The National Council for Home Safety has once again released its annual Safest Cities in Missouri list for cities with populations in excess of 10,000 people. Several local communities have claimed top spots.
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 also were weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total due to increased severity.
The city of Ballwin rose to first place in 2018 after receiving a third-place ranking in 2017. With a population of about 30,609, the average rate for violent crimes in the city is 0.36 per 1,000, and about 7.71 of 1,000 for property crimes.
The second safest community in Missouri is Town & Country. With about 11,158 residents, Town & Country boasts a low average violent crime rate of 0.36 incidents per 1,000 and an average property crime rate of about 12.19 per 1,000.
The Missouri state average is about 7.8 per 1,000 for violent crime and 39.81 out of 1,000 for property crime.
Other cities in the top 10 included, in order, O’Fallon, Webster Groves, Wentzville, Maryville, Grain Valley, Nixa, Creve Coeur and Eureka. Chesterfield, Manchester, Maryland Heights and Clayton placed in the top 20.