Kansas’s 20 Safest Cities of 2022

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

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Kansas for 2022

See if your city made the full list.

Crime rates and trends run about average in Kansas. But compared to the average American, Kansans are more likely to feel safe in their state and less likely to feel concerned about crime and safety on a daily basis.

In this report

2022 Kansas crime rates

The Sunflower State’s crime rates sit above the national average but don’t top the charts. Like most states, Kansas saw a year-over-year increase in violent crime and a decrease in property crime.

Bar chart of violent and property crime rates per 1,000 people where the national average is 4.0 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 19.6 property crimes per 1,000 people.

Image: SafeWise

Level of concern and experience with crime in Kansas

According to our latest State of Safety survey, 35% of Kansans feel concerned about their safety and security on a daily basis—down from 48% last year.

58% of Kansas residents feel safe in their state, which is above the national average of 55% and is the twelfth-highest percentage overall.

Kansans are less likely than the average American to believe that crime is increasing compared to last year. Kansas residents believe they’ll experience package theft more than general property crime, violent crime, or gun violence.

Pictogram showing the percentage of state residents that are concerned about their safety on a daily basis, as well as which type of crime they are concerned about the most, and which crimes they have experienced within the past 12 months. Crimes include violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise. Past 12 months=12 months prior to survey.

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.

Bar chart showing percentages of how concerned state residents are about crime compared to the national averages for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise

View the complete 2022 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in Kansas: Fear vs. reality

Kansas’s violent crime rate increased by 5% year over year, landing at 4.3 violent crimes per 1,000 people. That’s higher than the national average of 4.0.

Our State of Safety story paints a different picture, with just 3% of Kansas respondents claiming to have experienced violent crime in the 12 months prior to the survey. That’s the second-lowest percentage in the nation, topped only by New Hampshire’s 0%. It also represents a seven-percentage-point decrease from last year’s results in The Sunflower State.

Kansas respondents’ experiences with gun violence also declined by seven percentage points year over year, landing at 2% for our latest survey.

  • Aggravated assault represents 82% of all violent crime in Kansas, which is 12 percentage points above the national average and the highest in the nation.
  • Robbery accounts for 7% of all violent crime in Kansas, which is 12 percentage points below the national average and the fourth-lowest in the nation.
  • Kansas is 1 of 17 states that reported more rapes than robberies.
  • 8 people were injured and 2 were killed in 2 mass shooting events in Kansas during the 2022 reporting year.
  • 24% of Kansas residents use some form of personal protection—10 percentage points below the national average.
  • Firearms represent Kansans’ personal-protection method of choice, leading the way at 12%.
  • 41% of Kansas residents say their personal safety has been affected by the pandemic (US 44%).
Line graph of violent and property crime rates over the past three years in the state compared to national crime rates per 1,000 residents for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

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Property crime in Kansas: Fear vs. reality

Property crime in Kansas decreased by 3% year over year and occurred at a rate of 22.0 per 1,000 people. This is above the national average of 19.6 and the second-highest rate in Kansas’s region, topped only by Missouri’s property crime rate of 25.3.

According to our State of Safety survey, Kansas residents experienced a more dramatic decrease in property crime. Whereas 30% of Kansas residents claimed to have experienced property crime on our 2021 survey, 18% claimed the same on our 2022 survey. This matches the national average.

Kansas residents are more concerned about package theft than property crime, violent crime, or gun violence, but survey respondents actually experienced general property crime (18%) more often than any other category.

  • Kansas residents have the seventh-lowest level of concern regarding property crime: 34%.
  • Larceny-theft accounts for 74% of all property crime in Kansas, exceeding the national average of 71%.
  • Motor vehicle theft represents 11% of all property crime in Kansas, which is lower than the national average of 13%.
  • 59% of Kansans use some form of property protection (US 60%), with guard dogs leading the way at 28%.
  • 29% of Kansas residents say the security of their property has been affected by the pandemic, which matches the national sentiment.

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.

  • 52 Kansas cities met the criteria for ranking this year.
  • Hesston rocketed 10 positions up the list to land at the top this year, while Gardner took the biggest hit and fell 9 positions.
  • 6 of Kansas’s 20 safest cities saw decreases in violent crime: Hesston, Goddard, Prairie Village, Louisburg, Leawood, and Osawatomie.
  • 2 cities saw decreases in property crime: Hesston and Eudora.
  • Praire Village was the only safest city to report a murder (1).
  • 3 cities reported 5 or fewer burglaries: Goddard, Scott City, and Hugoton.
  • The most populous city on this year’s list—Lenexa—accounts for 28% of all violent crime and 27% of all property crime among Kansas’s 20 safest cities.
Map of state with markers and labels highlighting the cities with the lowest crime rates.

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The 20 safest cities in Kansas

Hesston, Kansas
#1
Hesston
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    3,744
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $60,286
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.3, 1.6, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.9, 8.0, 9.8
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Goddard, Kansas
#2
Goddard
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,840
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $79,760
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 0.8, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    11.4, 6.9, N/A
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Valley Center, Kansas
#3
Valley Center
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-2
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,383
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,819
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.1, 0.8, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.5, 5.2, 11.3
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Tonganoxie, Kansas
#4
Tonganoxie
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,649
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $72,469
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.1, 0.7, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    8.5, N/A, 10.7
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Basehor, Kansas
#5
Basehor
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-3
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,742
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $79,104
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.7, 0.2, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    10.5, 8.6, 10.9
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Prairie Village, Kansas
#6
Prairie Village
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,390
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $91,136
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.7, 1.3, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    11.3, 10.8, N/A
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Louisburg, Kansas
#7
Louisburg
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,590
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $75,357
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.9, 1.3, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    10.9, 9.3, N/A
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Scott City, Kansas
#8
Scott City
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-4
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    3,738
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $61,392
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.1, 2.1, 1.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    5.4, 3.7, 7.5
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Leawood, Kansas
#9
Leawood
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-3
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    35,054
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $157,515
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.5, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    16.3, 11.4, 15.5
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Fairway, Kansas
#10
Fairway
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NEW
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    3,970
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $111,995
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.8, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    14.4, N/A, N/A
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Rose Hill, Kansas
#11
Rose Hill
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-2
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    3,972
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $75,491
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.8, 1.5, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.6, 8.1, 14.6
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Geographic location of Spring Hill, KS
#12
Spring Hill
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NEW
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,572
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $80,357
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.2, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    13.5, N/A, N/A
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Eudora, Kansas
#13
Eudora
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+2
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,440
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $87,692
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.6, 2.0, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.8, 9.5, N/A
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Hugoton, Kansas
#14
Hugoton
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NEW
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    3,724
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $47,533
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.4, N/A, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    8.3, N/A, 2.4
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Derby, Kansas
#15
Derby
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NEW
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    25,229
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $73,322
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.1, 1.0, 1.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    18.7, N/A, 21.2
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Gardner, Kansas
#16
Gardner
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-9
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,370
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $78,180
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.7, 1.4, 2.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.1, 7.9, 14.0
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Andover, Kansas
#17
Andover
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NEW
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,592
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $89,302
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.5, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    17.1, N/A, N/A
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Lenexa, Kansas
#18
Lenexa
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-1
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    56,508
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $87,102
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.8, 1.5, 2.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    16.0, 13.5, 15.4
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Osawatomie, Kansas
#19
Osawatomie
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+1
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,266
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $51,631
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.0, 3.1, 1.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.1, 7.5, 16.8
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime
Lansing, Kansas
#20
Lansing
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-7
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,023
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $89,213
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.0, 2.7, 2.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    10.1, 5.1, 11.3
  • Info
    VC=violent crime, PC=property crime

How we determined the safest cities

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Sources

FBI: Crime Data Explorer, Accessed March 8, 2022.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed January 24, 2022.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 8, 2022.

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

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