These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Rhode Island

We used data and science to determine the places in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Rhode Island is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Ocean State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 35 places in Rhode Island with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Scituate
  2. Glocester
  3. Jamestown
  4. Smithfield
  5. South Kingstown
  6. Burrillville
  7. Bristol
  8. Richmond
  9. East Greenwich
  10. Barrington

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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How we calculated the safest cities in Rhode Island

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
These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Rhode Island

For example, there were a total of 8 crimes committed in Scituate which had a reported population of 10,497. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.000762 which translates into a 1 in 1312 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 35 places in Rhode Island to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 35 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 Rhode Island".

The safest city, based on population, is Scituate. The most dangerous? Newport, where residents had a 1 in 328 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.

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1. Scituate

Scituate - Safest Places In Rhode Island
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,497
Property Crime Rank: 2
Violent Crime Rank: 6

2. Glocester

Glocester - Safest Places In Rhode Island
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,916
Property Crime Rank: 1
Violent Crime Rank: 10

3. Jamestown

Jamestown - Safest Places In Rhode Island
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,508
Property Crime Rank: 5
Violent Crime Rank: 9

4. Smithfield

Smithfield - Safest Places In Rhode Island
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,482
Property Crime Rank: 7
Violent Crime Rank: 4

5. South Kingstown

South Kingstown - Safest Places In Rhode Island
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,726
Property Crime Rank: 6
Violent Crime Rank: 11

6. Burrillville

Burrillville - Safest Places In Rhode Island
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,198
Property Crime Rank: 4
Violent Crime Rank: 20

7. Bristol

Bristol - Safest Places In Rhode Island
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,333
Property Crime Rank: 9
Violent Crime Rank: 14

8. Richmond

Richmond - Safest Places In Rhode Island
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,618
Property Crime Rank: 8
Violent Crime Rank: 17

9. East Greenwich

East Greenwich - Safest Places In Rhode Island
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,178
Property Crime Rank: 15
Violent Crime Rank: 7

10. Barrington

Barrington - Safest Places In Rhode Island
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,351
Property Crime Rank: 16
Violent Crime Rank: 3

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Scituate is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Rhode Island residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in Rhode Island:
3rd Most Dangerous: Central Falls
2nd Most Dangerous: Providence
Most Dangerous: Newport

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Rhode Island

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Scituate110,49726
Glocester29,916110
Jamestown35,50859
Smithfield421,48274
South Kingstown530,726611
Burrillville616,198420
Bristol722,333914
Richmond87,618817
East Greenwich913,178157
Barrington1016,351163
Portsmouth1117,4491019
Charlestown127,7981216
Cumberland1334,3091413
Narragansett1415,724178
West Greenwich156,1221127
North Kingstown1626,2111324
North Smithfield1712,276252
Hopkinton188,1272412
Coventry1935,0532218
East Providence2047,3512122
Johnston2129,2161829
North Providence2232,3961930
Lincoln2321,4252915
West Warwick2428,9342032
Tiverton2515,9312626
Middletown2616,2162725
Warwick2782,1233121
Cranston2880,9052828
Westerly2922,7113223
Warren3010,5673031
Woonsocket3141,1403337
Pawtucket3271,4433534
Central Falls3319,4983638
Providence34178,6403736
Newport3523,9593835

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