Crime rates in the Ocean State are lower than national averages. The violent crime rate is 2.2 incidents per 1,000 people, compared to 3.7 nationwide. Rhode Island’s property crime rate is 16.6, which is nearly six incidents below the national rate of 22.0 per 1,000.
Experience with crime is also lower than most of the country, except in regard to mass shootings. Rhode Island has the third-highest number of people who’ve ever been affected by a mass shooting—13% versus 7% nationwide.
Mass shootings are devastating events that leave lasting scars, but they are outlier occurrences that don’t necessarily reflect the general safety of a community or city.