Nevada is known for its wide open spaces and Wild West ambiance, both of which contribute to its nickname as the Road Trip Capital of the U.S. Visitors can explore 48 million acres of land in the state or try their luck at casinos in Las Vegas, but which of Nevada’s cities can be considered the safest?
How We Determined the Safest Cities in Nevada
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
6 Safest Cities in Nevada
No. 1 Boulder
Boulder City with a population around 16,000 people and located about 26 miles southwest of Las Vegas, has extremely low rates of violent crime, aggravated assault and hate crimes. It’s famous as the home of the Hoover Dam, but visitors can also take in the natural beauty of Lake Mead or cycle around the River Mountains Loop Trail.
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Total Violent Crime Society Crimes Property Crime Hate Crime Officer Incident Mass Shootings 2.482622 (1st) 5.585899 (1st) 91.23635 (1st) 0.620655 (6th) 0.620655 (6th) 0 (1st)
Annual Rent Household Income Unemployment Rate Poverty Uninsured Employed Uninsured Unemployed 11892 (5th) 60870 (2nd) 0.084 (1st) 0.077 (5th) 0.027 (1st) 0.42 (1st)
No. 2 Henderson
Although Henderson is the second-largest city in the state, it still manages to boast some of the lowest crime numbers in the area, including low property crime and officer incident numbers. Henderson’s residents enjoy a wide array of parks to take in the desert beauty, and they can take in entertainment at Henderson Pavilion, the largest outdoor amphitheater in the state. Henderson has all the tranquillity of a small town, while being only 16 miles from the glitter and glam of downtown Las Vegas.
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Total Violent Crime Society Crimes Property Crime Hate Crime Officer Incident Mass Shootings 9.593457 (2nd) 9.238144 (2nd) 196.1329 (2nd) 0.064602 (2nd) 0.064602 (2nd) 0.25841 (6th)
Annual Rent Household Income Unemployment Rate Poverty Uninsured Employed Uninsured Unemployed 14712 (1st) 69940 (1st) 0.063 (4th) 0.062 (6th) 0.007 (5th) 0.269 (5th)
No. 3 Sparks
Sparks a community just east of Reno, is possibly best known for its unique history. Unlike towns that crop up and grow haphazardly, Sparks was created and designed based on the needs of the Southern Pacific Railway. History is celebrated in the city’s own Heritage Museum. As a city of just over 100,00, Sparks enjoys a relatively low crime rate, including no hate crimes or mass shootings.
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Total Violent Crime Society Crimes Property Crime Hate Crime Officer Incident Mass Shootings 15.53432 (3rd) 34.09735 (4th) 238.3883 (4th) 0 (1st) 0 (1st) 0 (1st)
Annual Rent Household Income Unemployment Rate Poverty Uninsured Employed Uninsured Unemployed 12684 (3rd) 60785 (3rd) 0.056 (6th) 0.08 (4th) 0.015 (2nd) 0.292 (3rd)
No. 4 Reno
Reno is a town with very little need for introduction. A quarter of a million people call Reno home, but many more visit what’s known as “The Biggest Little City in the World.” Just 30 miles from beautiful Lake Tahoe, the freshwater lake with popular beaches and ski resorts, Reno itself is known for the casinos and the National Automobile Museum located there. Reno boasts a very low hate crime and officer incident rate, and violent crimes remain uncommon, meaning this city is a safe place to visit or to call home.
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Total Violent Crime Society Crimes Property Crime Hate Crime Officer Incident Mass Shootings 19.14077 (4th) 45.69214 (5th) 239.8738 (5th) 0.079258 (3rd) 0.079258 (3rd) 0.158516 (4th)
Annual Rent Household Income Unemployment Rate Poverty Uninsured Employed Uninsured Unemployed 11604 (6th) 54916 (5th) 0.059 (5th) 0.099 (3rd) 0.008 (4th) 0.285 (4th)
No. 5 Las Vegas
Though it’s sometimes known as “Sin City,” Las Vegas is relatively safe for a city of its size. Known for glamour, world class entertainment and plenty of casinos, Las Vegas also boasts low violent crime and aggravated assault statistics, along with extremely low officer incident numbers. The tragic mass shooting in 2017 remains a horrific outlier in terms of violent crime in the otherwise safe city. Visitors who flood the city each year to revel in the city’s past at the Neon Museum, or catch some of the outdoor splendor the city has to offer, can rest assured that Las Vegas is one of the safest cities in Nevada.
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Total Violent Crime Society Crimes Property Crime Hate Crime Officer Incident Mass Shootings 26.87927 (6th) 33.62341 (3rd) 283.8317 (6th) 0.097301 (4th) 0.097301 (4th) 0 (1st)
Annual Rent Household Income Unemployment Rate Poverty Uninsured Employed Uninsured Unemployed 12684 (3rd) 54694 (6th) 0.076 (2nd) 0.131 (1st) 0.006 (6th) 0.295 (2nd)
No. 6 North Las Vegas
Also sitting at a population close to a quarter of a million, North Las Vegas is located in Clarke County, Nevada. Though it shares its name with Las Vegas, North Las Vegas is a unique place with a network of trails that stretches over 70 miles around town. It’s a safe city, with relatively low violent and property crime, as well as very low officer incidents.
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Total Violent Crime Society Crimes Property Crime Hate Crime Officer Incident Mass Shootings 25.34916 (5th) 71.2692 (6th) 210.6491 (3rd) 0.121482 (5th) 0.121482 (5th) 0.202469 (5th)
Annual Rent Household Income Unemployment Rate Poverty Uninsured Employed Uninsured Unemployed 14016 (2nd) 57723 (4th) 0.072 (3rd) 0.131 (1st) 0.011 (3rd) 0.247 (6th)
Nevada State Safety
Natural Disaster Safety
Nevada sits in the middle of the pack when it comes to natural disaster safety in the U.S., at number 28. That’s because of its risk of earthquakes, floods and wildfires. The Southern Nevada Health District recommends residents be prepared with a Family Disaster plan in case any natural or human-made emergency should arrive, as earthquakes of some magnitude occur almost every day in some areas of Nevada.
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Nevada ranks 48th out of 50 for access to physicians, with only 107 physicians per 100,000 inhabitants in the state. As is the case for much of the US, the greatest cause of death in Nevada is heart disease, followed by cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease.
Nevada ranks 46th for average air pollution exposure, but that could change in years to come since the Environmental Protection Agency won a $60 million settlement with the Nevada Power Company in the summer of 2020, The settlement requires the reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions from the Clark Generating Station by 2,300 tons annually. In 2019, Nevada experienced over 22 drug related fatalities per 100,000 people.
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Top 6 Safest Cities in Nevada
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