See Which Kansas Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 12k

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

Kansas is home to some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets you’ll ever see. The state is known for its expansive farmland, with never ending wheat fields. Just about any movie wanting to show the heartland of the U.S., will have some of its scenes filmed here. Kansas is not all just farmland though, with some of the biggest aerospace companies stationed here. Life in Kansas seems blissfully simple, and with the safety scores their cities received, it seems their residents agree.

Kansas is home to 4 of the top 500 safest cities in the nation, with the top 25 safest cities within the state having a range of 89.03 to 58.03. As with some other states, the smaller and more sparsely populated cities have much higher safety ratings than the larger and densely populated areas. There is an average of 1 officer per 450 residents across the 25 cities we ranked. This is a bit more than some other states officer to resident ratio.

Prairie Village is the safest city in the state, with a population of 21,980 and located just south of the major metropolitan city – Kansas City. The median family income is 70,602 which is higher than the average income of the rest of the state. Educated and well employed individuals reside here, contributing to its low crime rate and high safety rating.

The safest cities are mostly clustered around Kansas City, as most people commute from the safer suburbs into the major city for work. Some of these other cities are Shawnee (81.71), Ottawa (87.55), and Leavenworth (71.21). Wichita is further inland but ranks in the 25th spot of our safest cities in the state, with a rating of 58.03. There is also Junction City (77.75) that is built right on the major trans-national highway 70. Going through our list of cities you’ll be sure to find a great city to reside in if you move to this growing state.


1 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.03

Prairie Village, KS

21,980 406 7 -22.2% 226 1%

2 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.55

Ottawa, KS

12,341 373 26 -20.6% 236 -37.6%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.47

Leawood, KS

35,047 443 24 -1% 422 -1.8%

4 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.54

Andover, KS

12,685 383 20 14.8% 163 -43%

5 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.34

Emporia, KS

24,479 543 36 n/a 496 n/a

6 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84

Lenexa, KS

51,760 407 74 29.9% 889 8.3%

7
Safety Score: 83.61

Olathe, KS

134,830 705 177 73.3% 2,099 18.9%

8
Safety Score: 82.37

Hays, KS

21,173 571 87 52.6% 494 11.5%

9
Safety Score: 81.97

Overland Park, KS

187,240 634 399 19.3% 3,447 11.1%

10
Safety Score: 81.89

Liberal, KS

21,128 430 87 8.4% 538 -8.5%

11
Safety Score: 81.71

Shawnee, KS

65,182 644 122 17.8% 1,237 17.1%

12
Safety Score: 81.02

Dodge City, KS

28,271 470 91 -22.1% 784 1.6%

13
Safety Score: 79.88

El Dorado8, KS

12,843 n/a 49 35.8 0

14
Safety Score: 79.82

Garden City, KS

27,059 300 128 -24.4% 791 -2.6%

15
Safety Score: 78.31

Derby, KS

23,430 425 29 30.5% 618 8.3%

16
Safety Score: 77.75

Junction City, KS

24,879 365 180 44.6% 512 -9.6%

17
Safety Score: 75.94

McPherson, KS

13,202 439 18 n/a 503 n/a

18
Safety Score: 75.1

Salina, KS

47,874 468 187 n/a 1,763 n/a

19
Safety Score: 71.21

Great Bend, KS

15,800 n/a 75 -5.8% 673 -23.9%

20
Safety Score: 71.21

Leavenworth, KS

36,154 501 242 -2.8% 1,154 -2.2%

21
Safety Score: 70.37

Newton, KS

19,103 489 90 n/a 673 n/a

22
Safety Score: 64.79

Hutchinson, KS

41,499 410 255 n/a 1,813 n/a

23
Safety Score: 61.85

Kansas City, KS

150,370 n/a 1,163 8.8% 7,054 -4.4%

24
Safety Score: 60.22

Topeka, KS

127,096 382 720 11.1% 6,601 5.9%

25
Safety Score: 58.03

Wichita, KS

389,824 499 3839 0 19652 0


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