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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:
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)
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".
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: 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:Photos | Real 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. The city is part of the Sheboygan, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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:Photos | Real Estate | Data
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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:Photos | Real Estate | Data
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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. 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.