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The 20 Safest Cities in Kentucky — 2016

The Safest Cities in Kentucky

Kentuckians are full of pride for their state, and it’s easy to understand why. It is home to one of America’s premier sporting events — the Kentucky Derby — as well as spectacular natural attractions and world-renowned bluegrass music. Families also love Kentucky’s low cost of living, while companies appreciate its incentives for doing business.

Kentucky residents can also feel secure thanks to relatively low crime rates. According to the most recent FBI Crime Report, the violent crime rate in Kentucky is 44% lower than the national average. Among the state’s 20 safest cities, the rate of violent offenses was even lower. While two of Kentucky’s safest cities each reported one murder, the other 18 reported zero murders. Flatwoods — the second safest city in Kentucky — cited no violent crimes at all.

Overall, the 20 safest cities in the Bluegrass State are a testament to its values. But even if you live in a community with nominal crime, it’s important to be proactive about protecting yourself, your loved ones, and your property. Our Kentucky Safety Directory is a comprehensive safety and security resource for crime prevention, fire safety, neighborhood watch, and more — exclusively for Kentucky residents.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Kentucky

To identify the 10 safest cities in Kentucky, 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 2014 Safest Cities in Kentucky report here.

1. Prospect 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.21 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.72

2. Flatwoods 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.98

3. Greenville 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.13 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.31

4. Fort Thomas 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.37 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.21

5. Villa Hills 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.13
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.80

6. Independence 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.49
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.68

7. Lawrenceburg

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.90 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.28

8. Mount Washington 

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.41 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.53

9. Taylor Mill 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.89 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.19

10. Highland Heights 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.58 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.24

11. Wilmore

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.98
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.29

12. Columbia 

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.66
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.05

13. Central City

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.53 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.20

14. Vine Grove 

Previous rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.91
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.51

15. Williamsburg 

Previous rank: 22

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.69 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.80

16. Fort Mitchell ↓

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.48
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.96

17. La Grange 

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.54 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.36

18. Edgewood 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.11 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.80

19. Paintsville 

Previous rank: 25

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.93 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.77

20. Lakeside Park – Crestview Hills 

Previous rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.34
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.17

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

21. Carrollton 22. Lebanon 23. Shelbyville
24. Hillview 25. Benton 26. Madisonville
27. Alexandria 28. Monticello 29. Grayson
30. Berea 31. Scottsville 32. Elsmere
33. Morehead 34. Erlanger 35. Jeffersontown
36. Radcliff 37. Cold Spring 38. Paris
39. Danville 40. Princeton 41. Bardstown
42. Shepherdsville 43. Mayfield 44. Russellville
45. Georgetown 46. Murray 47. Fort Wright
48. Glasgow 49. Ludlow 50. Harrodsburg
51. Bellevue 52. Hopkinsville 53. London
54. Corbin 55. Henderson 56. Franklin
57. Elizabethtown 58. Campbellsville 59. Leitchfield
60. Cynthiana 61. Nicholasville 62. Maysville
63. St. Matthews 64. Oak Grove 65. Owensboro
66. Frankfort 67. Richmond 68. Lexington
69. Shively 70. Covington 71. Dayton
72. Winchester 73. Louisville Metro 74. Florence
75. Versailles 76. Bowling Green 77. Mount Sterling
78. Ashland 79. Paducah 80. Somerset
81. Hazard 82. Newport 83. Middlesboro
84. Pikeville

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