These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Wisconsin For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Wisconsin is somewhere in the middle.

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

After analyzing 141 places in Wisconsin with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Freedom
  2. Hobart-Lawrence
  3. Oconomowoc Town
  4. Hartland
  5. Sheboygan Falls (Photos)
  6. Fox Point
  7. Jackson
  8. Cedarburg (Photos)
  9. Muskego
  10. Sturtevant (Photos)

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 Wisconsin

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)
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For example, there were a total of 9 crimes committed in Freedom which had a reported population of 6,098. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00148 which translates into a 1 in 678 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 141 places in Wisconsin to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 141 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 Wisconsin".

The safest city, based on population, is Freedom. The most dangerous? Milwaukee, where residents had a 1 in 18 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. Freedom

Source: intro Domain
Population: 6,098
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 147 (1st safest)

Taking the crown as the safest city in Wisconsin for 2018 is Freedom -- a classic example of everything that makes Wisconsin great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 677.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,500+ 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.

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2. Hobart-Lawrence

Source: intro Domain
Population: 13,793
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 442 (5th safest)

If you're thinking of moving to Wisconsin and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Hobart-Lawrence -- the 2nd safest in the Badger State.

Hobart-Lawrence 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 226.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Hobart-Lawrence.

3. Oconomowoc Town

Source: intro Domain
Population: 8,662
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 161 (2nd safest)

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Oconomowoc Town ranks as the 3rd safest city in Wisconsin.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Oconomowoc Town.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Hartland

Population: 9,239
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 10 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 595 (12th safest)

You might be surprised to find Hartland this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Hartland is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Badger State boasts the 12th best property crime rate and 3rd best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Sheboygan Falls

Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,849
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 15)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 445 (6th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Sheboygan Falls, WI.

You get what you pay for in Sheboygan Falls -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 3,924 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Sheboygan Falls residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Sheboygan Falls in heartbeat.

6. Fox Point

Population: 6,754
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 23)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 784 (18th safest)

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Fox Point, the 6th safest city in Wisconsin.

The town of some 6,754 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Fox Point a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Fox Point?

7. Jackson

Population: 6,877
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 407 (4th safest)

Jackson is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Wisconsin.

It has 1 in 245.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 3,438 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Wisconsin.

8. Cedarburg

Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,488
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 705 (14th safest)

The eighth safest city in Wisconsin for 2018 goes to Cedarburg. Let's see why.

There were only 2 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 81 property crimes to boot.

9. Muskego

Population: 24,876
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 20 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 747 (17th safest)

If you're looking for a safe place to live in Wisconsin, may we present Muskego as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Wisconsin, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

186 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 17th best in Wisconsin on a rate basis.

10. Sturtevant

Sturtevant, Wisconsin
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,958
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 28 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 646 (13th safest)

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Sturtevant.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Sturtevant residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 2 violent crimes and 45 property crimes in Sturtevant; that's really good for a place of 6,958 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In Wisconsin

Looking at the data, you can tell that Freedom is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin:
3rd Most Dangerous: Ashland
2nd Most Dangerous: Brown Deer
Most Dangerous: Milwaukee

Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Wisconsin For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Freedom126,0980147
Hobart-Lawrence2313,79314442
Oconomowoc Town318,66223161
Hartland4179,23910595
Sheboygan Falls5207,84925445
Fox Point6296,7540784
Jackson766,87729407
Cedarburg81011,48817705
Muskego9524,87620747
Sturtevant10216,95828646
Kronenwetter11187,71438557
Mequon121924,11424816
Grand Rapids1387,46613991
Altoona14157,44653510
New Berlin15939,873301,053
Sturgeon Bay16368,92544896
Elm Grove17116,222161,285
Geneva Town18235,050191,227
Mukwonago Town1978,14785355
Slinger20325,232191,357
Cottage Grove21226,95457877
Beloit Town22287,672391,199
Oconomowoc232416,48066855
Fox Valley Metro241321,51569836
Waunakee25413,55688545
Delavan Town26635,33774824
Menomonee Falls272736,218441,203
Whitefish Bay281214,087491,164
Evansville29525,268561,082
Germantown30 -
Middleton313119,263411,323
Kaukauna324715,92887784
Holmen33489,76092737
Lake Mills34 -
Caledonia353824,681851,025
Pewaukee Village36748,207851,157
Elkhorn37599,859711,288
De Pere38 -
Berlin39435,400551,537
Oregon402510,189166461
McFarland41518,290961,097
Town of Menasha424019,083991,095
Burlington436510,669371,883
Verona443712,942771,375
West Salem45335,055981,226
Port Washington461411,633180739
Twin Lakes47456,1191301,013
Brookfield Township48546,093651,772
Hartford496214,377481,975
Delafield50417,194272,321
Franklin514936,313571,883
Hales Corners52667,758901,521
Deforest53449,674196785
Waupun548011,342176943
Bloomfield55606,2531271,231
Prairie du Chien56675,731871,675
Marshfield573918,530432,282
Ripon58567,6941161,403
Plover593012,3601531,334
Reedsburg60689,6051451,363
Pleasant Prairie617320,928901,863
North Fond du Lac62345,0031391,419
Waukesha637072,2231271,546
Edgerton64465,5541081,656
Lake Hallie65816,546762,123
Milton66615,6011241,624
Everest Metropolitan67 -
Brookfield686438,043652,286
Sun Prairie697632,9431061,778
Stoughton706913,1481971,194
Lake Geneva711047,803383,088
New London72507,1481671,510
Shorewood735813,319971,944
Whitewater747214,7521891,362
Mount Pleasant758526,286602,682
Grafton761611,5321041,951
Chippewa Falls777814,1092261,162
Marinette787710,771463,286
Onalaska794218,600692,731
Plymouth80558,5181871,549
Mukwonago81 -
Stevens Point828226,5871881,602
Rothschild83755,3421311,928
Oak Creek84 -
St. Francis85899,5801351,941
Hudson867913,740802,896
Wisconsin Rapids879617,802504,095
Monroe888410,7941761,862
Greendale898814,367553,925
Fort Atkinson905312,4332011,705
New Richmond91978,9131571,952
Beaver Dam925716,6401142,337
Cudahy938718,3382011,854
Fitchburg947128,5882511,490
Neenah959125,8502011,899
West Bend969431,7911822,148
Two Rivers979811,2592301,643
Watertown988623,8162681,574
Monona991278,288847,890
Platteville100 -

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