At Protect America, we’ve put together a list of the 10 cities in Kentucky with the lowest burglary rates.

We call these cities “Burglary Safe Zones.” We’ve also made a list of the 10 cities in Kentucky with the highest burglary rates. We call these cities “Burglary Hot Spots.”

Our lists are based on data from the recent FBI Uniform Crime Report. We only counted cities that submitted burglary data.


2016 Kentucky Burglary Safe Zones

  1. Irvine
    • Population 2,421, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: The U.S. based clothing company, Carhart, operates in Irvine.
  2. Whitesburg
    • Population 2,001, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Whitesburg is famous for its ubiquitous cut stone after a a community of Italian stonemasons moved to the city in 1911-1912.
  3. Salyersville
    • Population 1,817, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: The business center in Salyersville was severely damaged in March, 2012, by an F3 tornado.
  4. Guthrie
    • Population 1,444, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: Guthrie was the location of the Pondy Woods stagecoach stop in the 1840’s. The surrounding area was also known as “State Line” for its proximity to the Tennessee state line.
  5. Villa Hills
    • Population 7,455, Burglaries 6
    • Town trivia: Villa was touted as “America’s most livable city” in 1994 by Cincinatti Magazine. More recently, Villa Hills was named the 3rd nicest suburb in 2010.
  6. Beaver Dam
    • Population 3,549, Burglaries 3
    • Town trivia: Beaver Dam was named after the Beaver Dam Baptist church that preceeds the town by 65 years.
  7. Dry Ridge
    • Population 2,221, Burglaries 2
    • Town trivia: Known for its proximity to Kentucky Carlsbad Springs, a “spring” said to have medicinal qualities, but is actually a well. Travelers from all over the Eastern U.S. would stop by for mineral water.
  8. Greenville
    • Population 4,382, Burglaries 4
    • Town trivia: Greenville was referred to as the “unofficial capital of the Black Belt,” due to the area’s production of coal and dark tobacco.
  9. Cumberland
    • Population 2,118, Burglaries 2
    • Town trivia: Cumberland was originally named “Poor Fork” due to its location on a fork of the Cumberland River with poor soil.
  10. Hawesville
    • Population 1,017, Burglaries 1
    • Town trivia: The US Census Bureau reports that Hawesville has a total area of 1.3 square miles.

2016 Kentucky Burglary Hot Spots

  1. Dayton
    • Population 5,446, Burglaries 72
    • Town trivia: Home to one of the winningest and most revered coaches in sports history, John Wooden.
  2. Princeton
    • Population 6,166, Burglaries 70
    • Town trivia: Princeton was at the center of the Black Patch Tobacco Wars that took place during the 20th century.
  3. Taylorsville
    • Population 796, Burglaries 9
    • Town trivia: The city was founded on land owned by by Richard Taylor, the father of US President Zachary Taylor.
  4. Campbellsville
    • Population 11,380, Burglaries 124
    • Town trivia: Druther’s restaurant, formerly known as Burger Queen, is locaded in Campbellsville.
  5. Versailles
    • Population 9,105, Burglaries 92
    • Town trivia: Scenes from the films “Elizabethtown” and “Secretariat” were filmed in Versailles.
  6. Oak Grove
    • Population 7,515, Burglaries 75
    • Town trivia: Oak Grove sits adjacent to the Fort Cambell army base in Christian County, Kentucky.
  7. Shively
    • Population 15,733, Burglaries 154
    • Town trivia: Shively is well-known for its connection with the bourbon industry. The major distillery, Brown-Forman’s Early Times distillery, operates in Shively alongside many others.
  8. Monticello
    • Population 6,072, Burglaries 58
    • Town trivia: Monticello is the self-proclaimed “Houseboat Capitol of the World,” because of the many houseboat manufacturers in the city.
  9. Ludlow
    • Population 4,545, Burglaries 42
    • Town trivia: Ludlow is known for it’s neighborhood of taverns, and the city has almost four times the national average of bars/taverns to residents.
  10. Louisville Metro
    • Population 680,550, Burglaries 6,277
    • Town trivia: The Louisville Metropolitan Area is often referred to as Kentuckiana, and is the 43rd largest Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States.

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