These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Wisconsin For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in Wisconsin where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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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 2019:

  1. Freedom (Homes)
  2. Grand Rapids (Homes)
  3. Cedarburg (Photos | Homes)
  4. Geneva Town (Homes)
  5. Sheboygan Falls (Photos | Homes)
  6. Oconomowoc Town (Homes)
  7. Sturtevant (Photos | Homes)
  8. Hobart-Lawrence (Homes)
  9. Evansville (Photos | Homes)
  10. Mukwonago Town (Homes)

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

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 2018) 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 10 crimes committed in Freedom which had a reported population of 6,132. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0016 which translates into a 1 in 613 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 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? Ashland, where residents had a 1 in 20 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
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Population: 6,132
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 146 (1st safest)
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Let Freedom ring in the list of safest cities in Wisconsin -- that is Freedom Wisconsin.

A town of just over 5,000 that was just big enough to break the population threshold has taken the top spot two years in a row. It has the lowest property crime rate in the state and the fifth lowest violent crime rate.

So if you come to Freedom you will experience freedom from crime as long as you stay within the borders of the town. You can tell when you leave because the feeling of Freedom will start to feel like a distant memory.

2. Grand Rapids

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Population: 7,392
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 568 (9th safest)
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If you were thinking of Grand Rapids, MI you need to flip that M upside down for this list as Grand Rapids, WI is the second safest spot in Wisconsin.

You know you can trust your neighbors and friends as there were a total of 0 murders here. In fact, there were a total of 0 violent crimes here in the last reporting year which is pretty amazing for a city of this size.

Grand Rapids is located right in the middle of Wisconsin -- the heartland of the heartland if you will.

Cedarburg, WI
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Population: 11,529
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 8 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 615 (14th safest)
More on Cedarburg: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Located about as far east as you can be in Wisconsin without ending up in Lake Michigan, Cedarburg moved up five spots to place in top three for 2019.

Not only is Cedarburg safe, but it's also one of the best places to live in Wisconsin. Scoring an even 10 out of 10 in our snackability score, that places it in the top 5% of places in America.

The city is also extremely well educated as over 50% of the population has at least a BA.

4. Geneva Town

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Population: 5,049
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 15)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 19 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 554 (8th safest)
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You might mistake yourself for being in Switzerland when you enter Geneva, but, no, you're only in Wisconsin.

Much like Geneva Switzerland, you can expect to be safe and cold.

Located in the very south of Wisconsin, it ranks as the 8th best for both property and violent crime. It also managed to break the top ten for first time jumping a dazzling 15 spots.

Sheboygan Falls, WI
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Population: 7,829
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 12 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 625 (15th safest)
More on Sheboygan Falls: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Ignore that grainy photo that makes it seem like we had to run through the city, this place is safe -- 3rd safest violent crime safe and 5th overall safest in Wisconsin.

So stay around for a while, we know you'll "fall" in love with the place.

Enjoy the economy, the moderately priced housing, and the safe place to live. And if we have hyped it up enough, the top ranked attraction on Trip Advisor at the moment is Bookworm Garden. So yea, if that doesn't say safe I don't know what does.

6. Oconomowoc Town

Oconomowoc Town, WI
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Population: 8,670
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 34 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 149 (3rd safest)
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In southeast Wisconsin lays a gem of a town, Oconomowoc, the sixth safest in Wisconsin.

Sure we could focus on the really low property crime rate and solid violent crime rates, instead we're gonna focus on the name.

Oconomowoc is in Waukesha County making it, and this is science, probably one of the hardest, longest names to say in America. I don't even know where to start -- Ocon-mo-woc? Help? Anyone?

I'm guessing it's probably in some way related to a Native American tribe that's from the area.

Sturtevant, WI
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Population: 6,931
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 28 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 577 (12th safest)
More on Sturtevant: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Sturtevant is up three spots this year on our list of the safest places in the Badger State.

In addition to continuing the list of cities I probably can't pronounce, Sturtevant has considerably lower crime rates on both the violent and property crime for Wisconsin. Much like the rest of Wisconsin, it has a solid economy and affordable housing.

Sturtevant is located a stone's throw from Racine and Kenosha -- if that helps your bearings at all.

8. Hobart-Lawrence

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Population: 14,231
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 49 (22nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 372 (5th safest)
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Hobart-Lawrence has a hyphenated name because it's kinda like a modern family -- it's a combination of Hobart and Lawrence that the FBI combines together for reporting purposes. And so there's really two cities that can claim the honor of 8th safest in Wisconsin.

While the violent crime rate is better than average, the cities really shine when it comes to property crime -- the fifth safest in the state.

Make sure to check out T.Bacon's BBQ in Hobart -- the best ranked place on Yelp. Or Lawrence University in Lawrence as that's the only thing that came up there in our quick Google search.

Evansville, WI
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Population: 5,305
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 19)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 810 (22nd safest)
More on Evansville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Evansville moved up a tremendous 19 spots to crack the top ten.

The city has the seventh safest violent crime rate which is big jump up from the previous year and helped move the city into the top ten. It's also the first time the city has appeared in the top ten of any of our lists.

And, for reference, it's so safe you can keep the doors to your house unlocked as you take a stroll to Leonard Leota Park with your family -- the best park in town according to the internet.

10. Mukwonago Town

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Population: 8,141
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 61 (27th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 147 (2nd safest)
More on Mukwonago Town: 

And rounding out the top ten safest places in Wisconsin for 2019 is Mukwonago.

Sticking to the area of Wisconsin familiar to this list, the southeast part of the state seems to be the place to live to avoid crime.

While violent crime in the city isn't as low as some of the others in the top ten, the city knocks it out of the park for property crime -- the second lowest in the state.

And if there is any crime in the city, then you'll know that Eric Szmanda, of CSI fame, will come home to help catch you.

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. Ashland
  2. Milwaukee
  3. Brown Deer
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List Of Safest Cities In Wisconsin For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Freedom, WI 6,132 16 146
2 Grand Rapids, WI 7,392 0 568
3 Cedarburg, WI 11,529 8 615
4 Geneva Town, WI 5,049 19 554
5 Sheboygan Falls, WI 7,829 12 625
6 Oconomowoc Town, WI 8,670 34 149
7 Sturtevant, WI 6,931 28 577
8 Hobart-Lawrence, WI 14,231 49 372
9 Evansville, WI 5,305 18 810
10 Mukwonago Town, WI 8,141 61 147
11 Muskego, WI 25,004 23 767
12 Fox Valley Metro, WI 21,789 59 569
13 Jackson, WI 6,960 14 1,048
14 New Berlin, WI 39,839 32 823
15 Ripon, WI 7,770 25 1,029
16 Mount Horeb, WI 7,518 53 704
17 Mequon, WI 24,250 45 816
18 Oconomowoc, WI 16,650 30 1,039
19 Kronenwetter, WI 7,687 91 338
20 Menomonee Falls, WI 36,963 29 1,212
21 Altoona, WI 7,624 39 1,088
22 Elm Grove, WI 6,216 64 916
23 Waupun, WI 11,332 79 714
24 Pewaukee Village, WI 8,171 36 1,187
25 Cottage Grove, WI 7,105 98 520
26 Deforest, WI 9,818 91 631
27 Hartland, WI 9,229 65 1,040
28 Slinger, WI 5,320 18 1,390
29 Holmen, WI 9,714 51 1,173
30 Waunakee, WI 13,866 100 569
31 Kaukauna, WI 15,969 75 1,033
32 Sturgeon Bay, WI 8,876 67 1,059
33 Sparta, WI 9,721 61 1,193
34 Lake Mills, WI 5,857 102 700
35 Grafton, WI 11,579 34 1,416
36 Whitefish Bay, WI 13,952 35 1,397
37 Reedsburg, WI 9,583 73 1,147
38 Town Of Menasha, WI 18,872 84 1,049
39 Twin Lakes, WI 6,100 98 1,032
40 Oregon, WI 10,426 134 402
41 Fox Point, WI 6,694 119 776
42 Milton, WI 5,585 71 1,378
43 Delafield, WI 7,563 52 1,666
44 Beloit Town, WI 7,648 65 1,399
45 Berlin, WI 5,371 37 1,712
46 Rothschild, WI 5,361 93 1,361
47 Caledonia, WI 24,945 144 813
48 Elkhorn, WI 9,817 112 1,130
49 Mcfarland, WI 8,407 118 1,094
50 Delavan Town, WI 5,333 131 881
51 Mukwonago, WI 7,898 63 1,747
52 Middleton, WI 19,369 82 1,455
53 Burlington, WI 10,686 84 1,441
54 Franklin, WI 36,248 77 1,707
55 De Pere, WI 25,066 183 813
56 Bloomfield, WI 6,295 127 1,254
57 Verona, WI 13,390 97 1,710
58 Port Washington, WI 11,702 196 871
59 St. Francis, WI 9,487 94 1,749
60 Monroe, WI 10,709 149 1,335
61 Marshfield, WI 18,366 65 2,101
62 Plover, WI 12,627 158 1,243
63 Plymouth, WI 8,544 152 1,369
64 Sun Prairie, WI 33,385 119 1,602
65 Columbus, WI 5,035 297 615
66 Hartford, WI 14,664 102 1,834
67 Cudahy, WI 18,191 120 1,693
68 Marinette, WI 10,655 75 2,355
69 New London, WI 7,150 195 1,188
70 Waukesha, WI 72,565 163 1,387
71 Jefferson, WI 8,033 112 1,867
72 Brookfield Township, WI 6,108 98 2,062
73 Edgerton, WI 5,574 107 2,027
74 North Fond Du Lac, WI 5,038 178 1,389
75 Fort Atkinson, WI 12,566 167 1,432
76 New Richmond, WI 8,987 200 1,357
77 Watertown, WI 23,814 235 1,226
78 Greendale, WI 14,242 77 2,647
79 Whitewater, WI 14,538 206 1,375
80 Prairie Du Chien, WI 5,690 123 1,933
81 Lake Hallie, WI 6,678 74 2,920
82 Stevens Point, WI 26,379 155 1,721
83 Onalaska, WI 18,847 79 2,822
84 Rhinelander, WI 7,560 105 2,367
85 Everest Metropolitan, WI 17,321 248 1,379
86 Pleasant Prairie, WI 20,904 119 2,186
87 Mount Pleasant, WI 26,387 151 2,027
88 River Falls, WI 15,389 194 1,702
89 Oak Creek, WI 36,126 116 2,386
90 Chippewa Falls, WI 14,141 219 1,683
91 Hales Corners, WI 7,675 130 2,123
92 Hudson, WI 13,788 116 2,552
93 Beaver Dam, WI 16,525 187 1,851
94 Shorewood, WI 13,405 126 2,387
95 Brookfield, WI 38,033 123 2,466
96 South Milwaukee, WI 21,039 161 2,096
97 Neenah, WI 25,983 192 1,908
98 Appleton, WI 74,660 271 1,547
99 Ashwaubenon, WI 17,326 103 3,584
100 Lake Geneva, WI 7,850 127 2,700

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