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Safest Cities in Colorado

  • Population

    5,691,287

  • Avg Annual Rent

    $14,430

  • Avg Household Income

    $68,508

  • Cost of Living

    21.30%

  • Violent Crime Rate

    3.12

  • Property Crime Rate

    61.51

  • Primary Care Ranking

    27

  • Mental Health Provider

    11

As of July 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that more than 5.7 million people lived in Colorado, representing a 14.5% increase since April 2010. Colorado’s average per-capita income between 2014 and 2018 was $36,415, but approximately 9.6% of the population lives in poverty. Colorado’s main claim to fame is its stunning Rocky Mountain scenery, which includes some of the highest summits in the continental U.S. and the famous Pikes Peak. It should come as no surprise to learn that Colorado residents enjoy spending time outside, with 15.7% taking to the ski slopes. Running, hiking and cycling represent other popular outdoor activities for Coloradans. See which cities made our list of safest cities in Colorado below.

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Colorado

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).

  • Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Annual rent – Annualized median rent
  • Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance

20 Safest Cities in Colorado

No. 1 Lone Tree

Topping our list of the safest cities in Colorado is the Denver suburb of Lone Tree. Located just south of Denver, Lone Tree is known for the Park Meadows Mall, its Summer Concert Series and the historic Schweiger Ranch, where you can glimpse life in Colorado as it was in the 1800s. Lone Tree is an affluent neighborhood with just 1% living below the poverty line and nearly 95% of residents reporting home internet access.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

76 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.717721 (13th)0.717721 (13th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
19632 (2nd)115746 (1st)0.031 (19nd)0.01 (20rd)0.042 (5th)0.248 (6th)

No. 2 Woodland Park

Woodland Park is known as “the City Above the Clouds,” and rightfully so. Located just north of the famed Pikes Peak, Woodland Park altitude makes it possible to view the towering summit from above the clouds. The majority of Woodland Park residents have home internet access, and both poverty and unemployment in the area remain relatively low.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

65 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.297185 (18th)1.297185 (18th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
13728 (14th)71295 (9th)0.046 (11th)0.045 (15th)0.036 (7th)0.114 (15th)

No. 3 Golden

Founded in 1859, Golden is one of Colorados oldest towns, and its history has been preserved in numerous museums, including the Colorado Railroad Museum, the American Mountaineering Museum, the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, and the Golden History Museum and Park. Our data show that Golden has low levels of unemployment, poverty, and hate-related crime.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

59 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.48151 (12th)0.48151 (12th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
15540 (7th)66344 (11th)0.039 (15th)0.039 (16th)0.017 (11th)0.177 (11th)

No. 4 Commerce

Commerce City hugs the 15,000-acre Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, which is arguably larger than Commerce City itself and is a rare example of a short-grass prairie. Commerce City other notable neighbor is Denver International Airport, which lies directly to the east. Notably, Commerce City has one of the lowest hate crime indices on our list.

99 out of 100

Public Safety

56 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.173992 (5th)0.173992 (5th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
15144 (11th)71621 (8th)0.042 (14th)0.097 (7th)0.02 (10th)0.223 (9th)

No. 5 Longmont

Longmont lies northeast of Boulder and south of Fort Collins, but its designation as a Certified Colorado Creative District makes it a popular destination in itself. The town has more than 100 locally owned restaurants, 11 breweries, four distilleries and a cidery. However, 6% of the population remains unemployed. 

99 out of 100

Public Safety

55 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.210047 (7th)0.210047 (7th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
14796 (12th)69857 (10th)0.06 (3th)0.078 (10th)0.012 (14th)0.121 (14th)

No. 6 Brighton

Despite a population over 41,000, Brighton retains the friendly, rustic charm of a small town. In the late summer and fall, people enjoy walking through the 4-mile Murray Maize Maze. During fair season, Brighton hosts the Adams County Fair, during which the infamous 1904 Battle of Brighton took place. Do not be alarmed if you do not remember this skirmish from history — it was a good-natured tomato fight!

96 out of 100

Public Safety

55 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.982898 (15th)0.982898 (15th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
14496 (13th)72185 (7th)0.047 (10th)0.09 (9th)0.028 (8th)0.384 (2nd)

No. 7 Rifle

The first truly small town to grace our list of safest cities in Colorado, Rifle population is just over 9,700.  Rifle is a hub for ranchers, hunters and adventurous tourists alike. It boasts a relatively low cost of living but a higher hate crime index than the majority of the cities on our list. 

96 out of 100

Public Safety

55 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)2.05952 (19th)2.05952 (19th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
11628 (15th)64832 (13th)0.054 (6th)0.095 (8th)0.055 (3rd)0.369 (3rd)

No. 8 Silverthorne

Silverthorne is nestled in the Rocky Mountains, and skiing enthusiasts can take their pick of slopes to the east, including the Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Silverthorne also has a lot to offer in terms of shopping, with over 70 name-brand stores making up the popular Outlets at Silverthorne. Perhaps these numerous retail employers are the reason why only 2.8% of Silverthorne nearly 5,000 residents are unemployed, giving this town the lowest unemployment rate on our list.

95 out of 100

Public Safety

54 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)2.094241 (20th)2.094241 (20th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
N/A63452 (14th)0.028 (20th)0.132 (3rd)0.088 (1st)0 (20rd)

No. 9 Sterling

Sterling lies in the northeast corner of the state, where mountains have yet to emerge in the background. Sterling was settled by pioneers who decided to set up camp along the Overland Trail instead of making a complete western journey. Although the unemployment rate in Sterling is 5.2%, poverty remains at 13.3%.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

49 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.717978 (14th)0.717978 (14th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
8892 (19nd)41220 (19th)0.052 (8th)0.133 (2nd)0.056 (2nd)0.107 (16th)

No. 10 Grand Junction

The Gunnison River empties into the Colorado River in the aptly-named city of Grand Junction, located near the Utah border. Numerous wineries have taken advantage of the gentle slopes and plains in this part of Colorado, so it is no surprise that Grand Junction hosts Colorado largest wine festival, the Colorado Mountain Winefest. Grand Junction has one of the lowest hate crime indices in the state, but also one of the highest unemployment rates.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

46 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.317591 (9th)0.317591 (9th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
10944 (17th)49849 (17th)0.077 (2nd)0.131 (5th)0.021 (9th)0.263 (5th)

No. 11 Louisville

Located between Boulder and Denver, Louisville boasts an interesting historic district in the Old Town, as well as a modern shopping and dining district on McCaslin Boulevard. Our data indicate that Louisville nearly 21,000 residents enjoy some of the best financial security in the entire state, with low poverty, low unemployment, high access to internet and an average household income over $100,000. 

79 out of 100

Public Safety

69 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.464145 (11th)0.464145 (11th)8.354607 (20rd)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
18456 (3rd)100188 (3rd)0.043 (12th)0.027 (18th)0.017 (11th)0.046 (18st)

No. 12 Canon

Canon City features a passenger train, which travels the Royal Gorge Route Railroad to give not only stunning views of the scenery but also a small taste of what it was like to travel west in the late 1800s. It is also the home of the Museum of Colorado Prisons. Unfortunately, however, Canon City has the highest poverty rate of all the towns on our list at 15.8%

96 out of 100

Public Safety

47 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.207948 (16th)1.207948 (16th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9204 (18st)44422 (18st)0.054 (6th)0.158 (1st)0.04 (6th)0.423 (1st)

No. 13 Trinidad

Trinidad is the last major stop along I-25 before crossing the New Mexico state line. It was part of the northernmost route on the Santa Fe Trail, which led westward-bound settlers to Santa Fe from its starting point in Franklin, Missouri. This history is celebrated each summer with the Santa Fe Trail Days. Trinidad is also home to a thriving art and theater scene. Notably, it is the most affordable place to live among all the cities that made it onto our list.

85 out of 100

Public Safety

43 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.258336 (17th)1.258336 (17th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
8352 (20rd)37870 (20rd)0.08 (1st)0.132 (3rd)0.048 (4th)0.028 (19nd)

No. 14 Centennial

Sprawling across the southern Metro Denver area, Centennial was officially incorporated back in 2001 and is now the states 10th-largest city in terms of population. In the relatively short period that Centennial has been a city, it has already gained a reputation for being an excellent place to live, work and play, and reportedly represents one of the most sought-after ZIP codes in America. Poverty here is quite rare. 

55 out of 100

Public Safety

72 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
2.687064 (15th)6.001111 (15th)86.1652 (14th)0.447844 (10th)0.447844 (10th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
20148 (1st)105974 (2nd)0.034 (18st)0.022 (19nd)0.007 (19th)0.133 (13th)

No. 15 Arvada

As the states 7th-largest city in terms of population, Arvada lies to the northwest of downtown Denver and sprawls as far west as Coal Creek Peak. Arvada is full of open spaces and parklands, which offer a small glimpse into the areas agricultural past. Arvada has impressive financial safety data, but there is room for improvement in the crime data.

51 out of 100

Public Safety

67 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
3.813282 (17th)6.714692 (16th)138.19 (17th)0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
15288 (9th)80055 (4th)0.038 (16th)0.035 (17th)0.009 (17th)0.189 (10th)

No. 16 Fort Collins

Fort Collins is the 4th-largest city in Colorado and the largest to make it on our list of the safest cities in Colorado. The presence of Colorado State University has shaped the culture of Fort Collins. Being “Colorado Craft Beer Capital” is Fort Collins other main claim to fame. A relatively high cost of living is just one of the factors preventing Fort Collins from outranking other towns on our list.

51 out of 100

Public Safety

50 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
2.081314 (14th)9.038849 (19th)111.0827 (15th)0.297331 (8th)0.297331 (8th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
15336 (8th)62132 (15th)0.059 (4th)0.066 (12th)0.006 (20st)0.161 (12th)

No. 17 Boulder

Located near the Flatirons region, Boulder is known as the “Happiest City in the U.S.” Now, residents can also brag that they live in one of the safest cities in Colorado. Boulder has also earned a reputation for environmental protection and preservation, a thriving startup and tech community and plenty of creative arts. Despite being a college town, Boulder remains an expensive place to live.

48 out of 100

Public Safety

51 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
2.860306 (16th)8.857723 (18th)147.1674 (18th)0.184536 (6th)0.184536 (6th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
17592 (4th)66117 (12th)0.051 (9th)0.066 (12th)0.009 (17th)0.07 (17th)

No. 18 Westminster

Located just north of Arvada on the way to Boulder from Denver, Westminster is the 8th-largest city in the state and full of family-friendly attractions. For example, Westminster is best known for its Butterfly Pavilion, where around 1,600 butterflies can be admired. Then the whole family can head to the Adventure Golf and Raceway to burn a little energy. Westminster Stanley Lake Regional Park and Wildlife Refuge is also a great place to take part in the outdoor activities that characterize the entire state.

40 out of 100

Public Safety

58 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
6.857083 (18th)8.439486 (17th)154.7239 (19th)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.351645 (19st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
16368 (6th)73629 (6th)0.043 (12th)0.058 (14th)0.01 (16th)0.239 (7th)

No. 19 Thornton

Thornton lies between two other cities on our list: Westminster and Commerce City. It is the sixth-largest city in the state with a population of over 141,000. Amazingly, the area was not developed until the 1950s. Residents can enjoy over 1,000 acres of parklands, three festivals hosted throughout the year and top-notch shopping at Denver Premium Outlets. It has brag-worthy financial data, but relatively high violent and property crime stats.

39 out of 100

Public Safety

58 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
7.874185 (20th)5.869847 (14th)163.1388 (20nd)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.286334 (18th)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
16776 (5th)76236 (5th)0.037 (17th)0.075 (11th)0.014 (13th)0.316 (4th)

No. 20 Greeley

Greeley — Colorado 11th-largest city — lies to the southeast of Fort Collins and is home to the University of Northern Colorado. Visitors to the Centennial Village Museum can take a peek at what life was like in Greeley in the early 1900s, before it was developed into one of the nations first planned communities. A significant portion of the unemployed population in Greeley lacks healthcare coverage, and the poverty rate is also rather high. 

35 out of 100

Public Safety

52 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
6.98812 (19th)12.57862 (20th)122.2455 (16th)0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
11400 (16th)55007 (16th)0.056 (5th)0.127 (6th)0.012 (14th)0.236 (8th)

Colorado State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

Colorado ranks as the 23rd state most likely to experience natural disasters in the U.S. The National Weather Service names hail storms, wildfires, tornadoes, floods, droughts and winter catastrophes such as ice storms, avalanches and blizzards as the worst weather events in Colorado history since 2010. The Colorado Department of Public Safety also notes that around 100 potentially active fault lines exist in Colorado. However, major earthquakes are relatively uncommon in the state, with the last one of concern striking in 2011.

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Health Safety

Colorado earned the distinction of being the 10th healthiest state in the U.S. in 2019 according to America’s Health Rankings. Cancer is the leading cause of death in Colorado, but cancer deaths in the state occur at one of the lowest population-adjusted rates throughout the U.S. The same is true of Colorado’s second-leading cause of death, heart disease. However, Colorado has the 8th-highest rate of chronic liver disease deaths and the 10th-highest rate of suicide. In terms of air quality, both Denver and Fort Collins rank in the top 20 U.S. cities polluted by ozone.

8 out of 100

Health Safety

Top 20 Safest Cities in Colorado

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