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.
You can also see how the cities ranked in the past with the 2014 Safest Cities in Rhode Island report here.
Previous rank: 1
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.40
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.44
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
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
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
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|
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