The 10 Safest Cities In Colorado For 2020

We used data and science to determine the places in Colorado where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our sixth time rankings the safest places to live in Colorado.
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Colorado is famous for many reasons.

If you are an avid outdoors fan, perhaps you have dreams of climbing the 14ers and if you like a chill camping weekend or some snowboarding draws you to the Centennial state.

When you join the mile-high club in Colorado, you also get to live in the state with the #1 economy, according to U.S. News.

So how do they rank crime-wise? We ranked Colorado as 32nd safest state in America, but you've gotta be wondering what's the safest place to live in the state.

We used the most recent FBI Crime data to determine what the safest places to call home are in The Centennial State based on property crimes and violent crimes per capita. It turns out that Frederick is the safest for 2020.

Which cities really are chill and which have some unsettling undercurrents? Read on to find out.

Here are the 10 safest cities to live in Colorado for 2020:

  1. Frederick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Windsor (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Cherry Hills Village (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Milliken (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Louisville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Fort Lupton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Eaton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Johnstown (Homes For Sale)
  9. Carbondale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Erie (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What's the safest place to live in Colorado? It turns out Frederick is the safest place to live based on a combination of property crime and violent crime per capita, or lack thereof, from the FBI Uniform Crime report.

If Frederick, Colorado, is filled with cherry trees, perhaps everyone is so busy eating delicious fruit to get into much other trouble.

Colorado's safest city is also famous for hosting two PGA championships and a U.S. Women's Open.

Keep reading to learn more about how your city stacked up and more details about our ranking.

For more reading on safe places to live in and around Colorado, check out:

The 10 Safest Cities In Colorado For 2020

Frederick, CO
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Population: 13,390
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 22 (1st safest)
More on Frederick: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Frederick, the first place over 10,000 people on the list, has the lowest property crime rate and third lowest violent crime rank.

The Town, located in Northern Colorado, also happens to be on of the richest cities in the state thanks to a median income over $90,00 and homes that cost over $261,000 on the median.

One could say the town is rich in money and poor in crime.

Windsor, CO
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Population: 26,441
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 22 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 616 (4th safest)
More on Windsor: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Much like Erie, Windsor is a super safe place in Colorado that has fallen a bit this year thanks to pesky up starts from smaller cities that hadn't previously submitted data to the FBI.

Located in the northern part of the same counties as basically every other city, Windsor had the second lowest violent crime rate in the state.

The city makes appearances on both our best places to live and best places for families lists in Colorado.

Cherry Hills Village, CO
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Population: 6,740
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 697 (5th safest)
More on Cherry Hills Village: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

The third safest of the safe in Colorado turns out to be Cherry Hills Village.

This is a great place to live if you don't want to get murdered -- there weren't any here in 2018. What's probably more relevant to your everyday concerns is the fact that it ranks as the safest in terms of property crime per capita -- a small, tiny 1 in over 268 chance.

Those odds are so low you'll have a better chance of having your taxes audited twice before you get robbed.

Milliken, CO
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Population: 7,238
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 41 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 483 (3rd safest)
More on Milliken: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Located just north of Denver, Milliken is an idyllic little town where security is kind of a given. Milliken has made some serious improvements in its safety standards in the past year, jumping up 14 spots to earn the #2 overall safety ranking this year.

Feel free to leave your valuables unattended and your doors unlocked in Milliken -- the town has the lowest rate of property crime in the state of Colorado, with a rate almost 5 times lower than the national average. And Milliken's not too shabby in terms of violent crime either, with only 3 reported cases in the last year of data.

There's not much to worry about in sunny Milliken. Only learning how to do Mile High Wakeboarding like a champ.

Louisville, CO
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Population: 21,545
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 74 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 431 (2nd safest)
More on Louisville: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Next up on tour of Colorado's safest cities lands us in Louisville.

I was going to mention something about Kentucky or Cardinals, but I decided against it. Instead, let's focus on the fact that there's basically no property crimes here and that we actually ranked it as the best place to live in Colorado for 2018.

See, no Kentucky or Cardinals needed.

Fort Lupton, CO
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Population: 8,273
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 942 (10th safest)
More on Fort Lupton: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Like many cities you'll see on this list, Fort Lupton is located in Weld County, so moving anywhere in that area sounds like a safe bet. With only four reported violent crimes in the whole last year of data, Fort Lupton has roughly eight times fewer violent crimes than the national average. Pair that with a respectable 8th place ranking in property crime, and you've got yourself one safe fort.

And being just north of Denver and just south of Greeley, you don't have to pay for this safety by living in an isolated community. It's really the best of both worlds in Fort Lupton.

Eaton, CO
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Population: 5,355
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 709 (6th safest)
More on Eaton: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Eaton's population is booming -- up almost 20% this decade.

All those people are flocking here because the crime rate has been, and remains, so low. It ranks tenth lowest for violent crime and sixth lowest for property crime rates. That could be because basically everyone here has a job -- it has a staggeringly low 1.1% unemployment rate. Eaton is a Statutory Town in Weld County named after Benjamin Harrison Eaton, a pioneer of irrigation who played a leading role in transforming the arid prairie of the Great Plains east of Colorado's Front Range.

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Johnstown, CO

Population: 16,490
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 54 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,346 (15th safest)
More on Johnstown: 

The biggest city on the list yet, Johnstown can be found in Northern Colorado right next to Frederick.

The lack of violent crimes in the city (2nd lowest in CO) earned it this spot.

Johnstown is a Home Rule Municipality in Weld and Larimer counties with a median household income of about $70,000.

Carbondale, CO
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Population: 6,882
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 19)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 101 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 828 (8th safest)
More on Carbondale: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Wow, we've seen some cities make big jumps in ranking over the past year, but rarely have we seen improvement on the scale of Carbondale. The city was ranked the 28th safest in the previous year's data, so this year's #7 spot is something for residents to be really proud of.

Carbondale already has a lot going for it in terms of location. It's right between White River National Forest and Grand Mesa National Forest. There must be something in that mountain air, because the property crime rate in Carbondale is nearly 3 times lower than the national average.

Erie, CO
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Population: 25,233
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 99 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,022 (11th safest)
More on Erie: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

We've moved some barges in our day.

Well, maybe not in this Erie -- a town located near so many of the other towns on this list in North Central Colorado.

It had top ten finishes for both property and violent crime and also spots a hefty $110,000+ median household income. You read that correctly, income, not home price.

How we calculated the safest cities in Colorado for 2020

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While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Published Sept 2019) in Colorado.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 7 crimes committed in Frederick which had a reported population of 13,390. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0005 which translates into a 1 in 1,912 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2018, the last reporting year. This left us with a total of 70 of the biggest cities in Colorado to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 70 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Colorado" with any ties going to the bigger city. You can download the data here.

The safest city in Colorado, based on our criteria, is Frederick. The most dangerous city in Colorado? Glendale, where residents had a 1 in 5 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Centennial State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Frederick is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Colorado residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Colorado according to the data:

  1. Glendale
  2. Sheridan
  3. Pueblo
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Where Are The 10 Safest Cities In Colorado For 2020?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Frederick, CO 13,390 29 22
2 Windsor, CO 26,441 22 616
3 Cherry Hills Village, CO 6,740 0 697
4 Milliken, CO 7,238 41 483
5 Louisville, CO 21,545 74 431
6 Fort Lupton, CO 8,273 48 942
7 Eaton, CO 5,355 93 709
8 Johnstown, CO 16,490 54 1,346
9 Carbondale, CO 6,882 101 828
10 Erie, CO 25,233 99 1,022
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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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