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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 15)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,185 (11th safest)
This gem of a place in the Hoosier State boasts the 11th best property crime rate and 1st best violent crime rate for 2018.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
|City||Rank||Previous Rank||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|St. John, IN||1||1||16,822||23||737|
|New Whiteland, IN||4||18||5,991||0||1,185|
|Crown Point, IN||6||-||29,086||30||1,244|
|Columbia City, IN||11||15||8,873||67||1,634|
|Tell City, IN||12||9||7,253||13||2,302|
|West Lafayette, IN||14||24||46,284||123||976|
|Gas City, IN||15||38||5,931||16||2,293|
|Hartford City, IN||17||27||5,949||100||1,344|
|Cedar Lake, IN||22||17||12,085||107||1,803|
|New Haven, IN||34||-||15,886||239||2,222|
|Beech Grove, IN||40||61||14,618||164||2,955|
|Fort Wayne, IN||52||56||261,642||397||3,410|
|La Porte, IN||54||47||21,891||424||3,494|
|Lake Station, IN||57||63||11,956||292||3,972|
|Terre Haute, IN||66||68||60,830||258||5,178|
|North Vernon, IN||68||-||6,599||439||3,939|
|East Chicago, IN||72||79||28,503||673||3,785|
|Michigan City, IN||77||77||31,459||591||4,590|
|South Bend, IN||82||88||101,621||1,020||5,083|
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