Indiana’s 10 Safest Cities of 2021

The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the seventh annual Safest Cities report.

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Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Indiana for 2021

1. Zionsville
2. Westfield
3. Carmel
4. Fishers
5. West Lafayette
6. Crown Point
7. Noblesville
8. Brownsburg
9. Greenfield
10. Munster

See if your city made the full list.

Overall, 44% of Indianans we surveyed said they feel highly concerned about their safety while 48% said they feel safe in The Hoosier State. For the second year in a row, this level of daily concern has dropped. And property crime and violent crime rates continue to drop in Indiana.

2021 Indiana crime rates

Compared to neighboring states like Illinois, Indiana falls far below in levels of concern on all issues. But property crime continues to stay on the minds of Hoosiers across the state.

Level of concern and experience with crime in Indiana

We saw a drop of 6 percentage points in overall concern from Indiana residents in 2021, with this year’s level of concern placing Indiana at number 32 for overall concern in the country.

We saw a significant drop in those who experienced gun crime from last year (34%) to this year (10%). But those we surveyed experienced more property crime this year (20%) than in 2020 (7%).

Experiences with crime in Idaho 2021

Crime concerns in Indiana

We asked Indianans which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if Indiana residents are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.

Safest Cities in Indiana 2021 crime concerns

View the complete 2021 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in Indiana: Fear vs. reality

Of the Hoosiers we surveyed, 45% said they were concerned about violent crime on a daily basis. The good news is violent crime has dropped slightly year over year since 2019, landing Indiana at the national average. 

  • Aggravated assault was the most common and accounted for 67% of violent crimes in Indiana. 
  • The percentage of rapes reported in the safest cities was much higher than those statewide. In Indiana as a whole, rape accounts for 10% of violent crime versus the 22% of violent crime in the safest cities.
  • Zionsville, the safest city, reported only 4 violent crimes in the last year, all of them aggravated assault. 
  • 8 of the safest cities have violent crime rates below 1 per 1,000 people. 
  • 3 cities (Fishers, West Lafayette, and Crown Point) had the same violent crime rates year over year. 
6 in 10 Hoosiers name gun violence their top safety concern, and 1 in 10 experienced gun violence this past year.
  • There were 3 fewer mass shooting incidents in Indiana than last year. 
  • 60% of Indianans say they’re concerned about gun violence in general and 44% are worried it might happen to them. 
  • 32% of Hoosiers use some kind of personal protection like pepper spray or stun guns to stay safe. 
  • 40% say their personal safety has been affected by the pandemic.

Property crime in Indiana: Fear vs. reality

Property crime was the top concern for 50% of Indiana residents we surveyed. In reality, property crime rates have been dropping in The Hoosier State since 2019. As of 2021, the state falls below the national average but slightly above the East North Central regional average. 

  • Larceny-theft is the most common type of property crime in Indiana, accounting for almost three quarters of property crime. The percentage is even higher in the safest cities, accounting for 87% of property crimes committed within those cities.
  • Every safest city saw cases of larceny-theft. Zionsville was the only city with fewer than 100. 
  • Munster saw a drop of 1.9 property crime cases per 1,000 people in the last year, the biggest improvement of any of the safest cities in this category.
  • 56% of Indiana residents use some kind of property protection. Security cameras and guard dogs tied for 27% of those folks as the favored method. 
  • 31% of Indianans said their property was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A closer look at the safest cities in Indiana

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • Zionsville, Indiana’s safest city, is a newcomer to the list this year. Greenfield is also new to the list. 
  • Zionsville and Crown Point were the only safest cities to see less than 10 violent crimes in the last year.
  • Carmel and Fishers each dropped one spot this year, the only two cities to drop in ranking on our list.
  • The most-improved ranking this year was a 5-way tie between Westfield, Crown Point, Noblesville, Brownsburg, and Munster.
  • Of the most-improved-ranking cities, the most notable improvement was in Noblesville where property crime rates dropped from 13.2 (2017) to 9.3 incidents per 1,000 people (2019).
  • Carmel was the only safest city to report murders in the last year. 
Safest Cities in Indiana 2021 state map

The 10 Safest Cities in Indiana

#1
Zionsville
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,630
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $132,409
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.0, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.8, 2.2, N/A
Westfield, Indiana
#2
Westfield
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    43,212
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $93,002
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.3, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.8, 9.5, 10.1
Carmel, Indiana
#3
Carmel
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    95,388
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $116,867
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.5, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    8.5, 7.6, 7.5
Fishers, Indiana
#4
Fishers
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    95,506
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $105,042
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.5, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.7, 8.7, 9.3
#5
West Lafayette
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    49,154
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $33,270
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.7, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.3, 8.5, 10.0
#6
Crown Point
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    30,341
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $77,537
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.6, 11.2, 11.3
#7
Noblesville
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    64,567
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $77,717
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.9, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.6, 9.3, 13.2
Brownsburg, Indiana
#8
Brownsburg
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,005
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,354
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.5, 1.2, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.4, 10.0, 11.4
#9
Greenfield
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,800
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $53,061
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.9, N/A, 4.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    13.3, N/A, 18.9
#10
Munster
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,412
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $81,234
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.0, 0.9, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    14.7, 16.6, 20.2

How we determined the safest cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

How to make a safe home anywhere

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Didn't find your city in the top 20?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, based on the state’s median population. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2019.

2021 Rank
City
Population
VC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
PC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
11Highland22.22K0.917.7
12Merrillville34.72K1.416.7
13Plainfield35.32K1.418.0
14Portage36.80K2.015.8
15Greenwood59.80K1.625.6
16Franklin25.44K3.720.3
17Columbus47.99K1.430.0
18Lawrence49.43K3.622.0
19Jeffersonville47.72K2.428.1
20Hobart27.88K1.434.6
21Fort Wayne269.37K3.627.6
22La Porte21.56K5.421.5
23Marion27.83K3.731.3
24Lafayette72.59K4.832.9
25Kokomo57.85K6.825.8
26Hammond75.20K4.237.1
27Anderson54.90K4.438.2
28Gary74.69K5.535.6
29Evansville117.70K6.141.8
30East Chicago27.72K7.339.5
31Clarksville21.63K5.558.4
32South Bend101.94K13.342.1

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Sources

FBI: Uniform Crime Reporting Program, “2019 Crime in the United States,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed November 18, 2020.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 15, 2021.

For definitions and more on data sources, see our methodology page.

Katie McEntire
Written by
Katie McEntire
As a renter, pet-owner, and woman living alone, Katie McEntire takes safety seriously. She’s tested devices like pet cameras, home security systems, and GPS trackers in her own home and devices in the name of safety. In addition to testing, writing, and reviewing for SafeWise, she also makes videos for the site’s YouTube channel. She’s been featured on publications like TechGuySmartBuy, Forbes, Healthy Moms, and Digital Care. Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. She’s held previous writing positions at Overstock.com and Top Ten Reviews.
  • Nicole Fries

    I love living in Carmel IN!!! Def stays At #1 or 2 every year as the safest and most desired place to live and or raise a family ! Certainly more expensive but obviously those w jobs paying over $100,000 a year are educated and not criminals so keeping it expensive keeps it safe and peaceful! My twin girls graduated from Carmel High and it’s one of the best high schools also ! I would highly recommend anyone tht can afford to live here to do so Esc if raising or starting a family!!!

  • Joe_in_Indiana

    Your “Safest Cities in Indiana for 2019” was
    published in the NW Indiana times on 3/19/2019.

    What criteria did you use here to NOT INCLUDE the town of
    Schererville where I live?

    St. John is a TOWN. Dyer is a TOWN. Crown Point is a CITY.
    Griffith is a TOWN. Highland is a TOWN. They ALL surround the TOWN of
    Schererville.

    Schererville is NOT in the TOP 40!

    GARY, East Chicago and Hammond are in the Top 40. WHAT??

    Please explain why Schererville is not mentioned AT ALL.

  • Paul k

    Terre Haute?

    • golfer75

      Not found.