Colorado’s
50 Safest Cities

2019

Known as the Centennial State, Colorado is known for its beautiful mountains, excellent skiing, and unique cities. Believe it or not, Colorado is also the home of the first cheeseburger, first rodeo, and the first movie theater. The federal government owns over a third of the land in Colorado including national forests, national grasslands, land owned by the Bureau of Land Management, national parks and monuments, plus Native American reservations.

Planning a trip to Colorado? Here’s some of the many things that you can’t miss:

  • Hike and view wildlife in Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Ski at Breckenridge, Aspen or Vail
  • Head over to the Denver Botanic Gardens to experience nature, a conservatory, plus summer concerts in their sunken amphitheater
  • While you’re in Denver, make sure you check out the Denver Art Museum, the largest art museum between Chicago and the West Coast.

The safest city in Colorado is Cherry Hills Village, with a population of 6,685 and an impressive median income of $238,750. With only .3 violent crimes and 3.74 property crimes per 1,000 people, Cherry Hills Village’s 2,156 households are incredibly safe and sound (plus, their property crimes have decreased from the previous year!). Other top choices include Evans, Gunnison, and Broomfield. Unfortunately for all you urbanites, the cities of Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder did not make the list.

3.681

This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

3.899
This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.
27.016

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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To learn how we came to pick out Colorado’s safest cities, check out our methodology, which draws from FBI crime statistics. Other than that, I give you the safest cities in the great Rocky Mountain state!

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Cherry Hills Village, Colorado
Cherry Hill.
Safety Score: 90.44

Cherry Hills Village, CO

Population 6,685
Median Income 238,750
Households 2,156
Violent Crime 0.3
Violent Crime +0.15
Property Crimes 3.74
Property Crime -6.64

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Louisville, Colorado
Louisville
Safety Score: 88.97

Louisville, CO

Population 21,224
Median Income 94,784
Households 8,257
Violent Crime 0.85
Violent Crime -0.16
Property Crimes 4
Property Crime 0.49

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Frederick, Colorado
Frederick
Safety Score: 88.87

Frederick, CO

Population 12,850
Median Income 92,000
Households 3,824
Violent Crime 0.54
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 4.51
Property Crime NAN

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Dacono, Colorado
Dacono
Safety Score: 87.8

Dacono, CO

Population 5,261
Median Income 54,879
Households 1,881
Violent Crime 1.14
Violent Crime +0.73
Property Crimes 5.51
Property Crime 3.89

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Eaton, Colorado
Eaton
Safety Score: 86.75

Eaton, CO

Population 5,212
Median Income 75,265
Households 1,690
Violent Crime 0.38
Violent Crime -0.21
Property Crimes 8.06
Property Crime 7.07

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Milliken, Colorado
Milliken
Safety Score: 86.17

Milliken, CO

Population 6,870
Median Income 77,840
Households 2,229
Violent Crime 2.33
Violent Crime +1.87
Property Crimes 6.11
Property Crime -0.15

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Lamar, Colorado
Lamar
Safety Score: 86.05

Lamar, CO

Population 7,468
Median Income 38,136
Households 3,152
Violent Crime 0.13
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 9.37
Property Crime NAN

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Erie, Colorado
Erie
Safety Score: 86

Erie, CO

Population 23,660
Median Income 113,304
Households 7,436
Violent Crime 0.51
Violent Crime -0.03
Property Crimes 8.45
Property Crime 2.35

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Firestone, Colorado
Firestone
Safety Score: 85.81

Firestone, CO

Population 13,416
Median Income 94,545
Households 4,002
Violent Crime 0.67
Violent Crime +0.19
Property Crimes 8.87
Property Crime -1.31

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Johnstown, Colorado
Johnstown
Safety Score: 85.11

Johnstown, CO

Population 16,552
Median Income 85,339
Households 4,955
Violent Crime 0.18
Violent Crime -0.63
Property Crimes 10.33
Property Crime 3.27

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Estes Park, Colorado
Estes Park
Safety Score: 84.17

Estes Park, CO

Population 6,435
Median Income 53,025
Households 3,199
Violent Crime 2.95
Violent Crime +2
Property Crimes 9.17
Property Crime -2.2

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Windsor, Colorado
Windsor
Safety Score: 84.15

Windsor, CO

Population 23,523
Median Income 90,699
Households 8,482
Violent Crime 0.21
Violent Crime +0.08
Property Crimes 11.44
Property Crime 0.77

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Fort Lupton, Colorado
Fort Lupton
Safety Score: 83.8

Fort Lupton, CO

Population 8,057
Median Income 55,887
Households 2,512
Violent Crime 1.12
Violent Crime -0.78
Property Crimes 11.29
Property Crime -1.49

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Brush, Colorado
Brush
Safety Score: 82.85

Brush, CO

Population 5,397
Median Income 51,300
Households 1,948
Violent Crime 1.11
Violent Crime +0.19
Property Crimes 12.78
Property Crime 5.27

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Fruita, Colorado
Fruita
Safety Score: 81.36

Fruita, CO

Population 12,971
Median Income 55,286
Households 5,198
Violent Crime 1.93
Violent Crime +0.68
Property Crimes 13.26
Property Crime -1.09

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Eagle, Colorado
Eagle
Safety Score: 81.32

Eagle, CO

Population 6,780
Median Income 118,630
Households 1,966
Violent Crime 1.47
Violent Crime +0.87
Property Crimes 13.86
Property Crime 5.67

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Parker, Colorado
Parker
Safety Score: 80.64

Parker, CO

Population 52,179
Median Income 105,373
Households 17,447
Violent Crime 1.48
Violent Crime +0.57
Property Crimes 15.03
Property Crime 3.29

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Castle Rock, Colorado
Castle Rock
Safety Score: 80.23

Castle Rock, CO

Population 59,337
Median Income 101,122
Households 19,388
Violent Crime 0.91
Violent Crime +0.02
Property Crimes 16.33
Property Crime 0.89

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Manitou Springs, Colorado
Manitou Spr.
Safety Score: 79.85

Manitou Springs, CO

Population 5,364
Median Income 65,396
Households 2,497
Violent Crime 2.24
Violent Crime -0.91
Property Crimes 15.85
Property Crime -6.76

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Carbondale, Colorado
Carbondale
Safety Score: 79.49

Carbondale, CO

Population 6,844
Median Income 68,217
Households 2,343
Violent Crime 2.48
Violent Crime +0.4
Property Crimes 15.78
Property Crime 4.78

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Avon, Colorado
Avon
Safety Score: 77.87

Avon, CO

Population 6,551
Median Income 61,791
Households 2,165
Violent Crime 3.05
Violent Crime +1.06
Property Crimes 17.86
Property Crime -4.64

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Gunnison, Colorado
Gunnison
Safety Score: 76.21

Gunnison, CO

Population 6,326
Median Income 41,510
Households 2,415
Violent Crime 2.53
Violent Crime -0.58
Property Crimes 20.71
Property Crime -6.29

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Evans, Colorado
Evans
Safety Score: 75.22

Evans, CO

Population 22,153
Median Income 54,410
Households 6,624
Violent Crime 3.07
Violent Crime -0.12
Property Crimes 20.67
Property Crime 2.06

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Steamboat S.
Safety Score: 75.08

Steamboat Springs, CO

Population 12,799
Median Income 63,393
Households 4,830
Violent Crime 1.72
Violent Crime -0.76
Property Crimes 22.97
Property Crime -0.93

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Craig, Colorado
Craig
Safety Score: 75.04

Craig, CO

Population 8,869
Median Income 49,831
Households 3,606
Violent Crime 1.92
Violent Crime -0.26
Property Crimes 22.78
Property Crime -4.5

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Monument, Colorado
Monument
Safety Score: 74.05

Monument, CO

Population 6,644
Median Income 104,488
Households 2,086
Violent Crime 0.45
Violent Crime +0.14
Property Crimes 26.34
Property Crime -2.9

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Woodland Park, Colorado
Woodland Pa.
Safety Score: 73.91

Woodland Park, CO

Population 7,424
Median Income 69,507
Households 2,946
Violent Crime 2.42
Violent Crime +0.07
Property Crimes 24.38
Property Crime 4.45

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Lafayette, Colorado
Lafayette
Safety Score: 73.28

Lafayette, CO

Population 28,939
Median Income 76,059
Households 11,210
Violent Crime 2.28
Violent Crime -0.78
Property Crimes 24.57
Property Crime 2.12

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Broomfield, Colorado
Broomfield
Safety Score: 73.17

Broomfield, CO

Population 68,158
Median Income 85,639
Households 25,938
Violent Crime 1.23
Violent Crime +0.69
Property Crimes 26.26
Property Crime 2.21

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Loveland, Colorado
Loveland
Safety Score: 72.81

Loveland, CO

Population 78,671
Median Income 61,133
Households 30,724
Violent Crime 3.17
Violent Crime +0.78
Property Crimes 24
Property Crime -1.83

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Fort Collins, Colorado
Fort Collin.
Safety Score: 72.72

Fort Collins, CO

Population 167,633
Median Income 60,110
Households 61,532
Violent Crime 2.2
Violent Crime +0.12
Property Crimes 25.35
Property Crime 0.84

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Arvada, Colorado
Arvada
Safety Score: 71.87

Arvada, CO

Population 119,346
Median Income 75,640
Households 45,967
Violent Crime 1.62
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 27.67
Property Crime NAN

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Longmont, Colorado
Longmont
Safety Score: 71.85

Longmont, CO

Population 93,979
Median Income 66,349
Households 35,020
Violent Crime 3.52
Violent Crime +0.39
Property Crimes 24.67
Property Crime 0.01

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Golden, Colorado
Golden
Safety Score: 71.83

Golden, CO

Population 20,948
Median Income 61,918
Households 7,411
Violent Crime 1.1
Violent Crime -0.4
Property Crimes 28.64
Property Crime 5.36

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Salida, Colorado
Salida
Safety Score: 71.05

Salida, CO

Population 5,642
Median Income 39,741
Households 2,582
Violent Crime 0.89
Violent Crime -0.38
Property Crimes 30.31
Property Crime -3.41

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Thornton, Colorado
Thornton
Safety Score: 70.96

Thornton, CO

Population 139,825
Median Income 73,517
Households 44,226
Violent Crime 3.5
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 0
Property Crime -31.58

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Greeley, Colorado
Greeley
Safety Score: 70.76

Greeley, CO

Population 105,906
Median Income 52,887
Households 35,089
Violent Crime 4.24
Violent Crime -0.33
Property Crimes 25.63
Property Crime -6.32

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Littleton, Colorado
Littleton
Safety Score: 70.46

Littleton, CO

Population 47,112
Median Income 71,315
Households 19,786
Violent Crime 1.02
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 30.33
Property Crime 2.92

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Fort Morgan, Colorado
Fort Morgan
Safety Score: 69.65

Fort Morgan, CO

Population 11,347
Median Income 47,216
Households 4,087
Violent Crime 3.88
Violent Crime +0.7
Property Crimes 28.03
Property Crime 1.25

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Cortez, Colorado
Cortez
Safety Score: 69.58

Cortez, CO

Population 9,095
Median Income 40,183
Households 3,537
Violent Crime 1.65
Violent Crime +0.05
Property Crimes 31.67
Property Crime 7.81

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Fountain, Colorado
Fountain
Safety Score: 69.45

Fountain, CO

Population 29,203
Median Income 61,534
Households 9,643
Violent Crime 5.1
Violent Crime +1.61
Property Crimes 26.74
Property Crime 0.81

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Westminster, Colorado
Westminster
Safety Score: 68.55

Westminster, CO

Population 115,155
Median Income 70,990
Households 43,105
Violent Crime 2.39
Violent Crime +0.04
Property Crimes 31.85
Property Crime -3.12

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Rifle, Colorado
Rifle
Safety Score: 67.85

Rifle, CO

Population 9,724
Median Income 61,696
Households 3,217
Violent Crime 3.19
Violent Crime +1.63
Property Crimes 31.37
Property Crime 13.89

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Aurora, Colorado
Aurora
Safety Score: 66.45

Aurora, CO

Population 368,018
Median Income 58,343
Households 127,134
Violent Crime 6.08
Violent Crime +0.79
Property Crimes 30.04
Property Crime -0.56

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Sterling, Colorado
Sterling
Safety Score: 65.74

Sterling, CO

Population 13,955
Median Income 38,432
Households 5,116
Violent Crime 4.37
Violent Crime +1.03
Property Crimes 32.46
Property Crime -2.68

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado Sp.
Safety Score: 65.44

Colorado Springs, CO

Population 472,958
Median Income 58,158
Households 176,026
Violent Crime 5.24
Violent Crime +0.28
Property Crimes 32.17
Property Crime -3.44

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Brighton, Colorado
Brighton
Safety Score: 65.18

Brighton, CO

Population 39,099
Median Income 67,024
Households 11,865
Violent Crime 4.81
Violent Crime +1.08
Property Crimes 33.43
Property Crime -1.19

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Northglenn, Colorado
Northglenn
Safety Score: 65.17

Northglenn, CO

Population 39,520
Median Income 64,237
Households 13,699
Violent Crime 3.85
Violent Crime +0.37
Property Crimes 35.02
Property Crime 1.1

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Commerce City, Colorado
Commerce Ci.
Safety Score: 64.83

Commerce City, CO

Population 56,469
Median Income 69,268
Households 15,240
Violent Crime 5.56
Violent Crime +1.21
Property Crimes 32.64
Property Crime 0.71

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Durango, Colorado
Durango
Safety Score: 64.64

Durango, CO

Population 18,801
Median Income 60,521
Households 6,998
Violent Crime 2.34
Violent Crime -0.02
Property Crimes 37.66
Property Crime -1.69

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?

No big deal! We ranked all of the cities in your state for safety, so scroll down to see where your city landed. And remember— there’s always next year!

Safety RankCityPopulation Median IncomeViolent CrimeProperty CrimeLaw OfficerSafety Score
51Aspen, CO6,90664,5940.29 42.28 4.0563.68
52Vail, CO5,51673,9811.09 44.78 5.862.07
53Canon City, CO16,723n/a4.37 -38.87 -2.1561.49
54Denver, CO706,61660,0986.76 36.67 2.0961.45
55Delta, CO8,92538,7080.9 44.37 1.7960.58
56Glenwood Springs, CO10,07361,0442.68 45.37 2.4858.88
57Federal Heights, CO12,62438,3286.1 42.85 1.9857.93
58Montrose, CO19,34642,9302.27 48.9 1.7156.44
59Wheat Ridge, CO31,56752,7474.24 48.82 2.3855.32
60Grand Junction, CO62,35247,8245.79 45.69 1.7355.24
61Lakewood, CO156,34461,0586.44 48.59 1.7853.29
62Trinidad, CO7,96137,7273.89 57.53 2.8948.86
63La Junta, CO6,90032,4375.07 -58.55 -2.0347.16
64Edgewater, CO5,35050,5362.06 64.67 2.846.6
65Lone Tree, CO13,638122,2021.61 65.41 3.5946.01
66Pueblo, CO110,87236,28010.53 61.67 1.840.32
67Alamosa, CO10,02532,7854.59 -71.92 -2.3937.75
68Sheridan, CO6,10340,8907.05 90.94 4.9224.76
69Glendale, CO5,36245,3658.58 145.65 5.04-15.49

How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.

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