Missouri’s 20 Safest Cities of 2019

Mar 12, 2019 |
Missouri's Safest Cities

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

The Show-Me State could show the rest of the country a lot about keeping violent crime low. Statewide, there was fewer than one violent crime incident per 1,000 people. That’s nearly four fewer incidents than the national violent crime rate of 4.49. And each city that made our list did better than that. In fact, the top two cities (Portageville and California) reported zero incidents of violent crime in 2017.

But Missouri has some work to do when it comes to property crime—the state experienced 10 more incidents per 1,000 people than the national average. Among the safest cities, only two exceeded the national property crime rate of 27.11 incidents per 1,000 people.

Find out if your city is one of Missouri’s safest—and get the details on every city that made the top 20 below.

Interesting Findings

  • Portageville tops our list of safest cities for the second year in a row.  
  • Nine cities (45%) are among the top 20 safest for the second time this year.
  • 80% of the cities on the list reported fewer than five total violent crimes.
  • There was only one murder and seven reports of rape among all 20 safest cities.
  • 13 cities had fewer than 100 property crimes and only one topped 200.
  • Property crime is the biggest safety concern as reported in our State of Safety study—15% of respondents reported experiencing a property crime in the past year, compared to 16% nationwide.

The 20 Safest Cities in Missouri

#1

Portageville

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Portageville, Missouri
Population 3,090
29004 $29,004
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.88

#2

California

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California, Missouri
Population 4,441
Median Income $37,500
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 13.51

#3

Platte City

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Platte City, Missouri
Population 4,900
Median Income $55,985
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.20
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 15.71

#4

Rock Hill

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Rock Hill, Missouri
Population 4,616
Median Income $66,311
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.21
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.10

#5

Palmyra

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Leawood, Kansas
Population 3,619
Median Income $43,918
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.27
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 33.71

#6

Wright City

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Wright City, Missouri
Population 3,584
Median Income $56,550
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.27
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 13.67

#7

Tipton

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Tipton, Missouri
Population 3,397
Median Income $49,053
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.29
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.42

#8

Bethany

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Bethany, Missouri
Population 3,095
Median Income $33,278
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.32
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 14.22

#9

Battlefield

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Battlefield, Missouri
Population 6,127
Median Income $63,065
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.32
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 20.24

#10

Byrnes Mill

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Byrnes Mill, Missouri
Population 2,955
Median Income $67,353
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.33
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.08

#11

Fayette

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Fayette, Missouri
Population 2,697
Median Income $43,006
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.37
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 14.46

#12

Ballwin

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Ballwin, Missouri
Population 30,299
Median Income $88,913
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.39
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.58

#13

Mount Vernon

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Mount Vernon, Missouri
Population 4,551
Median Income $31,990
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.43
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 26.15

#14

Town and Country

-4

Osawatomie, Kansas
Population 11,157
Median Income $164,649
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.44
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.65

#15

Ladue

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Bel Aire, Kansas
Population 8,593
Median Income $203,250
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.46
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.68

#16

Manchester

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Manchester, Missouri
Population 18,154
Median Income $76,289
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.49
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.01

#17

Glendale

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Glendale, Missouri
Population 5,889
Median Income $131,250
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.50
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.32

#18

Ste. Genevieve

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Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
Population 4,508
Median Income $38,750
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.66
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.20

#19

Ava

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Ava, Missouri
Population 2,918
Median Income $24,986
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.68
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 31.87

#20

Bonne Terre

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Bonne Terre, Missouri
Population 7,185
Median Income $50,654
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.69
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.51

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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