Kentucky’s 20 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated January 31, 2019

SafeWise is happy to release our 5th annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Kentucky for 2019. See if your city made the list.

Kentucky ranks property crime its second-most concerning safety issue on our State of Safety report. That concern makes sense when you look at the state’s higher-than-average property crime rate of 32.36—the national property crime rate is five points lower, at 27.11. But the level of concern (57%) is slightly below the national average of 59%.

The state does better when it comes to violent crime, though. Kentucky’s violent crime rate is 3.42 incidents per 1,000 people, which is one point below the national average of 4.49. And the safest cities did even better, with every one reporting fewer than one violent crime incident per 1,000.

Check out the complete listing to see if your city is one of eight that made the list for the second year, or one that reported zero incidents of violent crime.

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Interesting Findings

  • 40% of Kentucky’s safest cities made the list for the second consecutive year.
  • The top three cities (Prospect, Vine Grove, and Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills) reported zero violent crimes, so it came down to property crime to break the tie.
  • 60% of the safest cities saw fewer than 100 property crimes in 2017.
  • 90% of the cities had five or fewer violent crimes, and none had more than eight.
  • Only one city reported a murder and 50% reported zero counts each of murder, rape, and robbery.
  • Digital security is the top safety concern in Kentucky, according to our State of Safety survey, with 22% of respondents experiencing a digital security issue in the past year—that’s two points below the national average.

The 20 Safest Cities in Kentucky

#1

Vine Grove

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Vine Grove, Kentucky
Population 6,055
Median Income $59,939
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.62

#2

Prospect

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Prospect, Kentucky
Population 4,905
Median Income $113,711
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.91

#3

Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills

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Lakeside Park - Crestview Hills, Kentucky
Population 6,133
Median Income $86,776
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.36

#4

Edgewood

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Edgewood, Kentucky
Population 8,771
Median Income $93,958
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.11
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.24

#5

Central City

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Central City, Kentucky
Population 5,837
Median Income $36,100
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.17
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.22

#6

Alexandria

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Alexandria, Kentucky
Population 9,486
Median Income $72,721
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.21
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.48

#7

Williamstown

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Alexandria, Kentucky
Population 3,971
Median Income $35,089
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.25
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.87

#8

Villa Hills

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Villa Hills, Kentucky
Population 7,494
Median Income $85,230
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.27
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.21

#9

Williamsburg

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Williamsburg, Kentucky
Population 5,342
Median Income $32,318
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.37
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 13.29

#10

Benton

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Benton, Kentucky
Population 4,533
Median Income $40,938
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.44
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.21

#11

Taylor Mill

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Taylor Mill, Kentucky
Population 6,774
Median Income $62,154
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.44
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.81

#12

Greenville

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Greenville, Kentucky
Population 4,347
Median Income $27,415
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.46
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 21.85

#13

Wilmore

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Greenville, Kentucky
Population 6,380
Median Income $46,833
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.47
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 18.18

#14

Fort Thomas

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Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Population 16,485
Median Income $71,956
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.49
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.16

#15

Morehead

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Morehead, Kentucky
Population 7,915
Median Income $39,091
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.51
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.17

#16

Fort Wright

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Fort Wright, Kentucky
Population 5,780
Median Income $70,360
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.52
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 24.91

#17

Flatwoods

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Flatwoods, Kentucky
Population 7,284
Median Income $49,006
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.55
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 20.59

#18

Mount Washington

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Mount Washington, Kentucky
Population 14,511
Median Income $63,894
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.55
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.34

#19

Hillview

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Hillview, Kentucky
Population 8,942
Median Income $59,184
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.56
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.78

#20

Pikeville

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Pikeville, Kentucky
Population 7,121
Median Income $33,125
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.70
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 49.99

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.

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 security to your home with monitored security services.

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

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

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 20?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

Rank City Population Violent Crime (per 1,000) Property Crime (per 1,000)
21 Fort Mitchell 8,306 0.72 10.84
22 Carrollton 3,864 0.78 14.23
23 Southgate 3,856 0.78 6.48
24 Lawrenceburg 11,211 0.8 11.06
25 Columbia 4,940 0.81 3.44
26 Elsmere 8,541 0.82 14.75
27 La Grange 8,831 0.91 16.76
28 Independence 27,400 0.91 5.44
29 Cynthiana 6,375 0.94 23.53
30 Cold Spring 6,276 0.96 26.29
31 Erlanger 22,947 0.96 12.16
32 Highland Heights 7,178 0.98 8.08
33 Grayson 4,030 0.99 23.82
34 Versailles 26,320 1.03 19.22
35 Ludlow 4,521 1.11 18.14
36 Jeffersontown 27,400 1.13 24.16
37 Murray 19,205 1.35 30.36
38 Glasgow 14,690 1.36 35.74
39 Danville 16,891 1.48 14.86
40 Monticello 6,070 1.48 13.01
41 Bellevue 5,826 1.54 23.69
42 Madisonville 19,316 1.55 15.12
43 Berea 15,406 1.56 25.44
44 Florence 32,866 1.58 39.74
45 Beaver Dam 3,672 1.63 11.71
46 St. Matthews 18,163 1.76 47.57
47 Shelbyville 15,758 1.78 18.85
48 Harrodsburg 8,427 1.78 16.73
49 Paris 9,845 1.83 27.43
50 Ashland 20,927 1.86 41.29
51 Georgetown 34,184 1.87 27.41
52 Leitchfield 6,900 1.88 20.72
53 Mount Sterling 7,298 1.92 34.8
54 Maysville 8,841 1.92 37.1
55 Bardstown 13,325 1.95 27.24
56 Nicholasville 30,333 1.98 31.48
57 Somerset 11,531 1.99 0
58 Campbellsville 11,486 2 37.52
59 Scottsville 4,446 2.02 47.46
60 Elizabethtown 30,065 2.03 15.6
61 Shepherdsville 12,204 2.05 28.52
62 Lancaster 3,874 2.07 14.2
63 Lebanon 5,656 2.12 17.86
64 Princeton 6,084 2.14 39.78
65 Corbin 7,411 2.16 30.9
66 London 8,184 2.2 44.35
67 Middlesboro 9,534 2.2 57.79
68 Winchester 18,478 2.22 60.88
69 Paintsville 4,198 2.38 7.86
70 Henderson 28,846 2.39 23.33
71 Hazard 5,268 2.47 37.59
72 Hopkinsville 31,761 2.49 29.03
73 Richmond 35,161 2.62 34.87
74 Franklin 8,884 2.7 25.21
75 Newport 15,202 2.76 40.65
76 Dayton 5,423 2.95 23.42
77 Owensboro 59,576 2.99 43.59
78 Radcliff 22,473 3.29 36.76
79 Paducah 25,169 3.3 54.79
80 Bowling Green 66,317 3.39 46.58
81 Russellville 7,006 3.43 35.54
82 Lexington 322,332 3.51 37.82
83 Frankfort 27,975 3.57 33.64
84 Mayfield 9,991 3.9 53.85
85 Shively 15,830 4.11 41.25
86 Covington 40,845 4.53 32.83
87 Oak Grove 7,347 4.63 56.49

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out our “Safest City” winners for each state.

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

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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  • CaRWWN

    2 of the top 20 “cities” had population above 10,000.
    3 largest – Lexington, Frankfort, Louisville not listed.
    Can’t believe this.