The 20 Safest Cities in Colorado — 2015

Dec 9, 2015 |

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There are many reasons Colorado is one of the fastest growing states in America. For starters, it’s an outdoor enthusiast’s playground, offering everything from backcountry skiing to soothing hot springs. Plus, Colorado boasts a booming economy, low unemployment, and goods jobs. On top of all this, the Centennial State offers plenty of safe cities to settle down in — and we’re featuring the top 20.
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According to the most recent FBI Crime Report, these cities reported an average violent crime rate that’s 83 percent lower than the typical American city. Furthermore, one quarter of the safest cities in Colorado cited no incidents of murder, rape, or robbery.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Colorado

We created our safest cities list by analyzing the most recent FBI Crime Report data of cities with 3,000 or more residents in 2013. Then, we examined the reported number of violent crimes (murder, robbery, forcible rape, and aggravated assault) as well as property crimes (burglary, arson, motor vehicle theft, and larceny-theft) in each city. Finally, we calculated how often these crimes were reported per 1,000 people.

Cities that didn’t report data to the FBI, as well as those that reported incomplete data, were removed from eligibility. If there’s a city you think is safe but is not on our list, this may be the reason.

Learn more about how we rank our safest cities reports.

If Colorado sounds like an ideal place to live, consider moving to one of the state’s 20 safest cities.

1. Dacono

Amazing views of the Rocky Mountains, a strong economy, and affordable housing are a few reasons Dacono’s population is growing. Despite the influx of people, the city’s crime rate is low, and the law enforcement officers of the Dacono Police Department intend to keep it that way. In addition to carrying out neighborhood patrols, officers participate in programs like House Watch and National Night Out. According to the most recent FBI Crime Report, the safest city in Colorado reported just two crimes.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .22
Property Crimes per 1,000: .22

Dacono is the safest city in Colorado 2015
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2. Eaton

Less than 30 miles east of Fort Collins you’ll find the welcoming city of Eaton. For the second year in a row, Eaton’s nominal crime rate earned it a top spot on our list. And we’re not the only ones to recognize Eaton for its remarkable safety record. ValuePenguin also named the northern Colorado city one of the state’s safest. As if these achievements aren’t impressive enough, Eaton’s law enforcement officers cleared 87 percent of their cases last year. That’s about 30 percent more than the national average.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.31
Property Crimes per 1,000: .65

EAton is the second safest city in Colorado 2015!
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3. Fort Lupton

Fort Lupton is situated along the banks of the South Platte River, just 35 minutes north of Denver. It’s a city where neighbors look out for one another and the spirit of cooperation is strong. Police officers and citizens not only partner to solve community problems, they also come together to help those in need. For example, through a program named Santa Cop, police officers collect donations from residents and buy presents for local children. We congratulate Fort Lupton citizens for their teamwork, and the fact that their city’s property crime rate is almost 90 percent lower than the national average.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .39
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.13

Fort Lupton is the third safest city in Colorado
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4. Rocky Ford

Located in the Arkansas River Valley, Rocky Ford is known for its bountiful watermelon and cantaloupe crops. But it’s also one of the safest cities in the state. In fact, since Rocky Ford last appeared on our list, the number of reported crimes dropped 60 percent, from 40 to 17.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .51
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.84

Rocky Ford is the fourth dafest city in Colorado 2015!

5. Yuma

Yuma is a dynamic and growing community located in the northeast corner of Colorado. We salute the Yuma Police Department for offering citizens practical and easy-to-follow crime prevention tips. This helpful advice could be one reason Yuma reported a mere 16 property crimes to the FBI.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .56
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.49

Yuma is the fifth safest city in Colorado 2015!
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6. Erie

Erie offers residents a modern 20,000-square-foot library, a state-of-the-art community center, and a variety of new housing developments. Plus, its crime rate is 80 percent less than the average U.S. city. With all that Erie has going for it, we’re not surprised its population is booming.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .56
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.24
Erie is the sisth safest city in colorado 2015!
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7. Brush

Brush’s popular annual events and wealth of outdoor activities are just a few reasons it’s a desirable place to call home. Nominal crime is another. Not only did Brush report just 42 crimes to the FBI in 2013, it also moved up seven places on our list from last year.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.08
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.51

8. Johnstown

Johnstown leaders have utilized technology to improve communication with citizens. Johnstown’s NotifyMe program informs residents about specific events, like government job openings, and its Parlant Mass Communication Service alerts citizens to emergencies and crime trends via phone, email, or text. These are just two ways the eighth safest city in Colorado lives up to its motto, “The community that cares.”

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .34
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.34

Johnstown is the 8th safest city in Colorado 2015!

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9. Florence

Florence marks the start of the Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway, a popular drive that skirts old stagecoach routes, mining towns, and one of America’s most noteworthy gold camps. This makes Florence popular with tourists, but it’s also a great city to settle down in — especially if you’re looking for a safe place to call home. According to the most recent FBI Crime Report, Florence reported less than one violent crime per 1,000 residents in 2013.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .77
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.94

10. Estes Park

Estes Park is the headquarters for Rocky Mountain National Park, which means its population swells significantly during the summer months. To help ensure locals and visitors stay safe during this time, the Estes Park Police Department augments its force with Community Service Officers (CSO). CSOs take care of non-criminal issues like pedestrian safety and traffic flow, so police officers can handle 911 calls.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .82
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.25

Estes Park is the 10th safest city in Colorado in 2015!

11. Firestone

Firestone’s quality housing, vast recreational amenities, and community cohesiveness make it a wonderful place to live, work, and play. Another reason Firestone is a great community is due to initiatives like Police Area Representatives (PARs). PARs are police officers who work directly with residents in their neighborhoods to help identify and solve quality-of-life issues. Community policing efforts like this help keep Firestone’s crime rate far below the national average.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .18
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.17

12. Milliken

Milliken’s law enforcement officers embrace the motto displayed on their patrol cars, “A community working together.” In addition to patrolling the streets and problem solving, they host Halloween family night, Santa Cops, and National Night Out. Building positive relationships with citizens through events like these helps ensure crime rates stay low. Milliken reported a total of just 5 violent crimes to the FBI in 2013.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .85
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.70

Milliken is one of Colorado's safest cities in 2015!
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13. Windsor

The safe city of Windsor offers the ambiance of small-town living, but that doesn’t mean it’s stuck in the past. In fact, the Windsor Police Department embraces cutting-edge safety and security initiatives like the Lassy Project. Windsor’s progressive approach to crime fighting may be why its crime rate is nearly 72 percent less than the national average.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .29
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.55

Windsor is one of the safest cities in Colorado 2015!
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14. Cherry Hills Village

The affluent community of Cherry Hills Village earns its fair share of praise. Due to quality housing, a well-developed public transportation system, and low crime, Coldwell Banker Real Estate ranked the village at the top of its list of “The Best Places to Live for Suburbanites.” The community’s impressive safety record also earned it kudos from Movoto, which named Cherry Hills Village the third best city in the Centennial State. Best yet, crime in Cheery Hills Village has decreased by 33 percent over the last four years.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .15
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.73

15. Berthoud

Berthoud’s tree-lined streets, attractive housing developments, and booming business district blend to create a hometown environment that’s hard to find these days. It’s also a progressive town where leaders encourage citizens to voice their questions and concerns at monthly “Community Chats.” This problem-solving initiative promotes dialogue about community issues, which can help keep the city’s crime rates low.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .56
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.56

Berthoud is one of Colorado's safest cities in 2015
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16. Frederick

A well-respected school system and abundant housing are two reasons families choose to live in Frederick. Another is easy access to recreation. Roughly 85 percent of Frederick homes are within walking distance of a park, and police officers and Neighborhood Watch members work hand in hand to help keep these play areas safe. Community partnerships like this are one reason the Frederick Police Department received accreditation from the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police — a distinction achieved by less than 50 law enforcement agencies in the state.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .62
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.71

17. New Castle

New Castle is a quaint town where law enforcement officers and citizens work in tandem to address community problems. It appears as though their collaborative effort is paying off. We were impressed to see New Castle decreased its already low violent crime by 58 percent since it last appeared on our safe cities list.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .65
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.71

18. Castle Rock

An excellent climate, busting downtown, and nearly 6,000 acres of open space are probably some of the reasons Castle Rock’s population increased by more than 15 percent over the last decade. Nominal crime may be another. In 2013, the city experienced roughly 77 percent less violent crime and 63 percent less property crime than the average American community.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .86
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.62

19. Parker

From abundant recreation to a modern performing-arts center, Parker offers something for everyone — which could be why most locals enjoy living in this safe city. According to a citizen survey, roughly 96 percent of respondents said life in Parker is “good” or “excellent,” and they ranked safety as one of the community’s best characteristics. Parker reported just four robberies in 2013, which is quiet remarkable for a city of nearly 50,000.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.10
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.92

20. Centennial

Centennial is a family-friendly Denver suburb that boasts an impressively low crime rate, high-achieving schools, and a competitive real estate market. For these reasons and more, both Money magazine and 24/7 Wall St. named Centennial as the best place to live in Colorado, and Yahoo ranked its ZIP code as the third hottest in America. The overall crime rate in Centennial is 60 percent less than the national average.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.34
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.39

Centennial is one of the safest cities in Colorado 2015
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Written by Alexia Chianis

Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more

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