See Which Nevada Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 2k

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

Everyone knows Nevada for its casinos and lavish hotels on the Las Vegas strip. There is much more to this state than that though, from the importance of the Hoover Dam to the Red Rock Canyon and Lake Tahoe at the border with California. It has some of the most beautiful parts of the country, hidden amongst an expanse of arid desert where nuclear testing was done for decades. The bulk of the economy in Nevada is in the tourism sector, but Tesla’s gigafactory will diversify the state's revenue streams a bit. There aren’t a lot of cities to choose from in Nevada, as 75% of the population lives around Las Vegas. We’ll go over the safety ratings of the available cities below.

We were only able to rank the top 14 safest cities in Nevada, as there weren’t many that were eligible. Of those 14 cities though, the safety scores are on the good side, with a high score of 95.55 down to 71.21. Three of those cities ranked nationally, making it into the top 500 safest cities in the nation.

The safest city was Yerington, with a population of 3,026 and a safety score of 95.55. It is located due east of Lake Tahoe, and is a small town with small town vibes. This is a safe town as it attracts people who are hardworking and self sufficient.

Let's go over the most notable part of Nevada, which is the Las Vegas Metropolitan area. There are 1.5 million people here, along with another 500,000 in Clark County, which contains Las Vegas. Las Vegas itself has a safety score of 71.45, North Las Vegas is at 74.85, and surrounding cities like Boulder City and Henderson are at 89.23 and 82.44 respectively. Further north at the biggest little city of Reno, you’ll find a safety score of 71.21.


1 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 95.55

Yerington, NV

3,026 503 2 -49.9% 20 0.2%

2 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.23

Boulder City, NV

15,481 359 13 -20.1% 147 4.8%

3 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 88.9

Mesquite, NV

17,412 445 34 36.2% 279 4.3%

4 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 88.37

Carlin, NV

2,364 295 21 19.6% 24 11.9%

5 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.72

Winnemucca, NV

8,144 338 18 80% 186 32.9%

6
Safety Score: 82.44

Henderson, NV

282,554 495 476 2.2% 5,349 -4.3%

7
Safety Score: 78.55

West Wendover, NV

4,449 201 23 -80.7% 140 -12.2%

8
Safety Score: 77.05

Lovelock, NV

1,904 271 12 -37.7% 60 88.7%

9
Safety Score: 74.95

Sparks, NV

95,815 651 359 14.7% 2,658 4.6%

10
Safety Score: 74.85

North Las Vegas, NV

234,386 572 2,130 17% 5,331 -5.3%

11
Safety Score: 73.58

Elko, NV

20,817 462 85 21.5% 810 0.5%

12
Safety Score: 73.15

Fallon, NV

8,292 250 38 19.5% 337 -33.7%

13
Safety Score: 71.45

Las Vegas, NV

1,562,134 323 14,383 9.5% 46,791 2.5%

14
Safety Score: 71.21

Reno, NV

239,721 690 1,419 21.3% 7,531 8.6%


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