Rhode Island’s 10 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated February 1, 2019

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Rhode Island for 2019. See if your city made the list.

This New England state has a great track record for keeping citizens safe, and these 10 cities do the Ocean State proud. Of the cities we’re recognizing this year, 90% also made the list in 2018. But the entire state should be pleased with its record—Rhode Island’s violent crime rate of 2.27 is just about half the national rate of 4.49. And the property crime rate is 17.23 incidents per 1,000, nearly 10 points below the country’s rate of 27.11.

Even though Rhode Island enjoys a low violent crime rate, residents still worry about it. Violent crime was the second-most worrying safety issue according to our State of Safety survey, with assault by a stranger topping the list of violent crime concerns. That falls in line with FBI crime numbers—assault was the most-reported violent crime among our safest cities, ranging from four in Smithfield to 57 in Warwick.

Read on to learn more about the safest cities in Rhode Island and see if your city made the list.

Rhode Island's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • Cumberland moved from eighth place to take the top spot this year, and even though it didn’t have the smallest total number of violent crimes, it had the lowest incidence per capita, with 0.43 per 1,000.
  • 70% of the cities reported zero murders.
  • 58% of State of Safety respondents expressed deep concern over digital security, making it the top concern in the state. Violent crime comes in second with 55% rating it a primary concern.
  • 16% of participants had a personal digital security issue in the past year.
  • Assault by a stranger is the top violent crime worry, with 49% of respondents rating it as a high concern. That almost matches the national average of 50% who are worried about assault.
  • 9% of respondents in Rhode Island reported experiencing any violent crime in the past year—1 percentage point below the national average.

The 10 Safest Cities in Rhode Island

#1

Cumberland

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Cumberland, Rhode Island
Population 34,973
Median Income $81,713
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.43
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.69

#2

South Kingstown

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South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Population 30,823
Median Income $80,407
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.45
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.39

#3

Smithfield

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Smithfield, Rhole Island
Population 21,884
Median Income $81,010
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.46
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.88

#4

Bristol

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Bristol, Rhode Island
Population 22,255
Median Income $65,890
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.67
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.36

#5

North Kingstown

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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Population 26,069
Median Income $87,311
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.69
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.47

#6

Westerly

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Westerly, Rhode Island
Population 22,629
Median Income $63,507
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.75
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.97

#7

Coventry

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Coventry, Rhode Island
Population 35,083
Median Income $68,633
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 14.51

#8

Warwick

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Warwick, Rhode Island
Population 81,617
Median Income $71,191
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.19
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.94

#9

Lincoln

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Lincoln, Rhode Island
Population 21,863
Median Income $69,404
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.28
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 18.57

#10

North Providence

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North Providence, Rhode Island
Population 32,641
Median Income $53,792
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.32
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.16

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.

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

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

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 10?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

RankCityPopulationCity Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)City Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
11Cranston81,3371.3615.34
12East Providence47,5021.4512.17
13Johnston29,3751.5312.29
14West Warwick28,7902.2911.08
15Newport24,8122.4231.64
16Pawtucket71,6484.3424.96
17Central Falls19,3895.0020.17
18Woonsocket41,5435.3222.80
19Providence179,8545.3432.94

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out our “Safest City” winners for each state.

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

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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