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.
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:
- Oconomowoc Town
- Grand Rapids
- Mukwonago Town
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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
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.
1. Oconomowoc Town
Population: 8,653Property Crime Rank: 15Violent Crime Rank: 11
Population: 5,997Property Crime Rank: 28Violent Crime Rank: 18
3. Grand Rapids
Population: 7,587Property Crime Rank: 35Violent Crime Rank: 86
Population: 12,408Property Crime Rank: 50Violent Crime Rank: 69
Population: 23,389Property Crime Rank: 47Violent Crime Rank: 79
Population: 7,416Property Crime Rank: 40Violent Crime Rank: 92
7. Mukwonago Town
Population: 8,090Property Crime Rank: 21Violent Crime Rank: 131
Population: 11,493Property Crime Rank: 79Violent Crime Rank: 33
Population: 24,654Property Crime Rank: 72Violent Crime Rank: 73
Population: 6,739Property Crime Rank: 24Violent 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