One of our most important requirements when finding a new home is a sense of safety. While it is helpful to hear other people’s recommendations, it’s a lot more telling if you look at crime statistics by neighborhood. I’ve collected the stats from official sources to determine the safest areas in Las Vegas to live.
General Crime Statistics for the Area
It can be difficult to find consolidated crime statistics for free. I’ll start with the most reputable source for city wide crime data: the FBI. These statistics are for the 2012 calendar year.
- Population: 1,479,393
- Violent Crime: 11,598 (784 per 100,000)
- Murder: 76 (5.1 per 100,000)
- Rape: 596 (40.3 per 100,000)
- Robbery: 3,824 (258.5 per 100,000)
- Aggravated assault: 7,102 (480.1 per 100,000)
- Property Crime: 46,427 (3,138.2 per 100,000)
- Burglary: 14,220 (961.2 per 100,000)
- Larceny: 25,522 (1,725.2 per 100,000)
- Motor vehicle theft: 6,685 (451.9 per 100,000)
- Arson: 216 (14.6 per 100,000)
- Total: 116,266 (7,859 per 100,000)
North Las Vegas:
- Population: 221,884
- Violent Crime: 1,695 (763.9 per 100,000)
- Murder: 14 (6.3 per 100,000)
- Rape: 73 (32.9 per 100,000)
- Robbery: 398 (175.3 per 100,000)
- Aggravated assault: 1,219 (549.4 per 100,000)
- Property Crime: 5,534 (2,494.1 per 100,000)
- Burglary: 1,557 (701.7 per 100,000)
- Larceny: 3,022 (1,362 per 100,000)
- Motor vehicle theft: 955 (430.4 per 100,000)
- Arson: 14 (6.3 per 100,000)
- Total: 14,472 (6,522.3 per 100,000)
- Population: 263,469
- Violent Crime: 445 (168.9 per 100,000)
- Murder: 4 (1.5 per 100,000)
- Rape: 61 (23.2 per 100,000)
- Robbery: 172(65.3 per 100,000)
- Aggravated assault: 208 (78.9 per 100,000)
- Property Crime: 5,295 (2,009.7 per 100,000)
- Burglary: 1,408 (534.4 per 100,000)
- Larceny: 3,386 (1,258.2 per 100,000)
- Motor vehicle theft: 501 (190.2 per 100,000)
- Arson: 30 (11.4 per 100,000)
- Total: 11,510 (4,368.6 per 100,000)
I pulled all the “per 100,000” stats together for each area into this graph for some quick analysis.
It’s pretty apparent from this graph (and confirmed by my drive around the neighborhood) that Henderson is a safer choice. But these areas are very large and these statistics overlook places that are commonly known as some of the safest areas in Las Vegas to live (like Summerlin or Green Valley Ranch).
Statistics by Neighborhood
In an effort to drill down these crime statistics to discover the safest areas in Las Vegas to live, I found this site Crime Mapping that gives a visual representation of where each incident of crime occurred in the city.
They draw statistics from the Las Vegas police webpage and thumbtack it to the map. The statistics are limited as they only include a rolling 180 history of crimes, their site says that if you need earlier data you need to contact the public information officer at the police department.
That’s not an option for me; even if I did procure older data, I’d still have to find a way to map it all out systematically. So I’ll opt for the smaller sample size.
It’s important to note that Henderson does not subscribe to the Crime Mapping services, so there was no data for it. They have their own database, but it’s a bit messy and not a great tool for statistical analysis.
These statistics are for the period between August 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014.
The following crimes have 0 reported incidents, which most likely means the case is still open or under investigation:
Arson, Drugs/Alcohol Violations, DUI, Fraud and Vehicle Break-in/Theft
Counts are approximate.
Lowest 3 Areas in…
- Summerlin (58)
- Southwest (70)
- Spring Valley (89)
- Southwest (157)
- North Las Vegas (241)
- Sunrise (300)
- Southwest (0)
- Spring Valley (0)
- Summerlin (0)
Theft (including Motor Vehicle Theft)
- Southwest (60)
- Summerlin (106)
- Spring Valley (295)
- Summerlin (21)
- Southwest (22)
- Spring Valley (35)
- Southwest (34)
- Summerlin (40)
- Spring Valley (79)
The Top 3 Safest Areas in Las Vegas to Live Are…
Based upon the statistics I gathered, Summerlin, Southwest and Henderson are the safest places in Vegas. Forbes agreed and voted Henderson as the 2nd safest city in the US for 2011.
Summerlin racked up a few of the lowest rates of crime, but Southwest rated #1 in a lot more of the categories. Henderson had lower crime stats across for the board.
What do you think is the safest area in Las Vegas?