BY DORIS B. TRUHLARGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
Centennial has been recognized as not only the safest city in Colorado, but also the 43rd safest in the entire United States by 24/7 Wall Street. No other Colorado cities made the list.
The 50 safest U.S. cities were identified by violent crime rates in cities with at least 100,000 people from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) 2018 Uniform Crime Report. Centennial has approximately 120,000 to 125,000 residents.
The total number and the rates of murder, rape, manslaughter, robbery, and aggravated assault, which are included in the violent crime rate, as well as burglaries, larceny, and motor vehicle theft (property crimes), also came from an FBI report.
According to 24/7 Wall Street, there were only 181 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in Centennial. Non-violent crimes such as motor vehicle theft and burglary are also not especially common in Centennial. There were 1,754 property crimes for every 100,000 people in 2018, well below the national property crime rate of 2,200 crimes per 100,000 residents.
“Being a safe community has remained a priority for Centennial since it was incorporated in 2000-01,” said Councilwoman Candace Moon. “The City is especially appreciative of the continued partnership it has with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. We thank the men and women of that office who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep our city safe.”
Wealthier cities tend to be relatively safe and Centennial is one of the wealthiest in the nation. More than one-half of all Centennial households have incomes of more than $100,000 a year, well above the median household income of $57,652 nationwide.
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