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.
So what's the safest place to live in Indiana for 2019? According to the most recent FBI UCR data, New Whiteland ranks as the safest place to live on a violent crime and property crime rate basis.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
For more reading on safe places to live in and around Indiana, check out:
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:
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.
Wow, it's a new year and a new day to see New Whiteland top this list -- Carmel, Fishers, and St. John have been trading titles since we started ranking cities over 8 years ago.
But this year New Whiteland pulled a rabbit out of its hat to become the safest place to live in Indiana for 2019.
While it didn't have quite the lowest violent crime and property crime rates in the state, a second place finish in both categories is something to brag about to your inlaws.
The town of some 6,000 people also scored highly on our SnackAbility score meaning it's just an overall great place to live.
Two movers and shakers in the top two! And lo and behold we have Lowell as the second safest place in Indiana this year.
Moving up eight spots from barely making the top ten last year, the city of almost 10,000 boasts the lowest property crime rate in the state by a really wide margin.
There's so little property crime here that you could drop a $100 bill in the middle of Moose Park and the moose.. I mean children would politely contemplate with each other on who should be the one to give it back to you.
See they wouldn't even fight over who should be nice.
Sweet, sweet Carmel.
This town is one of my favorite to write about because they win basically everything every year, so coming in third for something is actually kind of different. That being said, its super safe to live here as it places third for both violent and property crime.
And besides, Carmel ranks better where it really counts -- it's the second best place to live in Indiana and the third richest. So the price of entry is kinda steep, but well worth the entrance fee if you can afford it.
Not sure if it's divine inspiration, or just good manners, but St. John lands in the top three for Indiana's safest places.
Home to a saint like violent crime rate, the best in the state, there were a grand total of 0 murders here in the last reporting year. Mix in an aggravated assault rate that's 50x lower than average and we bet that there's probably not even any bullies in school -- everyone is just a peace arbiter.
St. John is located in the Northwest Corner of the state about as close to Illinois as you can get without being in Chicago. It also scores a 10/10 on our SnackAbility score which really makes us think this place is #blessed.
I bet your dying for us to make a pun about tie dying our clothes in a dryer since we are going to talk Dyer now.
But alas, I assure you, I would never do such thing to such a noble city.
Located a stone's throw from St. John, Dyer is the fifth safest place in Indiana and just a shade less holy than St. John. Violent crime rates that are a little bit more standard than St. John's prevented Dyer from overthrowing its neighbor.
And I know I keep saying it, but Dyer also brings me back. They appear on a bunch of our lists and have been for several years. It's one of the best places to live in Indiana this year too, per usual.
If your fishing for a place to live and having trouble pick a spot, we suggest you sent up your pole in Fishers, another one of Indiana's gems.
The biggest city on the list by a wide margin, it weighs in as the sixth safest (God am I on a pun roll tonight).
Another city that consistently makes our best of lists, Fishers had top ten finishes for both property and violent crime.
So if you have the chance to call it home, make sure to reel it in quickly.
I'm not as familiar with Chesterton as some of the other cities on this list, but I should be -- this place is super safe and super awesome.
Ranking as the seventh safest Hoosier city, it has the seventh safest property crime rate which is good 3x safer than the average city in America.
Furthermore, there were very few assaults and robberies in town.
So no one will steal your milk money in Chesterton.
We've reached the pinnacle of safety, the king of kind, Crown Point -- the eighth safest place in Indiana.
While the city was bumped down a peg of its throne from last year, it's more because other cities got safer than Crown Point getting less safe. There were no murders here, so you can sleep safe and sound. And property crimes are low enough that no paupers are stealing bread at the farmer's market downtown.
Crown Point is another Chicago area burb.
We all know the best field is Westfield, but it also happens to be one of the safest fields out there too.
No stranger to our lists, this Indiana suburb is like Pleasantville were everyone is above average, but no one really stands out. Property crime and violent crime rates are both in the top 10% in the state, but not the tippy top of the class.
Likewise, it ranks in our top ten places to live in Indiana and top ten for families. So it still holds bragging rights over half the cities above it on this list of the safest.
According to TripAdvisor, make sure to check out Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co. when you're in town. You'll have to much fun to even think of commiting a crime.
Rounding out the top ten safest cities in Indiana for 2019 goes to Noblesville.
For some reason the nobles in town didn't report data to the FBI until this year, which is a shame because Noblesville would have been on this list for years. There's virtually no violent crime here and literally no murder.
Property crimes are considerably better than average, just not quite good enough to be higher on the list.
Another suburb of Indianapolis, Noblesville is located in the almost dead center of the 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:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|1||New Whiteland, IN||6,117||16||637|
|4||St. John, IN||17,128||11||834|
|8||Crown Point, IN||29,399||34||1,132|
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