These Are The 10 Safest Places In Rhode Island For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Glocester.

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

In all, we analyzed 32 cities in Rhode Island with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

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

How we calculated the safest cities in Rhode Island

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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) in Rhode Island.

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)
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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 0.0033 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 of the biggest cities in Rhode Island to rank.

We ranked each city 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 our criteria, is Glocester. The most dangerous city in Rhode Island? 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.

1. Glocester

Glocester, RI

Population: 10,037
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 9 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 318 (1st safest)
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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 St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

2. Scituate

Scituate, RI

Population: 10,587
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 595 (3rd safest)
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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.

3. Jamestown

Jamestown, RI

Population: 5,494
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 655 (6th safest)
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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.

4. Richmond

Richmond, RI

Population: 7,621
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 65 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 577 (2nd safest)
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You might be surprised to find Richmond this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Richmond is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Ocean State boasts the 2nd best property crime rate and 8th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Barrington

Barrington, RI

Population: 16,218
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 721 (10th safest)
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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 a heartbeat.

6. East Greenwich

East Greenwich, RI
Source: Public domain

Population: 13,120
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 60 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 655 (7th safest)
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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 13120 people will have to try and continue to 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, RI

Population: 30,872
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 42 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 806 (11th safest)
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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

West Greenwich, RI

Population: 6,132
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 81 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 636 (5th safest)
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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.

9. Smithfield

Smithfield, RI

Population: 21,660
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 55 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 951 (13th safest)
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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.

10. Narragansett

Narragansett, RI
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Population: 15,600
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 70 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 814 (12th safest)
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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 15600 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Ocean State

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.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Rhode Island according to the data:

  1. Woonsocket
  2. Newport
  3. Central Falls
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List Of Safest Cities In Rhode Island For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Glocester, RI 1 1 10,037 9 318
Scituate, RI 2 2 10,587 37 595
Jamestown, RI 3 4 5,494 18 655
Richmond, RI 4 7 7,621 65 577
Barrington, RI 5 6 16,218 24 721
East Greenwich, RI 6 16 13,120 60 655
South Kingstown, RI 7 9 30,872 42 806
West Greenwich, RI 8 10 6,132 81 636
Smithfield, RI 9 14 21,660 55 951
Narragansett, RI 10 8 15,600 70 814
Bristol, RI 11 5 22,229 80 674
Portsmouth, RI 12 3 17,362 103 610
Burrillville, RI 13 11 16,357 91 672
Hopkinton, RI 14 12 8,093 74 1,124
North Kingstown, RI 15 15 26,120 84 1,026
Middletown, RI 16 26 16,035 87 1,072
Cumberland, RI 17 13 34,708 100 959
Charlestown, RI 18 18 7,762 90 1,082
North Smithfield, RI 19 17 12,377 80 1,688
Warwick, RI 20 27 81,481 74 1,994
Westerly, RI 21 24 22,675 83 1,812
North Providence, RI 22 22 32,540 132 1,223
East Providence, RI 23 19 47,456 145 1,158
Tiverton, RI 24 20 15,768 139 1,300
Lincoln, RI 25 25 21,770 91 1,975
Warren, RI 26 30 10,460 114 1,692
West Warwick, RI 27 29 28,777 208 1,153
Johnston, RI 28 23 29,322 146 1,538
Cranston, RI 29 28 81,162 152 1,859
Central Falls, RI 30 31 19,277 653 2,339
Newport, RI 31 33 24,077 257 2,886
Woonsocket, RI 32 34 41,511 510 2,341

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