These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Wisconsin

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

Join HomeSnacks

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.
Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

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 live in the safest state, either. Wisconsin is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Badger State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 132 places in Wisconsin with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Oconomowoc Town
  2. Freedom
  3. Grand Rapids
  4. Hobart-Lawrence
  5. Mequon
  6. Kronenwetter
  7. Mukwonago Town
  8. Cedarburg
  9. Muskego
  10. Jackson

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

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

How we calculated the safest cities in Wisconsin

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 (2014). 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 three criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
  • Total crimes per capita
These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Wisconsin

For example, there were a total of 26 crimes committed in Oconomowoc Town which had a reported population of 8,653. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.003 which translates into a 1 in 333 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 2014. This left us with a total of 132 places in Wisconsin to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 132 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places three 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 population, is Oconomowoc Town. The most dangerous? Milwaukee, where residents had a 1 in 1059 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.

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

1. Oconomowoc Town

Oconomowoc Town - Safest Places In Wisconsin
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,653
Property Crime Rank: 15
Violent Crime Rank: 11

2. Freedom

Freedom - Safest Places In Wisconsin
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,997
Property Crime Rank: 28
Violent Crime Rank: 18

3. Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids - Safest Places In Wisconsin
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,587
Property Crime Rank: 35
Violent Crime Rank: 86

4. Hobart-Lawrence

Hobart-Lawrence - Safest Places In Wisconsin
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,408
Property Crime Rank: 50
Violent Crime Rank: 69

5. Mequon

Mequon - Safest Places In Wisconsin
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,389
Property Crime Rank: 47
Violent Crime Rank: 79

6. Kronenwetter

Kronenwetter - Safest Places In Wisconsin
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,416
Property Crime Rank: 40
Violent Crime Rank: 92

7. Mukwonago Town

Mukwonago Town - Safest Places In Wisconsin
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,090
Property Crime Rank: 21
Violent Crime Rank: 131

8. Cedarburg

Cedarburg - Safest Places In Wisconsin
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,493
Property Crime Rank: 79
Violent Crime Rank: 33

9. Muskego

Muskego - Safest Places In Wisconsin
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,654
Property Crime Rank: 72
Violent Crime Rank: 73

10. Jackson

Jackson - Safest Places In Wisconsin
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,739
Property Crime Rank: 24
Violent Crime Rank: 166

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Oconomowoc Town is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Wisconsin residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in Wisconsin:
3rd Most Dangerous: Waupaca
2nd Most Dangerous: Superior
Most Dangerous: Milwaukee

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Wisconsin

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Oconomowoc Town18,6531511
Freedom25,9972818
Grand Rapids37,5873586
Hobart-Lawrence412,4085069
Mequon523,3894779
Kronenwetter67,4164092
Mukwonago Town78,09021131
Cedarburg811,4937933
Muskego924,6547273
Jackson106,73924166
Elm Grove115,9538263
Sturtevant126,9958862
Richland Center135,0559465
Oregon149,78851156
Waunakee1513,01753157
Hartland169,21073134
Port Washington1711,36663168
Menomonee Falls1835,99712467
Portage1910,14741218
Whitefish Bay2014,12912972
Sheboygan Falls217,769113106
Mayville225,03412588
Twin Lakes236,110119104
Town Of Menasha2419,01984162
Altoona257,141110127
Fox Valley Metro2620,65074182
Delavan Town275,33115952
Cottage Grove286,546133100
Holmen299,50695176
Sturgeon Bay309,08414878
Bloomfield316,281111159
Grafton3211,536116149
Waupun3311,32696195
Deforest349,482103200
Ripon357,768107194
Elkhorn369,936140128
Hales Corners377,77116783
Verona3812,078151115
Plover3912,315138139
Fox Point406,697118181
Geneva Town415,04317587
Evansville425,14817685
Beloit Town437,641150136
Hartford4414,25617495
Middleton4518,647162120
Everest4617,10019464
Chippewa Falls4713,73398234
Caledonia4824,746109216
Plymouth498,380168116
Slinger505,15518584
Kaukauna5115,786120202
Milton525,568105228
Marshfield5318,66818296
Pewaukee Village548,228178117
North Fond du Lac555,051134201
Fort Atkinson5612,506154167
McFarland578,183165148
West Salem585,023153180
Reedsburg599,599172144
Onalaska6018,43721077
Burlington6110,522202102
Franklin6236,51920397
Rothschild635,30722381
Waukesha6471,093171188
River Falls6515,250197147
Mukwonago667,52722589
Pleasant Prairie6720,281189165
Delafield687,17224271
Whitewater6914,820184183
Brookfield7038,019233107
Beaver Dam7116,384235103
Neenah7225,992183206
St. Francis739,590211158
Two Rivers7411,485181222
Shorewood7513,381191211
Fitchburg7626,677163257
Sun Prairie7731,240220164
Edgerton785,535217171
Stevens Point7926,665201207
Brookfield Township806,133236140
Baraboo8112,112244132
Mount Pleasant8226,231253114
Berlin835,468255110
Watertown8423,950180246
Prairie du Chien855,757200221
Wausau8639,359192238
Marinette8710,926248142
New London887,255179261
Appleton8973,841186254
New Richmond908,671213208
Sparta919,673188256
Greendale9214,413265118
Menasha9317,639207235
Delavan9410,044241172
Platteville9511,419206240
Oshkosh9666,962205245
Greenfield9737,257229205
Oak Creek9835,138237192
Monroe9910,835224217
Wisconsin Rapids10017,959272122
Eau Claire10167,937227213
West Bend10231,647245184
South Milwaukee10321,258209250
Rhinelander1047,503254170
Lake Geneva1057,726268154
Grand Chute10622,156270152
Kenosha107100,025222259
Antigo1087,952279151
Menomonie10916,123228252
Green Bay110104,979212281
Manitowoc11133,250239241
Tomah1129,376234253
Hudson11313,292263198
Wauwatosa11447,306257212
Sheboygan11548,605231262
La Crosse11651,564250233
Lake Hallie1176,625266209
Jefferson1187,987256237
Fond du Lac11942,953240263
Madison120245,788243265
Brown Deer12112,126274215
Janesville12263,885258251
Town Of Madison1236,571232287
Beloit12436,872261272
Racine12578,057264271
Monona1267,789287229
Glendale12712,929282243
West Allis12860,764277266
Ashland1298,107276269
Waupaca1306,020273277
Superior13126,777283258
Milwaukee132600,374278289

Like RoadSnacks on Facebook:

Facebook Discussion

comments

⌂ Made In Durham With Love ⌂
© Chasing Chains, LLC. All rights reserved.