The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Madison For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Madison are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Madison.
Safest Neighborhoods In Madison

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Madison are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Madison. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Madison neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Madison in 2020? That would be Hill Farms-University Neighborh. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Madison.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Madison neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Madison that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Madison.

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How We Determined The Safest Madison Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Madison.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 101 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Madison.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Hill Farms-University Neighborh.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Madison. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Madison For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,267
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 30
Property Crime Per 100k: 509
More on Hill Farms-University Neighborh: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Hill Farms-University Neighborh comes in at 30 and the property crime per capita is 509 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,154
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 64
Property Crime Per 100k: 434
More on Walnut Grove: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Walnut Grove comes in at 64 and the property crime per capita is 434 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,428
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35
Property Crime Per 100k: 638
More on Sauk Creek: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Sauk Creek comes in at 35 and the property crime per capita is 638 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,558
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 79
Property Crime Per 100k: 438
More on Parkwood Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Parkwood Hills comes in at 79 and the property crime per capita is 438 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 864
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57
Property Crime Per 100k: 527
More on Country Grove: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Country Grove comes in at 57 and the property crime per capita is 527 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,293
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38
Property Crime Per 100k: 669
More on Glacier Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Glacier Ridge comes in at 38 and the property crime per capita is 669 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,526
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 81
Property Crime Per 100k: 656
More on Nakoma League: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Nakoma League comes in at 81 and the property crime per capita is 656 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 325
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 76
Property Crime Per 100k: 840
More on Sheridan Triangle: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Sheridan Triangle comes in at 76 and the property crime per capita is 840 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,590
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 105
Property Crime Per 100k: 650
More on Wexford: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Wexford comes in at 105 and the property crime per capita is 650 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,290
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 97
Property Crime Per 100k: 775
More on Westmorland: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Westmorland comes in at 97 and the property crime per capita is 775 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Madison

Looking at the data, you can tell that Hill Farms-University Neighborh 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.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Madison For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Hill Farms-University Neighborh 539
2 Walnut Grove 498
3 Sauk Creek 673
4 Parkwood Hills 517
5 Country Grove 584
6 Glacier Ridge 707
7 Nakoma League 737
8 Sheridan Triangle 916
9 Wexford 755
10 Westmorland 872
11 Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahar 1,013
12 Sunset Village 1,004
13 Vilas 1,127
14 Regent 1,143
15 Hawk’s Landing 1,164
16 Dudgeon-Monroe 1,167
17 Skyview Meadows 1,284
18 Schenk-Atwood 1,354
19 Radio Park 1,215
20 Old Middleton Greenway 1,215
21 Stonefield Woods-Ridge 1,215
22 Sunset Hills 1,215
23 Highlands Community 1,215
24 Oakbridge Community 1,315
25 Midvale Heights Community 1,384
26 Maple-Prairie 1,224
27 Orchard Ridge Community 1,535
28 Blackhawk 1,298
29 Lake View Hill 1,527
30 Whitetail Ridge 2,050
31 Sherman Village 1,461
32 Wisconsin Co-Op Housing 1,634
33 Elvehjem 1,860
34 Spring Harbor 1,606
35 Indian Springs 1,633
36 Marbella 1,897
37 University Apartments 1,837
38 Mcclellan Park 1,966
39 Faircrest 1,803
40 Stone Meadows 2,080
41 Summit Woods 1,968
42 Reston Heights 1,985
43 Allied Community 2,223
44 Marquette 2,272
45 Heritage Heights 2,211
46 Lake Edge 2,334
47 Glen Oak Hills 2,824
48 Woodland Hills 2,768
49 Arbor Hills 3,053
50 Broadway-Lakepoint 2,714
51 Eastmorland 2,837
52 Sherman Terrace 2,309
53 Mendota Hills 3,332
54 Vanchamasshe 3,334
55 Westhaven Trails 3,009
56 Ridgewood 3,267
57 Brittingham Apartments 3,270
58 Bayview 3,270
59 Bay Creek 3,358
60 Heistand 3,109
61 Burke Heights 3,318
62 North Lake Mendota 2,798
63 Highland Manor 3,530
64 Tenney-Lapham 3,507
65 Greentree 3,689
66 Waunona 3,295
67 Leopold 3,481
68 Bluff Acres 3,710
69 Berkley Oaks 3,681
70 Tamarack Trails Community 3,916
71 Dunn’s Marsh 3,704
72 Nobel Park 3,660
73 Clarendon Hills 3,748
74 Rolling Meadows 4,085
75 Vera Court 4,011
76 Glendale 3,825
77 Capitol 4,090
78 Junction Ridge 5,111
79 East Buckeye 5,249
80 Greenbush 4,449
81 Burr Oaks 4,738
82 Meadowood 4,743
83 Sherman 5,720
84 High Point Estates 5,317
85 Moorland-Rimrock 5,477
86 Hawthorne 5,880
87 Carpenter-Ridgeway 6,629
88 Worthington Park 5,686
89 Prairie Hills 5,703
90 Bram’s Addition 5,931
91 East Bluff 9,097
92 Lerdahl Park 7,861
93 Mayfair Park 6,225
94 Emerson East 6,510
95 High Crossing 7,961
96 Brentwood Village 7,276
97 Eken Park 8,827
98 Westchester Gardens 10,821
99 Wexford Ridge 9,474
100 Park Ridge 11,579
101 Norman Acres 13,912

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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