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The 10 Safest Cities in Rhode Island — 2016

The Safest Cities in Rhode Island

From its vibrant capital city to its stunning coastline, Rhode Island knows how to pack a lot into a small package. The Ocean State may be the smallest in the country, but that doesn’t mean Rhode Island doesn’t go big when it comes to keeping its residents safe. The ten Rhode Island cities that made our list do their state proud, honoring its long tradition of protecting the rights and lives of everyone who calls this spirited state home.

Every one of the cities on our list had fewer than 15 violent crimes, and half of them limited property crime to under 100 total incidents. Among all 10 of our safest cities, there were zero counts of murder and only three robberies reported in the FBI’s most recent crime statistics. Sixty percent of our cities experienced no incidents of arson and they each reported fewer than 10 motor vehicle thefts. Civic responsibility and community pride are evident in Rhode Island’s safest cities. In fact, eight of those being recognized this year made our list for the second year in a row, and Glocester and Scituate held on to the top two spots once again.

Whether it’s protecting their love of coffee milk or preserving civic liberties for generations to come, these 10 cities leave no doubt that Rhode Islanders take freedom and personal safety seriously. Find out if your city is on our list and then make sure you’re doing everything you can to help keep your Rhode Island home and community safe. Check out our extensive Rhode Island Safety Directory for resources about home security, crime prevention, and neighborhood safety.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Rhode Island

To identify the 10 safest cities in Rhode Island, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 5,000 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 2014 Safest Cities in Rhode Island report here.

1. Glocester 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.40
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.44

2. Scituate

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.29 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.14

3. Jamestown 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.36 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.71

4. Burrillville

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.86 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.33

5. South Kingstown 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.46 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.11

6. Smithfield 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.28
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.78

7. Richmond 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.66 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.85

8. Bristol

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.54 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.99

9. Portsmouth 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.75
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.55

10. Charlestown 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.64
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.16

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 10?

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

11. East Greenwich 12. West Greenwich 13. Cumberland
14. North Kingstown 15. Barrington 16. Narragansett
17. Johnston 18. North Providence 19. East Providence
20. Coventry 21. Hopkinton 22. West Warwick
23. North Smithfield 24. Tiverton 25. Middletown
26. Cranston 27. Lincoln 28. Warren
29. Warwick 30. Westerly 31. Woonsocket
32. Pawtucket 33. Central Falls 34. Providence
35. Newport

How safe is your home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

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