Though Nevada is famous for Las Vegas — one of the world’s premier entertainment destinations — that’s not all the state has to offer. Along with a thriving craft beer scene, Nevada boasts some of the best rock climbing in America and has no state income tax. Plus, based on the 2014 FBI Crime Report, Nevada’s incidence of property crime is below the national average, and its violent crime rate has declined over the last decade.
Safety is a major concern for most people when they consider places to settle down, so we took a close look at the FBI data and put together this list of Nevada’s safest cities. The violent crime rate in these five cities is 58% lower than the state average, and their average total crime rate comes in 76% lower than the United States average. None of the cities reported any murders in 2014, and they cited only six robberies total. These numbers are especially impressive considering they represent a total population of more than 45,000 people.
Whether you’re thinking of moving to Nevada or you already call the Silver State home, it’s important to take charge of your personal safety and the security of your property. Keep yourself informed of local crime trends, get involved in community safety initiatives, and turn to our Nevada Safety Directory for additional disaster, crime prevention, and security resources.
How We Chose the Safest Cities in Nevada
To identify the 10 safest cities in Nevada, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 1,500 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.
Previous rank: Not ranked
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.32
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.60
2. Boulder City ↓
Previous rank: 1
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.05
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.06
Previous rank: 3
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 7.43
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.08
4. Mesquite ↓
Previous rank: 2
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.43
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.36
Previous rank: 5
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.23
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.19
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|6. Henderson||7. Lovelock||8. Sparks|
|9. North Las Vegas||10. Reno||11. Las Vegas Metropolitan|
|12. Elko||13. West Wendover||14. Fallon|
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