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.
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:
- South Kingstown
- East Greenwich
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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
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.
Population: 10,497Property Crime Rank: 2Violent Crime Rank: 6
Population: 9,916Property Crime Rank: 1Violent Crime Rank: 10
Population: 5,508Property Crime Rank: 5Violent Crime Rank: 9
Population: 21,482Property Crime Rank: 7Violent Crime Rank: 4
5. South Kingstown
Population: 30,726Property Crime Rank: 6Violent Crime Rank: 11
Population: 16,198Property Crime Rank: 4Violent Crime Rank: 20
Population: 22,333Property Crime Rank: 9Violent Crime Rank: 14
Population: 7,618Property Crime Rank: 8Violent Crime Rank: 17
9. East Greenwich
Population: 13,178Property Crime Rank: 15Violent Crime Rank: 7
Population: 16,351Property Crime Rank: 16Violent 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
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