These Are The 10 Safest Places In Wisconsin - 2018 Edition

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.

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:

  1. Freedom
  2. Hobart-Lawrence
  3. Oconomowoc Town
  4. Hartland
  5. Sheboygan Falls (Photos)
  6. Fox Point
  7. Jackson
  8. Cedarburg (Photos)
  9. Muskego
  10. Sturtevant (Photos)

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:

How we calculated the safest cities in Wisconsin

Safest Cities in Wisconsin Graph

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)
These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Wisconsin For 2018

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, WI

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)

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.

2. Hobart-Lawrence, WI

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)

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.

3. Oconomowoc Town, WI

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)

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.

4. Hartland, WI

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)

You might be surprised to find Hartland this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Hartland is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Badger State boasts the 12th best property crime rate and 3rd best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Sheboygan Falls, WI

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)

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.

6. Fox Point, WI

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)

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?

7. Jackson, WI

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)

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.

8. Cedarburg, WI

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)

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.

9. Muskego, WI

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)

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.

10. Sturtevant, WI

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)

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.

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

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Freedom, WI 1 2 6,098 0 147
Hobart-Lawrence, WI 2 3 13,793 14 442
Oconomowoc Town, WI 3 1 8,662 23 161
Hartland, WI 4 17 9,239 10 595
Sheboygan Falls, WI 5 20 7,849 25 445
Fox Point, WI 6 29 6,754 0 784
Jackson, WI 7 6 6,877 29 407
Cedarburg, WI 8 10 11,488 17 705
Muskego, WI 9 5 24,876 20 747
Sturtevant, WI 10 21 6,958 28 646
Kronenwetter, WI 11 18 7,714 38 557
Mequon, WI 12 19 24,114 24 816
Grand Rapids, WI 13 8 7,466 13 991
Altoona, WI 14 15 7,446 53 510
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
Slinger, WI 20 32 5,232 19 1,357
Cottage Grove, WI 21 22 6,954 57 877
Beloit Town, WI 22 28 7,672 39 1,199
Oconomowoc, WI 23 24 16,480 66 855
Fox Valley Metro, WI 24 13 21,515 69 836
Waunakee, WI 25 4 13,556 88 545
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
Evansville, WI 29 52 5,268 56 1,082
Germantown, WI 30 - 20,042 49 1,167
Middleton, WI 31 31 19,263 41 1,323
Kaukauna, WI 32 47 15,928 87 784
Holmen, WI 33 48 9,760 92 737
Lake Mills, WI 34 - 5,816 120 515
Caledonia, WI 35 38 24,681 85 1,025
Pewaukee Village, WI 36 74 8,207 85 1,157
Elkhorn, WI 37 59 9,859 71 1,288
De Pere, WI 38 - 24,896 100 976
Berlin, WI 39 43 5,400 55 1,537
Oregon, WI 40 25 10,189 166 461
Mcfarland, WI 41 51 8,290 96 1,097
Town Of Menasha, WI 42 40 19,083 99 1,095
Burlington, WI 43 65 10,669 37 1,883
Verona, WI 44 37 12,942 77 1,375
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
Hartford, WI 49 62 14,377 48 1,975
Delafield, WI 50 41 7,194 27 2,321
Franklin, WI 51 49 36,313 57 1,883
Hales Corners, WI 52 66 7,758 90 1,521
Deforest, WI 53 44 9,674 196 785
Waupun, WI 54 80 11,342 176 943
Bloomfield, WI 55 60 6,253 127 1,231
Prairie Du Chien, WI 56 67 5,731 87 1,675
Marshfield, WI 57 39 18,530 43 2,282
Ripon, WI 58 56 7,694 116 1,403
Plover, WI 59 30 12,360 153 1,334
Reedsburg, WI 60 68 9,605 145 1,363
Pleasant Prairie, WI 61 73 20,928 90 1,863
North Fond Du Lac, WI 62 34 5,003 139 1,419
Waukesha, WI 63 70 72,223 127 1,546
Edgerton, WI 64 46 5,554 108 1,656
Lake Hallie, WI 65 81 6,546 76 2,123
Milton, WI 66 61 5,601 124 1,624
Everest Metropolitan, WI 67 - 17,318 150 1,507
Brookfield, WI 68 64 38,043 65 2,286
Sun Prairie, WI 69 76 32,943 106 1,778
Stoughton, WI 70 69 13,148 197 1,194
Lake Geneva, WI 71 104 7,803 38 3,088
New London, WI 72 50 7,148 167 1,510
Shorewood, WI 73 58 13,319 97 1,944
Whitewater, WI 74 72 14,752 189 1,362
Mount Pleasant, WI 75 85 26,286 60 2,682
Grafton, WI 76 16 11,532 104 1,951
Chippewa Falls, WI 77 78 14,109 226 1,162
Marinette, WI 78 77 10,771 46 3,286
Onalaska, WI 79 42 18,600 69 2,731
Plymouth, WI 80 55 8,518 187 1,549
Mukwonago, WI 81 - 7,795 128 1,924
Stevens Point, WI 82 82 26,587 188 1,602
Rothschild, WI 83 75 5,342 131 1,928
Oak Creek, WI 84 - 35,337 87 2,538
St. Francis, WI 85 89 9,580 135 1,941
Hudson, WI 86 79 13,740 80 2,896
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 87 96 17,802 50 4,095
Monroe, WI 88 84 10,794 176 1,862
Greendale, WI 89 88 14,367 55 3,925
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
Cudahy, WI 93 87 18,338 201 1,854
Fitchburg, WI 94 71 28,588 251 1,490
Neenah, WI 95 91 25,850 201 1,899
West Bend, WI 96 94 31,791 182 2,148
Two Rivers, WI 97 98 11,259 230 1,643
Watertown, WI 98 86 23,816 268 1,574
Monona, WI 99 127 8,288 84 7,890
Platteville, WI 100 - 12,859 202 2,029

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