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Safest Places to Live in Missouri ( 2017 Updated ! )

Missouri is located in the Midwestern region of the United States. With over 6 million residents, it is the 18th most populous state in the US. The capital of the state is Jefferson City, the largest city is Kansas City (close to 500,000 residents), whereas the largest metropolitan area is Greater St. Louis. Some of the states’s nicknames are the ‘Mother of the West’, the ‘Cave State’ and the ‘Show Me State’.

The landscape is rather interesting, with the Mississippi River forming the eastern border of the state and Ozarks (forest highlands) dominating the southern part of the state. Missouri was an important state during the expansion to the west, while its role in the Civil War was complex due to the fact that it was a border state.

The culture of this state is a blend of many different influences, such as ragtime, jazz and blues in the field of music. When it comes to food, this state takes pride in its barbecue, beer brewing and wine. Some of the most important American companies are headquartered in Missouri, which greatly improves its economy.

Still, Missouri is not among the safest states. Moreover, it is in the lower half when it comes to safety. Violent crime rate considerably increased from 2015 to 2016 – as much as 4.5%, which is 4.2% 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 Missouri 2017

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Carl Junction 7,780 0 0.00
2 Portageville 3,131 0 0.00
3 Pleasant Hill 8,320 1 0.12
4 Greenwood 5,641 1 0.18
5 Manchester 18,256 4 0.22
6 Palmyra 3,617 1 0.28
7 Parkville 6,450 2 0.31
8 Glendale 5,928 2 0.34
9 Town and Country 11,158 4 0.36
10 Ballwin 30,609 11 0.36
11 Cottleville 5,151 2 0.39
12 Peculiar 4,937 2 0.41
13 Ladue 8,612 4 0.46
14 Battlefield 6,083 3 0.49
15 Moberly 13,900 7 0.50
16 Eureka 10,681 6 0.56
17 Savannah 5,115 3 0.59
18 Bethany 3,122 2 0.64
19 Mexico 11,691 9 0.77
20 Shrewsbury 6,197 5 0.81
21 O’Fallon 86,093 71 0.82
22 Boonville 8,423 7 0.83
23 Wright City 3,511 3 0.85
24 Ellisville 9,318 8 0.86
25 Higginsville 4,638 4 0.86
26 Mount Vernon 4,531 4 0.88
27 Lake St. Louis 15,534 14 0.90
28 Crestwood 11,977 11 0.92
29 Des Peres 8,611 8 0.93
30 Excelsior Springs 11,562 11 0.95

 

 

Crime Score in All Cities in Missouri

In case your city didn’t make it to top 30, you can take a look at our full list of Missouri 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 Chaffee 2,940 0 0.00
2 Lake Lotawana 2,029 0 0.00
3 Piedmont 1,976 0 0.00
4 Warson Woods 1,957 0 0.00
5 Carterville 1,843 0 0.00
6 Merriam Woods 1,764 0 0.00
7 Oran 1,275 0 0.00
8 Mansfield 1,254 0 0.00
9 Goodman 1,230 0 0.00
10 Marthasville 1,155 0 0.00
11 Lake Winnebago 1,146 0 0.00
12 Lone Jack 1,139 0 0.00
13 Wellsville 1,138 0 0.00
14 Glasgow 1,103 0 0.00
15 Cole Camp 1,101 0 0.00
16 Edina 1,095 0 0.00
17 Maysville 1,090 0 0.00
18 Mound City 1,040 0 0.00
19 Highlandville 967 0 0.00
20 Diamond 930 0 0.00
21 Morehouse 916 0 0.00
22 Braymer 842 0 0.00
23 Pineville 784 0 0.00
24 Oregon 763 0 0.00
25 Stewartsville 732 0 0.00
26 New Florence 720 0 0.00
27 Iron Mountain Lake 713 0 0.00
28 Pilot Knob 707 0 0.00
29 Wheaton 699 0 0.00
30 Perry 696 0 0.00
31 Hawk Point 684 0 0.00
32 New Bloomfield 677 0 0.00
33 Cleveland 663 0 0.00
34 Viburnum 656 0 0.00
35 Pleasant Hope 614 0 0.00
36 Holcomb 602 0 0.00
37 Verona 601 0 0.00
38 Doolittle 600 0 0.00
39 Vienna 594 0 0.00
40 Queen City 592 0 0.00
41 Arcadia 569 0 0.00
42 Hardin 537 0 0.00
43 Polo 533 0 0.00
44 Indian Point 511 0 0.00
45 Center 505 0 0.00
46 Freeman 485 0 0.00
47 Butterfield Village 464 0 0.00
48 Fair Play 464 0 0.00
49 Qulin 452 0 0.00
50 Newburg 448 0 0.00
51 Bucklin 442 0 0.00
52 Delta 440 0 0.00
53 Cooter 437 0 0.00
54 Washburn 435 0 0.00
55 Niangua 412 0 0.00
56 Lanagan 410 0 0.00
57 Rosebud 407 0 0.00
58 Urbana 405 0 0.00
59 Platte Woods 403 0 0.00
60 Corder 395 0 0.00
61 Alma 392 0 0.00
62 Fairview 380 0 0.00
63 Howardville 364 0 0.00
64 Henrietta 360 0 0.00
65 Bellflower 358 0 0.00
66 Crystal Lakes 346 0 0.00
67 Annapolis 343 0 0.00
68 Creighton 343 0 0.00
69 Leasburg 333 0 0.00
70 Risco 325 0 0.00
71 Martinsburg 309 0 0.00
72 Silex 309 0 0.00
73 East Lynne 304 0 0.00
74 Everton 300 0 0.00
75 Old Monroe 285 0 0.00
76 Blackburn 250 0 0.00
77 Tracy 223 0 0.00
78 Bates City 219 0 0.00
79 Napoleon 217 0 0.00
80 Edgar Springs 202 0 0.00
81 Camden 185 0 0.00
82 Kimmswick 158 0 0.00
83 Fleming 123 0 0.00
84 Seneca 2,409 1 0.42
85 Kahoka 2,013 1 0.50
86 Bernie 1,949 1 0.51
87 Noel 1,822 1 0.55
88 Tarkio 1,459 1 0.69
89 Byrnes Mill 2,910 2 0.69
90 Advance 1,369 1 0.73
91 Lincoln 1,169 1 0.86
92 Lilbourn 1,126 1 0.89
93 Marceline 2,139 2 0.94
94 Cabool 2,126 2 0.94
95 Houston 2,081 2 0.96
96 Humansville 1,036 1 0.97
97 Gideon 1,031 1 0.97
98 Campbell 1,908 2 1.05
99 Jasper 927 1 1.08
100 Knob Noster 2,771 3 1.08
101 Lake Ozark 1,795 2 1.11
102 Weston 1,739 2 1.15
103 Reeds Spring 856 1 1.17
104 Van Buren 836 1 1.20
105 Country Club Village 2,465 3 1.22
106 Fordland 818 1 1.22
107 Versailles 2,432 3 1.23
108 Garden City 1,621 2 1.23
109 Walnut Grove 787 1 1.27
110 Bertrand 786 1 1.27
111 Wellington 785 1 1.27
112 Salisbury 1,550 2 1.29
113 Conway 774 1 1.29
114 Pilot Grove 760 1 1.32
115 Huntsville 1,516 2 1.32
116 Holden 2,265 3 1.32
117 Thayer 2,248 3 1.33
118 Gower 1,496 2 1.34
119 Ash Grove 1,465 2 1.37
120 Sweet Springs 1,463 2 1.37
121 Jonesburg 722 1 1.39
122 Linn 1,423 2 1.41
123 Wood Heights 695 1 1.44
124 Oakland 1,382 2 1.45
125 Fayette 2,705 4 1.48
126 Owensville 2,616 4 1.53
127 Greenfield 1,306 2 1.53
128 Pierce City 1,277 2 1.57
129 Weatherby Lake 1,872 3 1.60
130 Memphis 1,831 3 1.64
131 Rock Port 1,217 2 1.64
132 Oronogo 2,433 4 1.64
133 Richland 1,815 3 1.65
134 Archie 1,205 2 1.66
135 Strafford 2,366 4 1.69
136 Shelbina 1,627 3 1.84
137 New Franklin 1,081 2 1.85
138 Potosi 2,637 5 1.90
139 Belle 1,524 3 1.97
140 King City 1,004 2 1.99
141 Summersville 500 1 2.00
142 Auxvasse 985 2 2.03
143 Drexel 954 2 2.10
144 La Grange 941 2 2.13
145 Ferrelview 464 1 2.16
146 Ironton 1,379 3 2.18
147 Milan 1,831 4 2.18
148 Sturgeon 914 2 2.19
149 Slater 1,827 4 2.19
150 Steelville 1,711 4 2.34
151 New Haven 2,097 5 2.38
152 Seligman 838 2 2.39
153 Ava 2,924 7 2.39
154 Leadwood 1,227 3 2.44
155 Forsyth 2,446 6 2.45
156 Adrian 1,611 4 2.48
157 Wardell 397 1 2.52
158 Concordia 2,378 6 2.52
159 Hermann 2,365 6 2.54
160 Plattsburg 2,286 6 2.62
161 Bismarck 1,491 4 2.68
162 Dixon 1,486 4 2.69
163 Clever 2,592 7 2.70
164 Marble Hill 1,480 4 2.70
165 Bel-Nor 1,479 4 2.70
166 Fair Grove 1,472 4 2.72
167 Truesdale 730 2 2.74
168 Billings 1,092 3 2.75
169 Liberal 714 2 2.80
170 Lakeshire 1,427 4 2.80
171 Crocker 1,061 3 2.83
172 Velda Village Hills 1,059 3 2.83
173 Charlack 1,372 4 2.92
174 Miller 684 2 2.92
175 Cardwell 682 2 2.93
176 New Madrid 2,988 9 3.01
177 Kimberling City 2,290 7 3.06
178 Laurie 929 3 3.23
179 Granby 2,127 7 3.29
180 Osceola 909 3 3.30
181 Lake Waukomis 908 3 3.30
182 Hartville 592 2 3.38
183 Duquesne 1,730 6 3.47
184 Winfield 1,439 5 3.47
185 Vinita Terrace 278 1 3.60
186 Purdy 1,103 4 3.63
187 Bloomfield 1,897 7 3.69
188 Monroe City 2,432 9 3.70
189 Lawson 2,397 9 3.75
190 Laddonia 510 2 3.92
191 Country Club Hills 1,271 5 3.93
192 Bella Villa 739 3 4.06
193 Linn Creek 244 1 4.10
194 New London 967 4 4.14
195 Hamilton 1,692 7 4.14
196 Lake Tapawingo 723 3 4.15
197 Moscow Mills 2,585 11 4.26
198 Crane 1,337 6 4.49
199 Winona 1,305 6 4.60
200 Puxico 869 4 4.60
201 Duenweg 1,300 6 4.62
202 Calverton Park 1,287 6 4.66
203 Edmundson 838 4 4.77
204 Mountain View 2,662 13 4.88
205 Bourbon 1,620 8 4.94
206 Velda City 1,400 7 5.00
207 Canton 2,391 12 5.02
208 Oakview Village 394 2 5.08
209 Vinita Park 1,887 10 5.30
210 Claycomo 1,475 8 5.42
211 Warsaw 2,093 12 5.73
212 Rich Hill 1,325 8 6.04
213 Birch Tree 658 4 6.08
214 Northmoor 327 2 6.12
215 Hornersville 630 4 6.35
216 Elsberry 1,996 13 6.51
217 Leadington 457 3 6.56
218 Anderson 1,980 13 6.57
219 Rockaway Beach 871 6 6.89
220 Branson West 434 3 6.91
221 Seymour 1,975 14 7.09
222 Beverly Hills 564 4 7.09
223 Clarkton 1,220 9 7.38
224 Moline Acres 2,428 18 7.41
225 Orrick 804 6 7.46
226 Montgomery City 2,714 21 7.74
227 Matthews 628 5 7.96
228 Iberia 745 6 8.05
229 Steele 2,091 19 9.09
230 Gerald 1,313 12 9.14
231 Senath 1,700 16 9.41
232 Southwest City 956 9 9.41
233 Willow Springs 2,142 21 9.80
234 Hillsdale 1,520 15 9.87
235 Stover 1,070 11 10.28
236 Marionville 2,181 25 11.46
237 Hayti 2,759 33 11.96
238 Riverview 2,831 37 13.07
239 Foristell 523 7 13.38
240 Bel-Ridge 2,719 46 16.92
241 Miner 956 19 19.87
242 Flordell Hills 812 17 20.94
243 Doniphan 1,990 43 21.61
244 Kinloch 299 8 26.76
245 Wellston 2,326 70 30.09

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Carl Junction 7,780 0 0.00
2 Portageville 3,131 0 0.00
3 Pleasant Hill 8,320 1 0.12
4 Greenwood 5,641 1 0.18
5 Palmyra 3,617 1 0.28
6 Parkville 6,450 2 0.31
7 Glendale 5,928 2 0.34
8 Cottleville 5,151 2 0.39
9 Peculiar 4,937 2 0.41
10 Ladue 8,612 4 0.46
11 Battlefield 6,083 3 0.49
12 Savannah 5,115 3 0.59
13 Bethany 3,122 2 0.64
14 Shrewsbury 6,197 5 0.81
15 Boonville 8,423 7 0.83
16 Wright City 3,511 3 0.85
17 Ellisville 9,318 8 0.86
18 Higginsville 4,638 4 0.86
19 Mount Vernon 4,531 4 0.88
20 Des Peres 8,611 8 0.93
21 Kearney 9,629 10 1.04
22 Sunset Hills 8,548 10 1.17
23 Trenton 5,874 7 1.19
24 Platte City 4,859 6 1.23
25 Dexter 8,014 10 1.25
26 Scott City 4,518 6 1.33
27 Park Hills 8,676 12 1.38
28 Pacific 7,192 10 1.39
29 Cuba 3,380 5 1.48
30 Ashland 3,895 6 1.54
31 Frontenac 3,872 6 1.55
32 Pevely 5,682 9 1.58
33 Hillsboro 3,121 5 1.60
34 Willard 5,485 9 1.64
35 Smithville 9,403 16 1.70
36 Rock Hill 4,648 8 1.72
37 Rogersville 3,436 6 1.75
38 Ste. Genevieve 4,486 8 1.78
39 East Prairie 3,150 6 1.90
40 Carrollton 3,610 7 1.94
41 Pleasant Valley 3,074 6 1.95
42 Herculaneum 4,030 8 1.99
43 Brentwood 8,058 16 1.99
44 Salem 4,998 10 2.00
45 Monett 9,006 20 2.22
46 Bonne Terre 7,175 16 2.23
47 Vandalia 4,446 10 2.25
48 Olivette 7,893 19 2.41
49 Sullivan 7,143 18 2.52
50 Lamar 4,330 11 2.54
51 Buckner 3,065 8 2.61
52 Oak Grove 7,956 21 2.64
53 Desloge 4,916 13 2.64
54 Richmond Heights 8,466 24 2.83
55 Crystal City 4,845 14 2.89
56 Licking 3,113 9 2.89
57 St. James 4,130 12 2.91
58 Clinton 8,878 26 2.93
59 Macon 5,427 16 2.95
60 Butler 4,067 12 2.95
61 Centralia 4,226 13 3.08
62 California 4,415 14 3.17
63 Waynesville 5,467 18 3.29
64 Camdenton 3,907 13 3.33
65 Louisiana 3,284 11 3.35
66 Lexington 4,573 16 3.50
67 Fredericktown 4,097 15 3.66
68 St. John 6,454 25 3.87
69 De Soto 6,512 26 3.99
70 Marshfield 7,230 29 4.01
71 Chillicothe 9,495 39 4.11
72 Brookfield 4,324 18 4.16
73 Normandy 7,618 32 4.20
74 Riverside 3,192 14 4.39
75 Hollister 4,515 20 4.43
76 Harrisonville 9,975 45 4.51
77 Eldon 4,646 21 4.52
78 Cassville 3,311 16 4.83
79 Perryville 8,431 41 4.86
80 Cameron 9,817 50 5.09
81 Mountain Grove 4,662 24 5.15
82 St. Clair 4,701 26 5.53
83 St. Robert 6,112 35 5.73
84 Osage Beach 4,449 26 5.84
85 Buffalo 3,031 18 5.94
86 Richmond 5,558 34 6.12
87 North Kansas City 4,387 27 6.15
88 Maplewood 7,931 50 6.30
89 Breckenridge Hills 4,709 32 6.80
90 Woodson Terrace 4,074 28 6.87
91 El Dorado Springs 3,559 25 7.02
92 Northwoods 4,187 30 7.17
93 Nevada 8,230 59 7.17
94 Aurora 7,471 55 7.36
95 Sugar Creek 3,315 27 8.14
96 Warrenton 8,147 68 8.35
97 Malden 4,092 39 9.53
98 Pagedale 3,312 46 13.89
99 Caruthersville 5,887 83 14.10
100 Pine Lawn 3,447 58 16.83

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Manchester 18,256 4 0.22
2 Town and Country 11,158 4 0.36
3 Moberly 13,900 7 0.50
4 Eureka 10,681 6 0.56
5 Mexico 11,691 9 0.77
6 Lake St. Louis 15,534 14 0.90
7 Crestwood 11,977 11 0.92
8 Excelsior Springs 11,562 11 0.95
9 Raymore 20,600 20 0.97
10 Nixa 21,377 21 0.98
11 Webster Groves 23,216 23 0.99
12 Kirkwood 27,793 29 1.04
13 Ozark 19,366 23 1.19
14 Clayton 15,873 19 1.20
15 Creve Coeur 18,367 22 1.20
16 Grain Valley 13,484 19 1.41
17 Jackson 15,092 24 1.59
18 Webb City 11,192 19 1.70
19 Arnold 21,461 40 1.86
20 Washington 14,065 28 1.99
21 Maryland Heights 27,374 55 2.01
22 Republic 16,219 34 2.10
23 Warrensburg 20,136 47 2.33
24 Kirksville 17,521 41 2.34
25 Neosho 12,218 29 2.37
26 Troy 11,730 31 2.64
27 Carthage 14,300 40 2.80
28 Maryville 11,855 34 2.87
29 West Plains 12,334 36 2.92
30 Belton 23,170 71 3.06
31 Gladstone 27,138 85 3.13
32 Marshall 13,031 41 3.15
33 Rolla 20,093 81 4.03
34 Farmington 18,564 77 4.15
35 Hannibal 17,825 74 4.15
36 Overland 15,940 68 4.27
37 Fulton 12,973 56 4.32
38 Union 11,092 49 4.42
39 Lebanon 14,721 69 4.69
40 Grandview 25,412 138 5.43
41 St. Ann 12,925 71 5.49
42 Sedalia 21,536 119 5.53
43 Festus 12,157 72 5.92
44 Raytown 29,377 180 6.13
45 Kennett 10,610 67 6.31
46 Branson 11,593 84 7.25
47 Sikeston 16,455 120 7.29
48 Bolivar 10,790 79 7.32
49 Poplar Bluff 17,309 132 7.63
50 Ferguson 21,032 170 8.08
51 Bridgeton 11,835 110 9.29
52 Bellefontaine Neighbors 10,788 110 10.20

 

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Ballwin 30,609 11 0.36
2 O’Fallon 86,093 71 0.82
3 Lee’s Summit 95,821 104 1.09
4 Chesterfield 47,939 57 1.19
5 Blue Springs 54,445 81 1.49
6 St. Peters 57,835 95 1.64
7 Wentzville 36,938 61 1.65
8 Florissant 52,266 98 1.88
9 St. Charles 69,364 138 1.99
10 Liberty 30,699 83 2.70
11 Jefferson City 43,171 174 4.03
12 Columbia 121,143 517 4.27
13 Independence 117,335 601 5.12
14 St. Joseph 76,577 428 5.59
15 Cape Girardeau 39,738 236 5.94
16 Joplin 52,001 329 6.33
17 University City 35,002 254 7.26
18 Springfield 168,307 2,251 13.37
19 Kansas City 478,364 7,915 16.55
20 St. Louis 314,507 6,017 19.13

 

 

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