These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Indiana

We used data and science to determine the places in Indiana 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 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 90 places in Indiana with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Zionsville
  2. St. John
  3. New Whiteland
  4. Carmel
  5. Fishers
  6. North Manchester
  7. West Lafayette
  8. Tell City
  9. Dyer
  10. Westfield

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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 (2014). 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
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For example, there were a total of 15 crimes committed in Zionsville which had a reported population of 25,574. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.000587 which translates into a 1 in 1705 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 90 places in Indiana to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 90 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 Zionsville. The most dangerous? Clarksville, where residents had a 1 in 103 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. Zionsville

Zionsville - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,574
Property Crime Rank: 3
Violent Crime Rank: 12

2. St. John

St. John - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,870
Property Crime Rank: 4
Violent Crime Rank: 13

3. New Whiteland

New Whiteland - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,793
Property Crime Rank: 6
Violent Crime Rank: 15

4. Carmel

Carmel - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 87,555
Property Crime Rank: 10
Violent Crime Rank: 7

5. Fishers

Fishers - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 85,597
Property Crime Rank: 12
Violent Crime Rank: 10

6. North Manchester

North Manchester - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,989
Property Crime Rank: 19
Violent Crime Rank: 29

7. West Lafayette

West Lafayette - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,192
Property Crime Rank: 15
Violent Crime Rank: 38

8. Tell City

Tell City - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,298
Property Crime Rank: 33
Violent Crime Rank: 6

9. Dyer

Dyer - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,244
Property Crime Rank: 16
Violent Crime Rank: 36

10. Westfield

Westfield - Safest Places In Indiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,214
Property Crime Rank: 17
Violent Crime Rank: 39

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Zionsville 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: Evansville
2nd Most Dangerous: Gary
Most Dangerous: Clarksville

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Indiana

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Zionsville125,574312
St. John215,870413
New Whiteland35,793615
Carmel487,555107
Fishers585,5971210
North Manchester65,9891929
West Lafayette731,1921538
Tell City87,298336
Dyer916,2441636
Westfield1034,2141739
Greensburg1111,800567
Munster1223,1872534
Nappanee136,7052730
Jasper1415,3701163
Alexandria155,075439
Bargersville166,5543619
Decatur179,4193525
Columbia City188,8162447
Greenfield1921,3812646
Danville209,5191466
Sellersburg216,1672943
Valparaiso2232,3823240
Auburn2312,7973827
Brownsburg2423,5392358
Charlestown258,091535
New Haven2615,6353937
Cedar Lake2711,7363153
Elwood288,4933449
Highland2923,1794628
Lowell309,403995
Garrett316,2905821
Plymouth3210,0364148
Hartford City336,053678
Portland346,2754545
Portage3536,8054252
Bluffton369,959724
Mooresville379,6366623
Lawrenceburg385,0274961
Kendallville399,9044868
Plainfield4030,7275656
Griffith4116,5525265
Gas City426,0755069
Linton435,3268026
La Porte4422,0026850
Angola458,6618520
Bedford4613,3727742
Goshen4732,3377841
Bloomington4883,0755788
Peru4911,1016476
Mount Vernon506,5661053
Columbus5146,1968835
Boonville526,19847104
Fort Wayne53257,1726578
Rushville546,1739331
Logansport5517,9739433
Warsaw5614,1606391
Kokomo5756,9047570
Merrillville5835,7147182
Beech Grove5914,5368754
Cumberland605,3867677
Greenwood6154,3457387
Jeffersonville6246,11762102
Franklin6324,3108175
Shelbyville6419,27855109
Crawfordsville6516,01754112
Frankfort6616,20510344
Marion6729,4758674
Rensselaer685,8748485
Mishawaka6947,9339962
Lake Station7012,17010257
Michigan City7131,5088979
Muncie7270,3478292
Scottsburg736,72079100
Hammond7478,52674106
Avon7514,0099089
Anderson7655,5459286
New Albany7736,90810864
Terre Haute7861,08510081
East Chicago7929,08983107
Seymour8019,05010183
Speedway8112,12010480
Hobart8228,38911073
Lafayette8370,7499896
South Bend84100,85395105
Washington8511,98210794
Elkhart8651,36691111
Indianapolis87858,23897110
Evansville88120,37210998
Gary8978,013106108
Clarksville9021,858111101

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