These Are The 10 Safest Places In Indiana For 2018

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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.

In all, we analyzed 83 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 2018:
  1. St. John (Photos | Homes)
  2. Carmel (Photos | Homes)
  3. Fishers (Photos | Homes)
  4. New Whiteland (Homes)
  5. Dyer (Photos | Homes)
  6. Crown Point (Photos | Homes)
  7. Westfield (Photos | Homes)
  8. Nappanee (Photos | Homes)
  9. Zionsville (Photos | Homes)
  10. Lowell (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

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

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)
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.

2. Carmel

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)
More on Carmel: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Carmel /krml/ 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.

3. Fishers

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)
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.

4. New Whiteland

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

5. Dyer

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)
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.

6. Crown Point

Crown Point, IN

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

7. Westfield

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)
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.

8. Nappanee

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)
More on Nappanee: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Nappanee is a city in Elkhart and Kosciusko counties in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 6,648 at the 2010 census. The name Nappanee probably means "flour." Nappanee holds the distinction of having the longest city name in the United States containing each letter in its name twice. The town has several tourist attractions: Amish Acres, Nappanee Raceway, The Arts & Crafts Festival, and the Apple Festival.

9. Zionsville

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)
More on Zionsville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Zionsville is a suburban town located in the extreme southeast area of Boone County, Indiana, United States, northwest of Indianapolis. The population was 14,160 at the 2010 census, and grew to 26,784 in the Census 2016 estimates.

10. Lowell

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)
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.

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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