The 10 Safest Cities In Nevada For 2020

We used data and science to determine the places in Nevada 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 Nevada.
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Nevada has some pretty safe places to call home.

First things first, how did we determine the safest places in Nevada? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 11 cities. We looked at important factors like property crimes and violent crimes per capita for every place with over 2,000 residents.

And as much as we would like to think that trying to get a glimpse into Area 51 and/or being drunk and disorderly on the Las Vegas strip are the only petty crimes that happen in Nevada; we are sadly mistaken: the state has some pretty dangerous places that wish those were the only crimes committed. Lucky for you, however, HomeSnacks is here to save the day: we've created a list of the safest places in The Silver State for 2020.

Most Nevada residents will tell you that they truly love where they live. Heck, we can thank the great state of Nevada for giving us Reno and Carson City: two cities where you can gamble in the morning and ski in the afternoon. But, folks, the ones that live in Nevada's safest places really, really love where they live. These places have the best of the best when it comes to safe schools, safe neighborhoods, and safe communities.

Want to know more about our methodology and where the safest places in Nevada are located? Keep reading.

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

  1. Boulder City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Mesquite (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Henderson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Winnemucca (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Elko (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Carlin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. West Wendover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. North Las Vegas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Sparks (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Las Vegas (Photos | Homes For Sale)

HomeSnacks is not the only group ready to help the good people of Nevada, as well as the rest of the country, by creating this list: the state currently has close to 7,000 police officers, 54 fire departments, and 24 hospitals ready to keep you safe. But that only goes so far. It's up to each community to go the extra mile.

And the place in Nevada that brings their A-game every time: the safest place in Nevada? Well, according to the most recent FBI data we crunched, Boulder City is the safest place to live in The Sagebrush State.

Scroll on down to check out the rest of our not so naughty, very safe Nevada cities to see how your favorite city ranked. And if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.

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

The 10 Safest Cities In Nevada For 2020

Boulder City, NV
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Population: 16,112
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 80 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 912 (1st safest)
More on Boulder City: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Located slightly southeast of Vegas, Boulder City is Nevada's safest city for 2020.

Named after the Boulder Canyon, Boulder City's gold star qualities like strong work ethic and sense of community are the reason this city scored off the safety charts with its close to non-existent number of crimes per residents.

This little city in Clark County is also the home to the Hoover Dam. They have done a great job keeping the dam from breaking so they must be safe, right?

Boulder City is one of only two Nevada cities that does not allow gambling. Probably another reason they are so safe. No gambling = no debts = happy people = safe.

Mesquite, NV
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Population: 19,055
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 167 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,563 (3rd safest)
More on Mesquite: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Home to a growing retirement community as well as several casinos and golf courses, Mesquite is our second safest city in Nevada for 2020.

It might not be the big LV, but this little city on the Nevada/Arizona border is an ideal destination when you're trying find that 'deserted' feel with big city vibes. Probably why it's one of the most populous cities in the SIlver State.

Known for its low crime and A+ education rating, there is a sense of true community in this little city in Clark County. It's so safe, we're sure you'll want to call it home.

Henderson, NV
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Population: 309,586
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 188 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,961 (5th safest)
More on Henderson: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Henderson is a Las Vegas-burb; but more importantly, it's our third safest city in Nevada to buy a home.

Henderson's overall HomeSnacks snackability was an 8.5/10! Not surprising considering their employment status and degree of education both scored an 8.5/10. Busy people = less naughty people. If that doesn't say safe, we don't know what does.

We're pretty sure we can all agree that this little city in Clark County is crazy safe because there's nothing to do in the 702.

Winnemucca, NV
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Population: 7,832
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 127 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,311 (8th safest)
More on Winnemucca: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

You can pull the slot levers and take a gamble at 'maybe' winning in most Nevada cities, but one thing you don't need to gamble on in Winnemucca is its safety. And this is why it's our fourth safest city in Nevada for 2020.

This little city in Humboldt County scored an 8/10 for job security and an 8.5/10 for affordability. So if you breakdown at the Winnemucca exit along interstate 80, you won't have to worry about finding a job or spending too much money. And you definitely won't have to worry about your safety. Heck, when Amazon can find this city on the map, it's so safe that your packages won't get stolen from your front porch.

Elko, NV
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Population: 20,764
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 457 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,133 (7th safest)
More on Elko: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Nestled along Interstate 80, Elko's small city charm delivers big opportunities to all that are searching for a safe place to call home. They claim to be more then prepared to show you that good 'ol hometown pride that makes the middle-of-nowhere America famous and safe. Yes, folks, it's that friendly and that safe.

This is definitely one of the reasons it's our fifth safest city in Nevada for 2020.

Do we think Elko made the list because it's located in the middle of a desert? Probably. Most people can't point to it on a map, so we're sure it's difficult for bad guys to find, too.

Carlin, NV
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Population: 2,319
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,509 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 948 (2nd safest)
More on Carlin: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

We don't think you'll get abducted by aliens in our sixth safest city in Nevada for 2020: Carlin is safe.

There have been alien sightings, here, but this little city in Elko County is "Where the train ends and the gold rush begins". So if you do get harassed by aliens, they can just pay them off. Not to mention, most aliens don't want to hang in a city with a gold star safety rating, it's too risky.

This city with 2319 residents should be called the 'The Best City to live in Nevada,' too, because all is crazy safe and super fine in the land where the aliens like to drive-bys.

West Wendover, NV
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Population: 4,290
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 979 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,794 (4th safest)
More on West Wendover: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

West Wendover made a lot of progress to be on this list this year, jumping up six spots from last year to earn the seventh place ranking. How'd the city make the cut this time around? Well, rock bottom levels of property crime and a modest drop in violent crime sealed the deal for West Wendover this year. To give you an idea, residents had under a 1% chance of experiencing a violent crime and under a 2% chance of experiencing a property crime during the last year of available data. So if you can't find your ball at Toana Vista Golf Club, chances are nobody stole it.

West Wendover is located on Nevada's eastern border with Utah, along I-80.

North Las Vegas, NV
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Population: 246,951
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 966 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,106 (6th safest)
More on North Las Vegas: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Viva (North) Las Vegas, the eighth safest city on this list. North Las Vegas made some improvements in the last year to outstrip Las Vegas in safety, moving up from the #11 ranking last year. While Las Vegas proper might have slightly more action than North Las Vegas, residents of the northern city can look down at Sin City from a safe distance on a helicopter tour with 702 Helicopters.

North Las Vegas has the sixth lowest property crime rate in Nevada, meaning it's a good place to bring back your winnings from a day at the casino without the fear of getting mugged.

Sparks, NV
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Population: 102,354
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 496 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,383 (9th safest)
More on Sparks: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Now this Reno-burb does use Reno 911 to keep it safe, and that's probably why it's our ninth safest city in Nevada for 2020.

Sparks is not like the inside of a men's correctional facility, it is actually super, duper safe. And if you don't know how to keep it safe in this city in Washoe County, they will put you in the Northern Nevada Correctional Center.

Sparks is another perfect city when you are looking for the dry desert Nevada vibe. It's also the perfect place to escape real life when you need a break. But don't worry, they won't let you wander too far off because you might get lost in the desert, and that wouldn't be safe.

Las Vegas, NV
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Population: 1,644,390
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 605 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,838 (11th safest)
More on Las Vegas: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Of course Las Vegas is safe: our tenth tenth safest city in Nevada to be accurate. Heck, they have to deal with boatloads of cash, a bunch of crazy locals and tourists, and gambling addictions that keep the 24 hour hotlines, hot.

When Vegas residents aren't busy cheering for UNLV, taking their winnings to the bank, or hanging at their favorite casino, they can be found putting up those "Drive like your Kids Live Here" signs. They have definitely upped their safety game from last year in Vegas. They moved up four slots to be one of the safest in The Silver State.

You're crushing this safety thing, LV!

How we calculated the safest cities in Nevada 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 Nevada.

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 160 crimes committed in Boulder City which had a reported population of 16,112. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0099 which translates into a 1 in 100 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2018, the last reporting year. This left us with a total of 11 of the biggest cities in Nevada to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 11 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 Nevada" with any ties going to the bigger city. You can download the data here.

The safest city in Nevada, based on our criteria, is Boulder City. The most dangerous city in Nevada? Reno, where residents had a 1 in 32 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 Silver State

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

But as most Nevada 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 Nevada according to the data:

  1. Reno
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Sparks
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Where Are The 10 Safest Cities In Nevada For 2020?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Boulder City, NV 16,112 80 912
2 Mesquite, NV 19,055 167 1,563
3 Henderson, NV 309,586 188 1,961
4 Winnemucca, NV 7,832 127 2,311
5 Elko, NV 20,764 457 2,133
6 Carlin, NV 2,319 1,509 948
7 West Wendover, NV 4,290 979 1,794
8 North Las Vegas, NV 246,951 966 2,106
9 Sparks, NV 102,354 496 2,383
10 Las Vegas, NV 1,644,390 605 2,838
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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.

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