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Lawrence is 156th safest city according to 2010 U.S. crime rankings

November 29, 2010


Lawrence is safer than Topeka, Wichita and Kansas City, Kan., but not as safe as Overland Park or Olathe.

Those are the findings of the recently released 2010 Crime Rankings published yearly by CQ Press.

Out of 400 cities with populations of at least 75,000, Lawrence ranked as the 156th safest in this year’s rankings, which are calculated by population using six crime categories from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports: motor vehicle theft, murder, rape, aggravated assault, robbery and burglary.

Lawrence ranked 159th last year, 114th in 2008, and 166th in 2007.

St. Louis received this year’s notorious ranking for the least-safest city, while Colonie, N.Y., ranked as the safest.

CQ Press has published such rankings for 17 years, but the figures have come under fire from various organizations. For example, the United States Conference of Mayors recently issued a news release calling this year’s numbers “bogus,” citing flawed methodology that ignores other risk factors of crime victimization.

Here’s how other Kansas cities in this year’s rankings fared, from lowest (safest) ranking, to highest (less safe):

• Overland Park: 44

• Olathe: 49

• Topeka: 255

• Wichita: 307

•Kansas City, Kan.: 369

*Out of 400 total cities.


PJ Karasek 7 years, 3 months ago

Absolutely fantastic that the headline immediately under this one on the front page is about an armed robbery. I needed a good laugh

WHY 7 years, 3 months ago

Lawrence would be even safer if it could keep Topeka out.

Tom McCune 7 years, 3 months ago

So, why is St. Louis the worst city, but absent from the "Metro Area" rankings? The whole vicinity is a piece of crap either way, but it calls their statistics into question.

madameX 7 years, 3 months ago

Probably because less than 75% of the cities included in the Metro Area reported. That's what I'm getting from the missing metro areas explaination, anyway.

And the whole vicinity is not a piece of crap at all, it's actually pretty similar to Kansas City. There are the really bad urban areas, but there are the super-nice suburban areas too. And everything in between. Assuming that the whole St. Louis metro area is dangerous based on this study would be like assuming that Leawood is dangerous based on crime stats from KCK.

irvan moore 7 years, 3 months ago

Olathe is safer than Lawrence? maybe the city commissioners need to be looking at this issue.

Chelsea Kapfer 7 years, 3 months ago

This is a misleading article. it suggests that Lawrence is the 156th safest city in the country, but when you read the article it is only out of 400 cities. Which 400 cities? These number can easily be manipulated to read whatever the "CQ Press" wants them too say. I'm calling Shananigans.

Jonathan Kealing 7 years, 3 months ago


As the article says, it's the 400 cities with populations over 75,000. It's not just any 400 cities.

Jonathan Kealing

VTHawk 7 years, 3 months ago

Lawrence has 90k in permanent population. The students do not count (unless they lived in Lawrence before college as well).

wendywilcox 7 years, 3 months ago

It's says "out of 400 cities with populations over 75,000". It doesn't say which cities-do you really think there are only 400 cities in the entire US with populations over 75,00?

volunteer 7 years, 3 months ago

Lawrence hasn't had a murder in a couple of years, has it? Topeka averages one a month. (The hot-shot, publicity-seeking new Shawnee County DA hasn't put a dent in the murder rate, despite his much-advertised "close relationship" with the police dept ..whereas I never see the Douglas County DA trying to get his face before the cameras or in the newspaper)

I think of theme song to HBO's "Weeds" when I think of Johnson County. The houses are various shades but all look the same, the people go to university and emerge all thinking the same.

But kudos to their reported low crime rate. The jackboot method must work.

Shaun Hittle 7 years, 3 months ago

Volunteer, We haven't had any murders since 2008. Here's a little piece we did on it:

Of course, how they "define" murder is of debate. For instance, the several hit and run deaths have not been classified as murder, etc.

Shaun Hittle LJW Reporter

notyourmom 7 years, 3 months ago

But we have an abundance of rapes to make up the difference.

equalaccessprivacy 7 years, 3 months ago

I have never felt less safe anywhere. It's pretty bad when you cannot enjoy a healthy walk without being terrorized by officious, ignorant strangers and their bigoted, molesting, self-serving takes on being a "good Samaritan."

gr3sam 7 years, 3 months ago

Another reason for City Hall to insist on tax increases: to reduce our crime rate!!

oldbaldguy 7 years, 3 months ago

that is a reason i moved out in the county

greenworld 7 years, 3 months ago

Not as safe as Overland Park or Olathe...>DAAA!!! Would that be cuz the average income to live in OP is 6 digits or more and they dont let slugs or panhandlers come into their town and stand around.

LeBo 7 years, 3 months ago

Lawrence, safe if you don't think!

DGL 7 years, 3 months ago

The "flawed methodology" argument is a fair argument. In many cities, those involved in the drug trade are much more likely to be "victims" of crime, especially for the criteria they examined. If you're not involved in the drug trade, your chances of becoming a victim of any of those 5 crimes are extremely low. In Lawrence, for example, if you stay away from places with a heavy concentration of bars between the hours of 10 pm and 4 am, your chances of becoming a victim of the crimes they examined are very low. But reading the article, one is led to believe that Overland Park is a much safer city at any given time than Lawrence, which is not statistically true.

Denny2009 7 years, 3 months ago

When I lived in Lawrence I rarely locked my doors and I got by fine. Somebody mentioned above that St. Louis is the most dangerous city in the U.S., which is true, but it really just has to do with East St. Louis, which is very rough and nobody really has any business wandering around E. STL. I live in Detroit now, which too is dangerous, but like DGL said above if your not involved in criminal activity or gangs you should be fine. A lot of violence in cities is due to people associating with the "wrong" crowd and getting involved in criminal activity themselves.

Randall Barnes 7 years, 3 months ago

because taxi drivers can park on the street and keep it in drive to avoid armed robberies.but downtown lawrence you have to park in a parking space. fire code,this door must remain unlocked during business hours. lawrence police please let us small business owners protect our assets.there is a reason why we do what we do not for pleasure.

wendywilcox 7 years, 3 months ago

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