Top 15 Safest Cities In Rhode Island For 2018

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 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:

  1. Glocester (Homes)
  2. Scituate (Homes)
  3. Jamestown (Homes)
  4. Richmond (Homes)
  5. Barrington (Homes)
  6. East Greenwich (Homes)
  7. South Kingstown (Homes)
  8. West Greenwich (Homes)
  9. Smithfield (Homes)
  10. Narragansett (Homes)
  11. Bristol (Homes)
  12. Portsmouth (Homes)
  13. Burrillville (Homes)
  14. Hopkinton (Homes)
  15. North Kingstown (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 Rhode Island, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Rhode Island

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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:

  • 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 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.

1. Glocester

Glocester, RI
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Population: 10,037
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 9 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 318 (1st safest)
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2. Scituate

Scituate, RI
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Population: 10,587
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 595 (3rd safest)
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3. Jamestown

Jamestown, RI
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Population: 5,494
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 655 (6th safest)
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4. Richmond

Richmond, RI
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Population: 7,621
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 65 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 577 (2nd safest)
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5. Barrington

Barrington, RI
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Population: 16,218
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 721 (10th safest)
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6. East Greenwich

East Greenwich, RI
Source: Public domain
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Population: 13,120
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 60 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 655 (7th safest)
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7. South Kingstown

South Kingstown, RI
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Population: 30,872
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 42 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 806 (11th safest)
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8. West Greenwich

West Greenwich, RI
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Population: 6,132
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 81 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 636 (5th safest)
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9. Smithfield

Smithfield, RI
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Population: 21,660
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 55 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 951 (13th safest)
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10. Narragansett

Narragansett, RI
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Population: 15,600
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 70 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 814 (12th safest)
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11. Bristol

Bristol, RI
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Population: 22,229
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 80 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 674 (9th safest)
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12. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, RI
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Population: 17,362
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 103 (22nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 610 (4th safest)
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13. Burrillville

Burrillville, RI
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Population: 16,357
Rank Last Year: 11 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 91 (19th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 672 (8th safest)
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14. Hopkinton

Hopkinton, RI
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Population: 8,093
Rank Last Year: 12 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 74 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,124 (18th safest)
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15. North Kingstown

North Kingstown, RI
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Population: 26,120
Rank Last Year: 15 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 84 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,026 (15th safest)
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There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Ocean State

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:

  1. Woonsocket
  2. Newport
  3. Central Falls
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List Of Safest Cities In Rhode Island For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Glocester, RI 10,037 9 318
2 Scituate, RI 10,587 37 595
3 Jamestown, RI 5,494 18 655
4 Richmond, RI 7,621 65 577
5 Barrington, RI 16,218 24 721
6 East Greenwich, RI 13,120 60 655
7 South Kingstown, RI 30,872 42 806
8 West Greenwich, RI 6,132 81 636
9 Smithfield, RI 21,660 55 951
10 Narragansett, RI 15,600 70 814
11 Bristol, RI 22,229 80 674
12 Portsmouth, RI 17,362 103 610
13 Burrillville, RI 16,357 91 672
14 Hopkinton, RI 8,093 74 1,124
15 North Kingstown, RI 26,120 84 1,026
16 Middletown, RI 16,035 87 1,072
17 Cumberland, RI 34,708 100 959
18 Charlestown, RI 7,762 90 1,082
19 North Smithfield, RI 12,377 80 1,688
20 Warwick, RI 81,481 74 1,994
21 Westerly, RI 22,675 83 1,812
22 North Providence, RI 32,540 132 1,223
23 East Providence, RI 47,456 145 1,158
24 Tiverton, RI 15,768 139 1,300
25 Lincoln, RI 21,770 91 1,975
26 Warren, RI 10,460 114 1,692
27 West Warwick, RI 28,777 208 1,153
28 Johnston, RI 29,322 146 1,538
29 Cranston, RI 81,162 152 1,859
30 Central Falls, RI 19,277 653 2,339
31 Newport, RI 24,077 257 2,886
32 Woonsocket, RI 41,511 510 2,341

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