These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Indiana
We used data and science to determine the places in Indiana where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 live in the safest state, either. Indiana is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Hoosier State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 90 places in Indiana with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- St. John
- New Whiteland
- North Manchester
- West Lafayette
- Tell City
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
How we calculated the safest cities in Indiana
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 (2014). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 15 crimes committed in Zionsville which had a reported population of 25,574. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.000587 which translates into a 1 in 1705 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 2014. This left us with a total of 90 places in Indiana to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 90 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three 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 population, is Zionsville. The most dangerous? Clarksville, where residents had a 1 in 103 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.
Population: 25,574Property Crime Rank: 3Violent Crime Rank: 12
2. St. John
Population: 15,870Property Crime Rank: 4Violent Crime Rank: 13
3. New Whiteland
Population: 5,793Property Crime Rank: 6Violent Crime Rank: 15
Population: 87,555Property Crime Rank: 10Violent Crime Rank: 7
Population: 85,597Property Crime Rank: 12Violent Crime Rank: 10
6. North Manchester
Population: 5,989Property Crime Rank: 19Violent Crime Rank: 29
7. West Lafayette
Population: 31,192Property Crime Rank: 15Violent Crime Rank: 38
8. Tell City
Population: 7,298Property Crime Rank: 33Violent Crime Rank: 6
Population: 16,244Property Crime Rank: 16Violent Crime Rank: 36
Population: 34,214Property Crime Rank: 17Violent Crime Rank: 39
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Zionsville is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Indiana residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Indiana:3rd Most Dangerous: Evansville 2nd Most Dangerous: Gary Most Dangerous: Clarksville