These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Indiana For 2019

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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 New Whiteland.

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 82 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 2019:

  1. New Whiteland (Homes)
  2. Lowell (Photos | Homes)
  3. Carmel (Photos | Homes)
  4. St. John (Photos | Homes)
  5. Dyer (Photos | Homes)
  6. Fishers (Photos | Homes)
  7. Chesterton (Photos | Homes)
  8. Crown Point (Photos | Homes)
  9. Westfield (Photos | Homes)
  10. Noblesville (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 2018) 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 40 crimes committed in New Whiteland which had a reported population of 6,117. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0065 which translates into a 1 in 152 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 2017. This left us with a total of 82 of the biggest cities in Indiana to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 82 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 New Whiteland. The most dangerous city in Indiana? Indianapolis, where residents had a 1 in 17 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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8.5
/10

Population: 6,117
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 637 (2nd 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. Lowell, IN
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5
/10

Population: 9,552
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 20 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 62 (1st 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. Carmel, IN
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 93,098
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 746 (3rd 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. St. John, IN
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Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 17,128
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 834 (5th 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. Dyer, IN
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 15,869
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 850 (6th 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.
Fishers, IN
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/10

Population: 92,367
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 46 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 925 (9th 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. Chesterton, IN
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 13,497
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 59 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 866 (7th safest)
More on Chesterton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Chesterton is a town in Westchester, Jackson and Liberty townships of Porter County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 13,068 at the 2010 census. The three towns of Chesterton, Burns Harbor, and Porter are known as the tri-towns or the Duneland area. Crown Point, IN
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 29,399
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 34 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,132 (14th 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
7
/10

Population: 38,542
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,014 (12th 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. Noblesville, IN
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 61,527
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 47 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,316 (17th safest)
More on Noblesville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Noblesville is a city in, and the county seat of, Hamilton County, Indiana, United States, located just north of Indianapolis. The population was 51,969 at the 2010 census making it the 14th largest city/town in the state, up from 19th in 2007. As of 2016 the estimated population was 60,183. The city is part of Delaware, Fall Creek, Noblesville, and Wayne townships.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that New Whiteland 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. Evansville
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Indiana For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 New Whiteland, IN 6,117 16 637
2 Lowell, IN 9,552 20 62
3 Carmel, IN 93,098 18 746
4 St. John, IN 17,128 11 834
5 Dyer, IN 15,869 25 850
6 Fishers, IN 92,367 46 925
7 Chesterton, IN 13,497 59 866
8 Crown Point, IN 29,399 34 1,132
9 Westfield, IN 38,542 57 1,014
10 Noblesville, IN 61,527 47 1,316
11 Sellersburg, IN 8,836 79 973
12 Hartford City, IN 5,873 119 800
13 West Lafayette, IN 46,541 105 1,001
14 Tell City, IN 7,319 68 1,789
15 Nappanee, IN 6,800 73 1,514
16 Cedar Lake, IN 12,286 73 1,611
17 Decatur, IN 9,541 104 1,435
18 Plymouth, IN 9,936 60 2,737
19 Munster, IN 22,701 101 2,017
20 Brownsburg, IN 26,030 176 1,144
21 Bargersville, IN 7,441 120 1,693
22 Jasper, IN 15,577 224 1,027
23 Bedford, IN 13,330 82 2,528
24 Valparaiso, IN 33,329 144 1,512
25 Huntingburg, IN 6,143 325 895
26 Tipton, IN 5,094 157 1,511
27 Ellettsville, IN 6,682 134 1,855
28 Beech Grove, IN 14,831 114 2,279
29 Mooresville, IN 9,709 72 2,883
30 Portland, IN 6,154 227 1,429
31 Linton, IN 5,221 76 2,815
32 Gas City, IN 5,828 68 3,019
33 Batesville, IN 6,705 238 1,446
34 Griffith, IN 16,149 154 2,198
35 Whitestown, IN 7,464 187 1,862
36 Alexandria, IN 5,004 179 1,998
37 Danville, IN 9,783 378 1,175
38 Frankfort, IN 15,873 94 3,156
39 Goshen, IN 33,195 78 3,367
40 Elwood, IN 8,386 143 2,635
41 Lake Station, IN 11,852 126 2,801
42 Rushville, IN 6,022 49 3,852
43 Columbus, IN 47,322 48 4,023
44 New Haven, IN 15,481 245 2,163
45 Jeffersonville, IN 47,459 141 3,023
46 North Vernon, IN 6,837 263 2,588
47 Greenfield, IN 21,872 429 1,888
48 Plainfield, IN 32,067 265 2,669
49 Merrillville, IN 34,999 114 3,674
50 Cumberland, IN 5,649 283 2,761
51 Charlestown, IN 8,248 581 1,551
52 Highland, IN 22,577 159 3,255
53 Crawfordsville, IN 16,011 474 2,566
54 La Porte, IN 21,681 475 2,546
55 Logansport, IN 17,700 135 3,728
56 Kendallville, IN 9,915 524 2,279
57 Scottsburg, IN 6,669 119 4,603
58 Fort Wayne, IN 266,259 357 3,179
59 Vincennes, IN 17,847 134 5,726
60 Muncie, IN 68,814 357 3,619
61 Boonville, IN 6,176 566 2,995
62 Marion, IN 28,385 341 3,723
63 Bloomington, IN 85,121 520 3,035
64 Seymour, IN 19,604 336 3,733
65 Greenwood, IN 57,484 518 3,239
66 Speedway, IN 12,150 312 4,106
67 Shelbyville, IN 19,047 1,107 2,798
68 Kokomo, IN 57,758 721 2,889
69 Franklin, IN 25,060 506 3,395
70 Hobart, IN 28,066 331 4,165
71 Peru, IN 11,009 417 3,960
72 Lafayette, IN 72,274 503 3,648
73 Gary, IN 75,808 621 3,404
74 East Chicago, IN 28,210 666 3,456
75 Anderson, IN 54,959 473 4,399
76 Warsaw, IN 14,850 498 4,127
77 Elkhart, IN 52,330 1,045 3,510
78 Hammond, IN 76,550 634 3,913
79 Clarksville, IN 21,948 496 5,462
80 Evansville, IN 119,371 691 5,008
81 South Bend, IN 101,857 1,044 5,007
82 Indianapolis, IN 870,788 1,333 4,411

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