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.

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Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2019. This is our fifth time rankings the safest places to live in Rhode Island.
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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 35 cities in Rhode Island with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here are the 10 safest places to live in Rhode Island for 2019:

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

So what's the safest place to live in Rhode Island for 2019? According to the most recent FBI UCR data, Glocester ranks as the safest place to live on a violent crime and property crime rate basis.

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

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The 10 Safest Cities In Rhode Island For 2019

1. Glocester
Glocester, RI

Population: 10,108
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 326 (1st safest)
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2. Scituate
Scituate, RI

Population: 10,631
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 47 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 404 (2nd safest)
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3. Richmond
Richmond, RI

Population: 7,598
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 39 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 658 (8th safest)
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4. South Kingstown
South Kingstown, RI

Population: 30,823
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 45 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 639 (7th safest)
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5. Cumberland
Cumberland, RI
Source: Public domain

Population: 34,973
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 42 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 769 (10th safest)
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6. Bristol
Bristol, RI
Source: Public domain

Population: 22,255
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 67 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 435 (3rd safest)
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7. West Greenwich
West Greenwich, RI

Population: 6,167
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 32 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,037 (15th safest)
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8. Portsmouth
Portsmouth, RI

Population: 17,381
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 63 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 586 (6th safest)
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9. East Greenwich
East Greenwich, RI
Source: Public domain

Population: 13,139
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 45 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,035 (14th safest)
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10. Barrington
Barrington, RI

Population: 16,307
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 61 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 778 (11th safest)
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How we calculated the safest cities in Rhode Island for 2019

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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 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)
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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.

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
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Where Are The 10 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

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