These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Rhode Island For 2018
We used data and science to determine the places in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Rhode Island is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Ocean State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 32 places in Rhode Island with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- East Greenwich
- South Kingstown
- West Greenwich
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 Rhode Island
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 2017). 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 two criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 33 crimes committed in Glocester which had a reported population of 10,037. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00329 which translates into a 1 in 304 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 2016. This left us with a total of 32 places in Rhode Island to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 32 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Rhode Island".
The safest city, based on population, is Glocester. The most dangerous? Woonsocket, where residents had a 1 in 35 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.
Taking the crown as the safest city in Rhode Island for 2018 is Glocester -- a classic example of everything that makes Rhode Island great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 313.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 10,037 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
If you're thinking of moving to Rhode Island and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Scituate -- the 2nd safest in the Ocean State.
Scituate is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 168.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Scituate.
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Jamestown ranks as the 3rd safest city in Rhode Island.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Jamestown.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
This gem of a place in the Ocean State boasts the 2nd best property crime rate and 8th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Finishing just inside the top five is Barrington, RI.
You get what you pay for in Barrington -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 4,054 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Barrington residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Barrington in heartbeat.
6. East Greenwich
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in East Greenwich, the 6th safest city in Rhode Island.
The town of some 13,120 people will have to try and continue to try and keep East Greenwich a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there East Greenwich?
7. South Kingstown
South Kingstown is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Rhode Island.
It has 1 in 124.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 2,374 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Rhode Island.
8. West Greenwich
The eighth safest city in Rhode Island for 2018 goes to West Greenwich. Let's see why.
There were only 5 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 39 property crimes to boot.
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Rhode Island, may we present Smithfield as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Rhode Island, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
206 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 13th best in Rhode Island on a rate basis.
Population: 15,600Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 70 (9th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 814 (12th safest)
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Narragansett.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Narragansett residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 11 violent crimes and 127 property crimes in Narragansett; that's really good for a place of 15,600 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
There You Have It - The Safest In Rhode Island
Looking at the data, you can tell that Glocester is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Rhode Island residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.Most dangerous cities in Rhode Island:3rd Most Dangerous: Central Falls 2nd Most Dangerous: Newport Most Dangerous: Woonsocket
Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Rhode Island For 2018