Lexington is ranked as the No. 3 safest metro city in the country in a new analysis from Safewise.com.
In the website’s ranking, determined by the 2016 per capita rate of crime for each city with a population greater than 300,000, Lexington trailed only Virginia Beach and Honolulu. Safewise reviews and compares home security and safety products.
Lexington had 3.39 violent crimes per 1,000 people, according to the 2016 FBI crime statistics. There were 41.08 property crimes per 1,000 people, the website said.
In order to be considered in the analysis and ranked, “cities had to supply complete reports to the FBI and have a population threshold greater than 300,000,” Safewise said in explaining its methodology.
Other cities rounding out the top 10 included Anaheim, San Jose and San Diego in California; El Paso and Austin in Texas; Mesa, Ariz.; and Santa Ana, Calif. The most dangerous cities, according to Safewise’s ranking of 1 to 10 were: Detroit; St. Louis; Memphis; Baltimore; Kansas City; Cleveland; Milwaukee; Oakland and Stockton in California; and Indianapolis.
While the 20 homicides this year in Lexington is on pace to shatter last year’s record of 28 homicides, other violent crimes are down in 2018 from 2017. There have been fewer forcible rape and aggravated assaults this year in the city, as well as fewer property crimes such as breaking and entering, auto theft and arson, according to police data.
A tweet by University of Kentucky Police said it’s “very proud of the hard work by our agencies & partnership within our Lexington communities to be ranked as the 3rd safest metro city in America by Safewise.”
Virginia Beach and Lexington were the only cities east of the Mississippi River to be included in the top 10 of the rankings. Midwestern destinations Detroit and St. Louis were rated as the most dangerous cities in the country, the website determined.