Top 15 Safest Cities 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 (Photos | Homes)
  7. Jackson (Photos | Homes)
  8. Cedarburg (Photos | Homes)
  9. Muskego (Photos | Homes)
  10. Sturtevant (Photos | Homes)
  11. Kronenwetter (Photos | Homes)
  12. Mequon (Photos | Homes)
  13. Grand Rapids (Homes)
  14. Altoona (Photos | Homes)
  15. New Berlin (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. 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: PhotosReal 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 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: PhotosReal 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.

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.

11. Kronenwetter

Kronenwetter, WI
Source: Public domain

Population: 7,714
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 557 (11th safest)
More on Kronenwetter: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Kronenwetter is a village in Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. It is the largest village by land area in the state of Wisconsin, as well as in the entire United States, and the third-largest community by population in Marathon County. It is part of the Wausau, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of Kronenwetter was 7,210, an increase from the 2000 census which had the community at 5,369.

12. Mequon

Mequon, WI
Source: Public domain

Population: 24,114
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 816 (21st safest)
More on Mequon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Mequon is a city in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 23,132 at the 2010 census.

13. Grand Rapids

Source: Public Domain

Population: 7,466
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 991 (29th safest)
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14. Altoona

Altoona, WI
Source: Public domain

Population: 7,446
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 53 (31st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 510 (8th safest)
More on Altoona: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Altoona is a city in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 6,706 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population in 2014 of 7,155. The city is a railroad terminal on the Union Pacific Railroad.

15. New Berlin

New Berlin, WI

Population: 39,873
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 30 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,053 (32nd safest)
More on New Berlin: PhotosReal Estate | Data

New Berlin is a city in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 39,584 at the 2010 census, making it the second largest community in Waukesha County after the city of Waukesha.

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

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

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