Baker was named the ninth safest place to live out of 11 Louisiana communities, according to a recent study on

Statistics were taken from 2013 FBI crime reports, and the towns and cities that had the lowest ratio of violent crimes to population made the list.

Since larger cities tend to have more crime in general, only places with populations of more than 2,000 were considered and were then only compared to other places of similar size, the website said.

“This is our ninth year to be in the top 10. Only one city with a population of 10,000 or more has a lower violent crime rate than Baker,” Police Chief Mike Knaps said. “I’m very proud of our officers and the great citizens of our city as we work together to continue to keep Baker safer.”

Baker, with a population of 13,888, had 2.23 violent crimes committed per 1,000 persons and was the only East Baton Rouge Parish city on the list.

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