Overall, Utah’s crime rate is very low. Based on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report from 2012 (the most recent report), Utah is ranked 45th in the nation for violent crime. The FBI includes five violent crimes in its data: murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
I’ve taken a closer look at the FBI’s report, and compiled a list of the 10 safest cities in Utah. For this list, I only looked at cities with populations of at least 10,000 residents, which included 41 cities all over the state.
Here are the 10 safest Utah towns with at least 10,000 residents (population numbers are from the FBI’s report, which reflect 2012 data).
1) Santaquin: Population 10,934
It’s pretty hard to beat a 0 percent crime rate! During 2012, no violent crimes were reported in Santaquin. The nearly 11,000 people in this little town in Utah county sure are well-behaved.
2) Heber: Population 11,954
Hello, Heber! Lookin’ good at number two. Heber had only 1 violent crime reported in 2012. Residents have access to so many amazing outdoor activities (golfing, fly-fishing, hiking, etc). They must be too happy to commit violent crimes.
3) Santa Clara/Ivins: Population 13,266
What’s not to love about living in Santa Clara or Ivins? You’re close enough to St. George to enjoy that larger city’s amenities, but far enough away that your crime rate is only .022 per thousand residents. The FBI groups both towns together in its data, which makes it even more amazing that only 3 violent crimes were reported during the entire year.
4) Alpine/Highland: Population 26,123
Snuggled right up to the mountains, the cities of Alpine and Highland are so beautiful it’s hard to imagine committing crimes there. Which is probably why their crime rate in 2012 was only .026 per thousand residents. The FBI combines these two cities for their data.
5) Pleasant Grove: Population 34,900
Any town with a crime rate of .028 per thousand residents should be considered “pleasant.” Did you know that Pleasant Grove hosts the longest-running annual community festival in the state? The town has hosted Strawberry Days, held in June, since 1921. I don’t have any crime studies to support a connect between strawberries and low violent crimes rates, but I wouldn’t rule it out.
6) Farmington: Population: 18,836 and Centerville: Population 15,807
The towns of Farmington and Centerville tied for sixth place, not a bad distinction considering that their crime rates are .031 per thousand residents. Historical buildings, great shopping and Lagoon -- AND an almost non-existent crime rate. Sign me up.
7) Lehi: Population 49,375
Lehi has grown a lot in the last decade, but its crime rate sure hasn’t. When Kevin Bacon did his angsty gymnastic/dance routine at Lehi Roller Mills for the movie “Footloose,” he was playing a kid living in a tiny town which outlawed dancing. The real Lehi allows residents to dance all they want -- and I bet they’re celebrating living in a safe, crime-free haven.
8) Spanish Fork: Population 36,141
Spanish Fork residents are big on community celebrations. They host several throughout the year, including the Icelandic Days, the Harvest Moon Hurrah and the Festival of Colors. People in Spanish Fork are so busy having fun (and getting covered in colorful chalk dust) that they don’t commit violent crimes. Their crime rate is .038 per thousand residents.
9) North Ogden: Population 17,838 and Syracuse: Population 25,090
These two cities tied for 9th place with crime rates of only .039 per thousand residents. North Ogden is nestled right up next to its larger cousin, Ogden, but it’s more rural and has a much lower crime rate. Syracuse, in David County, enjoys a rural lifestyle too, but has also expanded and developed to include shopping and restaurants. Both are great places to live.
10) Kaysville: Population 28,153
Don’t feel bad, Kaysville. You might be last on the this list, but you still carry the distinction of a crime rate of .042 per thousand residents -- only slightly higher than the other towns. You can sleep well at night, knowing that in addition to your adorable historical buildings and gorgeous scenery, you’re safe.
Do you live in a safe town? Tell me where you live and I’ll respond with your town’s crime rate statistics, when available.