Kansas’s 20 Safest Cities of 2021

The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the seventh annual Safest Cities report.

Safest Cities in Kansas

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Kansas for 2021

1. Valley Center
2. Basehor
3. Goddard
4. Scott City
5. Mission Hills
6. Leawood
7. Gardner
8. Lindsborg
9. Rose Hill
10 Louisburg

See if your city made the full list.

For many Kansas residents, there’s no place like home. Well over half (58%) of Kansans who responded to our survey said they feel safe in The Sunflower State. They also expressed lower than average concern over issues like police violence, gun violence, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Property and violent crime were also low on the list for many Jayhawkers. Kansas placed number 39 for most concerned on both issues.

Despite higher-than-average crime rates, overall concern about safety plummeted 37% in Kansas year over year.

2021 Kansas crime rates

But, although Kansans are less concerned about crime, The Sunflower state sees the second-highest crime rates in the region just behind Missouri. Both the violent and property crime rates in Kansas top the national and regional averages.

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Level of concern and experience with crime in Kansas

This relaxed attitude in Kansas is new to the state. For the last two years, almost half of Kansas residents said they felt a daily level of high concern. In 2021, that number has dropped from 48% to 35%.

This year also saw a drop in the number of respondents who experienced violent crime, property crime, and gun crime in the last year. The biggest decrease happened in violent crime, from 10% of respondents in 2020 experiencing some kind of violent crime to only 3% in 2021.

Safest Cities in Kansas

Crime concerns in Kansas

We asked Kansas residents which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if Kansans are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.

Safest Cities in Kansas

View the complete 2021 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in Kansas: Fear vs. reality

Generally, Kansas sees more violent crime than several neighboring states and the national average. However, concern over violent crime remains low compared to the national average.

  • The violent crime within the safest cities accounts for 5% of violent crime statewide.
  • Aggravated assault was the most common violent crime in Kansas over the last year, accounting for 70% of violent crime in the safest cities and 77% of violent crime statewide.
  • Kansas also saw a higher rate of rape statewide (12% of state violent crime) and within the safest cities (21% of safest cities’ violent crime). The national average is 8%.
  • The number of mass shooting incidents dropped by 50% in the last year from 4 in 2019 to 2 in 2020.
  • 52% of Kansans say they have confidence in law enforcement (US 56%).
  • Of Kansas residents we surveyed, 24% carry personal protection, 10 percentage points less than the rest of the nation.
  • 41% of Kansas residents said their safety was affected by the pandemic (US 44%).
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Property crime in Kansas: Fear vs. reality

While property crime in Kansas still tops the regional and national average, The Sunflower State saw a significant drop year over year from 2020.

  • Property crime within the safest cities accounted for 5.7% of property crime across the state.
  • Larceny-theft was the most common type of property crime in Kansas, accounting for 79% of property crime in the safest cities and 74% across the state.
  • Scott City had the lowest property crime rate out of the safest cities with only 14 incidents in the last year.
  • 59% of Kansas residents say they use some method to protect their property with the majority (28%) choosing guard dogs.
  • In Kansas, 29% of survey respondents say the safety of their personal property was affected by the pandemic, matching the national average.
Safest Cities in Kansas

A closer look at the safest cities in Kansas

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • Valley Center rose in the ranks to the top spot this year from last year’s number 3. The city saw a significant drop in property crime, seeing 6.1 fewer incidents year over year.
  • There are 6 new cities that landed in Kansas’ top 20 safest cities this year.
  • Gardner saw the biggest improvement from last year, rising 12 spots to this year’s number 7.
  • Lansing was the only city in the top 20 that saw no change in rank and remains this year’s number 13.
  • Basehor and Mission Hills each had only 1 violent crime reported in the last year.
Safest Cities in Kansas

The 20 Safest Cities in Kansas

Valley Center, Kansas
#1
Valley Center
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+2
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,376
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,962
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, 0.8, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.2, 11.3, 14.0
Basehor, Kansas
#2
Basehor
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+4
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,418
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $77,895
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 1.1, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    8.6, 10.9, 17.7
Goddard, Kansas
#3
Goddard
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,764
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,625
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, N/A, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.9, N/A, 23.1
Scott City, Kansas
#4
Scott City
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-2
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    3,799
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $63,698
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.1, 1.6, 2.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.7, 7.5, 7.4
Mission Hills, Kansas
#5
Mission Hills
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    3,588
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $250,000+
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    12.3, N/A, N/A
Leawood, Kansas
#6
Leawood
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+2
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    35,052
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $149,736
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.8, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    11.4, 15.5, 12.5
Gardner, Kansas
#7
Gardner
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+12
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,229
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $75,985
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.4, 2.6, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.9, 14.0, 14.2
Lindsborg, Kansas
#8
Lindsborg
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    3,269
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $54,091
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.9, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    13.2, 12.3, 11.4
Rose Hill, Kansas
#9
Rose Hill
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+1
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    3,969
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $75,398
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.5, 1.3, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    8.1, 14.6, 11.2
Louisburg, Kansas
#10
Louisburg
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,532
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $56,994
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.3, N/A, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.3, N/A, 15.7
Hesston, Kansas
#11
Hesston
(
-6
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    3,736
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $61,685
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.6, 1.3, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    8.0, 9.8, 12.1
Prairie Village, Kansas
#12
Prairie Village
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,508
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $88,635
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.3, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    10.8, N/A, N/A
Lansing, Kansas
#13
Lansing
(
-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,051
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $84,917
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.7, 2.5, 2.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.1, 11.3, 11.3
Ulysses, Kansas
#14
Ulysses
(
-7
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,709
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $52,986
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.6, 1.7, 2.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.3, 8.2, 6.8
Eudora, Kansas
#15
Eudora
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,414
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $79,427
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.0, N/A, 2.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.5, N/A, 8.1
Maize, Kansas
#16
Maize
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+10
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,836
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $66,537
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.7, 2.5, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    11.8, 19.6, 14.9
Lenexa, Kansas
#17
Lenexa
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+1
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    56,240
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $84,370
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.5, 2.0, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    13.5, 15.4, 17.5
Olathe, Kansas
#18
Olathe
(
-2
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    141,371
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $85,318
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.1, 2.2, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    11.3, 14.1, 14.3
Abilene, Kansas
#19
Abilene
(
+1
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,235
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $45,184
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.6, 2.2, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    13.6, 15.7, 14.8
Osawatomie, Kansas
#20
Osawatomie
(
-3
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,245
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $53,832
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.1, 1.6, 1.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.5, 16.8, 16.1

How we determined the safest cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

How to make a safe home anywhere

Whether your city made our list or not, we encourage everyone to be proactive about home security. Learn more about your home security options—and find out which companies we recommend for every budget and lifestyle in our roundup of the Best Home Security Systems.

Didn't find your city in the top 20?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, based on the state’s median population. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2019.

2021 Rank
City
Population
VC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
PC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
21Bel Aire8.25K1.315.3
22Holton3.24K1.514.8
23Beloit3.72K2.213.5
24Paola5.68K2.313.4
25Larned3.74K4.07.8
26Colby5.31K2.614.1
27McPherson13.07K1.817.9
28Emporia24.75K1.520.9
29Frontenac3.41K2.118.5
30Wamego4.81K2.915.8
31Hays20.89K2.717.1
32Pratt6.61K2.717.0
33Park City7.78K2.318.9
34Mulvane6.45K2.318.9
35Baxter Springs3.91K1.523.0
36Garnett3.24K2.220.7
37Bonner Springs7.85K2.519.1
38Russell4.46K4.013.7
39Fort Scott7.73K5.010.1
40Goodland4.37K3.418.3
41El Dorado12.90K1.328.0
42Dodge City27.31K4.722.4
43Newton18.70K4.922.2
44Atchison10.51K3.926.6
45Wellington7.70K3.828.3
46Winfield12.02K2.733.5
47Edwardsville4.51K4.924.9
48Clay Center3.95K5.822.6
49Hutchinson40.43K3.831.9
50Augusta9.33K3.135.2
51Hiawatha3.12K2.638.5
52Iola5.27K4.432.3
53Concordia4.90K8.218.8
54Salina46.57K4.637.1
55Merriam11.20K3.843.2
56Arkansas City11.72K5.537.0
57Coffeyville9.26K6.535.1
58Junction City21.92K10.025.3
59Topeka125.66K7.149.9
60Independence8.50K9.947.0
61Wichita390.08K11.453.2

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Sources

FBI: Uniform Crime Reporting Program, “2019 Crime in the United States,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed November 18, 2020.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 15, 2021.

For definitions and more on data sources, see our methodology page.

Katie McEntire
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Katie McEntire
As a renter, pet-owner, and woman living alone, Katie McEntire takes safety seriously. She’s tested devices like pet cameras, home security systems, and GPS trackers in her own home and devices in the name of safety. In addition to testing, writing, and reviewing for SafeWise, she also makes videos for the site’s YouTube channel. She’s been featured on publications like TechGuySmartBuy, Forbes, Healthy Moms, and Digital Care. Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. She’s held previous writing positions at Overstock.com and Top Ten Reviews.

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  • This is accurate? Really? Give me a break. And the second largest city in Sedgwick County, Derby, isn’t even on the list?! It probably one of the safest cities in the country, too! Katie needs to go back to feeding her cats and find another line of work.

  • Why isn’t Kansas City, Kansas on your list — they have rampant crime and murder.

    Looking at some of the other cities — I think you data is screwed up. Not accurate.

  • Hmmm…something isn’t right with this one. Hesston had a mass shooting triple
    homicide plus the perp killed by LEO in 2016, and 14 injured by gunfire as well…the year this data allegedly was from. That’s not quite ‘zero violent crime’. And if they used even older data then it’s misleading because after that old data came out and the gap of this article, 2 years, there’s not only been that incident but other violent crimes in Hesston since.

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