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The 20 Safest Cities in Kansas — 2016

Safest Cities in Kansas

Known for effusive friendliness and the world’s biggest ball of twine, Kansas is an all-American state where the buffalo really do roam. It’s actually the North American Bison, but the patriotic residents of the Sunflower State are just as proud of these majestic creatures as they are of their state song, “Home on the Range.” Kansas’ 20 safest cities exhibit the strong values and community pride that make the state popular among its residents.

Holding true to the song’s promise that “seldom is heard a discouraging word,” Kansas’ 20 safest cities have outstanding safety records. It’s encouraging that 16 states make their second appearance this year, and half of them are on our list for the third year in a row. According to the FBI’s most recent crime statistics, 17 of our safest cities reported zero murders and 80% had three or fewer robberies. These communities have low property crime incidents as well — 40% reported fewer than 100 property crimes, and only 20% experienced more than one incident of arson.

Whether it’s the wide open prairies or stunning Kansas sunsets that bring you to the Wheat State, you’re bound to enjoy peace of mind knowing that Kansas makes safety a priority. You don’t have to live in one of Kansas’ safest communities to contribute to a high quality of life and feeling of security. Bookmark our Kansas Safety Directory to keep the latest crime prevention, disaster response, and home security resources close at hand.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Kansas

To identify the 10 safest cities in Kansas, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 4,000 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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You can also see how the cities ranked in the past with the 2013 Safest Cities in Kansas report here.

1. Prairie Village 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.41 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.18

2. Basehor

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.61 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.88

3. Bel Aire 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.58 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.50

4. Louisburg 

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.16
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.95

5. Leawood 

Previous rank: 3 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.69 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.26

6. Lansing 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.81 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.74

7. Olathe 

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.76
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.09

8. Goddard 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.43 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.71

9. Wamego 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.50
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.18

10. Valley Center 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.85
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.02

11. Tonganoxie 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.38

12. Lenexa 

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.10
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.86

13. Ulysses 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.38 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.76

14. Shawnee 

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.59 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.21

15. Overland Park 

Previous rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.79
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.56

16. Russell 

Previous rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.48 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.88

17. Abilene 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.12 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 20.40

18. Mulvane 

Previous rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.11
Property Crimes per 1,000: 21.83

19. Hays

Previous rank: Not ranked 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.69
Property Crimes per 1,000: 20.93

20. Park City 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.59
Property Crimes per 1,000: 22.30

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 20?

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

21. Andover 22. Derby 23. Goodland
24. Junction City 25. Clay Center 26. Haysville
27. Osawatomie 28. Edwardsville 29. Dodge City
30. Liberal 31. Pratt 32. Colby
33. Paola 34. Larned 35. Ottawa
36. Baxter Springs 37. Winfield 38. Iola
39. Garden City 40. Atchison 41. Leavenworth
42. Bonner Springs 43. Wellington 44. Arkansas City
45. Concordia 46. Topeka 47. Fort Scott
48. Kansas City 49. Pittsburg 50. Great Bend
51. Coffeyville

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