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The 20 Safest Cities in Colorado—2016

The Safest Cities in Colorado

The Colorado lifestyle is hard to beat. Residents enjoy year-round recreation, abundant cultural events, and access to some of the country’s most respected restaurants, breweries, and wineries. Coloradans also benefit from relatively short commutes and high household incomes. Adding to the state’s appeal is its safety record. Based on the 2014 FBI Crime Report, Colorado’s overall crime rate is slightly lower than the national average. Not only that, but the state’s twenty safest cities reported just four crimes per 1,000 people—meaning that the average crime rate among these cities is 87% less than the national average.

Here’s more good news about Colorado’s safest places to live: 85% of the cities on our list reported fewer than ten total violent crimes, including Yuma—the third safest city in the state—which cited no violent offenses at all. Centennial is Colorado’s sixteenth safest city and has well over 100,000 residents, yet reported a mere seven crimes per 1,000 people. All in all, seventeen of Colorado’s twenty safest cities are on our list for the second consecutive year, which suggests that citizens and law enforcement officers continue to be proactive about crime prevention.

No matter where you live in the Centennial State, it’s important to stay abreast of safety and security issues. Turn to the resources in our Colorado Safety Directory for a wealth of information—including details on fire safety, crime prevention, and staying safe on the road.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Colorado

To identify the 10 safest cities in Colorado, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 3,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

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1. Dacono

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23
Property Crimes per 1,000: 0.23

2. Eaton 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.64 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 0.21

3. Yuma 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.79

4. Rocky Ford 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.28 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.54

5. New Castle ↑

Previous rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.87
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.26

6. Severance 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.58 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.77

7. Frederick 

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.53

8. Milliken 

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.83
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.83

9. Brush 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.54
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.81

10. Erie 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.25
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.12

11. Johnstown 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.71
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.91

12. Fort Lupton 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.52
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.22

13. Firestone 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.53
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.46

14. Windsor 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.24
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.93

15. Eagle 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.92 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.42

16. Centennial 

Previous rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.32 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.08

17. Cherry Hills Village 

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.31
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.30

18. Parker 

Previous rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.29
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.34

19. Florence 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.82
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.81

20. Broomfield 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.51
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.07

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Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Lafayette 22. Fruita 23. Rifle
24. Mead 25. Basalt 26. Golden
27. Burlington 28. Littleton 29. Evans
30. Woodland Park 31. Arvada 32. Monument
33. Silverthorne 34. Longmont 35. Fort Collins
36. Craig 37. Avon 38. Fountain
39. Steamboat Springs 40. Fort Morgan 41. Boulder
42. Loveland 43. Gunnison 44. Northglenn
45. Manitou Springs 46. Durango 47. Westminster
48. Thornton 49. Aurora 50. Salida
51. Greenwood Village 52. Sterling 53. Monte Vista
54. Brighton 55. Commerce City 56. Wheat Ridge
57. Canon City 58. Greeley 59. Denver
60. Cortez 61. Montrose 62. Colorado Springs
63. Aspen 64. Delta 65. Trinidad
66. Grand Junction 67. Glenwood Springs 68. Lakewood
69. Vail 70. Federal Heights 71. La Junta
72. Englewood 73. Lone Tree 74. Pueblo
75. Sheridan 76. Breckenridge 77. Glendale
78. Lakeside

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