These Are The 10 Safest Places In Indiana - 2018 Edition

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 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.

After analyzing 83 cities in Indiana with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list of the safest cities in Indiana for 2018:

  1. St. John (Photos)
  2. Carmel (Photos)
  3. Fishers (Photos)
  4. New Whiteland
  5. Dyer
  6. Crown Point (Photos)
  7. Westfield
  8. Nappanee (Photos)
  9. Zionsville
  10. Lowell (Photos)

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

How we calculated the safest cities in Indiana

Safest Cities in Indiana Graph

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.

1. St. John, IN

St. John, In
Source: Public domain

Population: 16,822
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 737 (2nd safest)

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

We are talking about only having a 1 in 135.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 4,205 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.

2. Carmel, IN

Carmel, In

Population: 90,619
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 27 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 886 (4th safest)

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

Carmel 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 112.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Carmel.

3. Fishers, IN

Fishers, In

Population: 91,100
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 27 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,031 (6th safest)

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

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

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. New Whiteland, IN

Population: 5,991
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 15)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,185 (11th safest)

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

This gem of a place in the Hoosier State boasts the 11th best property crime rate and 1st best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Dyer, IN

Dyer, In

Population: 15,983
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,094 (9th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Dyer, IN.

You get what you pay for in Dyer -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 2,663 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Dyer residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Dyer in a heartbeat.

6. Crown Point, IN

Crown Point, In

Population: 29,086
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 30 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,244 (13th safest)

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

The town of some 29086 people will have to try and continue to keep Crown 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 Crown Point?

7. Westfield, IN

Westfield, In

Population: 38,186
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 62 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,076 (7th safest)

Westfield is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Indiana.

It has 1 in 92.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,591 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

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

8. Nappanee, IN

Nappanee, In

Population: 6,812
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 14)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,011 (24th safest)

The eighth safest city in Indiana for 2018 goes to Nappanee. Let's see why.

There were only 1 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 137 property crimes to boot.

9. Zionsville, IN

Zionsville, In
Source: Public domain

Population: 26,877
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 115 (28th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 401 (1st safest)

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

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

108 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 1st best in Indiana on a rate basis.

10. Lowell, IN

Lowell, In

Population: 9,476
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 126 (30th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 770 (3rd safest)

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

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

In total, there were 12 violent crimes and 73 property crimes in Lowell; that's really good for a place of 9476 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

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

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
St. John, IN 1 1 16,822 23 737
Carmel, IN 2 2 90,619 27 886
Fishers, IN 3 4 91,100 27 1,031
New Whiteland, IN 4 18 5,991 0 1,185
Dyer, IN 5 3 15,983 37 1,094
Crown Point, IN 6 - 29,086 30 1,244
Westfield, IN 7 6 38,186 62 1,076
Nappanee, IN 8 22 6,812 14 2,011
Zionsville, IN 9 5 26,877 115 401
Lowell, IN 10 10 9,476 126 770
Columbia City, IN 11 15 8,873 67 1,634
Tell City, IN 12 9 7,253 13 2,302
Decatur, IN 13 31 9,474 52 1,815
West Lafayette, IN 14 24 46,284 123 976
Gas City, IN 15 38 5,931 16 2,293
Munster, IN 16 12 22,865 43 2,059
Hartford City, IN 17 27 5,949 100 1,344
Tipton, IN 18 13 5,102 39 2,273
Auburn, IN 19 20 13,010 76 2,006
Brownsburg, IN 20 25 25,648 113 1,352
Plymouth, IN 21 11 10,037 69 2,211
Cedar Lake, IN 22 17 12,085 107 1,803
Portland, IN 23 - 6,183 194 1,310
Bargersville, IN 24 21 7,053 85 2,311
Bedford, IN 25 28 13,335 82 2,579
Jasper, IN 26 8 15,530 289 1,101
Sellersburg, IN 27 41 8,723 298 1,089
Alexandria, IN 28 43 5,028 99 2,346
Batesville, IN 29 36 6,628 226 1,508
Elwood, IN 30 26 8,427 142 2,076
Griffith, IN 31 33 16,278 135 2,371
Danville, IN 32 32 9,729 390 1,233
Ellettsville, IN 33 37 6,607 332 1,513
New Haven, IN 34 - 15,886 239 2,222
Greenfield, IN 35 52 21,653 263 2,142
Jeffersonville, IN 36 48 47,327 137 2,894
Frankfort, IN 37 49 15,987 112 3,258
Logansport, IN 38 60 17,699 84 3,582
Bluffton, IN 39 30 10,024 49 4,020
Beech Grove, IN 40 61 14,618 164 2,955
Mooresville, IN 41 34 9,675 155 3,049
Columbus, IN 42 44 47,222 72 4,114
Plainfield, IN 43 39 31,198 285 2,939
Scottsburg, IN 44 64 6,655 255 3,395
Crawfordsville, IN 45 - 16,047 299 2,629
Whitestown, IN 46 50 6,850 467 1,941
Merrillville, IN 47 40 35,276 138 3,744
Linton, IN 48 - 5,259 152 3,650
Vincennes, IN 49 54 17,937 78 4,738
Goshen, IN 50 42 33,166 150 3,835
Peru, IN 51 53 10,998 200 3,664
Fort Wayne, IN 52 56 261,642 397 3,410
Bloomington, IN 53 57 84,772 445 3,188
La Porte, IN 54 47 21,891 424 3,494
Seymour, IN 55 72 19,762 349 3,643
Charlestown, IN 56 65 8,189 744 2,344
Lake Station, IN 57 63 11,956 292 3,972
Greenwood, IN 58 66 56,502 461 3,403
Kendallville, IN 59 51 9,942 724 2,625
Cumberland, IN 60 59 5,499 454 3,527
Muncie, IN 61 - 70,065 359 3,932
Warsaw, IN 62 58 14,657 491 3,500
Hobart, IN 63 78 28,223 290 4,577
Kokomo, IN 64 71 57,984 760 3,035
Avon, IN 65 62 17,076 427 3,923
Terre Haute, IN 66 68 60,830 258 5,178
Marion, IN 67 67 28,926 397 3,996
North Vernon, IN 68 - 6,599 439 3,939
Hammond, IN 69 76 77,005 701 3,578
Anderson, IN 70 73 55,134 435 4,160
Speedway, IN 71 80 12,189 328 5,185
East Chicago, IN 72 79 28,503 673 3,785
Mishawaka, IN 73 74 48,267 341 5,227
Franklin, IN 74 69 24,774 464 4,234
Shelbyville, IN 75 82 19,137 1,123 3,694
Lafayette, IN 76 83 71,562 503 4,214
Michigan City, IN 77 77 31,459 591 4,590
Gary, IN 78 81 76,556 600 4,724
Evansville, IN 79 85 119,908 635 4,904
Clarksville, IN 80 86 21,888 539 5,436
Elkhart, IN 81 84 52,505 1,506 4,311
South Bend, IN 82 88 101,621 1,020 5,083
Indianapolis, IN 83 87 866,351 1,374 4,794

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