Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fort Thomas Named Safest "Midsize" City in Kentucky

The clock tower in the Towne Centre District. FTM file. 
Value Penguin has determined that Fort Thomas is the safest midsize city in the state of Kentucky and the 9th safest city overall. A midsize city, according to them, is one that is between 10,000 and 20,000 in population.

Last year, the same website had Fort Thomas ranked #2 overall. 


They chose to rank the cities according to population this year as well. "Although we adjusted for population in our crime rankings, it is still difficult to compare a small town to a large city. To account for this fact, we separated the safest cities into three categories: towns with populations between 5,000 and 10,000, midsize cities with populations between 10,000 and 20,000, and larger cities with populations greater than 20,000."

Ahead of Fort Thomas in the overall safety rankings (Nos. 1-8) were: Villa Hills, Flatwoods, Highland Heights, Taylor Mill, Fort Mitchell, Edgewood, Independence, and Mt. Washington. 

Other Northern Kentucky cities that made the top 30: Alexandria (No. 14), Cold Spring (No. 20), Bellevue (No. 28).

The Value Penguin team analyzed 74 different cities. Louisville Metro came in at No. 74 as the most dangerous place in Kentucky, although Newport and Covington came in at Nos. 72 and 73, respectively.

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Their Methodology:
To rank these places, we collected data from the 2013 FBI crime statistics by city, which provides the most recent crime data available. Not every town participates in this report and we also excluded towns with fewer than 3,000 residents because towns with small populations are more sensitive to crime score fluctuations for fewer crimes committed. The raw data report included property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson), and violent crimes (murder/manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) from all law enforcement agencies that chose to partake in the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program.

We standardized the data to reflect violent and property crimes per 100,000, to account for population. Then, we aggregated a “crime score” by weighting violent crime at 90% and property crime at 10%. Though property crime is more prevalent, we figured that violent crime is more concerning to town residents. Then we adjusted the crime score for population size, giving more slack to larger cities. Finally, we ranked the cities based on their crime scores.

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