Top 15 Safest Cities In Indiana For 2018

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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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in St. John.

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

In all, we analyzed 83 cities in Indiana with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Indiana for 2018:

  1. St. John (Photos | Homes)
  2. Carmel (Photos | Homes)
  3. Fishers (Photos | Homes)
  4. New Whiteland (Homes)
  5. Dyer (Photos | Homes)
  6. Crown Point (Photos | Homes)
  7. Westfield (Photos | Homes)
  8. Nappanee (Photos | Homes)
  9. Zionsville (Photos | Homes)
  10. Lowell (Photos | Homes)
  11. Columbia City (Photos | Homes)
  12. Tell City (Photos | Homes)
  13. Decatur (Photos | Homes)
  14. West Lafayette (Photos | Homes)
  15. Gas City (Photos | Homes)

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

How we calculated the safest cities in Indiana

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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 Indiana.

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 128 crimes committed in St. John which had a reported population of 16,822. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0076 which translates into a 1 in 131 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 83 of the biggest cities in Indiana to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 83 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 Indiana".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is St. John. The most dangerous city in Indiana? Indianapolis, where residents had a 1 in 16 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.

St. John, IN
Source: Public domain
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Population: 16,822
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 737 (2nd safest)
More on St. John: PhotosReal Estate | Data

St. John is a town in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The town of St. John has homes in St. John Township, Hanover Township, and Center Township. St. John was founded in 1837. The population was 14,850 at the 2010 census. In 2009, St. John ranked 48th among CNN's top 100 places to live in the United States. In 2014, St. John was ranked as the 4th safest place in Indiana by Movoto Real Estate. Carmel, IN
Overall SnackAbility
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Population: 90,619
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 27 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 886 (4th safest)
More on Carmel: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Carmel is a suburban city in Hamilton County, Indiana, United States, located immediately north of Indianapolis. It has been one of the fastest-growing communities in the country. In 2012, Carmel was selected as the "Best Place to Live in the United States" by CNN Money magazine, and received the same designation by Niche.com in 2017. The population was 79,191 as of the 2010 and was estimated to be 91,065 in 2016 by the US Census Bureau, making it the fifth-largest city in Indiana. Fishers, IN
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Population: 91,100
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 27 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,031 (6th safest)
More on Fishers: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Fishers is a city in Fall Creek and Delaware townships, Hamilton County, Indiana, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 76,794, and by 2016 the estimated population was 90,127. A suburb of Indianapolis, Fishers has grown rapidly in recent decades: about 350 people lived there in 1963, 2,000 in 1980, and only 7,500 as recently as 1990.
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Population: 5,991
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 15)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,185 (11th safest)
More on New Whiteland: Real Estate | Data

New Whiteland is a town in Pleasant Township, Johnson County, Indiana, United States. The population was 5,472 at the 2010 census. Dyer, IN
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Population: 15,983
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,094 (9th safest)
More on Dyer: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Dyer is a town in St. John Township, Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 16,390 at the 2010 census. It lies in the Chicago metropolitan area, 30 miles southeast of The Chicago Loop, and 12 miles from Chicago-s south side.
Crown Point, IN
Overall SnackAbility
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Population: 29,086
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 30 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,244 (13th safest)
More on Crown Point: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Crown Point is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 27,317 at the 2010 census. The city was incorporated in 1868. On October 31, 1834, Solon Robinson and his family became the first settlers to an area that later became Crown Point. Because of its location, Crown Point is known as the "Hub of Lake County". Westfield, IN
Overall SnackAbility
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Population: 38,186
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 62 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,076 (7th safest)
More on Westfield: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Westfield is a city in Hamilton County, Indiana, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 30,068, and in 2016 the estimated population was 37,221. Westfield is in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area. Nappanee, IN
Overall SnackAbility
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Population: 6,812
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 14)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,011 (24th safest)
More on Nappanee: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Nappanee is a city in Elkhart and Kosciusko counties in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 6,648 at the 2010 census. The name Nappanee probably means "flour." Nappanee holds the distinction of having the longest city name in the United States containing each letter in its name twice. The town has several tourist attractions: Amish Acres, Nappanee Raceway, The Arts & Crafts Festival, and the Apple Festival. Zionsville, IN
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
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Population: 26,877
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 115 (28th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 401 (1st safest)
More on Zionsville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Zionsville is a suburban town located in the extreme southeast area of Boone County, Indiana, United States, northwest of Indianapolis. The population was 14,160 at the 2010 census, and grew to 26,784 in the Census 2016 estimates. Lowell, IN
Overall SnackAbility
5
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Population: 9,476
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 126 (30th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 770 (3rd safest)
More on Lowell: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lowell is a town in West Creek and Cedar Creek townships, Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 9,276 at the 2010 census.
Columbia City, IN
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
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Population: 8,873
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 67 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,634 (19th safest)
More on Columbia City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Columbia City is a city in Columbia Township, Whitley County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 8,750 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Whitley County. Tell City, IN
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
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Population: 7,253
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,302 (32nd safest)
More on Tell City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Tell City is a city in Troy Township, Perry County, in the U.S. state of Indiana, along the Ohio River. The population was 7,272 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Perry County. Decatur, IN
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
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Population: 9,474
Rank Last Year: 31 (Up 19)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 52 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,815 (21st safest)
More on Decatur: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Decatur is a city in Root and Washington townships, Adams County, Indiana, United States. It is the county seat of Adams County. Decatur is home to Adams Memorial Hospital, which was designated as one of the "Top 100" Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. The population of Decatur was 9,405 at the 2010 census. West Lafayette, IN
Overall SnackAbility
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Population: 46,284
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 123 (29th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 976 (5th safest)
More on West Lafayette: PhotosReal Estate | Data

West Lafayette is a city in Wabash Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States, about 65 miles northwest of the state capital of Indianapolis and 103 miles southeast of Chicago. West Lafayette is directly across the Wabash River from its sister city, Lafayette. As of the 2016 census estimate, its population was 45,872. It is the most densely populated city in Indiana and is home to Purdue University. Gas City, IN
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7
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Population: 5,931
Rank Last Year: 38 (Up 23)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,293 (31st safest)
More on Gas City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Gas City is a city in Grant County, Indiana, along the Mississinewa River. The population was 5,965 at the 2010 census.

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

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

But as most Indiana 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 Indiana according to the data:

  1. Indianapolis
  2. South Bend
  3. Elkhart
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Indiana For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 St. John, IN 16,822 23 737
2 Carmel, IN 90,619 27 886
3 Fishers, IN 91,100 27 1,031
4 New Whiteland, IN 5,991 0 1,185
5 Dyer, IN 15,983 37 1,094
6 Crown Point, IN 29,086 30 1,244
7 Westfield, IN 38,186 62 1,076
8 Nappanee, IN 6,812 14 2,011
9 Zionsville, IN 26,877 115 401
10 Lowell, IN 9,476 126 770
11 Columbia City, IN 8,873 67 1,634
12 Tell City, IN 7,253 13 2,302
13 Decatur, IN 9,474 52 1,815
14 West Lafayette, IN 46,284 123 976
15 Gas City, IN 5,931 16 2,293
16 Munster, IN 22,865 43 2,059
17 Hartford City, IN 5,949 100 1,344
18 Tipton, IN 5,102 39 2,273
19 Auburn, IN 13,010 76 2,006
20 Brownsburg, IN 25,648 113 1,352
21 Plymouth, IN 10,037 69 2,211
22 Cedar Lake, IN 12,085 107 1,803
23 Portland, IN 6,183 194 1,310
24 Bargersville, IN 7,053 85 2,311
25 Bedford, IN 13,335 82 2,579
26 Jasper, IN 15,530 289 1,101
27 Sellersburg, IN 8,723 298 1,089
28 Alexandria, IN 5,028 99 2,346
29 Batesville, IN 6,628 226 1,508
30 Elwood, IN 8,427 142 2,076
31 Griffith, IN 16,278 135 2,371
32 Danville, IN 9,729 390 1,233
33 Ellettsville, IN 6,607 332 1,513
34 New Haven, IN 15,886 239 2,222
35 Greenfield, IN 21,653 263 2,142
36 Jeffersonville, IN 47,327 137 2,894
37 Frankfort, IN 15,987 112 3,258
38 Logansport, IN 17,699 84 3,582
39 Bluffton, IN 10,024 49 4,020
40 Beech Grove, IN 14,618 164 2,955
41 Mooresville, IN 9,675 155 3,049
42 Columbus, IN 47,222 72 4,114
43 Plainfield, IN 31,198 285 2,939
44 Scottsburg, IN 6,655 255 3,395
45 Crawfordsville, IN 16,047 299 2,629
46 Whitestown, IN 6,850 467 1,941
47 Merrillville, IN 35,276 138 3,744
48 Linton, IN 5,259 152 3,650
49 Vincennes, IN 17,937 78 4,738
50 Goshen, IN 33,166 150 3,835
51 Peru, IN 10,998 200 3,664
52 Fort Wayne, IN 261,642 397 3,410
53 Bloomington, IN 84,772 445 3,188
54 La Porte, IN 21,891 424 3,494
55 Seymour, IN 19,762 349 3,643
56 Charlestown, IN 8,189 744 2,344
57 Lake Station, IN 11,956 292 3,972
58 Greenwood, IN 56,502 461 3,403
59 Kendallville, IN 9,942 724 2,625
60 Cumberland, IN 5,499 454 3,527
61 Muncie, IN 70,065 359 3,932
62 Warsaw, IN 14,657 491 3,500
63 Hobart, IN 28,223 290 4,577
64 Kokomo, IN 57,984 760 3,035
65 Avon, IN 17,076 427 3,923
66 Terre Haute, IN 60,830 258 5,178
67 Marion, IN 28,926 397 3,996
68 North Vernon, IN 6,599 439 3,939
69 Hammond, IN 77,005 701 3,578
70 Anderson, IN 55,134 435 4,160
71 Speedway, IN 12,189 328 5,185
72 East Chicago, IN 28,503 673 3,785
73 Mishawaka, IN 48,267 341 5,227
74 Franklin, IN 24,774 464 4,234
75 Shelbyville, IN 19,137 1,123 3,694
76 Lafayette, IN 71,562 503 4,214
77 Michigan City, IN 31,459 591 4,590
78 Gary, IN 76,556 600 4,724
79 Evansville, IN 119,908 635 4,904
80 Clarksville, IN 21,888 539 5,436
81 Elkhart, IN 52,505 1,506 4,311
82 South Bend, IN 101,621 1,020 5,083
83 Indianapolis, IN 866,351 1,374 4,794

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