Centennial ranks as safest city in state, 43rd safest in nation

24/7 Wall Street identified 50 safest cities in country based on crime rates

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Centennial has been recognized as the safest city in Colorado and 43rd safest in the nation 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 FBI's 2018 Uniform Crime Report, according to a news release. The number and rates of murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, which are included in the violent crime rate, as well as burglaries, larceny and motor vehicle theft, which are classified as property crime, also came from the FBI's report.

According to 24/7 Wall Street, there were 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 the city, the release said. There were 1,754 property crimes for every 100,000 people in 2018, well below the national property crime rate of 2,200 per 100,000.

“Being a safe community has remained a priority for city council since Centennial's incorporation in 2001,” Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko said in the release. “We are very appreciative of the continued partnership the city has with the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office. On behalf of the city, I would like to thank the men and women of the sheriff's office that risk their lives and do what they do every day to keep us safe.”

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