There are many things to consider when deciding where to move. Check out our blog post about factors to consider when deciding where to live in Colorado. As you might expect, a top priority for many homebuyers is safety. So we took a look at how some of our Colroado cities measure up.
A data analysis company ValuePenguin crunched FBI crime statistics and assigned 81 Colorado cities crime scores ranging from 42 to 5,423, with an average of 1,525. The scores were based on the rate of violent and property crimes per 100,000 residents. Denver had 4,087 violent crimes and 23,711 property crimes per 100,000 people and landed 79th on the list, third to last when it comes to safety. Not really surprising, as Denver is the most populous city in the state.
On the other end of the spectrum, here are the top five safest places to live in Colorado.
1. Dacono Colorado
Named after three residents’ first names (Daisy, Cora and Nora) at the beginning of the 20th century, Dacono is a small town of less than 5,000 people in Weld County. Its crime score was 42, which is 72 percent better than the next safest city on the list. The town reported just one violent crime and one property crime for all of 2013. Home to the Colorado National Speedway, a NASCAR-quality racetrack, Dacono calls itself a “mecca” for extreme sports.
2. Fort Lupton Colorado
With just three violent crimes in 2013, Fort Lupton earned a crime score of 183. A 45-minute drive north of Denver, the city prides itself on its unique origins as a trading post built on the Adobe Creek in 1840. Fort Lupton has a strong sense of community and an old-fashioned feel with many historic commercial and residential buildings still standing. Although the community wasn't officially incorporated until 1974, today its 7,000 citizens have access to a recreation center that boasts a 139-foot waterslide, the Coyote Creek Golf Course, and many local farms.
3. Rocky Ford Colorado
Tucked in the Arkansas River Valley, Rocky Ford is probably best known for its watermelon and cantaloupe grown by local farmers. The median household income is below average here at $21,694, and median home value was just $68,645 in 2012. But that doesn't affect the city's crime rate. Rocky Ford is the third safest city in Colorado with a crime score of 211, 86 percent lower than that of the state’s average city. The city is proud of its heritage and celebrates it each August with the Arkansas Valley Fair including horse races, stock shows, a carnival and rodeo, a fiesta and Watermelon Days.
4. Eaton Colorado
Unofficially called the "Garden of Eaton," Eaton is in the northern part of the state in Weld County. The town is served by a 10-person police department, so it's a good thing that its crime score is 228. In 2013, the city reported six violent crimes and three property crimes. Much of the farming country around Eaton, Colorado continues to depend on the irrigation systems engineered by the city's namesake Benjamin Harrison Eaton.
5. Yuma Colorado
Yuma is a small agricultural and ranching community situated in the northeastern Colorado plains just 40 miles from the Nebraska and Kansas borders and 150 miles from Denver. The city is steeped in farming heritage, and each September, Yuma celebrates this farming history during Old Threshers Day. Farmers demonstrate techniques, such as wheat threshing and corn husking. The city is protected by a seven-officer police department, which is plenty for a town with a population of just 3,563 and a crime score of 239.
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