Nevada’s 5 Safest Cities of 2018

Nov 16, 2018 |

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Like many states, Nevada is facing an opioid crisis. But we’re glad to see its leaders aren’t sitting idle. On the heels of receiving a $5 million grant to combat the epidemic, lawmakers recently implemented Assembly Bill 474. This powerful legislative act aims to fight prescription abuse by modifying procedures for prescribing opioids and other controlled substances. With measures like these taking hold, Nevada—which has a slightly higher-than-average crime rate—may become a safer and healthier place to live.

This commitment to improving quality of life carries through to the safest cities on our list, which reported up to 83% less violent crime than the state average, according to the most recent FBI crime report. Property crime rates among these cities were also generally lower than the state and national average, with just under twenty-five crimes of this type reported for every 1,000 people.

As we’ve seen time and again, when law enforcement and citizens work together, everyone in the community benefits. Such is the case in Henderson—the second safest city in the Silver State. The Henderson Police Department not only operates a comprehensive Community Relations Bureau and Citizen Police Academy but also runs an innovative community video surveillance program, which brings residents and police together to help solve crime. These collaborative programs may be one reason Henderson—with a population of nearly 300,000—maintains a violent crime rate less than half the national average.

Review our Nevada Safety Directory for numerous crime prevention and home security resources, and learn how you can help improve the safety of your city.

The 5 Safest Cities in Nevada

  1. Mesquite
    Population: 17,969
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.22
    Property crimes per 1,000: 18.70
    Total crime: 6.55% violent, 93.45% property
  2. Henderson
    Population: 291,584
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.12
    Property crimes per 1,000: 18.81
    Total crime: 11.25% violent, 88.75% property
  3. Sparks
    Population: 97,269
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 4.47
    Property crimes per 1,000: 25.19
    Total crime: 17.76% violent, 82.24% property
  4. Elko
    Population: 20,687
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 4.93
    Property crimes per 1,000: 28.81
    Total crime: 17.11% violent, 82.89% property
  5. Reno
    Population: 244,554
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 7.02
    Property crimes per 1,000: 32.44
    Total crime: 21.64% violent, 78.36% property

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Nevada

To identify the five safest cities in Nevada, 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

Written by Alexia Chianis

Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more

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