Here is the safest city in Missouri, according to new study

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Here is the safest city in Missouri, according to new study
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Buffalo Grove, Illinois, is one of the safest small cities in America, according to a MoneyGeek analysis. (Photo: Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – Small towns are often idealized as family-friendly, safe havens of comfortable living. But does the reality live up to the perfect image?

MoneyGeek had researchers analyze FBI crime data of smaller towns and cities where the population is between 30,000 and 100,000. They used the crime data to calculate the cost of crime in each area.

The cost of crime includes impacts to victims, like the loss of stolen property and medical bills, MoneyGeek explained, as well as the cost to the justice system. Violent crimes typically result in a higher cost than nonviolent crimes, MoneyGeek said.

After crunching the numbers, and comparing the list of smaller cities to its data on crime in large cities, researchers found the stereotype to generally be true – with some noteworthy exceptions. Petersburg, Virginia, for example, was the most dangerous small city analyzed. Its per capita cost of crime was a whopping $9,022, according to MoneyGeek.  

Joplin ranked as the most dangerous small city in Missouri at $3,095 per capita cost of crime, followed by Cape Girardeau at $2,407 per capita and University City at $2,511 per capita.

Here are the top three safest small towns or cities in Missouri, according to the study:

  1. Ballwin, Missouri ($134 per capita)
  2. Chesterfield, Missouri ($215 per capita)
  3. O’Fallon, Missouri ($260 per capita)

When compared to other cities in the study, Ballwin ranked as the 61st safest city overall while Chesterfield and O’Fallon claimed the 154th and 194th spots, respectively.

The cost of crime per capita for those Missouri cities is also pretty high when compared to the top ten safest towns in the United States, which are listed below:

  1. Buffalo Grove, Illinois ($22 per capita)
  2. Franklin, Massachusetts ($32 per capita)
  3. Carmel Town, New York ($35 per capita)
  4. Shrewsbury, Massachusetts ($38 per capita)
  5. Bartlett, Illinois ($39 per capita)
  6. Monroe Township, New Jersey ($39 per capita)
  7. Long Beach, New York ($42 per capita)
  8. Orland Park, Illinois ($49 per capita)
  9. Yorktown Town, New York ($53 per capita)
  10. Lexington, Massachusetts ($59 per capita)

The full list, as well as the safest town or city in every state, can be found here.

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