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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fort Thomas Ranked Safest City in Kentucky

Fort Thomas has been named the "Safest Cities in Kentucky" by Safehome, a website that reviews and compares security systems.

Fort Thomas commonly ranks high in these lists.

RELATED: Fort Thomas Named Safest City in Kentucky (March 2017) 

Many of these composite rankings lists include cities with populations of 5,000 or more, but Safehome's rankings start with cities of populations at 16,000 or greater. With Fort Thomas's population at 16,358, smaller towns with low crime weren't much of a competition for the northern Kentucky bedroom community.

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Safehome's metrics looked at several different factors when assigning a Safety Score to a city. First and foremost is the FBI’s latest report of how many and what types of crimes occurred in each city over a single year. The city’s crime trends are also considered; in other words, cities where crime is on the decline are given a higher Safety Score and vice-versa. They also look at the number of law enforcement officers compared to the population.

Finally, demographic metrics that are correlated to crime have a small impact on Safety Score. These include metrics such as population density, population trends, unemployment rate, median income, education level, etc.

In plain English, the crime score is based on the combination of occurrences (per 100,000) of the seven crimes, the officer-to-population ratio, violent crime trend, property crime trend, and six demographic factors.

Fort Thomas ranked in the top 10th percentile across the United States, based on their calculations, with a safety score of 89.83. Fort Thomas has great education for those under 18, and ample job opportunities, both contributing to the high safety rating of the city.

Other metrics include:

Citizen to officer ratio: 681
Violent crimes: 3
Violent crimes trend: 50.4%
Property crimes: 125
Property crime trend: 6%
Median income: $63,006

Sgt. Chris Goshorn (ret.), Lt. Rich Whitford, Ofc. Sean Donelan. FTM file. 
There is a large concentration of cities with high safety ratings in northern Kentucky. Erlanger and Independence are also represented, all with safety ratings above 80. On the national level, there are four cities in Kentucky that made it onto the top 750 safest cities in the nation.

This article was published in October, 2017. To see the full list, click here.

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