With only one month under 2019’s belt, the National Council for Home Safety released its annual Safest Cities in Missouri. The list was compiled using data from the FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics for cities with populations in excess of 10,000 people. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into the ranking.
Cities were judged based on the number of reported violent crimes like rape, murder, aggravated assault and robbery, and property crimes like larceny-theft, arson, burglary and motor vehicle theft, per every 1,000 people. Certain variables were weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total due to the increased severity.
Every city in the top five is located in the St. Louis area: Ballwin, Webster Groves, Town & Country, Clayton and Kirkwood.
In St. Charles County, Lake Saint Louis and O’Fallon took spots in the top 15. Lake Saint Louis ranked 11th in the state, while O’Fallon claimed the 13th spot.
Lake Saint Louis reported a violent crime rate of about 1.126 crimes per 1,000 people and an estimated property crime rate of about 15.708 per 1,000. Overall, the city reported 18 violent crimes and 251 property crimes. The city’s population is an estimated 15,936, according to 2017 census data.
The city of O’Fallon was the only city with a population over 50,000 residents to be rated in the top 20. With an estimated population of about 87,597, the city reported a violent crime rate of 1.808 crimes per 1,000 people and a property crime rate of about 11.512 per 1,000. Overall, the city reported 158 violent crimes and 1,006 total property crimes.
In 2019, the state of Missouri ranked 36th for property crime [where first equals the lowest crime] and had a recorded violent crime rate above the national average [1.13 ratio] with an estimated 3.9 crimes per 1,000 people. The national average for violent crime is 3.47 per 1,000.
Considered alongside national averages, Missouri’s property crime levels are slightly under at a ratio of 0.84 percent with 34.13 crimes reported per 1,000; the national average is 40.43 per 1,000.
For a complete list of 2019’s safest cities in Missouri, visit www.alarms.org.