Kansas’s 20 Safest Cities of 2018

Dec 13, 2018 |

When it comes to violent crime, the Sunflower State doesn’t mess around. A full 50% of the cities on this year’s list were are also in the top twenty safest Kansas cities last year. And our top two cities—Mission Hills and Hesston—reported zero incidents of violent crime, according to FBI crime reports. Those two communities also made our list of the 100 safest cities in the nation, placing 36th and 39th, respectively.

More than 50% of Kansas’s safest cities had fewer than one incident of violent crime per 1,000 residents. And none of the cities we’ve recognized had more than 1.5 incidents per 1,000 citizens. This is particularly significant when you consider that we’ve included cities with populations as large as 53,000. Also noteworthy is the state’s violent crime rate of 4.58, which beats the national rate of 4.64 per 1,000.

Kansas doesn’t perform quite as well in regard to property crime. The state average of 31.52 property crimes per 1,000 people is higher than the national property crime rate of 28.11. But 95% of the cities on our list did better than both the state and the country at large when it comes to limiting property crimes. And if you live in Hugoton or Fairway, you can celebrate the lowest property crime rates in the state.

But safety starts at home. No matter where you hang your hat in Kansas, there’s always more that can be done to improve security in your town. We’ve put together a list of resources to help make your neighborhood, city, and home safe. Our Kansas Safety Directory includes everything from crime prevention resources to emergency preparedness and general safety information.

The 20 Safest Cities in Kansas

1. Mission Hills
Population: 3,621
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property crimes per 1,000: 11.32
Total crime: 0% violent, 100% property

2. Hesston
Population: 3,832
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property crimes per 1,000: 13.83
Total crime: 0% violent, 100% property

3. Prairie Village
Population: 21,958
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.50
Property crimes per 1,000: 10.11
Total crime: 4.95% violent, 95.05% property

4. Fairway
Population: 3,987
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.50
Property crimes per 1,000: 6.77
Total crime: 7.41% violent, 92.59% property

5. Goddard
Population: 4,782
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.63
Property crimes per 1,000: 20.49
Total crime: 3.06% violent, 96.94% property

6. Ulysses
Population: 6,084
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.66
Property crimes per 1,000: 9.04
Total crime: 7.27% violent, 92.73% property

7. Bel Aire
Population: 7,574
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.79
Property crimes per 1,000: 7.66
Total crime: 10.34% violent, 89.66% property

8. Leawood
Population: 35,139
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.85
Property crimes per 1,000: 11.27
Total crime: 7.58% violent, 92.42% property

9. Colby
Population: 5,418
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.92
Property crimes per 1,000: 21.23
Total crime: 4.35% violent, 95.65% property

10. Derby
Population: 23,708
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.93
Property crimes per 1,000: 22.73
Total crime: 4.08% violent, 95.92% property

11. Mulvane
Population: 6,347
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.95
Property crimes per 1,000: 25.05
Total crime: 3.77% violent, 96.23% property

12. Beloit
Population: 3,784
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.06
Property crimes per 1,000: 15.86
Total crime: 6.67% violent, 93.33% property

13. Basehor
Population: 5,563
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.08
Property crimes per 1,000: 10.79
Total crime: 10% violent, 90% property

14. Andover
Population: 12,937
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.16
Property crimes per 1,000: 15.77
Total crime: 7.35% violent, 92.65% property

15. Louisburg
Population: 4,266
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.17
Property crimes per 1,000: 13.36
Total crime: 8.77% violent, 91.23% property

16. Abilene
Population: 6,501
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.23
Property crimes per 1,000: 19.38
Total crime: 6.35% violent, 93.65% property

17. Hugoton
Population: 3,974
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.26
Property crimes per 1,000: 4.28
Total crime: 29.41% violent, 70.59% property

18. Lenexa
Population: 53,376
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.31
Property crimes per 1,000: 17.25
Total crime: 7.60% violent, 92.40% property

19. Emporia
Population: 24,601
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.42
Property crimes per 1,000: 23.37
Total crime: 6.09% violent, 93.91% property

20. Pratt
Population: 6,854
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.46
Property crimes per 1,000: 45.67
Total crime: 3.19% violent, 96.81% property

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Kansas

To identify the twenty safest cities in Kansas, 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 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.