“Where are the safe neighborhoods?”
That’s the first thing most people want to know when they begin researching a town they might move to. This type of research requires rolling up your sleeves and digging into:
- News reports
- City, county, and state crime reports
- Scrutinizing the numbers and toggling back and forth between websites to see what is actually accurate. (And by the way, just how old is the data you are digging up?)
We hear you and have done some of the legwork for you! The information in this post is the most accurate and updated data we could find. It was mainly retrieved from the 2018 Colorado Bureau of Investigation report (the most recently published). These reports are always about the previous year’s crime statistics, so this particular one focused on 2017 numbers. The complete report for 2018 should be available in September 2019.
Colorado Crime Statistics is one of the best websites to study all the statistics reported from Colorado police departments. I am genuinely excited to see so much transparency available. It’s so helpful to have precise data being published, and it is also presented in a manner that helps you understand the information quickly and accurately. The accuracy of this data is also the reason why you might see higher numbers in this methodology when compared to other crime stats recordings. If you are still deciding where in Colorado you would like to live, comparing information from Colorado Crime Statistics might help make that choice easier for you.
Let the numbers speak*:
*numbers per 100,000 people with % change to the previous year.
- Denver continues to have larger numbers than Colorado Springs in every violent crime category. Although Denver had decreasing trends in aggravated assault per 100,000 capita, there was a nearly 18% increase in sexual assault.
- Colorado Springs’ population has grown by leaps and bounds. The Springs currently has about 472,000 residents and that number increases each year. We actually had a slight decrease in the total number of violent crimes per 100,000 capita, with a notable decrease in sexual assault. It is not great news that murders increased by 46%. The reason for this drastic change is unclear. While the new official statistics report has not yet been published for Colorado Springs, it looks as if 2018’s homicide numbers will be even higher.
- Pueblo has a total violent crime rate that is shockingly high. Pueblo’s crime rates are similar to cities like New Orleans and Minneapolis. This is difficult to believe considering these cities have populations that are up to four times larger than Pueblo. The only crime that decreased was sexual assault. It will be interesting to see where the Steel City trends in for 2018 numbers.
1. Firearms were involved in 878 of the 2624 total violent crimes cases.
2. 62% of murders happened in the home, and 54% of all homicide victims were murdered by people they knew.
3. 71% of rapes happened in the home of the victim.
4. 52.7% of the aggravated assault victims knew the perpetrator.
5. 91.6% of all robberies happened without injuries.
You may have seen or read stories about Colorado’s metro areas: the growth, the expense and the crime! When you look closely at the FBI’s city crime per capita report, Denver is around 40th place. St. Louis tops the chart as a sad number one, followed by Detroit, Baltimore, Memphis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Stockton and Albuquerque. Colorado Springs is located around number 60, which means our town will typically show up in the lower third of a crime rate list.
Related Reading: Neighborhood Red Flags
During my research I looked at sites Area Vibes and found them to be less accurate. I was floored when I saw that the Northgate neighborhood in Colorado Springs was given a “F” crime grade. Northgate is a great area with, to my knowledge, very little crime. However, the website algorithm might be playing a trick on the number. If you take the Northgate crime numbers and compare them to the population there, and then calculate what that crime rate would be per 100,000 capita you’ll get a rate higher than St. Louis (the number 1 crime city in the country). That just doesn’t add up. Another note: The majority of crimes listed in the Northgate numbers were property crimes. Northgate is also an affluent area that could attract this type of criminal activity.
Neighborhood Scout ranks all of Colorado Springs at 11 out of 100 cities, where 100 is the safest city. Again, this could be a calculation issue and this rating does not reflect the FBI statistics. The moral of the story: approach your research with an analytical mind and avoid taking stats at face value.
It was not possible to obtain detailed crime rates for the individual parts of town, but here are the best neighborhoods by research, local knowledge, and a little subjectivity:
2. Palmer Lake
3. Black Forest
7. Several smaller neighborhoods in Briargate
8. West of Fort Carson
12. Flying Horse
Also, please know that there are many smaller areas and neighborhoods in town that are little islands of wonderful community bliss. The following websites can help you find those smaller areas:
How to improve the safety in your neighborhood
There are a few things you can do if the neighborhood live in is not quite as attentive as you would like. It will require a little work, but neighbors will appreciate your initiative and follow your example.
- Pick areas with high community involvement where neighbors know each other and community events happen. A tight community means residents are watching out for each other. If it’s not happening at the moment, maybe you can take the initiative and plan a neighborhood block party or community garage sale?
- It takes a village. Really get to know each other, learn about kids and elderly people in your neighborhood, and help out when needed. Exchange phone numbers and get together regularly.
- If neighbors are out of town, offer to pick up newspapers or maybe mow their lawn in order to discourage potential criminal activity.
- Also, if you and all your neighbors have a well-kept yard, it gives fewer opportunities for suspicious persons to hide, or not to even attract them with a house or yard that looks abandoned.
- Consider setting up a neighborhood watch program in your community.
Disclaimer: We did our very best to come up with accurate information and research. These numbers are deemed to be accurate are not guaranteed.