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 Rhode Island, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Glocester.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Ocean State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 32 cities in Rhode Island with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Rhode Island 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 and Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island.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 33 crimes committed in Glocester which had a reported population of 10,037. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0033 which translates into a 1 in 304 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 32 of the biggest cities in Rhode Island to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 32 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 Rhode Island".
The safest city, based on our criteria, is Glocester. The most dangerous city in Rhode Island? Woonsocket, where residents had a 1 in 35 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: 9 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 318 (1st safest)
More on Glocester:
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 595 (3rd safest)
More on Scituate:
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 655 (6th safest)
More on Jamestown:
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 65 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 577 (2nd safest)
More on Richmond:
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 721 (10th safest)
More on Barrington:
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 60 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 655 (7th safest)
More on East Greenwich:
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 42 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 806 (11th safest)
More on South Kingstown:
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 81 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 636 (5th safest)
More on West Greenwich:
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 55 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 951 (13th safest)
More on Smithfield:
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 70 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 814 (12th safest)
More on Narragansett:
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 80 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 674 (9th safest)
More on Bristol:
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 103 (22nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 610 (4th safest)
More on Portsmouth:
Rank Last Year: 11 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 91 (19th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 672 (8th safest)
More on Burrillville:
Rank Last Year: 12 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 74 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,124 (18th safest)
More on Hopkinton:
Rank Last Year: 15 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 84 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,026 (15th safest)
More on North Kingstown:
Looking at the data, you can tell that Glocester is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island according to the data:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|6||East Greenwich, RI||13,120||60||655|
|7||South Kingstown, RI||30,872||42||806|
|8||West Greenwich, RI||6,132||81||636|
|15||North Kingstown, RI||26,120||84||1,026|
|19||North Smithfield, RI||12,377||80||1,688|
|22||North Providence, RI||32,540||132||1,223|
|23||East Providence, RI||47,456||145||1,158|
|27||West Warwick, RI||28,777||208||1,153|
|30||Central Falls, RI||19,277||653||2,339|
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