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Safest Cities List in Kansas

  • Population

    2,911,359

  • Avg Annual Rent

    $9,555

  • Avg Household Income

    $56,194

  • Cost of Living

    17.60%

  • Violent Crime Rate

    6.07

  • Property Crime Rate

    13.02

  • Primary Care Ranking

    32

  • Mental Health Provider

    35

The population of Kansas has grown just 2.1% over the last nine years, from 2.8 million in 2010 to an estimated 2.9 million in 2019. Its nickname may be the Sunflower State, but Kansas is no doubt popularly known throughout the U.S. for its expansive wheat fields, and for being Dorothy’s home state in “The Wizard of Oz.” Kansas also represents the geographic midpoint of the U.S. The most populous cities in Kansas include Wichita, Overland Park, Kansas City, Olathe and Topeka. Learn which cities made the cut for our safest cities in Kansas and find out why below.

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Kansas

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

We narrowed down the safest cities in Kansas based on the factors that matter most.

20 Safest Cities in Kansas

No. 1 Bel Aire

A suburb of Wichita, Bel Aire is rated as the safest city in Kansas due to its almost nonexistent number of violent, property and hate crimes. Bel Aire is a great place for families and has a variety of dining and entertainment options, including attractions in nearby Wichita such as the Sedgwick County Zoo.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

87 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.235788 (10th)1.235788 (10th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
13896 (1st)95250 (1st)0.008 (20th)0 (20th)0.019 (14th)0 (19th)

No. 2 Olathe

With around 140,000 residents, Olathe is the fourth-biggest city in the Kansas City metro area. Violent and property crime, hate crime and officer incidents are very low in Olathe, which is a big part of its high safety ranking. Olathe is a cultural center as well, with attractions like the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

100 out of 100

Public Safety

75 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.071863 (2nd)0.071863 (2nd)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
11880 (3rd)85318 (2nd)0.031 (18th)0.049 (16th)0.008 (19th)0.3 (15th)

No. 3 Shawnee

Another municipality in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Shawnee boasts a crime rate much lower than the state’s median rate and lower than the national median as well. Shawnee is a good place for nature lovers, as it boasts natural attractions such as the Shawnee Mission Park and Black Hoof Park in nearby Lenexa.

99 out of 100

Public Safety

73 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.151554 (3rd)0.151554 (3rd)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
11592 (4th)84507 (3rd)0.035 (16th)0.053 (15th)0.016 (17th)0.277 (16th)

No. 4 Valley Center

A small town with just under 7,000 people, Valley Center is another suburb of Wichita. Valley Center is another Kansas town with very low incidents of reported violent and property crime, although there have been a small number of hate crimes reported in recent years. Still, Valley Center remains an attractive community. When you’re there, check out the Great Plains Nature Center.

96 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)2.713704 (16th)2.713704 (16th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
11076 (5th)70962 (5th)0.015 (19th)0.009 (19th)0.028 (11th)0.31 (13th)

No. 5 St. Marys

St. Marys is a very small town of only 2,600 people, and has a very low rate of violent crime, property crime, officer incidents and aggravated assault. St. Marys does unfortunately have the third-highest rate of hate crime reports on our top 20, but the rate is still relatively low. St. Marys is home to the Saint Mary’s Academy and College.

96 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)3.779289 (18th)3.779289 (18th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
8508 (16th)64274 (6th)0.038 (14th)0.045 (17th)0.024 (13th)0 (19th)

No. 6 Overland Park

Part of the Kansas City metro area, Overland Park is the second-largest city in Kansas, with nearly 200,000 residents. With negligible violent and property crime and only a few officer incidents, Overland Park is one of the safest cities of its size around. Overland Park is home to the Sprint World Headquarters Campus, the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and a number of other cultural and historical attractions.

89 out of 100

Public Safety

70 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.051579 (1st)0.051579 (1st)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
13500 (2nd)82651 (4th)0.034 (17th)0.036 (18th)0.007 (20th)0.273 (17th)

No. 7 Salina

Salina is another Kansas town with a minimal crime rate and almost no officer-involved incidents. Part of one of the largest wheat-producing areas in the world, Salina is also home to several colleges, including Kansas Wesleyan University, Bethany College and Salina Area Technical College.

98 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)0.85357 (7th)0.85357 (7th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
8988 (11th)48079 (11th)0.038 (14th)0.104 (13th)0.018 (15th)0.31 (13th)

No. 8 Garden

Garden City is on the Western side of Kansas, over five hours away from Kansas City. The town has very few property crimes and violent crime is rare. With just over 26,000 residents, Garden City is home to the largest zoological park in Western Kansas, the Lee Richardson Zoo.

99 out of 100

Public Safety

51 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.37172 (5th)0.37172 (5th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
N/A54305 (7th)0.047 (8th)0.124 (9th)0.026 (12th)0.572 (4th)

No. 9 Hutchinson

Hutchinson is sometimes referred to as “Salt City” due to its being the home of a salt mine since 1887. With almost no reported violent and property crime and only a smattering of hate crime reported, Hutchinson is another Kansas community in which you can feel secure.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

51 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.232347 (9th)1.232347 (9th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
8688 (13th)46661 (15th)0.047 (8th)0.109 (12th)0.018 (15th)0.502 (8th)

No. 10 Burlington

Of all the Kansas towns on our top 20, Burlington has the highest rate of reported hate crimes, but overall Burlington crime rate is very low. Burlington has only 2,500 residents, making it one of the smallest towns on our list. Situated nearby is Wolf Creek Generating Station, the only nuclear power plant in Kansas.

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)3.941663 (20th)3.941663 (20th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
7440 (19th)48235 (10th)0.051 (5th)0.118 (11th)0.057 (1st)0.589 (3rd)

No. 11 Dodge

Although steeped in frontier and Wild West history, the famous Dodge City is today a safe place for families and individuals alike, with a very low rate of violent crime and property crimes such as burglary. Visitors enjoy historical attractions such as the Boot Hill Museum and the Gunfighters Wax Museum.

99 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)0.720565 (6th)0.720565 (6th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9168 (9th)51903 (9th)0.063 (1st)0.141 (7th)0.03 (10th)0.457 (10th)

No. 12 Ottawa

Situated on the banks of the Marais des Cygnes river, Ottawa is the county seat of Franklin County. Ottawa is safe and quiet, boasting low incidents of violent crime, property crime, officer incidents and hate crime. Try the Old Depot Museum for a taste of Kansas History.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

48 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.626016 (12th)1.626016 (12th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9132 (10th)47334 (12th)0.058 (4th)0.085 (14th)0.031 (9th)0.187 (18th)

No. 13 Great Bend

Named after the Easterly bend in the Arkansas River where Great Bend sits, Great Bend is a small town of around 15,000 and has an incredibly low rate of crimes such as burglary, robbery and aggravated assault. Great Bend is known for farming, and its grain elevators can be seen for miles around.

98 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)1.311389 (11th)1.311389 (11th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
7908 (17th)46171 (16th)0.043 (13th)0.185 (3rd)0.035 (7th)0.599 (2nd)

No. 14 Goodland

Home to Northwest Kansas Technical College, Goodland is a small town of about 4,500 residents in northwestern Kansas. With very low property and violent crime rates and only a smattering of hate crime, Goodland remains one of the safest places in Kansas.

97 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)2.272727 (14th)2.272727 (14th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9648 (6th)52879 (8th)0.047 (8th)0.206 (2nd)0.045 (2nd)0.56 (5th)

No. 15 Winfield

Winfield is a small town in Southern Kansas well known for its Walnut Valley Festival, one of the country’s biggest and oldest acoustic and bluegrass music festivals. Winfield enjoys a very low rate of violent and property crime, although there have been occasional hate crimes reported.

97 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)2.485089 (15th)2.485089 (15th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
8532 (15th)44498 (18th)0.045 (12th)0.139 (8th)0.033 (8th)0.533 (6th)

No. 16 Liberal

Other than a few hate crime reports, Liberal boasts a low crime rate compared to many towns of its size. Located in Southwest Kansas on the border with Oklahoma, Liberal boasts the Mid America Air Museum and Dorothy’s House and the Land of Oz, a replica of the house from the Wizard of Oz that hosts an annual festival.

96 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)3.041825 (17th)3.041825 (17th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
8916 (12th)47096 (13th)0.051 (5th)0.144 (5th)0.043 (4th)0.506 (7th)

No. 17 Wellington

Known locally as the wheat capital of the world, Wellington is just 40 miles south of Wichita and is home to just under 8,000 people. Crime is low in Wellington, although it does have the second-highest hate crime rate in our top 20.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

44 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)3.858521 (19th)3.858521 (19th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
8544 (14th)44688 (17th)0.047 (8th)0.143 (6th)0.04 (5th)0.659 (1st)

No. 18 Chanute

Located in Southeast Kansas equidistant from Kansas City and Wichita, Chanute is a small town of around 9,000 people, with very little crime to speak of, including low reports of officer-involved incidents or violent crimes. Chanute is a quiet community, home to the Neosho County Community College.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

37 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.105461 (8th)1.105461 (8th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
7008 (20th)36288 (19th)0.062 (2nd)0.184 (4th)0.045 (2nd)0.463 (9th)

No. 19 Iola

Iola also enjoys a very low crime rate, registering very few reports of violent or property crime or officer incidents, and only a small number of hate crime reports.  A small town of 5,400, Iola is home to Allen Community College Iola campus.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

35 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.884659 (13th)1.884659 (13th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
7800 (18th)31218 (20th)0.061 (3rd)0.226 (1st)0.037 (6th)0.387 (11th)

No. 20 Topeka

Topeka is the capital city of Kansas. For a city of its size (around 125,000), Topeka has a low crime rate, with negligible reports of violent crime and property crime. Located about an hour West of Kansas City, Topeka features the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, which commemorates the 1954 Supreme Court decision to end school segregation.

88 out of 100

Public Safety

45 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.237344 (4th)0.237344 (4th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9480 (7th)46890 (14th)0.05 (7th)0.119 (10th)0.012 (18th)0.37 (12th)

Kansas State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

Kansas bears the dubious distinction of being the 6th state most likely to experience natural disasters. According to USA.com, Kansas also ranks as the 6th state most likely to be hit with tornadoes, with 17 F5 tornadoes recorded in the state since 1950. Although Kansas is no stranger to devastating earthquakes, it’s one of the states least likely to be affected by an earthquake. Instead, hail storms, thunderstorms and floods represent the most common extreme weather conditions in the state, followed by various types of winter weather. Only seven wildfires and one dust storm have been recorded in Kansas since 1950.

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Health Safety

American Health Rankings places Kansas in the 29th position in terms of public health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death. Deaths by accident, stroke or homicide occur in the state at about the average rate for the entire U.S., but Kansas has the 8th-highest rate of diabetes-related deaths. Kansas also has a significantly higher rate of firearm deaths than the U.S. average, but drug overdose deaths occur at about half the rate of the national average.

27 out of 100

Health Safety

Top 21 Safest Cities in Kansas

City Population Public Safety Ranking Financial Safety Ranking Rank