Several area suburbs lead a list of the safest cities in Kansas, according to FBI crime statistics for 2013, the latest full-year tally available.
The website OnlyInYourState.com released its list this week after doing the calculations using each municipality’s number of reported crimes and population. Lansing, home of the state penitentiary, was the safest by that method, followed by several area towns and suburbs in this order: Prairie Village, Leawood, Shawnee, Gardner and Olathe.
Rounding out the top 10 were Derby and Andover, near Wichita; Liberal, in southwest Kansas; and Colby, on Interstate 70 in western Kansas.
A similar list by the website for Missouri was dominated by St. Louis’ more affluent suburbs, which ranked 1 to 7 this way: Town and Country, Ballwin, Chesterfield, Webster Groves, O’Fallon, Creve Coeur and Manchester. Maryville in northwest Missouri was No. 8; Raymore, south of Kansas City, was No. 9; and Nixa in southwest Missouri was No.10.
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On the flip side, the website figured Hutchinson was Kansas’ most dangerous town for crime per capita, followed by Wichita, Coffeyville, Topeka and Kansas City, Kan. It didn’t do a most dangerous list for Missouri, though a similar calculation late last year by a home security company ranked Sikeston the worst, with St. Louis second, Branson third and Kansas City fourth.