Nevada’s
Safest Cities

2019

Nevada has a population of over 2.7 million and boasts many cities like Las Vegas, Reno, Henderson, Sunrise Manor, Paradise, and Spring Valley. Aside from the tourism stemming mainly to Las Vegas and Reno, the state is also known for its agriculture, including cattle, potatoes, and dairy products, as well as gold and silver mining. Ironically given its hot climate, the word Nevada itself comes from a Spanish word meaning “snow-covered”. Go figure!

If you’re into natural wonders, Nevada is the place to be. From the Colorado River at 479 feet (the state’s low point) to Boundary Peak, the state’s high point at over 13,000 feet, there’s a ton to explore. For those that like being in the water, make sure you check out Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake, the Carson River, or one of Nevada’s other great bodies of water.

What to do while you’re in Nevada? For starters, I’d check out:

  • Bellagio Hotel and Casino: Yes, this is the same hotel and casino featured in Ocean’s 11. Gamble at the slots, swim in the pool or relax in the spa, and don’t miss the live shows!
  • Hoover Dam: Built in the Depression, this dam keeps the Colorado River from overflowing and has some pretty scenic views to boot.
  • Red Rock Canyon: This beautiful national park is a great place to rock climb, hike, or if you’re feeling a bit more sedentary, drive around.

The safest city in Nevada is Boulder City, which sits about 26 miles southeast of Las Vegas. They have only .57 violent crimes and 8.61 property crimes for the same population! Plus, both violent crime and property crime is down from last year, which I consider a good omen.

5.559

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. 

4.273
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.
26.124

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 about how we selected the safest cities in Nevada, read our full methodology at the bottom of the page.

1
Boulder City, Nevada
Boulder Cit.
Safety Score: 86.2

Boulder City, NV

Population 15,804
Median Income 57,843
Households 6,403
Violent Crime 0.57
Violent Crime -0.64
Property Crimes 8.61
Property Crime -1.86

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Mesquite, Nevada
Mesquite
Safety Score: 79.25

Mesquite, NV

Population 18,476
Median Income 47,642
Households 7,729
Violent Crime 1.68
Violent Crime +0.46
Property Crimes 17.1
Property Crime -1.6

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Henderson, Nevada
Henderson
Safety Score: 77.99

Henderson, NV

Population 299,285
Median Income 66,939
Households 110,569
Violent Crime 1.85
Violent Crime -0.27
Property Crimes 18.33
Property Crime -0.48

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Winnemucca, Nevada
Winnemucca
Safety Score: 73.82

Winnemucca, NV

Population 7,938
Median Income 69,562
Households 2,767
Violent Crime 5.17
Violent Crime +1.66
Property Crimes 20.53
Property Crime 1.98

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Sparks, Nevada
Sparks
Safety Score: 69.36

Sparks, NV

Population 99,732
Median Income 58,120
Households 37,030
Violent Crime 4.75
Violent Crime +0.28
Property Crimes 26.99
Property Crime 1.8

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North Las Vegas, Nevada
North Las V.
Safety Score: 66.89

North Las Vegas, NV

Population 242,537
Median Income 55,828
Households 70,121
Violent Crime 10.15
Violent Crime +0.61
Property Crimes 23.86
Property Crime 1.74

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada
Las Vegas M.
Safety Score: 66.81

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, NV

Population 1,627,244
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 6.19
Violent Crime -2.3
Property Crimes 29.43
Property Crime 0.54

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Elko, Nevada
Elko
Safety Score: 66.7

Elko, NV

Population 20,807
Median Income 75,652
Households 6,800
Violent Crime 3.89
Violent Crime -1.04
Property Crimes 31.96
Property Crime 3.15

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Fallon, Nevada
Fallon
Safety Score: 66.34

Fallon, NV

Population 8,450
Median Income 39,866
Households 3,599
Violent Crime 2.72
Violent Crime +0.7
Property Crimes 34.67
Property Crime 7.4

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Reno, Nevada
Reno
Safety Score: 65.14

Reno, NV

Population 248,531
Median Income 52,106
Households 96,411
Violent Crime 6.74
Violent Crime -0.28
Property Crimes 30.86
Property Crime -1.58

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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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