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The 20 Safest Cities in Indiana — 2016

The Safest Cities in Indiana

The birthplace of James Dean, John Cougar Mellencamp, and the King of Pop, it’s hard get more all-American than Indiana. This Midwest gem is home to the Indy 500, the IU Hoosiers, and miles of sandy beaches at Indiana Dunes State Park. Indiana’s patchwork of farms hearkens back to a simpler time when neighbors were friends and people looked out for one another. Those heartland values are still alive and well in the Hoosier State — especially in our 20 safest Indiana cities.

Our number one city, Ligonier, reported just one violent crime during the FBI’s last reporting period. As this city has grown into a thriving industrial center, it has stayed true to its roots as a close-knit railroad town. The other cities on our list reflect the same commitment to keeping residents and property safe. Fourteen of these cities are being featured for the second year in a row, and more than 50 percent of them reported zero incidents of murder or rape. There were no reports of arson in 80 percent of Indiana’s safest cities, and the overall rate of property crime is fewer than 15 instances per 1,000 people in 17 of them.

Indiana is a state decorated with cornfields and the highest concentration of covered bridges in the Wabash River Valley. Rounding out this Norman Rockwell imagery are the security-minded citizens of the safe cities that made our list. Whether you call one of these cities home or not, it’s important to take steps to protect your property and loved ones. Our comprehensive Indiana Safety Directory has security resources and crime prevention tips to help every Indiana resident make a difference when it comes to the safety of their community.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Indiana

To identify the 10 safest cities in Indiana, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 4,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

You can also see how the cities ranked in the past with the 2015 Safest Cities in Indiana report here.

1. Ligonier 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.74

2. Zionsville 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.83

3. St. John 

Previous rank: Not ranked 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.32
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.36

4. New Whiteland 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.56

5. Berne

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.50
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.93

6. Greensburg 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.63 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.44

7. Carmel 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.14
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.32

8. Fishers 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.21 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.51

9. Winona Lake 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.40 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.72

10. Jasper 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.34 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.43

11. West Lafayette ↑

Previous rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.03 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.19

12. Dyer 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.98 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.64

13. Westfield 

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.05 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.30

14. North Manchester 

Previous rank: 23

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.67
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.69

15. Lowell 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.68
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.72

16. Danville 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.63
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.82

17. Porter 

Previous rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.82 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.29

18. Brownsburg ↑

Previous rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.87 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.29

19. Munster 

Previous rank: Not ranked 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.91 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.65

20. Columbia City 

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.36
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.22

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 20?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Nappanee 22. Greenfield 23. Tell City
24. Sellersburg 25. Bremen 26. Valparaiso
27. Tipton 28. Cedar Lake 29. Elwood
30. Decatur 31. Bargersville 32. Alexandria
33. Auburn 34. New Haven 35. Plymouth
36. Portage 37. Clinton 38. Highland
39. Portland 40. Charlestown 41. Lawrenceburg
42. Kendallville 43. Garrett 44. Gas City
45. Griffith 46. Plainfield 47. Whiting
48. Boonville 49. Whitestown 50. Bloomington
51. Mooresville 52. Hartford City 53. Bluffton
54. Peru 55. La Porte 56. Warsaw
57. Fort Wayne 58. Jeffersonville 59. Merrillville
60. Greenwood 61. Shelbyville 62. Bedford
63. Kokomo 64. Linton 65. Goshen
66. Cumberland 67. Crawfordsville 68. Franklin
69. Angola 70. Scottsburg 71. Columbus
72. Hammond 73. Beech Grove 74. Muncie
75. Rensselaer 76. Marion 77. Rushville
78. Logansport 79. Michigan City 80. Winchester
81. Avon 82. Anderson 83. East Chicago
84. Mishawaka 85. Mount Vernon 86. Frankfort
87. Lake Station 88. Terre Haute 89. Seymour
90. Lafayette 91. South Bend 92. Speedway
93. Washington 94. Elkhart 95. New Albany
96. Indianapolis 97. Gary 98. Evansville
99. Hobart 100. Clarksville

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