14 Safest Cities in Kansas: Safest Places to Live in KS

August 29, 2014

6. Shawnee, KS

Shawnee, a city located in the northwest of Johnson County in Kansas, has a rich heritage. The city was officially incorporated in 1857, and has since become one of the best places to live in America. Ranked as the 17th Best Place to Live by Money Magazine in 2007, the town boasts of affordable housing, short commute times, and clean air quality. The Shawnee Police Department consists of three main divisions, Administration, Patrol and Support Services, and is well known for its community activities, such as the Smart Policing Initiative and NotifyJoco, an instant messaging service that allows citizens to receive real time security and emergency updates on locations they care about.

Population: 63,542
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.34
Property Crimes per 1000: 16.68
Crime Index: 50
Safer than 50% of US cities

7. Gardner, KS

The city of Gardner in Johnson County was founded at the parting of the California Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Oregon Trail, as a free-stater settlement in 1857. The city hosts a number of well known cultural and touristic attractions in its downtown district, including the Arboretum Botanical Gardens, Children’s Museum of Kansas City, and the Johnson County Museum. The Gardner Police Department handles community safety services through its patrol, investigations and animal control units. It also offers free security detail for block parties, business security investigations, and tornado warning systems for its citizens. It also provides regular updates on citizens’ safety through the official city website.

Population: 19,532
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.79
Property Crimes per 1000: 17.56
Crime Index: 46
Safer than 46% of US cities

8. Lenexa, KS

Lenexa is located in the center of Johnson County, in the north east of Kansas. Known as the “Spinach Capital of the World”, the city celebrates the annual Spinach Festival every September, among other community events, such as the Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle. Lenexa is also known for its Records Center, informally known as “The Caves”, which is managed by the National Archives and Records Administration. The local police force incorporates the latest in technology into their security measures, and insists upon registration of residential and business alarms. The Citizen’s Police Academy and the Youth Police Academy allow residents to stay informed on the latest security developments. In addition to this, the department releases an e-newsletter called the Neighbourhood E-Watch that features safety tips and recent criminal activity to keep its citizens informed.

Population: 49,222
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.18
Property Crimes per 1000: 19.18
Crime Index: 43
Safer than 43% of US cities

9. Olathe, KS

Olathe is the county seat of Johnson County in northeastern Kansas. The fourth most populated city in the state, the US Census Bureau recently ranked it as the 24th fastest growing city in the nation. It has also been voted as one of the Best Places to Live (rank 11) in the 100 Best Cities to Live in America by Money Magazine. The city, which is experiencing tremendous commercial growth, is kept safe by the Olathe Police Department, which in addition to offering a Citizens’ Police Academy and Advisory Council, also offers programs and services in Hostage Crisis Negotiation, Mental Health Safety, and gang related crime. The department also participates in the annual Benchmark Cities Survey, which helps it provide the best possible service to its citizens.

Population: 128,560
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.49
Property Crimes per 1000: 19.29
Crime Index: 42
Safer than 42% of US cities

10. Overland Park, KS

Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City, is the second most highly populated city in the state of Kansas. Lauded by the press as an affordable and safe community, it has achieved a rank among the top 10 Best Cities to Live In America, awarded by Money magazine. It has also been ranked among BusinessWeek’s Best Places to Raise Your Kids in 2009, the US News and World Report’s 10 Best Places to Grow Up and Housing Wire’s list of The 10 absolute best housing markets for families, ranking in the top ten across all categories. The city boasts of one of the lowest crime rates in the county, and publishes updated security information and crime statistics in its Annual Report. The county schools are furnished with School Resources Officers and School Crossing Guards, as well as a youth Explorers’ Program, which teaches children about police activities.

Population: 177,085
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.61
Property Crimes per 1000: 23.03
Crime Index: 34
Safer than 34% of US cities

11. Derby, KS

The city of Derby, formerly known as El Paso, is located in Sedgwick County, Kansas. Family Circle Magazine named it in 2012 as one of the 10 Best Towns for Families. Home to the famous Derby Historical Museum and the Rock River Rapids, the city is the largest suburb of Wichita. Its growing population has increased the need for constant security, which is provided by the local Police Department. With a separate Community Education Unit working full-time to provide assistance, security, and prevention tips to citizens, the Police Department aims to keep its citizens safe and well informed at all times.

Population: 22,393
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.07
Property Crimes per 1000: 23.31
Crime Index: 34
Safer than 34% of US cities

12. Andover, KS

Andover is a city located in the Butler County of Kansas. As a suburb of Wichita, it was formerly known as Minneha, before changing its name to Cloud City, and then finally being officially renamed Andover in 1880. The city is home to two golf courses, one of which was voted the 43rd Best Golf Course in the Country by Golf Digest Magazine. The Andover Police Department recently received the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies’ (CALEA) Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation, having being among the best law enforcement agencies to comply with a set of the recommended policing standards as laid down by law enforcement practitioners and researchers.

Population: 11,839
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.1
Property Crimes per 1000: 23.74
Crime Index: 34
Safer than 34% of US cities

13. Tonganoxie, KS

Located in Leavenworth County in northeast Kansas, Tonganoxie was named for a local Indian Chief whose name means ‘Short’ in the Delaware language. The well known clothing retailer Peruvian Connection is based out of the city, along with several other businesses and universities. The city boasts of a low crime rate, beautiful parks and trails, and a high quality education system. Though the Tonganoxie Police Department is small, it offers a number of services for its citizens including vacation home watches, safe house checks, training for cadets, and animal control. It also takes an active interest in senior citizens and child safety, and provides useful and relevant information on its website.

Population: 5,091
Violent Crimes per 1000: 2.16
Property Crimes per 1000: 22.39
Crime Index: 34
Safer than 34% of US cities

14. Colby, KS

Colby is the county seat of Thomas County in Kansas. With a population of just over 5,000, the city is known for its beautiful natural and touristic attractions, including the Villa High Lake, Fike Park, and the Colby Aquatic Park. The Colby Police Department organizes regular patrols, engages in community policing activities, and supports educational and learning activities for its citizens. In January 2007, the department seized $3.7 million dollars in drug forfeiture funds, which have contributed greatly to its technological and training advancements. Officers are provided specialized training and work in partnership with external agencies to keep the city safe throughout the year.

Population: 5,466
Violent Crimes per 1000: 2.2
Property Crimes per 1000: 24.52
Crime Index: 30
Safer than 30% of US cities

Finding a safe place in which to live or do business is a major consideration. Take the time to review our list of the safest cities in Kansas before your next move. You can earn yourself a big chunk of peace of mind in doing so.

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14 Safest Cities in Kansas: Safest Places to Live in KS

Disclaimer: To improve the accuracy and usefulness of our list, we chose to exclude small communities with populations below 5,000 in our rankings.
Our rankings are determined by national crime statistics published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Our rankings are only as accurate as the local population and crime statistics officially released by the FBI.

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