See Which Kentucky Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 16k

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

We’ve all heard of Kentucky Fried Chicken, but there is so much more to this state than delicious poultry. Kentucky is home to the world’s longest cave, the world famous horse race – the Kentucky Derby, and bluegrass music. Kentucky is the 4th largest state for automobile production, with several Ford, Toyota, and Lexus models built here. For you drinkers out there with refined tastes, you’d be glad to know Kentucky produces 95% of the world’s bourbon whiskey. With so much going on in the state, you can understand why there are many cities here that have high safety ratings.

There is a large concentration of cities with high safety ratings to the north, near the Ohio border. Cities like Fort Thomas, Erlanger, and Independence are here, all with safety ratings above 80. On the national level, there are 4 cities in Kentucky that made it onto the top 750 safest cities in the nation. These cities have seen declines in their property crime rates over the years.

The safest city is Fort Thomas, with a safety rating of 89.83, and it is right on the Ohio River with a population of 16,358. The median income for a family here is $63,006, which is on the upper end in Kentucky. Fort Thomas has great education for those under 18, and ample job opportunities, both contributing to the high safety rating of the city.

Deeper into Kentucky are many other safe cities to choose from, such as Danville (86.74), and Lexington which has one of the biggest populations in the city with 314,077 residents and a safety rating of 68.86. The largest population is just west of Lexington, in the Louisville Metro area. There are 680,550 residents in Louisville Metro, with a safety rating of 65.92, not at all bad for such a highly populated area.


1 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.83

Fort Thomas, KY

16,358 681 3 -50.4% 125 6%

2 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.24

Independence, KY

26,773 836 11 -16.5% 193 -6.1%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.3

Madisonville, KY

19,549 300 31 64.9% 386 -0.7%

4 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.74

Danville, KY

16,703 538 36 14.4% 314 -28.7%

5 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.46

Erlanger, KY

22,774 429 37 67% 366 -30.4%

6
Safety Score: 79.5

Jeffersontown, KY

27,027 449 49 40.5% 643 1.3%

7
Safety Score: 79.2

Murray, KY

18,810 n/a 31 19.9% 611 6.3%

8
Safety Score: 78.05

Radcliff, KY

23,040 451 72 42.4% 559 5.2%

9
Safety Score: 76.99

Henderson, KY

28,928 n/a 89 36.5% 766 -22.1%

10
Safety Score: 76.51

Georgetown, KY

32,273 n/a 55 -14% 947 -1.9%

11
Safety Score: 76.31

Elizabethtown, KY

30,241 437 48 16.9% 883 -17.5%

12
Safety Score: 73.88

Hopkinsville, KY

32,756 317 97 -5.1% 1,064 4%

13
Safety Score: 72.96

Nicholasville, KY

29,351 418 47 -11% 1,036 -4.8%

14
Safety Score: 72.63

Richmond, KY

33,943 555 85 -18.6% 1,153 -11.8%

15
Safety Score: 71.19

Owensboro, KY

58,608 440 130 6.7% 2,178 -3.2%

16
Safety Score: 70.97

Covington, KY

41,056 366 175 -15.4% 1,496 -10.9%

17
Safety Score: 68.86

Lexington, KY

314,077 540 1,044 -0.4% 12,405 1.5%

18
Safety Score: 68.56

Frankfort, KY

27,603 344 93 -1.5% 1,131 10.2%

19
Safety Score: 68.24

St. Matthews, KY

18,016 461 42 23% 758 9.9%

20
Safety Score: 65.92

Louisville, KY

680,550 457 4,300 6.9% 28,352 -0.5%

21
Safety Score: 65.54

Florence, KY

32,357 475 70 10.9% 1,516 0.6%

22
Safety Score: 64.72

Ashland, KY

21,232 400 47 -7.5% 1,022 -4.4%

23
Safety Score: 63.73

Paducah, KY

24,968 307 77 -3.6% 1,439 6.2%

24
Safety Score: 62.8

Bowling Green, KY

63,346 445 225 9.8% 3,137 4.7%

25
Safety Score: 61.74

Winchester, KY

18,462 n/a 46 9.1% 972 15.9%


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