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.
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:
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:
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
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.
1. St. John
Population: 15,789Property Crime Rank: 114Violent Crime Rank: 99
Population: 25,072 Property Crime Rank: 51Violent Crime Rank: 671
Population: 85,367Property Crime Rank: 430Violent Crime Rank: 75
Population: 16,257Property Crime Rank: 535Violent Crime Rank: 57
Population: 83,177Property Crime Rank: 536Violent Crime Rank: 133
Population: 9,400Property Crime Rank: 274Violent Crime Rank: 1,082
Population: 15,538Property Crime Rank: 392Violent Crime Rank: 905
Population: 14,124Property Crime Rank: 623Violent Crime Rank: 722
Population: 33,744Property Crime Rank: 620Violent Crime Rank: 753
10. New Whiteland
Population: 5,725 Property Crime Rank: 308Violent 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