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.
After analyzing 141 cities in Wisconsin with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list of the safest cities in Wisconsin for 2018:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:
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:
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.
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 147 (1st safest)
Taking the crown as the safest city in Wisconsin for 2018 is Freedom -- a classic example of everything that makes Wisconsin great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 677.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 5,000 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 442 (5th safest)
If you're thinking of moving to Wisconsin and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Hobart-Lawrence -- the 2nd safest in the Badger State.
Hobart-Lawrence is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 226.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Hobart-Lawrence.
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 161 (2nd safest)
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Oconomowoc Town ranks as the 3rd safest city in Wisconsin.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Oconomowoc Town.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 10 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 595 (12th safest)
This gem of a place in the Badger State boasts the 12th best property crime rate and 3rd best violent crime rate for 2018.
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 15)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 445 (6th safest)
Finishing just inside the top five is Sheboygan Falls, WI.
You get what you pay for in Sheboygan Falls -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 3,924 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Sheboygan Falls residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Sheboygan Falls in a heartbeat.
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 23)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 784 (18th safest)
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Fox Point, the 6th safest city in Wisconsin.
The town of some 6754 people will have to try and continue to keep Fox Point a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Fox Point?
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 407 (4th safest)
Jackson is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Wisconsin.
It has 1 in 245.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 3,438 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Wisconsin.
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 705 (14th safest)
The eighth safest city in Wisconsin for 2018 goes to Cedarburg. Let's see why.
There were only 2 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 81 property crimes to boot.
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 20 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 747 (17th safest)
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Wisconsin, may we present Muskego as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Wisconsin, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
186 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 17th best in Wisconsin on a rate basis.
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 28 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 646 (13th safest)
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Sturtevant.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Sturtevant residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 2 violent crimes and 45 property crimes in Sturtevant; that's really good for a place of 6958 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
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:
|City||Rank||Previous Rank||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|Oconomowoc Town, WI||3||1||8,662||23||161|
|Sheboygan Falls, WI||5||20||7,849||25||445|
|Fox Point, WI||6||29||6,754||0||784|
|Grand Rapids, WI||13||8||7,466||13||991|
|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|
|Cottage Grove, WI||21||22||6,954||57||877|
|Beloit Town, WI||22||28||7,672||39||1,199|
|Fox Valley Metro, WI||24||13||21,515||69||836|
|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|
|Lake Mills, WI||34||-||5,816||120||515|
|Pewaukee Village, WI||36||74||8,207||85||1,157|
|De Pere, WI||38||-||24,896||100||976|
|Town Of Menasha, WI||42||40||19,083||99||1,095|
|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|
|Hales Corners, WI||52||66||7,758||90||1,521|
|Prairie Du Chien, WI||56||67||5,731||87||1,675|
|Pleasant Prairie, WI||61||73||20,928||90||1,863|
|North Fond Du Lac, WI||62||34||5,003||139||1,419|
|Lake Hallie, WI||65||81||6,546||76||2,123|
|Everest Metropolitan, WI||67||-||17,318||150||1,507|
|Sun Prairie, WI||69||76||32,943||106||1,778|
|Lake Geneva, WI||71||104||7,803||38||3,088|
|New London, WI||72||50||7,148||167||1,510|
|Mount Pleasant, WI||75||85||26,286||60||2,682|
|Chippewa Falls, WI||77||78||14,109||226||1,162|
|Stevens Point, WI||82||82||26,587||188||1,602|
|Oak Creek, WI||84||-||35,337||87||2,538|
|St. Francis, WI||85||89||9,580||135||1,941|
|Wisconsin Rapids, WI||87||96||17,802||50||4,095|
|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|
|West Bend, WI||96||94||31,791||182||2,148|
|Two Rivers, WI||97||98||11,259||230||1,643|
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We use data, analytics, and a sense of humor to determine quality of life for places across the nation.