Utah’s 20 Safest Cites of 2018

May 21, 2018 |

Utah is known for its natural wonders and strong religious roots, but it’s also a safe place to live, work, and play. Based on the most recent FBI crime report, the Beehive State’s violent crime rate was 39% less than the US average in 2016, with incidents of murder being especially low. Violent crime was even more uncommon among the state’s twenty safest cities. On average, violent offenses accounted for a mere 3.9% of crimes reported by these cities, and all but two of the state’s safest places cited less than one violent crime per 1,000 people.

Although Utah’s property crime rate was slightly higher than the national norm, the occurrence of burglary—perhaps the most dreaded property crime—was lower. That’s something every Utahn can feel good about considering a burglary occurs approximately every 20 seconds in America. Turning our attention to the twenty safest cities on our list, we found that some reported as few as six property crimes per 1,000 people—that’s 80% less than the Utah average of thirty-one.

We’re pleased to see Utah doing a stellar job at keeping crime under control while taking a balanced, commonsense approach to citizen safety. Just recently, Governor Gary Herbert signed the “Free Range Kids” bill into law. Sponsored by State Senator Lincoln Fillmore, the bill modified child neglect laws, so parents can now let their children walk to and from school or play outside alone.

Help protect your family and make your Utah city safer—consult our Utah Safety Directory, where you’ll find valuable home security information, emergency preparedness tips, and links to many safety programs.

The 20 Safest Cities in Utah

  1. Highland
    Population: 28,862
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.14
    Property crimes per 1,000: 6.24
    Total crime: 2.22% violent, 97.78% property
  2. Santa Clara/Ivins
    Population: 15,107
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.20
    Property crimes per 1,000: 7.88
    Total crime: 2.52% violent, 97.48% property
  3. Spanish Fork
    Population: 38,529
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.26
    Property crimes per 1,000: 14.04
    Total crime: 1.85% violent, 98.15% property
  4. North Ogden
    Population: 18,654
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.27
    Property crimes per 1,000: 11.90
    Total crime: 2.25% violent, 97.75% property
  5. Pleasant Grove
    Population: 38,984
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.31
    Property crimes per 1,000: 6.46
    Total crime: 4.76% violent, 95.24% property
  6. Clinton
    Population: 21,567
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.37
    Property crimes per 1,000: 17.02
    Total crime: 2.18% violent, 97.82% property
  7. Syracuse
    Population: 28,011
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.43
    Property crimes per 1,000: 10.92
    Total crime: 3.92% violent, 96.08% property
  8. Saratoga Springs
    Population: 27,211
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.48
    Property crimes per 1,000: 7.31
    Total crime: 6.53% violent, 93.47% property
  9. Kaysville
    Population: 31,055
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.58
    Property crimes per 1,000: 8.79
    Total crime: 6.59% violent, 93.41% property
  10. Farmington
    Population: 23,505
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.60
    Property crimes per 1,000: 19.91
    Total crime: 2.99% violent, 97.01% property
  11. American Fork/Cedar Hills
    Population: 39,028
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.61
    Property crimes per 1,000: 21.98
    Total crime: 2.80% violent, 97.20% property
  12. Payson
    Population: 19,738
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.66
    Property crimes per 1,000: 22.55
    Total crime: 2.92% violent, 97.08% property
  13. Orem
    Population: 95,640
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.68
    Property crimes per 1,000: 25.59
    Total crime: 2.66% violent, 97.34% property
  14. North Salt Lake
    Population: 20,572
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.68
    Property crimes per 1,000: 19.01
    Total crime: 3.58% violent, 96.42% property
  15. South Jordan
    Population: 70,226
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.75
    Property crimes per 1,000: 22.01
    Total crime: 3.43% violent, 96.57% property
  16. Springville
    Population: 32,825
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.85
    Property crimes per 1,000: 20.32
    Total crime: 4.20% violent, 95.80% property
  17. Clearfield
    Population: 30,783
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.94
    Property crimes per 1,000: 21.57
    Total crime: 4.37% violent, 95.63% property
  18. Logan
    Population: 50,767
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.98
    Property crimes per 1,000: 16.62
    Total crime: 5.92% violent, 94.08% property
  19. Bountiful
    Population: 44,003
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.05
    Property crimes per 1,000: 16.91
    Total crime: 6.18% violent, 93.82% property
  20. Roy
    Population: 38,167
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.13
    Property crimes per 1,000: 18.37
    Total crime: 6.13% violent, 93.87% property

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Utah

To identify the twenty safest cities in Utah, 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 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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