The 10 Safest Cities in Kentucky

Whether you're moving across the country or across town, everyone wants to know how safe their new neighborhood is supposed to be. And even if you're not moving, hopefully our list will help you see where your current town stacks up against other cities in Kentucky when it comes to safety.

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The Top 10 Safest Cities in Kentucky

The top 10 list is made up of cities from all over the state but includes an inordinate number of top finishers from Northern Kentucky...7 of the 10 are located in either Kenton or Campbell County.

10. Taylor Mill

Taylor Mill, KY

Our first of several Northern Kentucky towns inside the Top 10, Taylor Mill is a small community of almost 7,000 citizens in Kenton County. Proud of their small town feel and sense of community, Taylor Mill residents have lots of recreational options thanks to Pride Park and its various activity areas ranging from basketball to frisbee golf.

Violent Crimes per 100,000Property Crimes per 100,000Police Officers per 1,000Residents per Sex Offender
1201,3381.506,659

9. La Grange

La Grange, KY

La Grange sits about 25 miles outside of downtown Louisville and finishes 9th on our list. With deep roots in the transportation industry, La Grange has one of the interesting sights you'll see in any town: train tracks that run down Main Street and right through town! Bystanders can see up to 30 trains a day roll right through the city.

Violent Crimes per 100,000

Property Crimes per 100,000Police Officers per 1,000Residents per Sex Offender
611,5951.60NA

8. Lawrenceburg

Lawrenceburg, KY

About 20 minutes south of the capital, Frankfort, Lawrenceburg is home to just north of 10,000 residents. A great place to live for those who enjoy the quietness and tranquility of rural life with the convenience of larger city offerings (Lousville and Lexington) in close proximity.

Violent Crimes per 100,000

Property Crimes per 100,000Police Officers per 1,000Residents per Sex Offender
388461.32552

7. Alexandria

Alexandria, KY

Their tag line "Where the City meets the Country" says it all about Alexandria. Within 30 minutes of Cincinnati and with a handful of top-tier Universities inside of commuting distance, residents of this Campbell County town enjoy a laid-back, country lifestyle but are never too far from the city should they want to partake.

Violent Crimes per 100,000

Property Crimes per 100,000Police Officers per 1,000Residents per Sex Offender
352,1851.408,640

6. Fort Mitchell

Fort Mitchell, KY

A city named after General Ormsby Mitchell, Fort Mitchell was one of the many Civil War forts that the Union troops had setup to defend the city of Cincinnati (which is a short 5 miles away). Beyond the towns historical significance, Ft. Mitchell residents have access to strong network of both private and public school, and can even boast that they're home to the world's only ventriloquist museum!

Violent Crimes per 100,000Property Crimes per 100,000Police Officers per 1,000Residents per Sex Offender
362,1181.57NA

5. Flatwoods

Flatwoods, KY

A suburb of Ashland, KY, Flatwoods is typically referred to as a bedroom community as it has no large employers in town. However, because it sits next to the railroad and the Ohio River, many residents of Flatwoods work in industries that utilize those means of transportation. And for your country music fans out there, Flatwoods was also home to the world-famous Billy Ray Cyrus!

Violent Crimes per 100,000

Property Crimes per 100,000Police Officers per 1,000Residents per Sex Offender
276591.481,238

4. Highland Heights

Highland Heights, KY

Home to the Norse of Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights is the 4th safest city in the entire state of Kentucky based on our 2014 analysis. Residents have big city conveniences just across the river without having to deal with the daily hustle and bustle of an urban area.

Violent Crimes per 100,000

Property Crimes per 100,000Police Officers per 1,000Residents per Sex Offender
11,0031.726,935

3. Edgewood

Edgewood, KY

The phrase in Edgewood, KY is "Where every day is a walk in the park" alluding to the three recreational areas inside the city limits: Presidents, Freedom and Victory Parks. Also right in town is a nationally acclaimed hospital, St Elizabeth Hospital, which provides a huge convenience for the citizens in Edgewood.

Violent Crimes per 100,000

Property Crimes per 100,000Police Officers per 1,000Residents per Sex Offender
351,3781.628,662

2. Fort Thomas

Fort Thomas, KY

Another city with Civil War significance, Fort Thomas is named after Union General George Henry Thomas and finishes as the 2nd safest city in Kentucky. Those fortunate enough to live in Ft. Thomas enjoy one of the better school systems in the state with Highlands High School leading the way.

Violent Crimes per 100,000

Property Crimes per 100,000Police Officers per 1,000Residents per Sex Offender
121,1611.348,111

1. Villa Hills

Villa Hills, KY

Rated as the number one safest place to live in the state, Villa Hills is no stranger to winning awards. They've been recognized nationally for being a top suburban town and most recently were named the No. 10 suburb in Greater Cincinnati by Cincy Magazine. Low crime, good schools, and accessibility to downtown Cincinnati make Villa Hills a great spot to live!

Violent Crimes per 100,000

Property Crimes per 100,000Police Officers per 1,000Residents per Sex Offender
04910.937,347

The Rest of the KY Cities

Listed in rank from safest to least safe, here are the 71 Kentucky cities we included in this year's study.

Rank

CityViolent Crimes per 100,000Property Crimes per 100,000Police Officers per 1,000Residents per Sex Offender
1Villa Hills04910.937,347
2Fort Thomas121,1611.348,111
3Edgewood351,3781.628,662
4Highland Heights11,0031.726,935
5Flatwoods276591.481,238
6Ft Mitchell362,1181.57NA
7Alexandria352,1851.408,640
8Lawrenceburg388461.32552
9La Grange611,5951.60NA
10Taylor Mill1201,3381.506,659
11Central City501,3602.02269
12Cold Spring1133,2291.846,132
13Independence911,7551.2025,664
14Mt Washington651,9921.41NA
15Hillview852,5121.45NA
16Morehead581,8372.89361
17Jeffersontown1452,0651.82NA
18Erlanger1182,5822.006,120
19Williamsburg952,2532.27526
20Mayfield1671,5172.26723
21Harrodsburg1441,9662.04756
22Leitchfield1182,3351.92424
23Berea1163,0152.321,286
24Elizabethtown1273,5851.551,726
25Madisonville1782,9442.291,523
26Fort Wright1565,6211.91NA
27Radcliff2302,7541.762,880
28Glasgow1842,142.20742
29Henderson2522,7421.801,156
30St. Matthews2273,9211.87NA
31Bellevue2003,7101.661,482
32Elsmere2942,3621.531,410
33Shepherdsville2112,8761.85764
34Middlesborough2227,328NA1,005
35Pikeville1306,2382.891,375
36Owensboro2164,1501.681,452
37Monticello1442,8041.60326
38Florence2895,1211.952,591
39Murray1673,3561.67749
40Maysville1754,3762.63501
41Princeton2522,1452.3371
42Bardstown1853,7412.11676
43London1614,6304.46319
44Shelbyville2572,3501.46972
45Russellville2583,7892.73773
46Lebanon2142,9102.68351
47Nicholasville2224,5442.011,235
48Richmond2735,2271.662,007
49Georgetown5624,3311.552,018
50Campbelsville2823,3452.17489
51Ashland2585,8322.21935
52Paris2223,7182.91975
53Somerset3185,3243.27809
54Danville2943,5611.90962
55Dayton3165,2731.672,682
56Oak Grove2683,5352.011,268
57Lexington3544,3342.201,828
58Cynthiana2505,5822.35301
59Corbin2183,9862.99383
60Mt. Sterling3016,0772.87437
61Bowling Green3204,8591.902,424
62Paducah3104,8973.06716
63Shively5453,9101.826,009
64Franklin2603,8092.84356
65Louisville7854,3282.302,654
66Hopkinsville4254,2132.441,433
67Winchester2885,1001.73738
68Versailles3377,7044.19493
69Frankfort5154,7142.46836
70Covington7485,3642.522,395
71Newport5527,8122.531,287

Study Methodology

Our study looked at eight factors and then ranked the 71 cities across each variable. We looked at murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, number of police officers per 1,000 residents, and number of residents per registered sex offender. Once each city was ranked in their respective category we averaged the rankings across all eight variables to arrive at our final results. In the table above the data points are violent crimes per 100,000 residents, property crimes per 100,000 residents, police officers per 1,000 residents, and number of residents per registered sex offender. We looked at cities with a population greater than 5,000.

Our data was compiled from the FBI crime statistic reports well as City-Data.com for the year 2012.

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