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The 20 Safest Cities in Missouri—2016


One thing the Show Me State loves to show off is its miles of coastline. In fact, the Lake of the Ozarks boasts over 1,150 miles all on its own—but enthusiasm for watersports takes second place to baseball in the home of the Royals and the Cardinals. Whether you love hanging out at the lake or cheering on your team at the ballpark, safety is an important part of loving your hometown. The twenty cities on our list exemplify the kind of community spirit that turns neighbors into friends and helps keep Missouri’s streets safe.

The cities that made our list this year demonstrate an ongoing commitment to safety. Seventeen are making their second consecutive appearance, and four of the top five were at the top last year as well. These cities have outstanding records for both violent and property crime, with 95% reporting no murders on the FBI’s most recent crime report. In addition, 80% reported fewer than ten violent crimes overall. In regard to property crime, 70% of the cities we’ve recognized reported fewer than 100 total property crimes, and fourteen cities had zero counts of arson.

We congratulate and recognize each of the cities on our list for a job well (and safely) done. Check out our complete listing to see if your city made the cut this year. Then do your part to keep your home and neighbors safe by checking out our Missouri Safety Directory—a comprehensive guide full of advice, tips, and information about crime prevention and home security.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Missouri

To identify the 10 safest cities in Missouri, 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. Bonne Terre 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.82 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.24

2. Cottleville 

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.26
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.00

3. Ballwin ↑

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.26
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.88

4. Portageville

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.64
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.67

5. Greenwood

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.47
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.08

6. Glendale 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.17
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.61

7. Tipton 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.61
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.78

8. Holts Summit

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.73
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.09

9. Louisiana 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.79
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.05

10. Ellisville 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.09
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.82

11. Savannah 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.39
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.53

12. Smithville 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.66
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.47

13. Town and Country 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.46 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.51

14. Webster Groves 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.81
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.89

15. California 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.06
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.08

16. Shrewsbury 

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.64
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.74

17. New Madrid 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.33
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.64

18. Pleasant Hill 

Previous rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.73
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.50

19. Kearney 

Previous rank: 24

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.20 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.19

20. O’Fallon 

Previous rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.72 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.91

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. Creve Coeur 22. Ladue 23. Higginsville
24. Pleasant Valley 25. Maryville 26. Chesterfield
27. Battlefield 28. Manchester 29. Wentzville
30. Grain Valley 31. Willard 32. Nixa
33. Ashland 34. Wright City 35. Eureka
36. Frontenac 37. Herculaneum 38. Peculiar
39. Clayton 40. Jackson 41. Platte City
42. Buckner 43. Raymore 44. Carl Junction
45. Kirkwood 46. Cameron 47. Carrollton
48. Parkville 49. Florissant 50. Crestwood
51. Waynesville 52. Lee’s Summit 53. Liberty
54. Maryland Heights 55. Rogersville 56. Perryville
57. St. Ann 58. Lake St. Louis 59. Licking
60. Chillicothe 61. Pevely 62. St. Peters
63. Rock Hill 64. Ste. Genevieve 65. Republic
66. Oak Grove 67. Trenton 68. Bowling Green
69. Malden 70. Park Hills 71. Mount Vernon
72. Bethany 73. Vandalia 74. Olivette
75. Palmyra 76. Centralia 77. Hillsboro
78. Sunset Hills 79. Pacific 80. Festus
81. Hollister 82. Breckenridge Hills 83. Scott City
84. St. Charles 85. Troy 86. Normandy
87. Blue Springs 88. Macon 89. Marshall
90. St. James 91. Brookfield 92. Gladstone
93. Moberly 94. Ozark 95. Bellefontaine Neighbors
96. Kirksville 97. Mountain Grove 98. Jefferson City
99. Charleston 100. Dexter

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