Indiana’s 20 Safest Cities of 2020

Indiana Safest Cities Badge 2020

The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Indiana for 2020. See if your city made the list.

Indiana crime experience infographic; 14% violent crime, 34% property crime, 7% mass shooting

Hoosiers are generally more concerned about their safety than the rest of America. If you live in one of the state’s safest cities, though, you have less to be concerned about on a daily basis.

See Indiana’s 20 safest cities of 2020.

Half of the respondents to our 2020 State of Safety survey reported that they worry about their safety and security every day. That’s an increase of five percentage points from last year, and four points higher than the average level of concern across the country.

50% of people in Indiana worried about crime on a daily basis in 2020, compared to 45% in 2019

View the complete 2020 State of Safety report.

Indiana reported a big jump in personal experience with property crime year over year. The number of participants who disclosed a run-in with property crime in the past 12 months increased by 386% (from 7% to 34%).

Experience with property crime increased 386% year over year in Indiana.

Statewide property crime rates (21.8) are slightly lower than the national average of 22.0 incidents per 1,000. Indiana’s violent crime rate (3.8) is barely above the national rate of 3.7. Both state crime rates decreased from 2019 to 2020.

Violent Crime in Indiana: Fear vs. Reality

Being robbed on the street is the violent crime that keeps the most people up at night in the Hoosier state, but robbery isn’t the most prevalent violent crime in Indiana.

  • 49% of survey participants said robbery was their top violent crime concern, versus 38% nationwide.
  • 33% also named robbery as the crime they feel most likely to fall victim to, compared to 27% nationwide.
  • Robbery was the second most common violent crime among the safest cities, accounting for 26% of all violent crime in the safest cities and 23% statewide.
  • Aggravated assault was the most reported violent crime, making up 54% of all violent crime incidents reported among the safest cities and 66% across the state.
  • 46% said they had high concern about assault by a stranger, making it the second most worrisome violent crime in Indiana, but only 28% think that it is likely to happen to them.
49% of Indiana residents are most concerned about being robbed on the street
33% of Indiana residents believe they're most likely to be robbed on the street

Property Crime in Indiana: Fear vs. Reality

When it comes to property crime, Indiana residents are most concerned about someone breaking into their home, but that fear doesn’t line up with crime statistics in the Hoosier State.

  • 69% expressed high concern about someone breaking in when they’re at home—that’s 11 percentage points higher than the national level of concern (58%).
  • A break-in when they’re not home was the second most worrisome property crime, with 66% of participants putting it atop their list of concerns.
  • 48% also claimed a break-in when they’re not at home as the crime most likely to happen, compared to 38% across the US.
  • Only 9% of the property crimes reported by the safest cities were burglaries, and statewide, burglary makes up 17% of all property crime.
  • 28% of respondents have a home security system, which is four percentage points higher than the national average.
  • Firearms are the most common form of protection Hoosiers use, with 36% reporting it, compared to 28% nationally.
  • Larceny-theft was the most common property crime in Indian, accounting for 83% of all property crime in the safest cities and 70% across the state.
  • 60% of respondents named property being stolen as a top concern (making it the third biggest concern), and 41% think it’s likely to happen.
69% of Indiana residents are most concerned about a home break-in while they're home
48% of Indiana residents believe they're most likely to experience a break-in while they're away

A Closer Look at Indiana’s Safest Cities of 2020

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.

  • St. John held on as the number one safest city in Indiana for the third year in a row, with just three violent crimes reported.
  • Carmel stayed at number two for the second consecutive year, reporting a violent crime rate of less than one incident per 1,000.
  • 35% of the cities improved their rank year over year, and Greenwood made the biggest leap, climbing 14 spots to number 17.
  • 25% of the cities dropped in rank YOY.
  • Five new cities joined the top 20 this year—Noblesville, Brownsburg, Portage, Lawrence, and Goshen.
  • 90% of the cities kept violent crime rates below both state (3.8) and national (3.7) averages.
  • 65% reported fewer than 50 total violent crimes.
  • 70% reported property crime rates that beat both state (21.8) and national (22.0) rates.
  • St. John and Chesterton had the lowest total numbers of property crimes reported, each claiming 111 total incidents.
Indiana safest cities heat map showing population and crime score

The 20 Safest Cities in Indiana

VC = Violent Crime
PC = Property Crime

St. John, Indiana
#1
St. John
  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,615
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $103,701
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.1, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    6.3, 8.3, 7.4
Carmel, Indiana
#2
Carmel
  • Circle Population
    Population
    94,128
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $109,201
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.5, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    7.6, 7.5, 8.9
Fishers, Indiana
#3
Fishers
(
+2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    94,035
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $101,469
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.5, 0.5, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    8.7, 9.3, 10.3
Westfield, Indiana
#4
Westfield
(
+2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    41,037
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $89,144
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    9.5, 10.1, 10.8
Dyer, Indiana
#5
Dyer
(
-2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,880
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $79,167
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.6, 0.3, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    8.4, 8.5, 10.9
West Lafayette, Indiana
#6
West Lafayette
(
+4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    46,906
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $31,230
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.7, 1.1, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    8.5, 10.0, 9.8
Chesterton, Indiana
#7
Chesterton
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,561
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $66,861
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.8, 0.6, Not available
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    8.2, 8.7, Not available
Crown Point, Indiana
#8
Crown Point
(
-4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    29,884
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $69,471
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.3, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    11.2, 11.3, 12.4
Noblesville, Indiana
#9
Noblesville
(
NEW
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    63,315
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $74,681
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.9, 0.0, Not available
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    9.3, 13.2, Not available
Brownsburg, Indiana
#10
Brownsburg
(
NEW
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,525
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $68,986
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.2, 0.0, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    10.0, 11.4, 13.5
Valparaiso, Indiana
#11
Valparaiso
(
+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    33,610
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $52,507
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.1, 1.4, Not available
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    12.0, 15.1, Not available
Munster, Indiana
#12
Munster
(
-3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,596
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $78,251
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.9, 1.0, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    16.6, 20.2, 20.6
Griffith, Indiana
#13
Griffith
(
+2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    16,050
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $57,452
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.5, 1.5, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    23.7, 22.0, 23.7
Portage, Indiana
#14
Portage
(
NEW
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    36,646
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $54,566
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.9, Not available, Not available
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    20.2, Not available, Not available
Jeffersonville, Indiana
#15
Jeffersonville
(
-2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    47,709
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $52,861
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.4, 1.4, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    26.0, 30.2, 28.9
Plainfield, Indiana
#16
Plainfield
(
-3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    33,668
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $62,121
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.8, 2.7, 2.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    23.6, 26.7, 29.4
Greenwood, Indiana
#17
Greenwood
(
+14
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    58,312
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $55,274
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.4, 5.2, 4.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    30.5, 32.4, 34.0
Crawfordsville, Indiana
#18
Crawfordsville
(
+9
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    16,207
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $40,899
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.4, 4.7, Not available
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    21.1, 25.7, Not available
Lawrence, Indiana
#19
Lawrence
(
NEW
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    49,093
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $50,107
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.3, Not available, Not available
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    22.1, Not available, Not available
Goshen, Indiana
#20
Goshen
(
NEW
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    33,386
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $46,055
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.4, Inaccurate data, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    33.8, 33.7, 38.4

How We Determined the Safest Cities

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

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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, which is based on the median population of the state. 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 2018.

2020 Ranking

City

Population

Violent Crime (per 1,000)

Property Crime (per 1,000)

21

Fort Wayne

267,634

3.8

26.2

22

La Porte

21,630

5.1

22.9

23

Columbus

47,595

1.6

35.8

24

Muncie

68,406

3.2

33.3

25

Bloomington

85,730

5.4

26.5

26

Franklin

25,288

5.1

28

27

Kokomo

57,804

6.3

24.7

28

Hobart

28,101

2.5

39.6

29

Hammond

76,050

4.8

34.9

30

Lafayette

72,904

4.6

36

31

Marion

28,116

4.6

36.9

32

Gary

75,426

5

36.1

33

Anderson

54,925

4.1

42.6

34

Seymour

19,681

2.1

50.6

35

Mishawaka

49,310

2.3

51.2

36

Evansville

118,765

5.7

44.6

37

Shelbyville

19,075

11.3

29.5

38

Michigan City

30,999

7.4

44.3

39

Elkhart

52,659

11.8

35.5

40

South Bend

102,397

10.4

43

41

Indianapolis

877,584

12.7

41.3

Sources

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2018 Crime in the United States
SafeWise, “2020 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “American Fact Finder

Rebecca Edwards
Written by
Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips.
  • 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.