These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Rhode Island For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in Rhode Island where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

Join HomeSnacks
Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.

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 35 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 2019:

  1. Glocester (Homes)
  2. Scituate (Homes)
  3. Richmond (Homes)
  4. South Kingstown (Homes)
  5. Cumberland (Homes)
  6. Bristol (Homes)
  7. West Greenwich (Homes)
  8. Portsmouth (Homes)
  9. East Greenwich (Homes)
  10. Barrington (Homes)

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

For more reading on safe places to live and Rhode Island, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Rhode Island

Safest Cities in Rhode Island Graph

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 2018) 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)
10 Cheapest Places To Live In Rhode Island

For example, there were a total of 36 crimes committed in Glocester which had a reported population of 10,108. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0036 which translates into a 1 in 280 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 2017. This left us with a total of 35 of the biggest cities in Rhode Island to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 35 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? Providence, where residents had a 1 in 26 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
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 10,108
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 326 (1st safest)
More on Glocester: 

2. Scituate

Scituate, RI
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 10,631
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 47 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 404 (2nd safest)
More on Scituate: 

3. Richmond

Richmond, RI
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 7,598
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 39 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 658 (8th safest)
More on Richmond: 

4. South Kingstown

South Kingstown, RI
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 30,823
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 45 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 639 (7th safest)
More on South Kingstown: 

5. Cumberland

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 34,973
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 42 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 769 (10th safest)
More on Cumberland: 

6. Bristol

Bristol, RI
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 22,255
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 67 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 435 (3rd safest)
More on Bristol: 

7. West Greenwich

West Greenwich, RI
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 6,167
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 32 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,037 (15th safest)
More on West Greenwich: 

8. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, RI
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 17,381
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 63 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 586 (6th safest)
More on Portsmouth: 

9. East Greenwich

East Greenwich, RI
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 13,139
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 45 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,035 (14th safest)
More on East Greenwich: 

10. Barrington

Barrington, RI
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 16,307
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 61 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 778 (11th safest)
More on Barrington: 

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. Providence
  2. Woonsocket
  3. Pawtucket
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Rhode Island For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Glocester, RI 10,108 29 326
2 Scituate, RI 10,631 47 404
3 Richmond, RI 7,598 39 658
4 South Kingstown, RI 30,823 45 639
5 Cumberland, RI 34,973 42 769
6 Bristol, RI 22,255 67 435
7 West Greenwich, RI 6,167 32 1,037
8 Portsmouth, RI 17,381 63 586
9 East Greenwich, RI 13,139 45 1,035
10 Barrington, RI 16,307 61 778
11 Burrillville, RI 16,441 97 565
12 Narragansett, RI 15,556 64 694
13 Smithfield, RI 21,884 45 1,087
14 North Kingstown, RI 26,069 69 1,047
15 Hopkinton, RI 8,104 49 1,246
16 Jamestown, RI 5,483 145 455
17 Charlestown, RI 7,764 115 798
18 North Providence, RI 32,641 131 916
19 Middletown, RI 15,993 100 1,112
20 North Smithfield, RI 12,447 64 1,638
21 Coventry, RI 35,083 99 1,450
22 Tiverton, RI 15,767 133 1,198
23 Westerly, RI 22,629 75 1,696
24 East Providence, RI 47,502 145 1,216
25 West Warwick, RI 28,790 229 1,108
26 Warwick, RI 81,617 118 1,694
27 Warren, RI 10,498 142 1,305
28 Johnston, RI 29,375 153 1,228
29 Cranston, RI 81,337 136 1,534
30 Lincoln, RI 21,863 128 1,857
31 Central Falls, RI 19,389 500 2,016
32 Newport, RI 24,812 241 3,163
33 Pawtucket, RI 71,648 434 2,495
34 Woonsocket, RI 41,543 531 2,279
35 Providence, RI 179,854 533 3,294

Breaking Down Crime In The Safest And Most Dangerous Cities In Rhode Island

Safest Cities in Rhode Island Breakdown

Like HomeSnacks on Facebook:

Safest Cities By State

Enjoy The Snack?

About HomeSnacks

HomeSnacks is based in Durham, NC.

We aim to deliver bite-sized pieces of infotainment about where you live.

We use data, analytics, and a sense of humor to determine quality of life for places across the nation.

© Chasing Chains, LLC. All rights reserved.