Kentucky’s
50 Safest Cities

2019

Known as the Bluegrass State, Kentucky has it all, from cities like Louisville, Lexington, Frankfurt, and Bowling Green to sprawling acres of farmland, all under a bright blue sky. It’s home to the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Fried Chicken, plus, Thomas Edison first revealed his light bulb to the public at the Southern Exposition in 1893! Aside from horses, chicken and electricity, Kentucky is also known for its bluegrass music (hence the state’s nickname), its college basketball, along with other natural attractions such as beautiful forests, lakes, hills, you name it. Its population of 4.5 million people work in industries as diverse as agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and service. Plus, the entire state is 40,409 square miles, which if you do that math, is about 111 square miles per person if the land was split equally. One can dream, I suppose!

What is there to do in Kentucky? Well, off the top of my head, I must suggest:

  • Mammoth Cave National Park: For hiking, camping, and touring the world’s longest cave, this is the hot spot.
  • Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory: Ever wonder where the baseball bat came from? This museum will tell you the story of Louisville Slugger baseball bats and how they fit into the history of the United States.
  • Churchill Downs: The host of the Kentucky Derby, this Thoroughbred racetrack has been around since 1875 and offers a museum and guided tours.

Maybe you’re planning a visit to Kentucky, or maybe you’re even considering moving there. Regardless of the reason, you’re probably concerned about safety. Well, you’ve come to the right place! Kentucky’s safest city is Flatwoods, a suburb of Ashland. With a population just over 7,000, there were only .55 violent crimes and 4.67 property crimes per 1,000 people last year, amazing as there are only 3,006 households. 

2.258

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. 

2.3
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.
21.291

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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1
Flatwoods, Kentucky
Flatwoods
Safety Score: 88.82

Flatwoods, KY

Population 7,284
Median Income 49,006
Households 3,006
Violent Crime 0.55
Violent Crime +0.41
Property Crimes 4.67
Property Crime 2.34

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Villa Hills, Kentucky
Villa Hills
Safety Score: 88.45

Villa Hills, KY

Population 7,494
Median Income 85,230
Households 2,760
Violent Crime 0.27
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 5.2
Property Crime 1.47

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Independence, Kentucky
Independenc.
Safety Score: 87.83

Independence, KY

Population 27,400
Median Income 75,647
Households 8,840
Violent Crime 0.91
Violent Crime +0.21
Property Crimes 5.44
Property Crime -0.22

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Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Fort Thomas
Safety Score: 87.12

Fort Thomas, KY

Population 16,485
Median Income 71,956
Households 6,473
Violent Crime 0.49
Violent Crime +0.37
Property Crimes 7.04
Property Crime 1.56

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Edgewood, Kentucky
Edgewood
Safety Score: 86.24

Edgewood, KY

Population 8,771
Median Income 93,958
Households 3,200
Violent Crime 0.11
Violent Crime +0.11
Property Crimes 9.12
Property Crime 0.37

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Highland Heights, Kentucky
Highland He.
Safety Score: 86.05

Highland Heights, KY

Population 7,178
Median Income 51,705
Households 2,499
Violent Crime 0.98
Violent Crime +0.29
Property Crimes 8.08
Property Crime 0.74

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Williamsburg, Kentucky
Williamsbur.
Safety Score: 85.86

Williamsburg, KY

Population 5,342
Median Income 32,318
Households 1,245
Violent Crime 0.37
Violent Crime -0.57
Property Crimes 9.73
Property Crime -3.42

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Mount Washington, Kentucky
Mount Washi.
Safety Score: 85.81

Mount Washington, KY

Population 14,511
Median Income 63,894
Households 5,380
Violent Crime 0.55
Violent Crime -0.23
Property Crimes 8.82
Property Crime -5.8

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Taylor Mill, Kentucky
Taylor Mill
Safety Score: 85.11

Taylor Mill, KY

Population 6,774
Median Income 62,154
Households 2,645
Violent Crime 0.44
Violent Crime -0.3
Property Crimes 10.19
Property Crime 3.86

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Vine Grove, Kentucky
Vine Grove
Safety Score: 84.58

Vine Grove, KY

Population 6,055
Median Income 56,939
Households 2,306
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.19
Property Crimes 11.07
Property Crime -0.98

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Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
Fort Mitche.
Safety Score: 84.37

Fort Mitchell, KY

Population 8,306
Median Income 64,229
Households 3,173
Violent Crime 0.72
Violent Crime -0.12
Property Crimes 10.84
Property Crime 0.76

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Central City, Kentucky
Central Cit.
Safety Score: 84.14

Central City, KY

Population 5,837
Median Income 36,100
Households 2,108
Violent Crime 0.17
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 12.16
Property Crime -2.14

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Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Lawrencebur.
Safety Score: 84.04

Lawrenceburg, KY

Population 11,211
Median Income 48,750
Households 4,415
Violent Crime 0.8
Violent Crime -0.46
Property Crimes 11.06
Property Crime 2.35

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Erlanger, Kentucky
Erlanger
Safety Score: 83.33

Erlanger, KY

Population 22,947
Median Income 56,563
Households 7,027
Violent Crime 0.96
Violent Crime -0.48
Property Crimes 12.16
Property Crime -1.65

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Fort Wright, Kentucky
Fort Wright
Safety Score: 83.04

Fort Wright, KY

Population 5,780
Median Income 70,360
Households 2,471
Violent Crime 0.52
Violent Crime -1.03
Property Crimes 13.49
Property Crime -1.85

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Hillview, Kentucky
Hillview
Safety Score: 82.9

Hillview, KY

Population 8,942
Median Income 59,184
Households 3,061
Violent Crime 0.56
Violent Crime -0.42
Property Crimes 13.2
Property Crime -2.21

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Monticello, Kentucky
Monticello
Safety Score: 82.1

Monticello, KY

Population 6,070
Median Income 31,774
Households 2,279
Violent Crime 1.48
Violent Crime +0.33
Property Crimes 13.01
Property Crime 0.33

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Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills, Kentucky
Lakeside Pa.
Safety Score: 81.83

Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills, KY

Population 6,133
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -0.97
Property Crimes 15.49
Property Crime -3.67

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Elsmere, Kentucky
Elsmere
Safety Score: 81.6

Elsmere, KY

Population 8,541
Median Income 55,054
Households 2,972
Violent Crime 0.82
Violent Crime -0.7
Property Crimes 14.75
Property Crime -1.48

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Alexandria, Kentucky
Alexandria
Safety Score: 80.97

Alexandria, KY

Population 9,486
Median Income 72,721
Households 3,243
Violent Crime 0.21
Violent Crime -0.23
Property Crimes 16.76
Property Crime 1.51

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Madisonville, Kentucky
Madisonvill.
Safety Score: 80.92

Madisonville, KY

Population 19,316
Median Income 40,411
Households 7,683
Violent Crime 1.55
Violent Crime +0.01
Property Crimes 15.12
Property Crime -2.81

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Danville, Kentucky
Danville
Safety Score: 80.85

Danville, KY

Population 16,891
Median Income 37,045
Households 6,221
Violent Crime 1.48
Violent Crime +0.17
Property Crimes 14.86
Property Crime -4.34

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La Grange, Kentucky
La Grange
Safety Score: 79.84

La Grange, KY

Population 8,831
Median Income 60,690
Households 3,146
Violent Crime 0.91
Violent Crime -0.46
Property Crimes 16.76
Property Crime -4.09

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Somerset, Kentucky
Somerset
Safety Score: 79.69

Somerset, KY

Population 11,531
Median Income 23,518
Households 4,941
Violent Crime 1.99
Violent Crime +0.07
Property Crimes 0
Property Crime -36.84

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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Elizabethto.
Safety Score: 79.66

Elizabethtown, KY

Population 30,065
Median Income 45,936
Households 12,411
Violent Crime 2.03
Violent Crime -0.25
Property Crimes 15.6
Property Crime -0.36

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Harrodsburg, Kentucky
Harrodsburg
Safety Score: 79.65

Harrodsburg, KY

Population 8,427
Median Income 33,449
Households 3,471
Violent Crime 1.78
Violent Crime +0.11
Property Crimes 16.73
Property Crime -5.06

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Morehead, Kentucky
Morehead
Safety Score: 79.28

Morehead, KY

Population 7,915
Median Income 39,091
Households 2,142
Violent Crime 0.51
Violent Crime -1.18
Property Crimes 18.95
Property Crime -0.67

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Lebanon, Kentucky
Lebanon
Safety Score: 78.62

Lebanon, KY

Population 5,656
Median Income 29,288
Households 2,631
Violent Crime 2.12
Violent Crime +0.19
Property Crimes 17.86
Property Crime 0.35

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Versailles, Kentucky
Versailles
Safety Score: 78.06

Versailles, KY

Population 26,320
Median Income 38,800
Households 3,605
Violent Crime 1.03
Violent Crime +0.45
Property Crimes 19.22
Property Crime 4.06

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Shelbyville, Kentucky
Shelbyville
Safety Score: 77.7

Shelbyville, KY

Population 15,758
Median Income 50,703
Households 5,641
Violent Crime 1.78
Violent Crime +1.13
Property Crimes 18.85
Property Crime 4.65

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Leitchfield, Kentucky
Leitchfield
Safety Score: 76.85

Leitchfield, KY

Population 6,900
Median Income 29,553
Households 2,701
Violent Crime 1.88
Violent Crime +0.58
Property Crimes 20.72
Property Crime 0.88

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Wilmore, Kentucky
Wilmore
Safety Score: 76.25

Wilmore, KY

Population 6,380
Median Income 46,833
Households 1,686
Violent Crime 0.47
Violent Crime +0.31
Property Crimes 22.57
Property Crime 6.58

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Cynthiana, Kentucky
Cynthiana
Safety Score: 75.39

Cynthiana, KY

Population 6,375
Median Income 31,286
Households 2,516
Violent Crime 0.94
Violent Crime -2.17
Property Crimes 23.53
Property Crime -1.23

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Jeffersontown, Kentucky
Jeffersonto.
Safety Score: 74.9

Jeffersontown, KY

Population 27,400
Median Income 65,556
Households 11,153
Violent Crime 1.13
Violent Crime -0.05
Property Crimes 24.16
Property Crime 0.57

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Bellevue, Kentucky
Bellevue
Safety Score: 74.55

Bellevue, KY

Population 5,826
Median Income 57,038
Households 2,526
Violent Crime 1.54
Violent Crime +1.03
Property Crimes 23.69
Property Crime 6.68

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Henderson, Kentucky
Henderson
Safety Score: 74.39

Henderson, KY

Population 28,846
Median Income 36,274
Households 12,191
Violent Crime 2.39
Violent Crime +0.45
Property Crimes 23.33
Property Crime -3.21

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Berea, Kentucky
Berea
Safety Score: 73.64

Berea, KY

Population 15,406
Median Income 41,503
Households 5,368
Violent Crime 1.56
Violent Crime +0.24
Property Crimes 25.44
Property Crime -2.97

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Dayton, Kentucky
Dayton
Safety Score: 73.57

Dayton, KY

Population 5,423
Median Income 42,436
Households 2,039
Violent Crime 2.95
Violent Crime +2.22
Property Crimes 23.42
Property Crime 1.59

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Cold Spring, Kentucky
Cold Spring
Safety Score: 73.31

Cold Spring, KY

Population 6,276
Median Income 68,701
Households 2,727
Violent Crime 0.96
Violent Crime +0.48
Property Crimes 26.29
Property Crime 9.72

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Franklin, Kentucky
Franklin
Safety Score: 72.98

Franklin, KY

Population 8,884
Median Income 32,977
Households 3,451
Violent Crime 2.7
Violent Crime -0.01
Property Crimes 25.21
Property Crime -1.68

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Bardstown, Kentucky
Bardstown
Safety Score: 71.91

Bardstown, KY

Population 13,325
Median Income 48,685
Households 5,162
Violent Crime 1.95
Violent Crime +0.43
Property Crimes 27.24
Property Crime 7.74

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Paris, Kentucky
Paris
Safety Score: 71.9

Paris, KY

Population 9,845
Median Income 38,526
Households 4,019
Violent Crime 1.83
Violent Crime +0.31
Property Crimes 27.43
Property Crime 3.96

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Georgetown, Kentucky
Georgetown
Safety Score: 71.76

Georgetown, KY

Population 34,184
Median Income 61,427
Households 12,150
Violent Crime 1.87
Violent Crime +0.14
Property Crimes 27.41
Property Crime -0.43

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Shepherdsville, Kentucky
Shepherdsvi.
Safety Score: 71.15

Shepherdsville, KY

Population 12,204
Median Income 49,765
Households 4,399
Violent Crime 2.05
Violent Crime -0.76
Property Crimes 28.52
Property Crime -14.54

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Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Hopkinsvill.
Safety Score: 70.11

Hopkinsville, KY

Population 31,761
Median Income 37,479
Households 12,685
Violent Crime 2.49
Violent Crime -0.43
Property Crimes 29.03
Property Crime 0.42

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Corbin, Kentucky
Corbin
Safety Score: 69.52

Corbin, KY

Population 7,411
Median Income 31,361
Households 2,783
Violent Crime 2.16
Violent Crime +0.94
Property Crimes 30.9
Property Crime 3.34

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Nicholasville, Kentucky
Nicholasvil.
Safety Score: 68.83

Nicholasville, KY

Population 30,333
Median Income 47,669
Households 11,070
Violent Crime 1.98
Violent Crime +0.22
Property Crimes 31.48
Property Crime -3.61

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Mount Sterling, Kentucky
Mount Sterl.
Safety Score: 66.69

Mount Sterling, KY

Population 7,298
Median Income 41,108
Households 2,820
Violent Crime 1.92
Violent Crime -1.38
Property Crimes 34.8
Property Crime -5.79

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Glasgow, Kentucky
Glasgow
Safety Score: 66.61

Glasgow, KY

Population 14,690
Median Income 30,731
Households 6,003
Violent Crime 1.36
Violent Crime -0.91
Property Crimes 35.74
Property Crime 3.73

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Covington, Kentucky
Covington
Safety Score: 65.95

Covington, KY

Population 40,845
Median Income 38,346
Households 16,949
Violent Crime 4.53
Violent Crime -0.43
Property Crimes 32.83
Property Crime 0.22

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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 RankCityPopulationMedian IncomeViolent CrimeProperty CrimeLaw OfficerSafety Score
51Frankfort, KY27,97545,4713.57 33.64 265.93
52Richmond, KY35,16134,7542.62 34.87 1.3465.76
53Hazard, KY5,26827,2092.47 37.59 5.565.58
54Russellville, KY7,00629,1433.43 35.54 3.2865.15
55Maysville, KY8,84129,8521.92 37.1 2.8365.13
56Campbellsville, KY11,48626,4122 37.52 1.7464.27
57Radcliff, KY22,47344,7083.29 36.76 1.5663.58
58Florence, KY32,86656,6701.58 39.74 1.9563.52
59Lexington, KY322,33253,0133.51 37.82 1.5762.99
60Princeton, KY6,08443,9582.14 39.78 2.362.79
61Ashland, KY20,92740,0531.86 41.29 2.4862.42
62Newport, KY15,20233,3632.76 40.65 2.5762.08
63London, KY8,18432,5512.2 44.35 3.9160.6
64Shively, KY15,83038,1944.11 41.25 1.960.59
65Owensboro, KY59,57640,1462.99 43.59 1.5159.41
66Louisville Metro, KY684,362n/a6.47 41.22 1.8358.23
67St. Matthews, KY18,16357,2841.76 47.57 1.8257.88
68Pikeville, KY7,12133,1250.7 49.99 2.9557.38
69Bowling Green, KY66,31739,9013.39 46.58 1.7657.04
70Paducah, KY25,16935,5813.3 54.79 2.8251.68
71Middlesboro, KY9,53422,4252.2 57.79 2.5250.58
72Oak Grove, KY7,34747,3384.63 56.49 2.0448.96

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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