Indiana’s 20 Safest Cities of 2019

Mar 18, 2019 |
Indiana's Safest Cities

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Indiana for 2019. See if your city made the list.

You’ll recognize 60% of the safest cities in Indiana because they made the list last year as well. St. John held onto the number one spot, with just two violent crimes reported. All of the cities on the list are below both state (5.73) and national (4.49) violent crime rates. But Indiana overall is higher than national rates for both violent and property crime.

Indiana’s property crime rate is 32.55 incidents per 1,000 people, and the national rate is 27.11. In fact, three of the cities on our list (Vincennes, Jeffersonville, and Hobart) reported more than 1,000 total property crimes, which is surprising for cities with populations as small as 17,000. But the biggest city on the list, Carmel, has more than 93,000 residents and reported just 695 property crimes and 17 violent crimes.

Interesting Findings

  • There were just six total murders reported among the top 20 safest cities, with 70% reporting zero.
  • Indiana ranked violent crime as its most concerning safety issue in our State of Safety study.
  • 58% rated violent crime their top concern, which is two percentage points higher than the national average.
  • 11% of Indiana respondents had experienced a violent crime in the past year, compared to 10% nationwide.
  • Being robbed on the street is the primary violent crime worry, with 53% ranking it number one, but 70% of the cities on our list reported 10 or fewer robberies, and the biggest number was 32 in Jeffersonville.

The 20 Safest Cities in Indiana

#1

St. John

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St. John, Indiana
Population 17,128
Median Income $103,701
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.12
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.35

#2

Carmel

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Carmel, Indiana
Population 93,098
Median Income $109,201
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.18
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.47

#3

Dyer

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Dyer, Indiana
Population 15,869
Median Income $79,167
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.25
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.51

#4

Crown Point

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Crown Point, Indiana
Population 29,399
Median Income $69,471
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.34
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.33

#5

Fishers

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Fishers, Indiana
Population 92,367
Median Income $101,469
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.47
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.26

#6

Westfield

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Westfield, Indiana
Population 38,542
Median Income $89,144
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.57
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.14

#7

Chesterton

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Chesterton, Indiana
Population 13,497
Median Income $66,861
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.59
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.67

#8

Frankfort

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Frankfort, Indiana
Population 15,873
Median Income $41,982
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.95
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 31.56

#9

Munster

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Munster, Indiana
Population 22,701
Median Income $78,251
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.01
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 20.18

#10

West Lafayette

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West Lafayette, Indiana
Population 46,541
Median Income $31,230
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.05
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.01

#11

Vincennes

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Vincennes, Indiana
Population 17,847
Median Income $36,724
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.34
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 57.26

#12

Logansport

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Logansport, Indiana
Population 17,700
Median Income $35,603
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.36
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 37.29

#13

Jeffersonville

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Jeffersonville, Indiana
Population 47,459
Median Income $52,861
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.41
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 30.24

#14

Valparaiso

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Valparaiso, Indiana
Population 33,329
Median Income $52,507
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.44
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 15.12

#15

Griffith

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Griffith, Indiana
Population 16,149
Median Income $57,452
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.55
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 21.98

#16

Highland

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Highland, Indiana
Population 22,577
Median Income $62,345
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.59
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 32.56

#17

Jasper

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Jasper, Indiana
Population 15,577
Median Income $55,878
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.25
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.27

#18

New Haven

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New Haven, Indiana
Population 15,481
Median Income $47,649
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.45
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 21.64

#19

Plainfield

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Plainfield, Indiana
Population 32,067
Median Income $62,121
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.65
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 26.69

#20

Hobart

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Hobart, Indiana
Population 28,066
Median Income $58,366
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.31
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 41.65

How We Determined the Safest Cities

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

Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?

Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 20?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

Rank City Population Violent Crime (per 1,000) Property Crime (per 1,000)
21 Seymour 19,604 3.37 37.34
22 Marion 28,385 3.42 37.24
23 Muncie 68,814 3.57 36.20
24 Fort Wayne 266,259 3.58 31.80
25 Greenfield 21,872 4.30 18.88
26 Anderson 54,959 4.73 44.00
27 Crawfordsville 16,011 4.75 25.67
28 Clarksville 21,948 4.97 54.63
29 Lafayette 72,274 5.04 36.49
30 Franklin 25,060 5.07 33.96
31 Greenwood 57,484 5.18 32.39
32 Bloomington 85,121 5.20 30.36
33 Gary 75,808 6.21 34.05
34 Hammond 76,550 6.35 39.14
35 East Chicago 28,210 6.66 34.56
36 Evansville 119,371 6.91 50.09
37 Kokomo 57,758 7.22 28.90
38 South Bend 101,857 10.45 50.07
39 Indianapolis 870,788 13.34 44.12

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

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 security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security of 2019.

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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  • Paul k

    Terre Haute?

    • golfer75

      Not found.

  • 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.