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Dorothy’s home of Liberal one of safest in Kansas PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 09:34

L&T staff report

According to a movoto.com study, Liberal is one of the 10 safest communities in Kansas.

Movoto is a real estate web site.

The following is information from their Top 10 Safest Places in Kansas:

Dorothy once said “There’s no place like home!” after visiting Oz, and it’s really no wonder that she was talking about Kansas. Still, when choosing a home in this great state, it can be easy to get stressed. There’s so much to research when you’re moving, especially when it comes to where the safest spots are.

We’ve been finding the safest places in each state, and now it’s Kansas’ turn. So we collected our numbers, made our list, clicked our heels together three times, and came out with this list of the top 10 safe spots in the state.

This list just goes to show that great things come in small packages, especially when it comes to safety. These small places with strong communities and lots of peace and quiet offer safety to all locals.

How we created this ranking

As in all our other Big Deal Lists, we went by the numbers in determining safety factors. First, we made a list of the most populated place in the state over 10,000 people. That came out to 35 places. Then we gathered data from the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report in the following areas:







Vehicle theft

We divided these kinds of crimes into four categories:


Violent crimes

Property crimes

Total crimes

We omitted any place that didn’t have crime data reported, so that could be why your seat isn’t on this list. After that we calculated each of these crime rates based on crimes per 100,000 people, so that we could compare largesr and smaller places equally. We ranked each place in each category from one to 35, with one being the safest.

Lastly, we weighted these rankings so that murders, violent crimes, and property crimes each made up 30 percent of the overall score, where the total number of crimes accounted for 10 percent. Then we averaged the weighted rankings for each place into one Big Deal Score. The lowest score was our safest place.

Let’s examine in a little more detail why each place deserved it’s place in our top 10.

Why Liberal?

While most places had a few standout scores, Liberal was solid across the board. With only 2,748 property crimes per 100,000 people, this city ranked the 14th best for crimes of that type in 2012.

Equally impressive, the low numbers of rapes, robberies, and assaults made this place the 14th safest as far as violent crime. There were also no murders reported that year.

All this culminated in Liberal having the 12th lowest total crime that we looked at, and gave locals a low chance of being the victim of a crime (1 in 33).

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The High Plains Daily Leader and Southwest Daily Times are published Sunday through Friday and reaches homes throughout the Liberal, Kansas retail trade zone. The Leader & Times is the official newspaper of Seward County, USD No. 480, USD No. 483 and the cities of Liberal and Kismet.  The Leader & Times is a member of the Liberal Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas Press Association and the Associated Press.

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