Missouri’s 20 Safest Cities of 2020

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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Missouri for 2020. See if your city made the list.

Missouri crime experience infographic; 13% violent crime, 22% property crime, 8% mass shooting

People in Missouri worry less about their safety on a daily basis, despite higher crime rates than most of the country. But the state’s safest cities buck that trend, reporting much lower crime rates than both the state and the rest of the US.

Check out the full list of Missouri’s 20 safest cities of 2020.

Missouri participants in our 2020 State of Safety study reported levels of concern that are about 20% lower than the national average of 46%. The state’s level of concern also dropped six percentage points year over year.

Missouri crime concern infographic

Daily concern about safety in Missouri decreased 14% from 2019.

Missouri’s decreasing concern about safety reflects trends that show crime rates dropping across the state. Violent crime decreased from 5.3 incidents per 1,000 in last year’s report to 5.0. Likewise, property crime dropped from 28.4 incidents per 1,000 to 26.5. National rates for violent and property crime are 3.7 and 22.0, respectively.

Interestingly, more people reported a personal experience with crime this year—even though crime rates decreased.

Violent crime in Missouri: fear vs. reality

Being a victim of a mass shooting is the biggest violent crime concern in the Show-Me State, and more people in Missouri have been personally affected by mass shootings than the national average.

  • 8% reported that they or someone they know has been personally affected by a mass shooting at some point in their lifetime. The national average is 7%.
  • 40% expressed high or very high concern about mass shootings, compared to 38% nationwide.
  • Between 2014 and 2019 Missouri has had 73 mass shooting incidents, resulting in 81 deaths and 256 injured.
  • As of July 15, there have been 14 mass shooting incidents in Missouri this year, leaving 67 injured and 18 dead.
  • 28% believe the violent crime they’re most likely to experience is being robbed on the street, compared to 27% across the country. 
  • There were only 15 robberies reported among the safest cities, accounting for 14% of all violent crime in the safest cities and 17% of all violent crime statewide.  
Missouri crime concern infographic
Missouri crime concern infographic

Property crime in Missouri: fear vs. reality

People in Missouri are more worried about digital property theft than any other property crime. It’s also the property crime they think is most likely to actually occur.

  • 58% expressed highest concern about having digital property (like files or photos) stolen—that’s six percentage points higher than the national average. 
  • 37% said they felt that having digital property stolen is the property crime that’s most likely to happen to them. Nationwide, 36% agree.
  • Larceny-theft was the most common property crime in Missouri, accounting for 78% of all incidents in the safest cities and 71% across the state. 
  • 21% of Missouri respondents use a home security system. The national average is 24%.
  • A dog or other guard animal is the most widely-used security measure in Missouri, with 38% using one to protect their property versus 33% nationally. 
  • 28% use no security measure to protect their property—that’s one point below the national average of 29%.
  • 22% reported a personal experience with property crime  in the past 12 months, compared to 26% nationwide.
Missouri crime concern infographic
Missouri crime concern infographic

A closer look at Missouri’s safest cities of 2020

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

  • Fourteen cities (70%) increased in rank this year. Louisiana was the biggest climber, jumping 66 spots.
  • Battlefield, the safest city in Missouri, reported only one violent crime and 41 property crimes in 2018.
  • 30% of the cities dropped in rank year over year.
  • Every city on the list beat both state (5.0) and national (3.7) violent crime rates—no city reported more than 1.6 incidents per 1,000.
  • Twelve cities (60%) reported fewer than five total violent crimes. Battlefield had the fewest with one, and Webster Groves had the most with 25.
  • There were zero murders reported among the safest cities.
  • All cities beat both state (26.5) and national (22.0) property crime rates. The highest rate among the safest cities was 13.1 in Louisiana, which is still half of the state average.
  • Cottleville had the fewest total property crimes reported at 15—all of which were for larceny-theft.
Missouri safest cities heat map showing population and crime score

The 20 Safest Cities in Missouri

VC = Violent Crime PC = Property Crime

Battlefield, Missouri
#1
Battlefield
(
+5
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,218
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $63,065
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.3, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    6.6, 20.2, 15.0
Cottleville, Missouri
#2
Cottleville
(
+38
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,670
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $98,611
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.9, 1.2, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.6, 4.8, 6.6
Glendale, Missouri
#3
Glendale
(
+11
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,881
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $131,250
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.5, 0.5, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.4, 8.3, 10.8
Byrnes Mill, Missouri
#4
Byrnes Mill
(
+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    3,016
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $67,353
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.7, 0.3, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.6, 5.1, 3.1
Ballwin, Missouri
#5
Ballwin
(
+4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    30,151
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $88,913
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.4, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    8.1, 5.6, 7.7
#6
Clever
(
+45
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    2,743
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $50,327
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.7, 1.5, 2.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    6.2, 5.2, 5.4
Bonne Terre, Missouri
#7
Bonne Terre
(
+10
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,305
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $50,654
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.1, 0.7, 2.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    6.3, 2.5, 9.3
Town and Country, Missouri
#8
Town and Country
(
+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,154
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $164,649
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.4, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    11.8, 11.7, 12.2
Fayette, Missouri
#9
Fayette
(
-1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    2,713
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $43,006
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.7, 0.4, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    9.2, 14.5, 22.2
Webster Groves, Missouri
#10
Webster Groves
(
+26
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,873
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $88,619
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.1, 1.2, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    7.2, 7.3, 11.8
Platte City, Missouri
#11
Platte City
(
-12
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,979
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $55,985
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.8, 0.2, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    10.0, 15.7, 17.3
Rock Hill, Missouri
#12
Rock Hill
(
-12
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,599
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $66,311
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.7, 0.2, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    11.5, 9.1, 13.1
Ellisville, Missouri
#13
Ellisville
(
+22
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,842
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $67,198
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.0, 1.2, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    10.4, 13.5, 15.0
Ladue, Missouri
#14
Ladue
(
-4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,625
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $203,250
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.6, 0.5, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    13.0, 12.7, 10.7
California, Missouri
#15
California
(
-18
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,425
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $37,500
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.7, 0.0, 3.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    12.4, 13.5, 14.7
#16
Higginsville
(
+17
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,606
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $52,507
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.7, 1.1, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    12.6, 11.9, 16.2
Louisiana, Missouri
#17
Louisiana
(
+66
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    3,282
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $35,697
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.6, 2.1, 3.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    13.1, 14.7, 17.4
Licking, MIssouri
#18
Licking
(
+30
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    3,094
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $24,559
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.3, 1.3, 2.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    9.7, 18.6, 13.2
Wright City, Missouri
#19
Wright City
(
-13
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    3,777
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $56,550
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.6, 0.3, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    8.2, 13.7, 15.9
Savannah, Missouri
#20
Savannah
(
+4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,202
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $45,557
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.2, 0.8, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    11.0, 11.5, 7.4

How we determined the safest cities

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

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Didn't find your city in the top 20?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, which is based on the median population of the state. 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 2018.

2020 RankingCity Population Violent Crime (per 1,000) Property Crime (per 1,000)
21

Vandalia

4,215

1.7

8.1

22

Kearney

10,300

0.6

14.5

23

Maryville

11,716

0.6

14.4

24

Chesterfield

47,602

0.5

15.4

25

Eureka

10,626

1

12.2

26

Nixa

21,653

1.2

11.5

27

Rogersville

3,739

0.8

14.2

28

Jackson

15,101

1.3

11.9

29

Ste. Genevieve

4,443

0.7

15.3

30

Pleasant Valley

3,059

1.6

10.1

31

Lake St. Louis

16,134

0.7

15.4

32

Manchester

18,114

0.9

14.7

33

Kirkwood

27,670

1.1

13.8

34

O'Fallon

88,763

1.6

10.7

35

Moscow Mills

3,004

1.3

12.6

36

Knob Noster

2,763

0.7

16.3

37

Smithville

10,012

1

15.3

38

Ashland

3,956

1.5

12.4

39

Odessa

5,184

1.5

13.1

40

Creve Coeur

18,831

1.2

15.3

41

Lexington

4,531

3.5

2.2

42

Frontenac

3,875

0.8

18.8

43

Tipton

3,387

3.8

1.5

44

Clayton

16,935

1.5

15.6

45

Grain Valley

14,165

1.8

14.2

46

Raymore

21,452

0.4

22.1

47

Peculiar

5,192

0.4

22.5

48

Wentzville

41,057

2.6

10.4

49

Willard

5,447

2.8

9.5

50

Sunset Hills

8,492

1.3

18.4

51

Olivette

7,843

2

14

52

Bethany

3,107

0.6

23.5

53

Boonville

8,434

1.4

19.2

54

Buckner

3,053

1

21.9

55

Palmyra

3,598

0.3

26.4

56

Pacific

7,241

1.2

20.9

57

Lee's Summit

98,144

1.2

21.4

58

Cameron

9,736

1.8

17.9

59

Parkville

6,963

1.9

17.8

60

Mount Vernon

4,525

0.4

27.2

61

Trenton

5,800

2.2

16.7

62

Waynesville

5,275

2.7

15.4

63

Oronogo

2,578

3.5

10.5

64

Dexter

7,839

0.6

27.4

65

Scott City

4,486

2.2

19.2

66

Mexico

11,507

1.2

25.1

67

St. Peters

57,838

1.8

21.6

68

Webb City

11,379

0.9

27.2

69

Troy

12,226

2.1

20

70

Liberty

31,842

2.9

16

71

Centralia

4,255

2.8

16.7

72

Ozark

20,203

2

21.6

73

Chillicothe

9,699

3.1

15.6

74

Montgomery City

2,630

1.5

25.1

75

Republic

16,495

2.6

18.9

76

Florissant

51,326

2.2

21

77

Mountain View

2,645

0.8

30.2

78

St. Charles

70,925

2.1

22.7

79

Holts Summit

4,599

4.6

8.5

80

Marshfield

7,442

0.9

29.8

81

Macon

5,368

2

23.5

82

St. James

4,059

0.7

31.5

83

Versailles

2,426

2.5

21.4

84

Oak Grove

8,151

2

25.4

85

Forsyth

2,437

2.5

22.6

86

Brookfield

4,291

3.3

17.9

87

Marshall

12,655

2.3

23.7

88

Butler

4,025

2

25.8

89

St. Ann

12,698

2.8

21.7

90

Herculaneum

4,067

3.7

16.7

91

Salem

4,910

1

32.4

92

Excelsior Springs

11,626

1.9

30.2

93

Eldon

4,632

3.5

21.6

94

Portageville

3,019

4

18.9

95

Farmington

18,740

1.5

33.1

96

Arnold

21,151

1

36.3

97

Owensville

2,576

1.9

31.1

98

St. John

6,344

2.4

29.2

99

Blue Springs

55,277

2.4

28.9

100

Kirksville

17,539

2.5

28.9

101

Festus

12,092

4.6

16.7

102

Maryland Heights

26,930

3.5

25.7

103

Lamar

4,303

1.9

36.3

104

Crystal City

4,726

2.5

33.2

105

Gladstone

27,382

4.2

24.1

106

Bowling Green

5,577

5.7

15.4

107

Ava

2,883

3.5

28.8

108

Columbia

123,586

3.6

28.2

109

Monett

8,984

3.2

30.5

110

Harrisonville

10,113

3.6

29.5

111

Jefferson City

42,856

3.5

29.8

112

Malden

3,943

6.3

14.5

113

University City

34,438

3.1

33.3

114

Washington

13,964

2.4

37.7

115

Hazelwood

25,234

3.9

29.1

116

Shrewsbury

6,108

3.1

33.9

117

Fulton

12,856

2.3

38.9

118

Cuba

3,302

1.5

44.2

119

Breckenridge Hills

4,612

4.3

28.4

120

Mountain Grove

4,659

5.6

21.2

121

Perryville

8,495

4.8

26.4

122

Brentwood

7,991

1.9

44.4

123

Warrensburg

20,355

3.8

34

124

Bolivar

10,966

2.7

40.4

125

Neosho

12,057

2.4

43.6

126

Northwoods

4,404

5.7

25.2

127

Fredericktown

4,014

5.7

25.7

128

Charleston

5,599

6.6

20.5

129

Pevely

5,883

5.8

28.2

130

Camdenton

4,106

2.4

48

131

Sugar Creek

3,303

4.5

38.4

132

Carrollton

3,508

9.4

11.4

133

Sullivan

7,156

3.1

49.2

134

Cape Girardeau

39,303

4.9

39.1

135

Rolla

20,385

5.9

33.5

136

West Plains

12,277

3.6

47.7

137

Richmond Heights

8,342

2.6

53.3

138

Buffalo

3,057

4.6

42.2

139

Moberly

13,750

8.7

18.4

140

Desloge

4,861

3.1

51.4

141

Union

11,710

4.4

45.5

142

Clinton

8,897

5.5

39.9

143

El Dorado Springs

3,568

2.5

57.5

144

Lebanon

14,622

3.9

50

145

Richmond

5,636

5.5

42.6

146

Raytown

29,173

5.2

44.4

147

Sikeston

16,129

6

39.9

148

Des Peres

8,601

1.3

67.8

149

Woodson Terrace

4,032

6.2

40.2

150

Grandview

25,256

6.8

36.6

151

Independence

117,368

4.4

52.1

152

St. Robert

6,006

4.8

53.1

153

Ferguson

20,663

6.2

45.8

154

Hannibal

17,545

5.8

51.1

155

Potosi

2,623

3

69

156

Osage Beach

4,582

5

58.1

157

Warrenton

8,283

7.5

44.5

158

Nevada

8,116

5.4

58.2

159

Kennett

10,326

4.8

63.3

160

Bridgeton

11,663

5.8

58.3

161

Sedalia

21,590

8.5

43.7

162

Poplar Bluff

17,074

5

68.1

163

Bellefontaine Neighbors

10,597

9.4

43.6

164

Aurora

7,478

9.9

46.7

165

Bel-Ridge

2,661

11.6

43.6

166

Cassville

3,311

6

77.6

167

Hayti

2,644

10.2

57.5

168

St. Clair

4,702

11.3

54.4

169

Caruthersville

5,640

12.4

47.9

170

Maplewood

8,130

5.9

86.1

171

Pagedale

3,292

14.9

34.3

172

Vinita Park

11,003

13.1

53.8

173

Kansas City

493,115

15.9

43.1

174

North Kansas City

4,552

9.7

84.8

175

Riverview

2,772

17.3

41.1

176

Springfield

168,537

13.2

70.2

177

Branson

11,589

7.3

105.6

178

St. Louis

306,875

18

59.1

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Sources

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2018 Crime in the United States
SafeWise, “2020 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “American Fact Finder
Gun Violence Archive (GVA), “Mass Shootings Reports

Mass Shooting Definition:

SafeWise uses the GVA definition of a mass shooting: “If four or more people are shot or killed in a single incident, not involving the shooter, that incident is categorized as a mass shooting based purely on that numerical threshold.”

Rebecca Edwards
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