Colorado’s property crime rate is slightly higher than the national average, with thirty-three crimes reported for every 1,000 people, but its violent crime rate is lower. And among the state’s twenty safest cities, violent crimes—such as murder, rape, and robbery—are even less common. According to the most recent FBI crime report, these cities on average reported 0.73 crimes of this type for every 1,000 people. Some cities, including Cherry Hills Village, Monument, and Broomfield, reported remarkably fewer.

When analyzing property crime alone, Colorado’s safe city of Louisville came out on top, boasting a crime rate 89% lower than the state average. Erie ranked second in this category, reporting just six property crimes per 1,000 people. That’s 78% lower than the national average of twenty-eight.

There’s no magic solution for fighting crime, but knowledge is power, so we’re not surprised that several cities on our list do a stellar job of keeping citizens informed. For example, the Broomfield Police Department uses social media and interactive online crime maps to share criminal activity and help citizens make informed decisions about their personal safety and security. Hats off to Broomfield Chief of Police, Gary Creager, and his officers for their commitment to transparency.

From small towns like Brush and Monument to larger cities like Broomfield and Parker, if you call any one of these twenty cities home, your chance of experiencing crime is much lower than the national average. But SafeWise encourages everyone—even residents of low-crime cities—to take a proactive approach to safety. Start by visiting our Colorado Safety Directory where we’ve gathered numerous crime prevention resources and listed the best home security systems in the state.

The 20 Safest Cities in Colorado

1. Windsor
Population: 22,404
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.13
Property crimes per 1,000: 10.67
Total crime: 1.22% violent, 98.78% property

2. Cherry Hills Village
Population: 6,649
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.15
Property crimes per 1,000: 10.38
Total crime: 1.45% violent, 98.55% property

3. Monument
Population: 6,497
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.31
Property crimes per 1,000: 29.24
Total crime: 1.06% violent, 98.94% property

4. Milliken
Population: 6,551
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.46
Property crimes per 1,000: 6.26
Total crime: 7.35% violent, 92.65% property

5. Firestone
Population: 12,375
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.48
Property crimes per 1,000: 10.18
Total crime: 4.72% violent, 95.28% property

6. Broomfield
Population: 66,953
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.54
Property crimes per 1,000: 24.05
Total crime: 2.25% violent, 97.75% property

7. Erie
Population: 22,115
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.54
Property crimes per 1,000: 6.10
Total crime: 8.85% violent, 91.15% property

8. Gypsum
Population: 7,012
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.57
Property crimes per 1,000: 10.13
Total crime: 5.63% violent, 94.37% property

9. Eagle
Population: 6,715
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.60
Property crimes per 1,000: 8.19
Total crime: 7.33% violent, 92.67% property

10. Aspen
Population: 6,926
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.72
Property crimes per 1,000: 46.92
Total crime: 1.53% violent, 98.47% property

11. Johnstown
Population: 16,143
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.81
Property crimes per 1,000: 7.06
Total crime: 11.47% violent, 88.53% property

12. Castle Rock
Population: 57,109
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.89
Property crimes per 1,000: 15.44
Total crime: 5.76% violent, 94.24% property

13. Parker
Population: 50,409
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.91
Property crimes per 1,000: 11.74
Total crime: 7.75% violent, 92.25% property

14. Brush
Population: 5,456
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.92
Property crimes per 1,000: 7.51
Total crime: 12.25% violent, 87.75% property

15. Estes Park
Population: 6,335
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.95
Property crimes per 1,000: 11.37
Total crime: 8.36% violent, 91.64% property

16. Louisville
Population: 20,814
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.01
Property crimes per 1,000: 3.51
Total crime: 28.77% violent, 71.23% property

17. Littleton
Population: 47,288
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.02
Property crimes per 1,000: 27.41
Total crime: 3.72% violent, 96.28% property

18. Delta
Population: 8,778
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.03
Property crimes per 1,000: 37.82
Total crime: 2.72% violent, 97.28% property

19. Fruita
Population: 12,825
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.25
Property crimes per 1,000: 14.35
Total crime: 8.71% violent, 91.29% property

20. Lochbuie
Population: 5,516
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.27
Property crimes per 1,000: 17.95
Total crime: 7.08% violent, 92.92% property

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Colorado

To identify the twenty safest cities in Colorado, we reviewed the 2016 FBI crime report statistics and population data. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system.

Our evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). To level the playing field, we calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. This makes it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for  Best Home Security Systems of 2018.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

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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