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Safest Places to Live in Kentucky ( 2018 Updated ! )

EPF Last Update: November 17, 2018

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

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.

30 Safest Places in Kentucky 2018

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills 6,133 0 0.00
2 Vine Grove 6,055 0 0.00
3 Prospect 4,905 0 0.00
4 Providence 3,088 0 0.00
5 Edgewood 8,771 1 0.11
6 Central City 5,837 1 0.17
7 Alexandria 9,486 2 0.21
8 Williamstown 3,971 1 0.25
9 Villa Hills 7,494 2 0.27
10 West Liberty 3,388 1 0.30
11 Williamsburg 5,342 2 0.37
12 Benton 4,533 2 0.44
13 Taylor Mill 6,774 3 0.44
14 Greenville 4,347 2 0.46
15 Wilmore 6,380 3 0.47
16 Fort Thomas 16,485 8 0.49
17 Morehead 7,915 4 0.51
18 Fort Wright 5,780 3 0.52
19 Stanford 3,654 2 0.55
20 Flatwoods 7,284 4 0.55
21 Mount Washington 14,511 8 0.55
22 Hillview 8,942 5 0.56
23 Morganfield 3,541 2 0.56
24 Park Hills 3,001 2 0.67
25 Pikeville 7,121 5 0.70
26 Fort Mitchell 8,306 6 0.72
27 Carrollton 3,864 3 0.78
28 Southgate 3,856 3 0.78
29 Lawrenceburg 11,211 9 0.80
30 Columbia 4,940 4 0.81

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Crime Score in All Cities in Kentucky

In case your city didn’t make it to the top 30, 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 Elite Personal Finance 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 Indian Hills 2,995 0 0.00
2 Hartford 2,787 0 0.00
3 Eddyville 2,575 0 0.00
4 Horse Cave 2,373 0 0.00
5 Junction City 2,308 0 0.00
6 Jenkins 2,043 0 0.00
7 Carlisle 1,992 0 0.00
8 Whitesburg 1,949 0 0.00
9 Lebanon Junction 1,946 0 0.00
10 Hurstbourne Acres 1,892 0 0.00
11 Jamestown 1,807 0 0.00
12 Lewisport 1,728 0 0.00
13 Munfordville 1,660 0 0.00
14 Olive Hill 1,584 0 0.00
15 Sebree 1,569 0 0.00
16 Owenton 1,539 0 0.00
17 Irvington 1,179 0 0.00
18 Augusta 1,172 0 0.00
19 South Shore 1,080 0 0.00
20 Bloomfield 1,071 0 0.00
21 Muldraugh 995 0 0.00
22 Ferguson 942 0 0.00
23 Brownsville 831 0 0.00
24 Loyall 631 0 0.00
25 Hyden 348 0 0.00
26 Eubank 326 0 0.00
27 Graymoor-Devondale 2,974 1 0.34
28 Pioneer Village 2,931 1 0.34
29 Flemingsburg 2,866 1 0.35
30 Eminence 2,579 1 0.39
31 Mount Vernon 2,482 1 0.40
32 Anchorage 2,438 1 0.41
33 Raceland 2,380 1 0.42
34 Hardinsburg 2,324 1 0.43
35 Tompkinsville 2,261 1 0.44
36 Falmouth 2,127 1 0.47
37 Jackson 2,100 1 0.48
38 Sturgis 1,888 1 0.53
39 Warsaw 1,689 1 0.59
40 Owingsville 1,605 1 0.62
41 Edmonton 1,583 1 0.63
42 Coal Run Village 1,538 1 0.65
43 Audubon Park 1,511 1 0.66
44 Brandenburg 2,904 2 0.69
45 Vanceburg 1,421 1 0.70
46 Manchester 1,382 1 0.72
47 Russell Springs 2,573 2 0.78
48 Taylorsville 1,264 1 0.79
49 Beattyville 1,199 1 0.83
50 Greensburg 2,123 2 0.94
51 Cumberland 2,032 2 0.98
52 Simpsonville 2,795 3 1.07
53 Dawson Springs 2,712 3 1.11
54 Burnside 902 1 1.11
55 Salyersville 1,787 2 1.12
56 Stanton 2,658 3 1.13
57 Cave City 2,440 3 1.23
58 Smiths Grove 780 1 1.28
59 Marion 2,972 4 1.35
60 Dry Ridge 2,224 3 1.35
61 Elkton 2,134 3 1.41
62 Calvert City 2,544 4 1.57
63 Louisa 2,474 4 1.62
64 Morgantown 2,454 4 1.63
65 Irvine 2,385 4 1.68
66 Ravenna 583 1 1.72
67 Pineville 1,739 3 1.73
68 Cloverport 1,156 2 1.73
69 Catlettsburg 1,794 4 2.23
70 Adairville 873 2 2.29
71 Clinton 1,312 4 3.05
72 Fulton 2,174 7 3.22
73 West Point 860 3 3.49
74 Harlan 1,584 6 3.79
75 Uniontown 943 4 4.24
76 Cadiz 2,629 12 4.56
77 West Buechel 1,280 7 5.47

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills 6,133 0 0.00
2 Vine Grove 6,055 0 0.00
3 Prospect 4,905 0 0.00
4 Providence 3,088 0 0.00
5 Edgewood 8,771 1 0.11
6 Central City 5,837 1 0.17
7 Alexandria 9,486 2 0.21
8 Williamstown 3,971 1 0.25
9 Villa Hills 7,494 2 0.27
10 West Liberty 3,388 1 0.30
11 Williamsburg 5,342 2 0.37
12 Benton 4,533 2 0.44
13 Taylor Mill 6,774 3 0.44
14 Greenville 4,347 2 0.46
15 Wilmore 6,380 3 0.47
16 Morehead 7,915 4 0.51
17 Fort Wright 5,780 3 0.52
18 Stanford 3,654 2 0.55
19 Flatwoods 7,284 4 0.55
20 Hillview 8,942 5 0.56
21 Morganfield 3,541 2 0.56
22 Park Hills 3,001 2 0.67
23 Pikeville 7,121 5 0.70
24 Fort Mitchell 8,306 6 0.72
25 Carrollton 3,864 3 0.78
26 Southgate 3,856 3 0.78
27 Columbia 4,940 4 0.81
28 Elsmere 8,541 7 0.82
29 La Grange 8,831 8 0.91
30 Cynthiana 6,375 6 0.94
31 Cold Spring 6,276 6 0.96
32 Wilder 3,077 3 0.97
33 Highland Heights 7,178 7 0.98
34 Grayson 4,030 4 0.99
35 Ludlow 4,521 5 1.11
36 Monticello 6,070 9 1.48
37 Bellevue 5,826 9 1.54
38 Russell 3,229 5 1.55
39 Hodgenville 3,224 5 1.55
40 Beaver Dam 3,672 6 1.63
41 Harrodsburg 8,427 15 1.78
42 Paris 9,845 18 1.83
43 Leitchfield 6,900 13 1.88
44 Springfield 3,167 6 1.89
45 Mount Sterling 7,298 14 1.92
46 Maysville 8,841 17 1.92
47 Scottsville 4,446 9 2.02
48 Lancaster 3,874 8 2.07
49 Lebanon 5,656 12 2.12
50 Princeton 6,084 13 2.14
51 Corbin 7,411 16 2.16
52 London 8,184 18 2.20
53 Middlesboro 9,534 21 2.20
54 Paintsville 4,198 10 2.38
55 Hazard 5,268 13 2.47
56 Franklin 8,884 24 2.70
57 Barbourville 3,169 9 2.84
58 Dayton 5,423 16 2.95
59 Prestonsburg 3,517 11 3.13
60 Russellville 7,006 24 3.43
61 Mayfield 9,991 39 3.90
62 Oak Grove 7,347 34 4.63

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Fort Thomas 16,485 8 0.49
2 Mount Washington 14,511 8 0.55
3 Lawrenceburg 11,211 9 0.80
4 Independence 27,400 25 0.91
5 Erlanger 22,947 22 0.96
6 Versailles 26,320 27 1.03
7 Jeffersontown 27,400 31 1.13
8 Murray 19,205 26 1.35
9 Glasgow 14,690 20 1.36
10 Danville 16,891 25 1.48
11 Madisonville 19,316 30 1.55
12 Berea 15,406 24 1.56
13 St. Matthews 18,163 32 1.76
14 Shelbyville 15,758 28 1.78
15 Ashland 20,927 39 1.86
16 Bardstown 13,325 26 1.95
17 Somerset 11,531 23 1.99
18 Campbellsville 11,486 23 2.00
19 Shepherdsville 12,204 25 2.05
20 Winchester 18,478 41 2.22
21 Henderson 28,846 69 2.39
22 Newport 15,202 42 2.76
23 Radcliff 22,473 74 3.29
24 Paducah 25,169 83 3.30
25 Frankfort 27,975 100 3.57
26 Shively 15,830 65 4.11

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Florence 32,866 52 1.58
2 Georgetown 34,184 64 1.87
3 Nicholasville 30,333 60 1.98
4 Elizabethtown 30,065 61 2.03
5 Hopkinsville 31,761 79 2.49
6 Richmond 35,161 92 2.62
7 Owensboro 59,576 178 2.99
8 Bowling Green 66,317 225 3.39
9 Lexington 322,332 1,131 3.51
10 Covington 40,845 185 4.53
11 Louisville Metro 684,362 4,428 6.47

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