These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Indiana For 2017

We used data and science to determine the places in Indiana where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Indiana, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Indiana is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Hoosier State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 87 places in Indiana with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. St. John
  2. Zionsville
  3. Carmel
  4. Dyer
  5. Fishers
  6. Lowell
  7. Jasper
  8. Chesterton
  9. Westfield
  10. New Whiteland

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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How we calculated the safest cities in Indiana

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2015). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used three criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
  • Total crimes per capita
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For example, there were a total of 213 crimes committed in St. John which had a reported population of 15,789. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0135 which translates into a 1 in 74 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2014. This left us with a total of 87 places in Indiana to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 87 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places three criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Indiana".

The safest city, based on population, is St. John. The most dangerous? Indianapolis, where residents had a 1 in 117 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

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1. St. John

St. John - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,789
Property Crime Rank: 114
Violent Crime Rank: 99

2. Zionsville

Population: 25,072
Property Crime Rank: 51
Violent Crime Rank: 671

3. Carmel

Carmel - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 85,367
Property Crime Rank: 430
Violent Crime Rank: 75

4. Dyer

Dyer - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,257
Property Crime Rank: 535
Violent Crime Rank: 57

5. Fishers

Fishers - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 83,177
Property Crime Rank: 536
Violent Crime Rank: 133

6. Lowell

Lowell - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,400
Property Crime Rank: 274
Violent Crime Rank: 1,082

7. Jasper

Jasper - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,538
Property Crime Rank: 392
Violent Crime Rank: 905

8. Chesterton

Chesterton - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,124
Property Crime Rank: 623
Violent Crime Rank: 722

9. Westfield

Westfield - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,744
Property Crime Rank: 620
Violent Crime Rank: 753

10. New Whiteland

Population: 5,725
Property Crime Rank: 308
Violent Crime Rank: 1,505

There You Have It - The Safest In Indiana

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of St. John is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Indiana residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in Indiana:
3rd Most Dangerous: South Bend
2nd Most Dangerous: Clarksville
Most Dangerous: Indianapolis

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Indiana

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
St. John115,78911499
Zionsville225,07251671
Carmel385,36743075
Dyer416,25753557
Fishers583,177536133
Lowell69,4002741,082
Jasper715,538392905
Chesterton814,124623722
Westfield933,744620753
New Whiteland105,7253081,505
West Lafayette1143,999798705
Munster1223,2501,280504
Valparaiso1332,1231,082866
Columbia City149,0701,123808
Tell City157,2341,521155
Plymouth1610,0311,465330
Cedar Lake1711,7571,129992
Garrett186,5521,449439
Tipton195,2521,594240
North Manchester206,3031,288759
Brownsburg2123,4841,0191,275
Nappanee226,6501,2811,005
Elwood238,4841,2451,211
Auburn2412,9791,732446
Portage2537,1971,3531,196
Hartford City266,1561,713620
Highland2723,2851,896308
Danville289,3791,0711,801
Bargersville296,4921,878445
Batesville306,3984242,859
Bedford3113,3711,941493
Decatur329,0841,7151,120
Sellersburg338,6756712,997
Griffith3416,6432,208770
Huntingburg356,4467573,190
Ellettsville366,4341,3312,428
Gas City376,0462,1101,273
Bluffton389,5362,808112
Alexandria395,0741,6752,195
Mooresville409,5082,856357
Angola418,6153,023210
Kendallville429,8701,6472,815
Merrillville4335,3222,6601,160
Plainfield4429,7102,5121,450
Greenfield4521,1791,6952,862
Goshen4632,9462,879872
Boonville476,2131,7082,990
La Porte4822,2422,7341,315
Washington4911,8742,3772,020
Frankfort5016,4672,6431,578
Jeffersonville5146,2592,4372,008
Columbus5245,8683,313690
Peru5311,1972,8281,622
Warsaw5414,3852,2032,897
Fort Wayne55257,0592,4702,659
Vincennes5618,1353,3311,123
Bloomington5782,8132,5812,642
Beech Grove5814,0003,1251,758
Charlestown597,9061,8793,625
Scottsburg606,6772,4652,935
Cumberland615,3162,6772,635
Logansport6217,7163,3401,507
Lake Station6312,2683,3291,619
Rushville646,1923,4581,679
Marion6529,0752,9642,605
Kokomo6658,0542,3843,461
Greenwood6753,8282,9752,696
Terre Haute6861,0613,3342,060
Avon6915,1453,0482,613
Mishawaka7048,1213,3742,066
New Albany7136,5823,4931,866
Anderson7255,6302,9882,799
Hammond7378,9832,6223,344
Franklin7424,0903,1092,610
Michigan City7531,4123,4182,095
Seymour7618,8613,3782,225
Hobart7728,9433,5742,170
East Chicago7829,1782,9153,552
Gary7978,4833,2023,201
Speedway8012,1003,4632,775
Shelbyville8119,2502,9123,789
Lafayette8270,6613,3373,358
Evansville83120,2123,4693,219
Elkhart8452,3543,0723,796
South Bend85100,5903,5283,421
Clarksville8621,6273,7703,130
Indianapolis87841,4493,4083,772

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