Missouri has seen a slight uptick in crime over the last couple years, according to the 2016 FBI crime reports, though the cities that made our list all come in well under state and national averages for violent crime.

Portageville, our top-ranked city, boasts a property crime rate 84% lower than the national average—it stands in direct contrast to large cities like St. Louis that make the news more often for shootings and robberies. However, St. Louis residents are not taking their city’s safety record lightly. Demonstrators took to the streets in June on a silent march against the gun violence that plagues the area. On a hopeful note, James Clark, the event organizer, said, “We think that working together, we can turn St. Louis around.”

The most effective way to stop crime in any city is to strengthen the community, and the safe cities on our list are great examples of this. All twenty communities have violent crime rates of less than one incident per 1,000 people, with our top three cities experiencing no violent crime whatsoever. Third-ranked Carl Junction begins its safety initiatives early—the city’s schools keep its youngest citizens safe with a hotline for reporting any concerns about bullying or violence.

Even though St. Louis is consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the US, the twenty cities on our list show that there are plenty of safe havens in the Show-Me State. These cities average a violent crime rate that’s 95% lower than the state average and 92% lower than the national average. Property crimes follow a similar trend—58% lower than the state average and 45% lower than national rates.

Check out our Missouri Safety Directory for more information on community safety and preparedness resources.

The 20 Safest Cities in Missouri

  1. Portageville
    Population: 3,131
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.00
    Property crimes per 1,000: 4.47
    Total crime: 0% violent, 100% property
  2. Chaffee
    Population: 2,940
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.00
    Property crimes per 1,000: 11.90
    Total crime: 0% violent, 100% propert
  3. Carl Junction
    Population: 7,780
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.00
    Property crimes per 1,000: 16.32
    Total crime: 0% violent, 100% property
  4. Pleasant Hill
    Population: 8,320
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.12
    Property crimes per 1,000: 15.26
    Total crime: 0.79% violent, 99.21% property
  5. Greenwood
    Population: 5,641
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.18
    Property crimes per 1,000: 4.43
    Total crime: 4.00% violent, 96.00% property
  6. Manchester
    Population: 18,256
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.22
    Property crimes per 1,000: 17.80
    Total crime: 1.23% violent, 98.77% property
  7. Palmyra
    Population: 3,617
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.28
    Property crimes per 1,000: 27.09
    Total crime: 1.02% violent, 98.98% property
  8. Parkville
    Population: 6,450
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.31
    Property crimes per 1,000: 15.04
    Total crime: 2.06% violent, 97.94% property
  9. Glendale
    Population: 5,928
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.34
    Property crimes per 1,000: 10.80
    Total crime: 3.13% violent, 96.87% property
  10. Town and Country
    Population: 11,158
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.36
    Property crimes per 1,000: 12.19
    Total crime: 2.94% violent, 97.06% property
  11. Ballwin
    Population: 30,609
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.36
    Property crimes per 1,000: 7.71
    Total crime: 4.66% violent, 95.34% property
  12. Cottleville
    Population: 5,151
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.39
    Property crimes per 1,000: 6.60
    Total crime: 5.88% violent, 94.12% property
  13. Peculiar
    Population: 4,937
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.41
    Property crimes per 1,000: 16.81
    Total crime: 2.41% violent, 97.59% property
  14. Seneca
    Population: 2,409
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.42
    Property crimes per 1,000: 34.04
    Total crime: 1.22% violent, 98.78% property
  15. Ladue
    Population: 8,612
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.46
    Property crimes per 1,000: 10.68
    Total crime: 4.35% violent, 95.65% property
  16. Battlefield
    Population: 6,083
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.49
    Property crimes per 1,000: 14.96
    Total crime: 3.30% violent, 96.70% property
  17. Moberly
    Population: 13,900
    Violent crimes per 1,000: .50
    Property crimes per 1,000: 25.61
    Total crime: 1.97% violent, 98.03% property
  18. Eureka
    Population: 10,681
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.56
    Property crimes per 1,000: 17.13
    Total crime: 3.28% violent, 96.72% property
  19. Savannah
    Population: 5,115
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.59
    Property crimes per 1,000: 7.43
    Total crime: 7.89% violent, 92.11% property
  20. Bethany
    Population: 3,122
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.64
    Property crimes per 1,000: 29.79
    Total crime: 2.15% violent, 97.85% property

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Missouri

To identify the twenty safest cities in Missouri, 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 Laura E. Hilton

Laura is a writer, teacher, and mother based out of Utah. She is passionate about making and maintaining strong, safe, healthy communities. To learn more, visit her website at lauraehilton.com. Learn more

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