These Are The 10 Safest Places In Wisconsin For 2018

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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 Wisconsin, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Freedom.

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

In all, we analyzed 141 cities in Wisconsin with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Wisconsin for 2018:
  1. Freedom (Homes)
  2. Hobart-Lawrence (Homes)
  3. Oconomowoc Town (Homes)
  4. Hartland (Photos | Homes)
  5. Sheboygan Falls (Photos | Homes)
  6. Fox Point (Homes)
  7. Jackson (Photos | Homes)
  8. Cedarburg (Photos | Homes)
  9. Muskego (Homes)
  10. Sturtevant (Photos | 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 Wisconsin, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Wisconsin

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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 Wisconsin.

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 9 crimes committed in Freedom which had a reported population of 6,098. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0015 which translates into a 1 in 677 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 141 of the biggest cities in Wisconsin to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 141 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 Wisconsin".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Freedom. The most dangerous city in Wisconsin? Milwaukee, where residents had a 1 in 17 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. Freedom

Freedom, WI

Population: 6,098
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 147 (1st safest)
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2. Hobart-Lawrence

Source: Public Domain

Population: 13,793
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 442 (5th safest)
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3. Oconomowoc Town

Oconomowoc Town, WI

Population: 8,662
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 161 (2nd safest)
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4. Hartland

Hartland, WI

Population: 9,239
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 10 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 595 (12th safest)
More on Hartland: PhotosReal Estate | Data

5. Sheboygan Falls

Sheboygan Falls, WI

Population: 7,849
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 15)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 445 (6th safest)
More on Sheboygan Falls: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Sheboygan Falls is a city in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, United States. Its population was 7,775 at the 2010 census. The city?s downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the first Main Street Community in Wisconsin.[citation needed] The city is part of the Sheboygan, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area.

6. Fox Point

Fox Point, WI

Population: 6,754
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 23)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 784 (18th safest)
More on Fox Point: Real Estate | Data

Fox Point is a village in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 6,701 at the 2010 census.

7. Jackson

Jackson, WI

Population: 6,877
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 407 (4th safest)
More on Jackson: PhotosReal Estate | Data

8. Cedarburg

Cedarburg, WI
Source: Public domain

Population: 11,488
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 705 (14th safest)
More on Cedarburg: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Cedarburg is a city in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located about 20 miles (32 km) north of Milwaukee and near the shores of Lake Michigan. The city is bordered by the village of Grafton to the east and the Town of Cedarburg elsewhere. The population was 11,412 at the 2010 census.

9. Muskego

Muskego, WI

Population: 24,876
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 20 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 747 (17th safest)
More on Muskego: Real Estate | Data

Muskego is a city in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 24,135. Muskego is the fifth largest community in Waukesha County.[citation needed] The name Muskego is derived from the Potawatomi Indian name for the area, "Mus-kee-Guaac", meaning sunfish. The Potawatomi were the original inhabitants of Muskego. There are three lakes within the city's boundaries.

10. Sturtevant

Sturtevant, WI

Population: 6,958
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 28 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 646 (13th safest)
More on Sturtevant: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Sturtevant is a village in Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 6,970 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Badger State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Freedom is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin according to the data:

  1. Milwaukee
  2. Brown Deer
  3. Ashland
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Wisconsin For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Freedom, WI 1 2 6,098 0 147
Hobart-Lawrence, WI 2 3 13,793 14 442
Oconomowoc Town, WI 3 1 8,662 23 161
Hartland, WI 4 17 9,239 10 595
Sheboygan Falls, WI 5 20 7,849 25 445
Fox Point, WI 6 29 6,754 0 784
Jackson, WI 7 6 6,877 29 407
Cedarburg, WI 8 10 11,488 17 705
Muskego, WI 9 5 24,876 20 747
Sturtevant, WI 10 21 6,958 28 646
Kronenwetter, WI 11 18 7,714 38 557
Mequon, WI 12 19 24,114 24 816
Grand Rapids, WI 13 8 7,466 13 991
Altoona, WI 14 15 7,446 53 510
New Berlin, WI 15 9 39,873 30 1,053
Sturgeon Bay, WI 16 36 8,925 44 896
Elm Grove, WI 17 11 6,222 16 1,285
Geneva Town, WI 18 23 5,050 19 1,227
Mukwonago Town, WI 19 7 8,147 85 355
Slinger, WI 20 32 5,232 19 1,357
Cottage Grove, WI 21 22 6,954 57 877
Beloit Town, WI 22 28 7,672 39 1,199
Oconomowoc, WI 23 24 16,480 66 855
Fox Valley Metro, WI 24 13 21,515 69 836
Waunakee, WI 25 4 13,556 88 545
Delavan Town, WI 26 63 5,337 74 824
Menomonee Falls, WI 27 27 36,218 44 1,203
Whitefish Bay, WI 28 12 14,087 49 1,164
Evansville, WI 29 52 5,268 56 1,082
Germantown, WI 30 - 20,042 49 1,167
Middleton, WI 31 31 19,263 41 1,323
Kaukauna, WI 32 47 15,928 87 784
Holmen, WI 33 48 9,760 92 737
Lake Mills, WI 34 - 5,816 120 515
Caledonia, WI 35 38 24,681 85 1,025
Pewaukee Village, WI 36 74 8,207 85 1,157
Elkhorn, WI 37 59 9,859 71 1,288
De Pere, WI 38 - 24,896 100 976
Berlin, WI 39 43 5,400 55 1,537
Oregon, WI 40 25 10,189 166 461
Mcfarland, WI 41 51 8,290 96 1,097
Town Of Menasha, WI 42 40 19,083 99 1,095
Burlington, WI 43 65 10,669 37 1,883
Verona, WI 44 37 12,942 77 1,375
West Salem, WI 45 33 5,055 98 1,226
Port Washington, WI 46 14 11,633 180 739
Twin Lakes, WI 47 45 6,119 130 1,013
Brookfield Township, WI 48 54 6,093 65 1,772
Hartford, WI 49 62 14,377 48 1,975
Delafield, WI 50 41 7,194 27 2,321
Franklin, WI 51 49 36,313 57 1,883
Hales Corners, WI 52 66 7,758 90 1,521
Deforest, WI 53 44 9,674 196 785
Waupun, WI 54 80 11,342 176 943
Bloomfield, WI 55 60 6,253 127 1,231
Prairie Du Chien, WI 56 67 5,731 87 1,675
Marshfield, WI 57 39 18,530 43 2,282
Ripon, WI 58 56 7,694 116 1,403
Plover, WI 59 30 12,360 153 1,334
Reedsburg, WI 60 68 9,605 145 1,363
Pleasant Prairie, WI 61 73 20,928 90 1,863
North Fond Du Lac, WI 62 34 5,003 139 1,419
Waukesha, WI 63 70 72,223 127 1,546
Edgerton, WI 64 46 5,554 108 1,656
Lake Hallie, WI 65 81 6,546 76 2,123
Milton, WI 66 61 5,601 124 1,624
Everest Metropolitan, WI 67 - 17,318 150 1,507
Brookfield, WI 68 64 38,043 65 2,286
Sun Prairie, WI 69 76 32,943 106 1,778
Stoughton, WI 70 69 13,148 197 1,194
Lake Geneva, WI 71 104 7,803 38 3,088
New London, WI 72 50 7,148 167 1,510
Shorewood, WI 73 58 13,319 97 1,944
Whitewater, WI 74 72 14,752 189 1,362
Mount Pleasant, WI 75 85 26,286 60 2,682
Grafton, WI 76 16 11,532 104 1,951
Chippewa Falls, WI 77 78 14,109 226 1,162
Marinette, WI 78 77 10,771 46 3,286
Onalaska, WI 79 42 18,600 69 2,731
Plymouth, WI 80 55 8,518 187 1,549
Mukwonago, WI 81 - 7,795 128 1,924
Stevens Point, WI 82 82 26,587 188 1,602
Rothschild, WI 83 75 5,342 131 1,928
Oak Creek, WI 84 - 35,337 87 2,538
St. Francis, WI 85 89 9,580 135 1,941
Hudson, WI 86 79 13,740 80 2,896
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 87 96 17,802 50 4,095
Monroe, WI 88 84 10,794 176 1,862
Greendale, WI 89 88 14,367 55 3,925
Fort Atkinson, WI 90 53 12,433 201 1,705
New Richmond, WI 91 97 8,913 157 1,952
Beaver Dam, WI 92 57 16,640 114 2,337
Cudahy, WI 93 87 18,338 201 1,854
Fitchburg, WI 94 71 28,588 251 1,490
Neenah, WI 95 91 25,850 201 1,899
West Bend, WI 96 94 31,791 182 2,148
Two Rivers, WI 97 98 11,259 230 1,643
Watertown, WI 98 86 23,816 268 1,574
Monona, WI 99 127 8,288 84 7,890
Platteville, WI 100 - 12,859 202 2,029

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