Kansas’s 20 Safest Cities of 2019

Mar 1, 2019 |
Kansas's Safest Cities

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Kansas for 2019. See if your city made the list.

The 20 safest cities in Kansas are all well below both state and national violent crime rates, with each reporting under two violent crime incidents per 1,000 people. Interestingly, the state as a whole is slightly higher than the national violent crime rate (4.75 vs. 4.49 nationwide). But among the safest cities, 60% had eight or fewer total violent crimes in 2017.

Kansas is also higher than the national rate when it comes to property crime. The state has an average of 32.57 incidents per 1,000 people, and the national rate is 27.11. And although there were two cities (Shawnee and Olathe) on the list with more than 1,000 property crime incidents, 45% reported 95 or fewer.

Find out more about all the safest Kansas cities, and look for your city on the full list below.

Interesting Findings

  • 70% of the safest cities in Kansas claim the honor for the second consecutive year.
  • Only two cities reported any counts of murder.
  • 60% of the cities reported eight or fewer total violent crimes.
  • Kansas rates property crime as its top safety concern on our State of Safety report, and 12% of respondents reported a personal experience with digital security in the past year.
  • Violent crime comes in second with 58% rating it as a high concern.
  • 11% of Kansas respondents had experienced a violent crime in the past year, just over the national average of 10%.
  • Kansas is also worried about tornadoes, with 69% rating it a top environmental safety concern, compared to 40% nationally.

The 20 Safest Cities in Kansas

#1

Hesston

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Hesston, Kansas
Population 3,817
Median Income $60,047
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.26
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.03

#2

Rose Hill

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Rose Hill, Kansas
Population 4,029
Median Income $75,000
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.50
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.42

#3

Fairway

+1

Fairway, Kansas
Population 3,986
Median Income $103,050
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.50
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.29

#4

Basehor

+11

Basehor, Kansas
Population 5,835
Median Income $77,755
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.69
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.88

#5

Leawood

+3

Leawood, Kansas
Population 35,029
Median Income $151,446
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.88
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.57

#6

Abilene

+10

Abilene, Kansas
Population 6,407
Median Income $47,731
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.09
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.77

#7

Mulvane

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Mulvane, Kansas
Population 6,343
Median Income $64,715
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.10
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.88

#8

Louisburg

+7

Louisburg, Kansas
Population 4,391
Median Income $56,859
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.14
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 15.71

#9

Derby

+1

Derby, Kansas
Population 23,821
Median Income $70,678
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.18
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.99

#10

Beloit

+2

Beloit, Kansas
Population 3,761
Median Income $41,570
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.33
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 27.39

#11

Andover

+3

Andover, Kansas
Population 13,183
Median Income $85,655
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.37
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.89

#12

Colby

-3

Colby, Kansas
Population 5,420
Median Income $47,946
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.48
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 20.30

#13

Valley Center

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Valley Center, Kansas
Population 7,431
Median Income $65,083
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.48
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 20.99

#14

Osawatomie

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Osawatomie, Kansas
Population 4,284
Median Income $50,789
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.63
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 50.19

#15

Bel Aire

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Bel Aire, Kansas
Population 7,819
Median Income $77,242
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.66
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 37.73

#16

Lenexa

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Lenexa, Kansas
Population 53,717
Median Income $81,173
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.68
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.17

#17

Goddard

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Goddard, Kansas
Population 4,761
Median Income $62,639
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.68
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 105.02

#18

Maize

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Maize, Kansas
Population 4,621
Median Income $65,697
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.73
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 202.99

#19

Shawnee

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Shawnee, Kansas
Population 65,683
Median Income $81,964
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.78
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.61

#20

Olathe

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Olathe, Kansas
Population 137,070
Median Income $82,649
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.86
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 14.28

How We Determined the Safest Cities

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

Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?

Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.

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

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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  • Lisa Brown

    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.