Indiana’s 10 Safest Cities of 2022

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

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Indiana for 2022

See if your city made the full list.

Indiana has plenty to be proud of this year thanks to decreasing violent crime and property crime. However, our State of Safety survey results show that most Hoosiers think crime is increasing, and fewer than half feel safe in the state.

In this report

2022 Indiana crime rates

Indiana is 1 of just 14 states that experienced decreases in both violent crime and property crime this reporting year. Both its violent crime and property crime rates fall below the national averages.

Bar chart of violent and property crime rates per 1,000 people where the national average is 4.0 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 19.6 property crimes per 1,000 people.

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Level of concern and experience with crime in Indiana

According to our latest State of Safety survey, Hoosiers’ daily level of concern about safety and security is lower than the national average (IN 44% vs. US 47%). 

50% of Indiana residents feel concerned about property crime, and package theft comes in a close second at 49%. Hoosiers worry less about violent crime (45%) and gun violence (44%), which makes sense because our survey respondents were more likely to have experienced property crime than violent crime.

Less than half of the Hoosiers we surveyed felt safe in their state (48%), which is lower than the US average of 55%. Indiana residents are also more likely than the average American to believe crime is increasing (IN 68% vs. US 66%).

Pictogram showing the percentage of state residents that are concerned about their safety on a daily basis, as well as which type of crime they are concerned about the most, and which crimes they have experienced within the past 12 months. Crimes include violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise. Past 12 months=12 months prior to survey.

Crime concerns in Indiana

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

Bar chart showing percentages of how concerned state residents are about crime compared to the national averages for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

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View the complete 2022 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in Indiana: Fear vs. reality

Indiana’s violent crime rate of 3.6 is below the national average of 4.0 and represents a 3% decrease year over year. The nationwide violent crime rate increased by 5% during the same period.

Despite decreasing violent crime, the Hoosiers we surveyed felt more concerned about violent crime than the average American. 13% claimed to have experienced violent crime in the 12 months prior to the survey, which is 3 percentage points higher than the national average.

  • Compared to its regional neighbors (Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin), Indiana is the only state that saw a decline in violent crime year over year.
  • 50 people were injured and 26 were killed in 14 mass shooting events in Indiana this reporting year.
  • The number of mass shooting events in Indiana increased by 100% year over year, from 7 to 14.
  • 32% of Indiana residents use some form of personal protection (US 34%).
  • Of the Hoosiers who use personal protection, most (17%) prefer firearms.
  • 40% of Indiana residents say their personal safety has been affected by the pandemic (US 44%).
Line graph of violent and property crime rates over the past three years in the state compared to national crime rates per 1,000 residents for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

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Property crime in Indiana: Fear vs. reality

Indiana’s property crime rate of 17.8 is lower than the national average (19.6) but above the East North Central regional average (16.1). Property crime in Indiana decreased year over year.

The Hoosiers we surveyed felt more concerned about property crime than the average American, with 50% reporting daily levels of concern (US 42%). This isn’t surprising considering 20% of Indiana respondents claimed to have experienced property crime in the 12 months prior to the survey, up from 7% the previous year.

  • Property crime in Indiana decreased by 8% year over year, which is 1 percentage point higher than the national average.
  • 56% of Indiana residents use some form of property protection (US 60%).
  • Of the Hoosiers who use some form of property protection, most preferred security cameras and guard dogs (27% each).
  • 31% of Indiana residents say the security of their property has been affected by the pandemic (US 29%).

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.

  • 38 Indiana cities met the criteria for ranking this year.
  • 4 of this year’s 10 safest cities are new to the list, including the chart-topping Dyer. The other newcomers are St. John, Chesterton, and Frankfort.
  • The most populous safest city on this year’s list—Carmel—accounts for 19% of violent crime and 21% of property crime among all 10 cities.
  • Dyer, Zionsville, St. John, and Chesterton reported fewer than 10 burglaries and fewer than 10 motor vehicle thefts.
  • Brownsburg was the only safest city to experience a decrease in violent crime year over year.
  • No city saw a decrease in both violent crime and property crime.
  • Zionsville also appeared on our most recent Safest Cities in America
Map of state with markers and labels highlighting the cities with the lowest crime rates.

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The 10 safest cities in Indiana

VC=violent crime
PC=property crime

Dyer, Indiana
#1
Dyer
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NEW
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,932
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $84,202
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.1, N/A, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.2, N/A, 8.4
#2
Zionsville
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-1
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    28,824
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $137,377
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.5, 0.1, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.0, 2.8, 2.2
St. John, Indiana
#3
St. John
(
NEW
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    19,289
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $105,852
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 0.2, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.1, 6.7, 6.3
Carmel, Indiana
#4
Carmel
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-1
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    103,100
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $112,765
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.5, 0.3, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    5.9, 8.5, 7.6
Fishers, Indiana
#5
Fishers
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-1
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    97,481
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $109,454
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.7, 0.5, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.5, 7.7, 8.7
Westfield, Indiana
#6
Westfield
(
-4
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    45,469
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $98,376
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.5, 0.4, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    7.5, 7.8, 9.5
Chesterton, Indiana
#7
Chesterton
(
NEW
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,203
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $73,977
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.3, 0.6, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    5.9, 9.0, 8.2
Noblesville, Indiana
#8
Noblesville
(
-1
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    66,127
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $82,218
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.9, 0.5, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    8.3, 9.6, 9.3
Frankfort, Indiana
#9
Frankfort
(
NEW
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,826
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $41,120
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    10.4, N/A, N/A
Brownsburg, Indiana
#10
Brownsburg
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-2
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,621
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $78,877
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.8, 1.5, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.6, 9.4, 10.0

How we determined the safest cities

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

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Sources

FBI: Crime Data Explorer, Accessed March 8, 2022.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed January 24, 2022.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 8, 2022.

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

Cathy Habas
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Cathy Habas
With over seven years of experience as a content writer, Cathy has a knack for untangling complex information. Her natural curiosity and ability to empathize help Cathy offer insightful, friendly advice. She believes in empowering readers who may not feel confident about a purchase, project, or topic. Cathy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Indiana University Southeast and began her professional writing career immediately after graduation. She has contributed to sites like Safety.com, Reviews.com, Hunker, and Thumbtack. Cathy’s pride and joy is her Appaloosa “Chacos.” She also likes to crochet while watching stand-up comedy specials on Netflix.

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