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Safest Places to Live in Kentucky ( 2017 Updated ! )

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.

Kentucky is not such a safe state after all. In the period from 2015 to 2016, violent crime rate rose by 4.3%, which is a 4.0% increase per 100,000 people.

 

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2016. 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 population under 3,000.

 

30 Safest Places in Kentucky 2017

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Edgewood 8,801 0 0.00
2 Prospect 4,918 0 0.00
3 Morganfield 3,582 0 0.00
4 West Liberty 3,336 0 0.00
5 Fort Thomas 16,436 2 0.12
6 Flatwoods 7,307 1 0.14
7 Wilmore 6,315 1 0.16
8 Central City 5,875 1 0.17
9 Villa Hills 7,499 2 0.27
10 Wilder 3,099 1 0.32
11 Alexandria 9,112 4 0.44
12 Cold Spring 6,217 3 0.48
13 Bellevue 5,879 3 0.51
14 Southgate 3,871 2 0.52
15 Versailles 25,923 15 0.58
16 Hodgenville 3,259 2 0.61
17 Columbia 4,685 3 0.64
18 Shelbyville 15,488 10 0.65
19 Providence 3,042 2 0.66
20 Greenville 4,378 3 0.69
21 Highland Heights 7,216 5 0.69
22 Independence 27,227 19 0.70
23 Dayton 5,450 4 0.73
24 Taylor Mill 6,793 5 0.74
25 Grayson 4,046 3 0.74
26 Williamstown 3,946 3 0.76
27 Mount Washington 14,162 11 0.78
28 Stanford 3,668 3 0.82
29 Fort Mitchell 8,334 7 0.84
30 Benton 4,346 4 0.92

 

 

Crime Score in All Cities in Kentucky

In case your city didn’t make it to 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 2,977 0 0.00
2 Brandenburg 2,885 0 0.00
3 Dawson Springs 2,732 0 0.00
4 Eddyville 2,582 0 0.00
5 Anchorage 2,434 0 0.00
6 Horse Cave 2,351 0 0.00
7 Junction City 2,290 0 0.00
8 Jenkins 2,077 0 0.00
9 Lebanon Junction 1,937 0 0.00
10 Hurstbourne Acres 1,886 0 0.00
11 Salyersville 1,804 0 0.00
12 Catlettsburg 1,798 0 0.00
13 Pineville 1,745 0 0.00
14 Worthington 1,571 0 0.00
15 Owenton 1,552 0 0.00
16 Sebree 1,551 0 0.00
17 Pewee Valley 1,547 0 0.00
18 Audubon Park 1,515 0 0.00
19 Vanceburg 1,445 0 0.00
20 Beattyville 1,232 0 0.00
21 Brodhead 1,204 0 0.00
22 Greenup 1,151 0 0.00
23 Clay 1,134 0 0.00
24 Heritage Creek 1,126 0 0.00
25 Silver Grove 1,123 0 0.00
26 South Shore 1,097 0 0.00
27 Bloomfield 1,058 0 0.00
28 Northfield 1,057 0 0.00
29 Taylorsville 1,035 0 0.00
30 Hawesville 1,006 0 0.00
31 Lynnview 945 0 0.00
32 Ferguson 944 0 0.00
33 Elkhorn City 928 0 0.00
34 Evarts 918 0 0.00
35 Clarkson 899 0 0.00
36 New Haven 893 0 0.00
37 Adairville 888 0 0.00
38 Bellefonte 862 0 0.00
39 West Point 856 0 0.00
40 Mortons Gap 850 0 0.00
41 Burnside 845 0 0.00
42 Crab Orchard 832 0 0.00
43 Campbellsburg 831 0 0.00
44 Lewisburg 806 0 0.00
45 Millersburg 797 0 0.00
46 McKee 786 0 0.00
47 Perryville 763 0 0.00
48 Meadow Vale 762 0 0.00
49 Stamping Ground 744 0 0.00
50 Smiths Grove 740 0 0.00
51 Powderly 729 0 0.00
52 Fleming-Neon 720 0 0.00
53 Lynch 702 0 0.00
54 Science Hill 696 0 0.00
55 Bardwell 688 0 0.00
56 Inez 678 0 0.00
57 Strathmoor Village 666 0 0.00
58 Pippa Passes 661 0 0.00
59 Wingo 641 0 0.00
60 Brooksville 636 0 0.00
61 Caneyville 622 0 0.00
62 Ravenna 587 0 0.00
63 Butler 583 0 0.00
64 Wheelwright 480 0 0.00
65 Benham 463 0 0.00
66 Centertown 444 0 0.00
67 Wayland 406 0 0.00
68 Hustonville 398 0 0.00
69 Trenton 387 0 0.00
70 Woodburn 381 0 0.00
71 Gamaliel 364 0 0.00
72 Hyden 348 0 0.00
73 Mount Olivet 342 0 0.00
74 Sadieville 338 0 0.00
75 Eubank 325 0 0.00
76 Fountain Run 210 0 0.00
77 Allen 185 0 0.00
78 Booneville 75 0 0.00
79 Eminence 2,544 1 0.39
80 Hardinsburg 2,332 1 0.43
81 Tompkinsville 2,277 1 0.44
82 Liberty 2,158 1 0.46
83 Jackson 2,138 1 0.47
84 Greensburg 2,116 1 0.47
85 Sturgis 1,914 1 0.52
86 Jamestown 1,805 1 0.55
87 Warsaw 1,697 1 0.59
88 Owingsville 1,595 1 0.63
89 Edmonton 1,562 1 0.64
90 Burkesville 1,511 1 0.66
91 Flemingsburg 2,902 2 0.69
92 Pioneer Village 2,866 2 0.70
93 Russell Springs 2,525 2 0.79
94 Mount Vernon 2,497 2 0.80
95 Morgantown 2,480 2 0.81
96 Irvine 2,404 2 0.83
97 Raceland 2,383 2 0.84
98 Augusta 1,157 1 0.86
99 Cloverport 1,157 1 0.86
100 Fulton 2,195 2 0.91
101 Falmouth 2,109 2 0.95
102 Cumberland 2,078 2 0.96
103 Albany 2,008 2 1.00
104 La Center 1,004 1 1.00
105 Muldraugh 994 1 1.01
106 Whitesburg 1,982 2 1.01
107 Graymoor-Devondale 2,965 3 1.01
108 Hartford 2,765 3 1.08
109 Simpsonville 2,744 3 1.09
110 Stanton 2,651 3 1.13
111 Lewisport 1,704 2 1.17
112 Brownsville 824 1 1.21
113 Louisa 2,452 3 1.22
114 Harlan 1,619 2 1.24
115 Olive Hill 1,593 2 1.26
116 Coal Run Village 1,582 2 1.26
117 Elkton 2,181 3 1.38
118 Guthrie 1,441 2 1.39
119 Calvert City 2,521 4 1.59
120 Martin 597 1 1.68
121 Irvington 1,186 2 1.69
122 Dry Ridge 2,208 4 1.81
123 Clay City 1,089 2 1.84
124 Carlisle 2,011 4 1.99
125 Marion 2,976 6 2.02
126 Cave City 2,411 5 2.07
127 Uniontown 960 2 2.08
128 Auburn 1,354 3 2.22
129 Clinton 1,306 3 2.30
130 Munfordville 1,645 4 2.43
131 Loyall 648 2 3.09
132 Manchester 1,392 5 3.59
133 West Buechel 1,277 5 3.92
134 Cadiz 2,630 11 4.18

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Edgewood 8,801 0 0.00
2 Prospect 4,918 0 0.00
3 Morganfield 3,582 0 0.00
4 West Liberty 3,336 0 0.00
5 Flatwoods 7,307 1 0.14
6 Wilmore 6,315 1 0.16
7 Central City 5,875 1 0.17
8 Villa Hills 7,499 2 0.27
9 Wilder 3,099 1 0.32
10 Alexandria 9,112 4 0.44
11 Cold Spring 6,217 3 0.48
12 Bellevue 5,879 3 0.51
13 Southgate 3,871 2 0.52
14 Hodgenville 3,259 2 0.61
15 Columbia 4,685 3 0.64
16 Providence 3,042 2 0.66
17 Greenville 4,378 3 0.69
18 Highland Heights 7,216 5 0.69
19 Dayton 5,450 4 0.73
20 Taylor Mill 6,793 5 0.74
21 Grayson 4,046 3 0.74
22 Williamstown 3,946 3 0.76
23 Stanford 3,668 3 0.82
24 Fort Mitchell 8,334 7 0.84
25 Benton 4,346 4 0.92
26 Williamsburg 5,324 5 0.94
27 Springfield 3,093 3 0.97
28 Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills 6,159 6 0.97
29 Hillview 8,177 8 0.98
30 Park Hills 3,011 3 1.00
31 Hazard 5,310 6 1.13
32 Monticello 6,071 7 1.15
33 Vine Grove 5,892 7 1.19
34 Corbin 7,403 9 1.22
35 Carrollton 3,877 5 1.29
36 Leitchfield 6,904 9 1.30
37 La Grange 8,728 12 1.37
38 Paintsville 4,251 6 1.41
39 Paris 9,883 15 1.52
40 Elsmere 8,563 13 1.52
41 Russell 3,245 5 1.54
42 Fort Wright 5,801 9 1.55
43 Beaver Dam 3,640 6 1.65
44 Harrodsburg 8,399 14 1.67
45 Morehead 7,085 12 1.69
46 Prestonsburg 3,326 6 1.80
47 London 8,152 15 1.84
48 Barbourville 3,174 6 1.89
49 Lebanon 5,710 11 1.93
50 Pikeville 7,037 14 1.99
51 Maysville 8,780 19 2.16
52 Lancaster 3,873 10 2.58
53 Scottsville 4,446 12 2.70
54 Franklin 8,852 24 2.71
55 Ludlow 4,553 13 2.86
56 Cynthiana 6,421 20 3.11
57 Mount Sterling 7,268 24 3.30
58 Middlesboro 9,615 32 3.33
59 Princeton 6,142 21 3.42
60 Russellville 7,073 25 3.53
61 Oak Grove 7,431 35 4.71

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Fort Thomas 16,436 2 0.12
2 Versailles 25,923 15 0.58
3 Shelbyville 15,488 10 0.65
4 Independence 27,227 19 0.70
5 Mount Washington 14,162 11 0.78
6 Jeffersontown 27,006 32 1.18
7 Lawrenceburg 11,140 14 1.26
8 Danville 16,773 22 1.31
9 Berea 15,135 20 1.32
10 Erlanger 22,952 33 1.44
11 Bardstown 13,181 20 1.52
12 Madisonville 19,467 30 1.54
13 Somerset 11,482 22 1.92
14 Henderson 28,904 56 1.94
15 St. Matthews 18,127 38 2.10
16 Murray 19,182 41 2.14
17 Glasgow 14,560 33 2.27
18 Elizabethtown 29,821 68 2.28
19 Ashland 20,987 51 2.43
20 Winchester 18,461 48 2.60
21 Mayfield 10,086 27 2.68
22 Campbellsville 11,357 31 2.73
23 Shepherdsville 12,098 34 2.81
24 Radcliff 22,346 77 3.45
25 Paducah 24,836 87 3.50
26 Frankfort 27,926 105 3.76
27 Newport 15,330 59 3.85
28 Shively 15,800 93 5.89

 

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Georgetown 33,007 57 1.73
2 Nicholasville 30,093 53 1.76
3 Richmond 33,965 75 2.21
4 Owensboro 59,359 136 2.29
5 Florence 32,671 80 2.45
6 Hopkinsville 32,222 94 2.92
7 Bowling Green 64,561 204 3.16
8 Lexington 317,853 1,079 3.39
9 Covington 41,094 204 4.96
10 Louisville Metro 683,825 4,621 6.76

 

 

How safe do you feel?

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

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