Missouri’s
50 Safest Cities

2019

Located in the Midwest, Missouri has a few big cities including Kansas City, St. Louis, Independence, Springfield, and its capital, Jefferson City. But the state isn’t all urban. It’s also known for its bodies of water. In fact, the name Missouri comes from a Native American word meaning big canoe river, referring to the Missouri River as well as the Mississippi River. For even more fun in the water, there’s the Osage River, Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Reservoir, and more. Whether you’re walking under the Gateway Arch Arch in St. Louis or seeing a country music show in Branson, Missouri has a ton to offer. Plus, it’s pretty interesting in terms of inventions. Ice cream cones and iced tea were both invented at the World’s Fair in St. Louis— talk about refreshing summer treats! The state also boasts a number of professional sports teams, including the St. Louis Cardinals, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the St. Louis Blues.

If you’re in Missouri, make sure to check out:

  • Missouri Botanical Garden: From a gigantic greenhouse dome to a butterfly house, this garden is 79 acres of beautiful nature.
  • Silver Dollar City: This retro amusement park features wooden roller coasters as well as demos of activities that you don’t see too often in 2019, like basket weaving.
  • Saint Louis Zoo: This 90 acre zoo has bears, elephants, and penguins, as well as a bunch of other mammals!

The safest city in Missouri is Bonne Terre, which sits in St. Francois County. This city is smaller, with a population just over 7,000, but a nice median income of over 50K. But most impressive is their crime, or lack thereof. For every 1,000 residents, there were only .7 violent crimes and 2.51 property crimes, which is really comforting. Other top picks include Greenwood, Ballwin, and Cottleville.

5.303

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. 

3.259
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.
28.339

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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If you’re curious about how we determined the safest cities in Missouri (hint: FBI crime statistics were a big help), scroll down and read our methodology. Otherwise, strap yourself in as we take a journey through Missouri’s safest cities.

1
Bonne Terre, Missouri
Bonne Terre
Safety Score: 90.34

Bonne Terre, MO

Population 7,185
Median Income 50,654
Households 1,612
Violent Crime 0.7
Violent Crime -1.53
Property Crimes 2.51
Property Crime -6.83

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Greenwood, Missouri
Greenwood
Safety Score: 89.36

Greenwood, MO

Population 5,733
Median Income 80,397
Households 1,962
Violent Crime 0.7
Violent Crime +0.52
Property Crimes 3.84
Property Crime -0.59

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Ballwin, Missouri
Ballwin
Safety Score: 88.2

Ballwin, MO

Population 30,299
Median Income 88,913
Households 11,612
Violent Crime 0.4
Violent Crime +0.04
Property Crimes 5.58
Property Crime -2.13

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Cottleville, Missouri
Cottleville
Safety Score: 88.11

Cottleville, MO

Population 5,612
Median Income 98,611
Households 1,630
Violent Crime 1.25
Violent Crime +0.86
Property Crimes 4.81
Property Crime -1.79

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Webster Groves, Missouri
Webster Gro.
Safety Score: 86.52

Webster Groves, MO

Population 22,968
Median Income 88,619
Households 8,747
Violent Crime 1.18
Violent Crime +0.19
Property Crimes 7.27
Property Crime -4.58

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Glendale, Missouri
Glendale
Safety Score: 86.45

Glendale, MO

Population 5,889
Median Income 131,250
Households 2,252
Violent Crime 0.51
Violent Crime +0.17
Property Crimes 8.32
Property Crime -2.48

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Town And Country, Missouri
Town And Co.
Safety Score: 84.45

Town And Country, MO

Population 11,157
Median Income 164,649
Households 4,014
Violent Crime 0.45
Violent Crime +0.09
Property Crimes 11.65
Property Crime -0.54

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Manchester, Missouri
Manchester
Safety Score: 83.93

Manchester, MO

Population 18,154
Median Income 76,289
Households 7,136
Violent Crime 0.5
Violent Crime +0.28
Property Crimes 12.01
Property Crime -5.79

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Ladue, Missouri
Ladue
Safety Score: 83.91

Ladue, MO

Population 8,593
Median Income 203,250
Households 3,230
Violent Crime 0.47
Violent Crime +0.01
Property Crimes 12.68
Property Crime 2

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Savannah, Missouri
Savannah
Safety Score: 83.81

Savannah, MO

Population 5,136
Median Income 45,557
Households 1,963
Violent Crime 0.78
Violent Crime +0.19
Property Crimes 11.49
Property Crime 4.06

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Willard, Missouri
Willard
Safety Score: 83.78

Willard, MO

Population 5,452
Median Income 54,540
Households 2,073
Violent Crime 1.28
Violent Crime -0.36
Property Crimes 11.19
Property Crime -1.94

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Kirkwood, Missouri
Kirkwood
Safety Score: 82.95

Kirkwood, MO

Population 27,621
Median Income 79,439
Households 11,861
Violent Crime 1.01
Violent Crime -0.03
Property Crimes 12.82
Property Crime -5.21

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O'Fallon, Missouri
O'Fallon
Safety Score: 82.88

O'Fallon, MO

Population 87,388
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 1.81
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 11.51
Property Crime NAN

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Smithville, Missouri
Smithville
Safety Score: 82.77

Smithville, MO

Population 9,638
Median Income 75,228
Households 3,347
Violent Crime 0.93
Violent Crime -0.77
Property Crimes 12.97
Property Crime 1.27

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Ellisville, Missouri
Ellisville
Safety Score: 82.45

Ellisville, MO

Population 9,242
Median Income 67,198
Households 3,719
Violent Crime 1.19
Violent Crime +0.33
Property Crimes 13.53
Property Crime -1.49

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Jackson, Missouri
Jackson
Safety Score: 82.42

Jackson, MO

Population 15,252
Median Income 57,692
Households 5,488
Violent Crime 1.7
Violent Crime +0.11
Property Crimes 12.39
Property Crime -3.25

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Maryville, Missouri
Maryville
Safety Score: 81.96

Maryville, MO

Population 11,820
Median Income 31,464
Households 4,501
Violent Crime 2.03
Violent Crime -0.84
Property Crimes 12.77
Property Crime 1.13

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Nixa, Missouri
Nixa
Safety Score: 81.66

Nixa, MO

Population 21,575
Median Income 51,438
Households 8,009
Violent Crime 0.97
Violent Crime -0.01
Property Crimes 14.41
Property Crime -0.93

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Wentzville, Missouri
Wentzville
Safety Score: 81.36

Wentzville, MO

Population 38,876
Median Income 81,809
Households 11,811
Violent Crime 1.8
Violent Crime +0.15
Property Crimes 13.86
Property Crime 0.59

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Clayton, Missouri
Clayton
Safety Score: 81.29

Clayton, MO

Population 16,743
Median Income 91,531
Households 5,656
Violent Crime 1.19
Violent Crime -0.01
Property Crimes 15.29
Property Crime -3.67

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Kearney, Missouri
Kearney
Safety Score: 81.06

Kearney, MO

Population 10,032
Median Income 72,593
Households 3,104
Violent Crime 1.1
Violent Crime +0.06
Property Crimes 15.25
Property Crime 4.14

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Lake St. Louis, Missouri
Lake St. Lo.
Safety Score: 80.78

Lake St. Louis, MO

Population 15,979
Median Income 84,129
Households 5,952
Violent Crime 1.13
Violent Crime +0.23
Property Crimes 15.71
Property Crime -2.83

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Creve Coeur, Missouri
Creve Coeur
Safety Score: 80.55

Creve Coeur, MO

Population 18,746
Median Income 101,462
Households 7,959
Violent Crime 1.28
Violent Crime +0.08
Property Crimes 16.22
Property Crime 0.92

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Olivette, Missouri
Olivette
Safety Score: 79.77

Olivette, MO

Population 7,859
Median Income 73,478
Households 2,874
Violent Crime 1.15
Violent Crime -1.26
Property Crimes 17.56
Property Crime -2.96

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Trenton, Missouri
Trenton
Safety Score: 79.48

Trenton, MO

Population 5,920
Median Income 36,590
Households 2,373
Violent Crime 2.2
Violent Crime +1.01
Property Crimes 15.71
Property Crime -7.1

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Chesterfield, Missouri
Chesterfiel.
Safety Score: 79.38

Chesterfield, MO

Population 47,687
Median Income 99,848
Households 19,422
Violent Crime 1.11
Violent Crime -0.08
Property Crimes 17.76
Property Crime -0.35

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Parkville, Missouri
Parkville
Safety Score: 79.13

Parkville, MO

Population 6,685
Median Income 120,333
Households 2,292
Violent Crime 1.8
Violent Crime +1.49
Property Crimes 17.35
Property Crime 2.31

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Eureka, Missouri
Eureka
Safety Score: 79.04

Eureka, MO

Population 10,588
Median Income 102,809
Households 3,287
Violent Crime 0.85
Violent Crime +0.29
Property Crimes 18.7
Property Crime 1.57

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Sunset Hills, Missouri
Sunset Hill.
Safety Score: 79

Sunset Hills, MO

Population 8,498
Median Income 101,058
Households 3,280
Violent Crime 1.88
Violent Crime +0.71
Property Crimes 18
Property Crime -0.48

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Liberty, Missouri
Liberty
Safety Score: 78.2

Liberty, MO

Population 30,850
Median Income 70,066
Households 10,948
Violent Crime 2.33
Violent Crime -0.37
Property Crimes 17.6
Property Crime 2.62

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Battlefield, Missouri
Battlefield
Safety Score: 78.06

Battlefield, MO

Population 6,127
Median Income 63,065
Households 2,338
Violent Crime 0.33
Violent Crime -0.16
Property Crimes 20.24
Property Crime 5.28

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Dexter, Missouri
Dexter
Safety Score: 77.93

Dexter, MO

Population 7,935
Median Income 33,813
Households 3,339
Violent Crime 1.26
Violent Crime +0.01
Property Crimes 19.41
Property Crime -10.29

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
Lee's Summi.
Safety Score: 77.87

Lee's Summit, MO

Population 96,855
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 1.37
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 19.3
Property Crime NAN

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Crestwood, Missouri
Crestwood
Safety Score: 77.83

Crestwood, MO

Population 11,904
Median Income 72,267
Households 5,000
Violent Crime 1.01
Violent Crime +0.09
Property Crimes 20.25
Property Crime -2.79

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Pleasant Hill, Missouri
Pleasant Hi.
Safety Score: 77.72

Pleasant Hill, MO

Population 8,496
Median Income 61,550
Households 2,901
Violent Crime 1.65
Violent Crime +1.53
Property Crimes 19.19
Property Crime 3.93

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Festus, Missouri
Festus
Safety Score: 77.7

Festus, MO

Population 12,187
Median Income 49,443
Households 4,655
Violent Crime 3.36
Violent Crime -2.56
Property Crimes 17.23
Property Crime -3.42

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Grain Valley, Missouri
Grain Valle.
Safety Score: 77.69

Grain Valley, MO

Population 13,825
Median Income 61,630
Households 4,937
Violent Crime 1.59
Violent Crime +0.18
Property Crimes 19.46
Property Crime 5.15

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Peculiar, Missouri
Peculiar
Safety Score: 77.4

Peculiar, MO

Population 5,039
Median Income 51,973
Households 1,917
Violent Crime 1.39
Violent Crime +0.98
Property Crimes 19.85
Property Crime 3.04

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Normandy, Missouri
Normandy
Safety Score: 77.07

Normandy, MO

Population 7,544
Median Income 34,177
Households 2,202
Violent Crime 3.58
Violent Crime -0.62
Property Crimes 19.22
Property Crime -9.53

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Florissant, Missouri
Florissant
Safety Score: 76.84

Florissant, MO

Population 51,693
Median Income 52,532
Households 20,542
Violent Crime 2.09
Violent Crime +0.21
Property Crimes 20.02
Property Crime -2.4

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Raymore, Missouri
Raymore
Safety Score: 76.81

Raymore, MO

Population 21,110
Median Income 80,092
Households 7,724
Violent Crime 0.71
Violent Crime -0.26
Property Crimes 21.51
Property Crime 1.61

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Waynesville, Missouri
Waynesville
Safety Score: 76.72

Waynesville, MO

Population 5,381
Median Income 55,618
Households 1,968
Violent Crime 2.97
Violent Crime -0.32
Property Crimes 19.14
Property Crime 3.59

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Oak Grove, Missouri
Oak Grove
Safety Score: 76.47

Oak Grove, MO

Population 8,019
Median Income 54,397
Households 2,808
Violent Crime 1
Violent Crime -1.64
Property Crimes 22.32
Property Crime -3.82

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Chillicothe, Missouri
Chillicothe
Safety Score: 76.19

Chillicothe, MO

Population 9,760
Median Income 37,917
Households 3,411
Violent Crime 4.2
Violent Crime +0.09
Property Crimes 17.73
Property Crime 1.3

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De Soto, Missouri
De Soto
Safety Score: 75.83

De Soto, MO

Population 6,488
Median Income 35,560
Households 2,706
Violent Crime 2
Violent Crime -1.99
Property Crimes 21.58
Property Crime -8.98

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Bowling Green, Missouri
Bowling Gre.
Safety Score: 75.82

Bowling Green, MO

Population 5,541
Median Income 50,694
Households 31
Violent Crime 4.51
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 18.23
Property Crime NAN

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Maryland Heights, Missouri
Maryland He.
Safety Score: 75.73

Maryland Heights, MO

Population 27,083
Median Income 62,876
Households 11,548
Violent Crime 2.88
Violent Crime +0.87
Property Crimes 21.34
Property Crime 4.17

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St. Peters, Missouri
St. Peters
Safety Score: 75.39

St. Peters, MO

Population 58,079
Median Income 73,604
Households 22,200
Violent Crime 1.52
Violent Crime -0.12
Property Crimes 22.59
Property Crime 1.7

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Troy, Missouri
Troy
Safety Score: 75.13

Troy, MO

Population 12,079
Median Income 55,000
Households 3,998
Violent Crime 3.56
Violent Crime +0.92
Property Crimes 20.61
Property Crime -1.9

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Carl Junction, Missouri
Carl Juncti.
Safety Score: 75.1

Carl Junction, MO

Population 7,822
Median Income 70,000
Households 2,644
Violent Crime 1.53
Violent Crime +1.53
Property Crimes 23.01
Property Crime 6.69

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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 RankCityPopulationMedian IncomeViolent CrimeProperty CrimeLaw OfficerSafety Score
51Pacific, MO7,24449,7780.97 24.71 2.3574.68
52Boonville, MO8,48237,1212.59 22.99 2.4874.31
53Mexico, MO11,70938,8831.28 25.45 2.7374.16
54Republic, MO16,31650,3333 23.04 1.4173.81
55Cameron, MO9,76545,7844.92 20.89 1.5473.59
56Macon, MO5,36035,8571.87 25.19 2.0573.45
57St. Charles, MO69,80462,2162.26 25.29 1.5672.93
58Excelsior Springs, MO11,59249,0291.81 26.48 2.0772.63
59Webb City, MO11,25948,3181.15 28.51 1.7871.64
60St. Ann, MO12,77946,6805.4 24.65 3.5271.48
61Charleston, MO5,69827,8757.02 -21.76 -2.1171.23
62Warrensburg, MO20,48340,4832.05 28.07 1.6671.18
63Perryville, MO8,49345,1413.89 26.96 2.8370.78
64Gladstone, MO27,39055,1194.38 25.67 1.6470.76
65Blue Springs, MO54,72768,2582.19 29.24 1.7470.35
66Ozark, MO19,68837,2222.39 29.66 1.6369.8
67St. John, MO6,37845,6742.98 30.57 3.2969.49
68Jefferson City, MO42,98948,1323.54 29.17 2.0769.22
69Park Hills, MO8,63736,8680.81 32.77 1.8569.2
70Hazelwood, MO25,40151,2183.23 31.18 2.668.44
71Marshall, MO12,86738,6791.94 31.94 2.0268.42
72Moberly, MO13,83837,0235.85 28.11 2.167.96
73Marshfield, MO7,34137,8132.32 32.01 1.3667.93
74Pevely, MO5,74849,0913.65 31.14 2.4467.9
75Columbia, MO122,58547,2364.98 29.34 1.2967.55
76Shrewsbury, MO6,13553,9771.63 34.56 3.167.54
77Kirksville, MO17,52027,6672.51 32.93 1.3166.54
78Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO10,67841,4817.96 28.28 2.5366.22
79Farmington, MO18,71042,8992.41 34.9 1.4466
80Overland, MO15,76043,7572.73 35.66 2.6665.74
81Fulton, MO13,16040,9352.66 35.03 2.2865.64
82Monett, MO9,04840,0881.77 36.47 2.165.36
83Arnold, MO21,39961,4731.78 38.23 2.264.65
84Warrenton, MO8,16843,0966.24 32.81 2.4564.53
85Washington, MO14,07337,0453.06 37.38 1.9963.95
86Brentwood, MO7,99174,6501.5 40.42 3.2563.67
87University City, MO34,60157,5466.04 34.97 2.0262.77
88Harrisonville, MO10,04344,0984.38 37.74 2.3962.56
89West Plains, MO12,36734,4562.99 39.7 2.2662.39
90Rolla, MO20,14733,0465.56 36.68 1.6961.84
91Clinton, MO8,81736,0915.22 38.68 2.6161.25
92Belton, MO23,31262,0553.69 40.45 1.8961.16
93Cape Girardeau, MO39,88742,0785.87 38.18 2.0160.57
94Carthage, MO14,29238,3004.27 41.49 1.9659.9
95Grandview, MO25,30844,5236.64 42.4 2.1757.5
96Union, MO11,44722,9172.45 48.57 2.1856.67
97Richmond, MO5,54040,5756.68 42.96 2.1756.21
98Vinita Park, MO11,06135,41712.75 36.98 3.9856.15
99Neosho, MO12,23737,9622.86 48.62 2.0456.03
100Bolivar, MO10,87339,9004.6 46.91 2.0255.91
101Lebanon, MO14,73934,8632.99 49.32 2.155.65
102Hannibal, MO17,79138,0875.17 47.16 2.0854.79
103Sikeston, MO16,32438,9113.74 49.99 3.7454.68
104Ferguson, MO20,78941,3697.22 45.17 1.9754.61
105Des Peres, MO8,567125,7441.4 54.86 4.954.29
106Raytown, MO29,22451,0895.65 48.25 1.353.72
107Aurora, MO7,50836,5638.26 49.81 2.2650.55
108St. Robert, MO6,02050,2524.49 54.98 2.9950.47
109Sedalia, MO21,50135,0967.02 52.32 2.0949.88
110Richmond Heights, MO8,36276,0815.14 57.28 4.949.42
111Berkeley, MO8,95832,58911.05 -49.12 -2.2348.53
112Independence, MO117,05546,2685.52 57.26 1.5748.19
113Kennett, MO10,50530,9736.47 56.35 2.1947.44
114Sullivan, MO7,13234,5442.38 61.83 2.5247.38
115Kansas City, MO484,94850,13617.24 45.44 2.6846.04
116Poplar Bluff, MO17,26432,8196.08 63.95 2.6142.7
117St. Joseph, MO76,43545,7625.73 67.33 1.740.79
118Joplin, MO52,41241,0636.05 71.15 1.9137.63
119Nevada, MO8,19833,1217.32 72.09 2.5635.25
120St. Louis, MO310,28438,66420.82 60.41 3.8332.54
121Maplewood, MO7,84344,7344.72 82.75 3.8331.51
122Bridgeton, MO11,70358,8657.43 82.12 4.4429.58
123Branson, MO11,57140,7384.58 124.62 3.982.12
124Springfield, MO168,65434,77513.39 88.54 1.9919.17

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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