Wisconsin’s 20 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated August 20, 2019

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

Wisconsin has a safety record to be proud of. Statewide rates of violent and property crime are below the national averages of 4.49 and 27.11, respectively. The Badger state reported 4.22 violent crimes per 1,000 in 2017, and the property crime rate was 22.71.

Among the safest cities, 80% had one or fewer violent crimes, and the top three saw zero. The cities did well in regard to property crime also, with no city having more than 16.77 incidents per 1,000. Arson was the least common property crime, with just two counts reported among all 20 cities.

Check out the full list to see if your Wisconsin city is one of the safest in the state.

Wisconsin's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • 55% of this year’s safest cities made the list for the second consecutive year.
  • Grand Rapids moved up from number seven last year to take the top spot. The city reported zero violent crimes and just 42 total property crimes.
  • 80% of the cities reported zero rapes, 65% had no counts of robbery, and 45% had zero aggravated assaults.
  • Wisconsin listed digital security as the top safety concern, with 18% of our State of Safety respondents reporting a personal digital security issue in the past year. But that’s still better than the national average of 24%.
  • In general, Wisconsin is less concerned about violent crime than the rest of the country—just 45% made it one of their top worries, compared to the national average of 56%.

The 20 Safest Cities in Wisconsin

#1

Grand Rapids

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Grand Rapids, Wisconsin
Population 7,392
Median Income $72,386
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.68

#2

Colby-Abbotsford

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Colby-Abbotsford, Wisconsin
Population 4,079
Median Income $66,538
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.11

#3

Bayside

+1

Bayside, Wisconsin
Population 4,398
Median Income $99,125
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.46

#4

Cedarburg

+6

Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Population 11,529
Median Income $82,198
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.09
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.16

#5

Sheboygan Falls

+13

Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
Population 7,829
Median Income $63,304
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.13
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.26

#6

Jackson

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Jackson, Wisconsin
Population 6,960
Median Income $92,708
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.14
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.49

#7

Freedom

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Freedom, Wisconsin
Population 6,132
Median Income $77,549
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.16
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.47

#8

Slinger

+3

Slinger, Wisconsin
Population 5,320
Median Income $75,602
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.19
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 13.91

#9

Evansville

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Evansville, Wisconsin
Population 5,305
Median Income $58,870
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.19
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.11

#10

Geneva Town

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Geneva Town, Wisconsin
Population 5,049
Median Income $69,409
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.20
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.55

#11

Saukville

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Saukville, Wisconsin
Population 4,473
Median Income $77,396
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.22
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.77

#12

Cross Plains

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Cross Plains, Wisconsin
Population 4,236
Median Income $82,188
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.24
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.51

#13

Muskego

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Muskego, Wisconsin
Population 25,004
Median Income $86,588
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.24
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.68

#14

Kewaskum

+2

Kewaskum, Wisconsin
Population 4,122
Median Income $68,194
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.24
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.37

#15

Town of East Troy

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Town of East Troy, Wisconsin
Population 4,113
Median Income $59,030
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.24
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.43

#16

Mosinee

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Mosinee, Wisconsin
Population 4,016
Median Income $63,973
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.25
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.71

#17

Ripon

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Ripon, Wisconsin
Population 7,770
Median Income $52,240
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.26
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.30

#18

Beaver Dam Township

-16

Beaver Dam Township, Wisconsin
Population 3,864
Median Income $70,098
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.26
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.78

#19

Sturtevant

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Sturtevant, Wisconsin
Population 6,931
Median Income $65,262
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.29
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.77

#20

Menomonee Falls

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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Population 36,963
Median Income $77,069
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.30
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.12

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.

RankCityPopulationViolent Crime (per 1,000)Property Crime (per 1,000)
21Oconomowoc16,6500.3010.39
22New Berlin39,8390.338.23
23Grafton11,5790.3514.16
24Oconomowoc Town8,6700.351.50
25Whitefish Bay13,9520.3613.98
26Pewaukee Village8,1710.3711.87
27Berlin5,3710.3717.13
28Altoona7,6240.3910.89
29Mequon24,2500.458.16
30Hobart-Lawrence14,2310.493.72
31Holmen9,7140.5111.74
32Delafield7,5630.5316.66
33Mount Horeb7,5180.537.05
34Fox Valley Metro21,7890.605.69
35Mukwonago Town8,1410.611.47
36Sparta9,7210.6211.93
37Mukwonago7,8980.6317.47
38Elm Grove6,2160.649.17
39Hartland9,2290.6510.40
40Marshfield18,3660.6521.02
41Beloit Town7,6480.6513.99
42Sturgeon Bay8,8760.6810.59
43Milton5,5850.7213.79
44Reedsburg9,5830.7311.48
45Lake Hallie6,6780.7529.20
46Marinette10,6550.7523.56
47Kaukauna15,9690.7510.33
48Greendale14,2420.7726.47
49Franklin36,2480.7717.08
50Waupun11,3320.797.15
51Onalaska18,8470.8028.23
52Middleton19,3690.8314.56
53Burlington10,6860.8414.41
54Town of Menasha18,8720.8510.49
55Kronenwetter7,6870.913.38
56Campbell Township4,3800.9112.56
57Deforest9,8180.926.31
58Rothschild5,3610.9313.62
59Prescott4,2230.958.29
60St. Francis9,4870.9517.50
61Verona13,3900.9717.10
62Brookfield Township6,1080.9820.63
63Twin Lakes6,1000.9810.33
64Cottage Grove7,1050.995.21
65Waunakee13,8661.015.70
66Hartford14,6641.0218.34
67Lake Mills5,8571.027.00
68Ashwaubenon17,3261.0435.84
69Rhinelander7,5601.0623.68
70Edgerton5,5741.0820.27
71Monona8,2851.0964.45
72Jefferson8,0331.1218.67
73Elkhorn9,8171.1211.31
74Hudson13,7881.1625.53
75Oak Creek36,1261.1623.86
76McFarland8,4071.1910.94
77Fox Point6,6941.207.77
78Pleasant Prairie20,9041.2021.86
79Sun Prairie33,3851.2016.03
80Richland Center4,9861.2019.05
81Cudahy18,1911.2116.93
82Prairie du Chien5,6901.2319.33
83Brookfield38,0331.2424.66
84Marshall Village3,9501.274.05
85Shorewood13,4051.2723.87
86Bloomfield6,2951.2712.55
87Lake Geneva7,8501.2727.01
88Hales Corners7,6751.3021.24
89Delavan Town5,3331.318.81
90Wauwatosa48,2081.3335.82
91Oregon10,4261.344.03
92Clintonville4,3791.3750.24
93Caledonia24,9451.448.14
94Monroe10,7091.4913.35
95Mount Pleasant26,3871.5220.28
96Plymouth8,5441.5213.69
97Stevens Point26,3791.5517.21
98Glendale12,7631.5760.33
99Minocqua4,4471.5719.34
100Plover12,6271.5812.43
101Viroqua4,4021.5914.99
102West Salem4,9931.605.81
103West Bend31,7831.6024.01
104South Milwaukee21,0391.6220.96
105East Troy4,2831.6313.78
106Waukesha72,5651.6413.88
107Superior26,3521.6743.56
108Fort Atkinson12,5661.6714.32
109Grand Chute22,6671.6840.23
110Wisconsin Rapids17,8071.6839.76
111Waupaca5,9241.6933.42
112North Fond du Lac5,0381.7913.89
113Delavan9,9861.8022.13
114De Pere25,0661.848.14
115Summit4,8711.856.77
116Beaver Dam16,5251.8818.52
117Dodgeville4,7371.9010.56
118Neenah25,9831.9219.09
119River Falls15,3891.9517.03
120New London7,1501.9611.89
121Port Washington11,7021.978.72
122New Richmond8,9872.0013.58
123Mayville4,9072.0415.28
124Whitewater14,5382.0613.76
125Medford4,3362.0822.83
126Greenfield36,8822.0925.95
127Sauk Prairie4,6522.1510.10
128Chippewa Falls14,1412.1916.83
129Antigo7,8072.3163.53
130Stoughton13,2132.3519.37
131Watertown23,8142.3512.26
132Oshkosh66,6522.3620.45
133Eau Claire68,6872.3629.12
134Tomah9,4412.4425.74
135Everest Metropolitan17,3212.4813.80
136Platteville12,7692.5120.52
137Fond du Lac42,9292.5620.99
138Menasha17,8992.5720.95
139Baraboo12,1912.6230.60
140Janesville64,2572.6530.32
141Shawano9,0142.6650.70
142La Crosse52,2342.6841.49
143Appleton74,6602.7215.47
144Mauston4,3682.9818.09
145Columbus5,0352.986.16
146Manitowoc32,8133.0527.82
147Wausau38,8323.1718.95
148Portage10,3723.2818.61
149Two Rivers11,1903.3116.09
150Sheboygan48,5953.3116.89
151Fitchburg29,5353.3220.48
152Merrill9,1543.3921.19
153Brown Deer12,0153.4142.78
154West Allis60,0433.4134.04
155Madison255,8503.7426.62
156Rice Lake8,4063.8125.46
157Kenosha99,6714.0218.11
158Beloit36,7244.2530.33
159Ashland7,9154.3045.36
160Green Bay105,3314.7320.38
161Town of Madison6,9536.6222.29
162West Milwaukee4,16912.95109.62
163Milwaukee595,16815.9737.92

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

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

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.

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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