See Which Colorado Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 21k

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

With year-round recreation, a plethora of wonderful restaurants, wineries, breweries, and events going on, residents have it pretty good in Colorado. Not only do they have access to all this, they also benefit from higher household incomes compared to other states in the U.S. Getting around in the state is also a lot easier because commutes are generally shorter than average. To top it all off, Colorado is known for its lower crime rate on a national scale. Its cities Thornton, Parker, Centennial, and Castle Rock made it to our list of the top 100 safest cities in America.

Of the 25 scored cities in Colorado, the top 8 have a Safety Score of at least 80. Thornton, Colorado’s safest city ranks at 88.45. Since it’s fairly close to Denver, residents may commute from Thornton to Denver to get to work or school. While Denver still makes the top 25 scored cities in Colorado, it ranks at only 69.92. The fact that Denver is a more densely populated city may contribute to its lower ranking, while Thornton is a smaller region with predominantly families and married couples.

Parker (88.15), Windsor (87.45), Centennial (86.21), and Castle Rock (84.97) are a few other cities that made it to the top 5 safest cities of Colorado an the top 25th percentile in the US. These cities are scattered throughout the state.

Several reports have shown that Denver will be a hot spot for employment from 2017 onwards. Denver was ranked seventh in the country for the rate of new private-sector jobs in the past year, while Colorado was ranked fifth among the United States for job growth rate in the past year. With so many great neighboring cities around Denver that are easy to commute to and from, those entering the job market in the area don’t have to worry much about safety.


1 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 88.45

Thornton, CO

133,188 566 325 -4.6% n/a n/a

2 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 88.15

Parker, CO

51,017 536 55 -16.7% 514 -18.4%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.45

Windsor, CO

21,736 804 8 53.6% 206 -13.3%

4 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.21

Centennial, CO

108,846 688 137 -4.7% 1,304 -0.8%

5 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.97

Castle Rock, CO

57,699 640 46 5.5% 854 n/a

6
Safety Score: 83.94

Broomfield, CO

63,935 332 37 13.3% 1,197 9.7%

7
Safety Score: 82.85

Lafayette, CO

27,761 n/a -100% 565 16.6%

8
Safety Score: 80.1

Littleton, CO

45,363 492 43 6.3% 1,081 8.7%

9
Safety Score: 78.87

Arvada, CO

115,379 505 156 -9.6% 2,941 8.3%

10
Safety Score: 78.5

Fort Collins, CO

159,629 478 313 -8.2% 4,015 2.4%

11
Safety Score: 78.18

Boulder, CO

106,823 393 222 -10.4% 2,825 -0.7%

12
Safety Score: 77.65

Loveland, CO

74,139 536 171 1.3% 1,906 -3.7%

13
Safety Score: 76.02

Greeley, CO

99,993 499 455 -8.6% 2,624 -22.4%

14
Safety Score: 75.07

Northglenn, CO

39,299 472 106 -12.6% 1,222 16.8%

15
Safety Score: 74.54

Aurora, CO

360,237 440 1,660 11.7% 10,579 3.5%

16
Safety Score: 74.17

Fountain, CO

28,031 683 103 17.8% 811 15.6%

17
Safety Score: 73.8

Westminster, CO

113,547 443 277 5.6% 3,781 14.9%

18
Safety Score: 73.1

Commerce City, CO

53,261 462 225 7.7% 1,726 0.8%

19
Safety Score: 72.92

Brighton, CO

37,511 446 135 -2.1% 1,250 5.3%

20
Safety Score: 70.24

Colorado Springs, CO

452,410 495 1,983 -4.4% 16,504 -0.5%

21
Safety Score: 69.92

Denver, CO

682,418 392 4,599 12.6% 24,089 5.1%

22
Safety Score: 66.19

Grand Junction, CO

60,508 296 257 -10.9% 2,673 4.7%

23
Safety Score: 65.4

Wheat Ridge, CO

31,241 315 100 -3.4% 1,482 36.8%

24
Safety Score: 61.83

Lakewood, CO

151,311 352 859 18.2% 7,583 8.5%

25
Safety Score: 48.85

Pueblo, CO

108,810 449 986 11.1% 7,274 2.6%


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