5746 3 0,52
18 Carrollton 3820 2 0,52
19 Stanford 3617 2 0,55
20 La Grange 8995 5 0,56
21 Prestonsburg 3404 2 0,59
22 Taylor Mill 6781 4 0,59
23 Cold Spring 6430 4 0,62
24 Wilmore 6406 4 0,62
25 Springfield 3157 2 0,63
26 Edgewood 8736 6 0,69
27 Bellevue 5746 4 0,70
28 Flatwoods 7136 6 0,84
29 Hillview 9163 8 0,87
30 Monticello 6101 6 0,98
31 Dayton 5464 6 1,10
32 Russell 3203 4 1,25
33 Elsmere 8680 11 1,27
34 Paris 9809 13 1,33
35 Scottsville 4478 6 1,34
36 Middlesboro 9360 13 1,39
37 Fort Wright 5737 8 1,39
38 Hodgenville 3223 5 1,55
39 Princeton 6075 10 1,65
40 Beaver Dam 3587 6 1,67
41 Southgate 3908 7 1,79
42 Pikeville 6641 12 1,81
43 Cynthiana 6362 12 1,89
44 Mount Sterling 7253 14 1,93
45 Ludlow 4502 9 2,00
46 Leitchfield 6914 14 2,02
47 Corbin 7267 15 2,06
48 Lancaster 3866 8 2,07
49 Williamsburg 5299 11 2,08
50 Maysville 8770 19 2,17
51 London 8008 18 2,25
52 Hazard 5035 12 2,38
53 Russellville 7088 17 2,40
54 Paintsville 4061 10 2,46
55 Franklin 8829 22 2,49
56 Wilder 3068 8 2,61
57 Grayson 3983 11 2,76
58 Mayfield 9819 35 3,56
59 Lebanon 5668 23 4,06
60 Oak Grove 7232 30 4,15
61 Barbourville 3094 21 6,79

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Lawrenceburg 11378 4 0,35
2 Fort Thomas 16274 6 0,37
3 Mount Washington 14704 12 0,82
4 Independence 28052 23 0,82
5 Erlanger 22993 22 0,96
6 Versailles 26552 27 1,02
7 Murray 19402 23 1,19
8 Shelbyville 16138 20 1,24
9 Berea 15893 20 1,26
10 Ashland 20525 30 1,46
11 Jeffersontown 27443 44 1,60
12 Madisonville 18959 37 1,95
13 Bardstown 13244 26 1,96
14 Danville 16801 34 2,02
15 St. Matthews 18228 37 2,03
16 Shepherdsville 12391 26 2,10
17 Glasgow 14411 33 2,29
18 Frankfort 27664 71 2,57
19 Somerset 11453 30 2,62
20 Campbellsville 11503 32 2,78
21 Newport 14972 46 3,07
22 Henderson 28618 95 3,32
23 Shively 15876 55 3,46
24 Radcliff 22576 82 3,63
25 Paducah 24933 93 3,73

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Florence 32701 59 1,80
2 Georgetown 34351 62 1,80
3 Richmond 35952 66 1,84
4 Nicholasville 30922 60 1,94
5 Elizabethtown 30180 64 2,12
6 Owensboro 59686 160 2,68
7 Hopkinsville 30606 85 2,78
8 Lexington 325579 982 3,02
9 Bowling Green 68268 208 3,05
10 Covington 40448 164 4,05

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?

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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