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June 16, 2014

Flatwoods ranked fifth safest Ky. city

FLATWOODS — Flatwoods, often refered to as the “bedroom community of Ashland,” has been recognized as the fifth-safest city in Kentucky by ValuePenguin.com, an online data collector based in New York.

The company’s co-founder and Kentucky native Brian Quinn spread news to The Independent via email Monday.

The website lists safety results for 71 Kentucky cities. Morehead and Ashland also made it onto the list, ranking 16th and 51st, respectively.

These stats were broken into four different categories for each city and then averaged for a total score, which they were all ranked by, with the lowest overall score being declared “most safe.”

Villa Hills near Cincinnati secured the top slot.

Here are the statistics for Flatwoods:

-Violent crimes per 100,000 people: 27

-Property crimes per 100,000 people: 659

-Police officers per 1,000 people: 1.48

-Residents per sex offender: 1,238

The website said data was compiled from FBI crime statistic reports and information from City-Data.com for 2012.

Researchers who performed the study said on the site they observed eight factors and ranked the 71 cities according to each variable.

These factors included murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, number of police officers per 1,000 residents and the number of residents per registered sex offender in each city.

Final results were arrived at after each city’s data for the eight factors was averaged.

The study only considered cities that had a population greater than 5,000.

To view the study’s complete results, go to valuepenguin.com/2014/06/safest-cities-kentucky.

LANA BELLAMY can be reached at lbellamy@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653. For Twitter updates, follow @lanabellamy_DI.

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