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:
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:
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)
More on Freedom:
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 442 (5th safest)
More on Hobart-Lawrence:
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 161 (2nd safest)
More on Oconomowoc Town:
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 991 (29th safest)
More on Grand Rapids:
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:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|3||Oconomowoc Town, WI||8,662||23||161|
|5||Sheboygan Falls, WI||7,849||25||445|
|6||Fox Point, WI||6,754||0||784|
|13||Grand Rapids, WI||7,466||13||991|
|15||New Berlin, WI||39,873||30||1,053|
|16||Sturgeon Bay, WI||8,925||44||896|
|17||Elm Grove, WI||6,222||16||1,285|
|18||Geneva Town, WI||5,050||19||1,227|
|19||Mukwonago Town, WI||8,147||85||355|
|21||Cottage Grove, WI||6,954||57||877|
|22||Beloit Town, WI||7,672||39||1,199|
|24||Fox Valley Metro, WI||21,515||69||836|
|26||Delavan Town, WI||5,337||74||824|
|27||Menomonee Falls, WI||36,218||44||1,203|
|28||Whitefish Bay, WI||14,087||49||1,164|
|34||Lake Mills, WI||5,816||120||515|
|36||Pewaukee Village, WI||8,207||85||1,157|
|38||De Pere, WI||24,896||100||976|
|42||Town Of Menasha, WI||19,083||99||1,095|
|45||West Salem, WI||5,055||98||1,226|
|46||Port Washington, WI||11,633||180||739|
|47||Twin Lakes, WI||6,119||130||1,013|
|48||Brookfield Township, WI||6,093||65||1,772|
|52||Hales Corners, WI||7,758||90||1,521|
|56||Prairie Du Chien, WI||5,731||87||1,675|
|61||Pleasant Prairie, WI||20,928||90||1,863|
|62||North Fond Du Lac, WI||5,003||139||1,419|
|65||Lake Hallie, WI||6,546||76||2,123|
|67||Everest Metropolitan, WI||17,318||150||1,507|
|69||Sun Prairie, WI||32,943||106||1,778|
|71||Lake Geneva, WI||7,803||38||3,088|
|72||New London, WI||7,148||167||1,510|
|75||Mount Pleasant, WI||26,286||60||2,682|
|77||Chippewa Falls, WI||14,109||226||1,162|
|82||Stevens Point, WI||26,587||188||1,602|
|84||Oak Creek, WI||35,337||87||2,538|
|85||St. Francis, WI||9,580||135||1,941|
|87||Wisconsin Rapids, WI||17,802||50||4,095|
|90||Fort Atkinson, WI||12,433||201||1,705|
|91||New Richmond, WI||8,913||157||1,952|
|92||Beaver Dam, WI||16,640||114||2,337|
|96||West Bend, WI||31,791||182||2,148|
|97||Two Rivers, WI||11,259||230||1,643|
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