See Which Missouri Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 25k

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

Missouri is home to the Gateway Arch, a monument to commemorate the western pioneers, and is the tallest man-made monument in the nation. Missouri has more caves than any other state, totaling more than 6,100 on record so far, and is even home to the only cave restaurant. The first Olympic games in the U.S. were held at St. Louis in 1904. The iconic Mark Twain was born here. If you’re a skeptical Missourian then you can check their birth certificates for proof, as Missouri is known as the “Show Me State” for never believing without evidence. Speaking of evidence, our safety rankings of U.S. cities shows that Missouri has plenty of safe areas to live in.

For those thinking to move here, you’ll be relieved to know that Missouri has the 53rd safest city in the nation, and another six cities that are in the top 500 safest cities in the country. The 25 safest cities within the state range from 90.02 to 39.37, with the majority of them having a safety rating over 70.

The safest city in the state of Missouri is Ballwin, with a population of 30,526 and a safety rating of 90.02. It is located in the suburbs to the west of St. Louis, with a median income of $94,989 for families. The higher income of this area combined with good school systems, contribute significantly to the city’s high safety rating.

O’Fallon is a large enough city to have ranked as the 53rd safest city in the nation, with a population of 85,063 and a safety rating of 87.03. It has seen a 10% drop in violent crimes, and a 7.4% drop in property crimes. It is also located in the suburbs to the west of St. Louis. In fact, most of the safest cities in the state are clustered in the suburbs to the west of St. Louis, including Wentzville (86.22), and Chesterfield (84.39). Missouri is a large state, with safe cities elsewhere, but your best bet for the safest neighborhoods available would be in this area.


1 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.92

Ballwin, MO

30,526 491 9 12.5% 245 16.6%

2 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.1

O'Fallon, MO

85,063 574 55 -10% 1,017 -7.4%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.31

Wentzville, MO

35,084 427 39 -14% 481 -8.7%

4 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.35

Chesterfield, MO

47,848 468 35 2.9% 811 11%

5
Safety Score: 84.18

Kirkwood, MO

27,690 354 25 -28.8% 499 2.4%

6
Safety Score: 82.87

Lee's Summit, MO

94,450 491 99 19.6% 1,779 -1.9%

7
Safety Score: 82.34

Maryland Heights, MO

27,390 287 52 -14.6% 558 10.4%

8
Safety Score: 82.04

Liberty, MO

30,668 n/a 64 -1.1% 596 7.1%

9
Safety Score: 80.64

St. Peters, MO

56,923 494 98 4.7% 1,244 8.4%

10
Safety Score: 79.73

Florissant, MO

52,310 479 138 41% 1,156 26.9%

11
Safety Score: 78.89

St. Charles, MO

68,624 456 124 -1.7% 1,716 n/a

12
Safety Score: 77.57

Blue Springs, MO

53,792 392 59 -30.2% 1,537 11.3%

13
Safety Score: 76.77

Gladstone, MO

27,141 521 39 -47.5% 788 3.6%

14
Safety Score: 73.09

Jefferson City, MO

43,127 n/a 162 22.5% 1,378 4.1%

15
Safety Score: 72.82

Hazelwood, MO

25,659 316 88 25.7% 875 5.6%

16
Safety Score: 72.35

Columbia, MO

118,911 622 600 43.8% 3,635 -10.4%

17
Safety Score: 68.13

University City, MO

35,058 411 211 10.6% 1,343 0.3%

18
Safety Score: 66.45

Raytown, MO

29,465 420 122 3.5% 1,281 3.2%

19
Safety Score: 61.97

Cape Girardeau, MO

39,439 358 210 -8.1% 1,949 7.5%

20
Safety Score: 61.94

Independence, MO

117,639 421 500 4.8% 6,061 -8.2%

21
Safety Score: 59.93

Kansas City, MO

473,373 259 6,709 13.3% 21,024 -8.1%

22
Safety Score: 56.25

St. Joseph, MO

77,035 455 397 13.4% 4,534 5.9%

23
Safety Score: 50.51

Joplin, MO

51,412 339 312 18% 3,514 -12.1%

24
Safety Score: 46.28

St. Louis, MO

317,095 179 5,762 8.2% 20,028 1%

25
Safety Score: 39.31

Springfield, MO

166,860 421 2,262 14.3% 13,007 1.9%


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