The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Wisconsin for 2020. See if your city made the list.
Folks in Wisconsin tend to worry less about their safety than the rest of the country. Wisconsin is home to some of the nation’s lowest crime rates, which are in abundant supply in the state’s 20 safest cities.
According to our 2020 State of Safety study, 41% of Wisconsin respondents feel high concern about their safety every day. That’s five percentage points higher than was reported last year in the Badger State, but five percentage points lower than the national average of 46%.
38% of Wisconsin residents are most concerned about mass shootings.
Concern about and experience of crime have both increased significantly year over year, but statewide crime rates went down.
The violent crime rate in Wisconsin is 3.0 incidents per 1,000, which is less than the national rate of 3.7. Surprisingly, reports of violent crime rose by 10 percentage points this year, putting Wisconsin higher than the national average of 12%.
Experience with property crime increased 15 percentage points year over year, exceeding the national average of 26%. The state’s property crime rate went down from 18.1 last year to 15.6. Both are below the national property crime rate of 22.0 incidents per 1,000.
Violent Crime in Wisconsin: Fear vs. Reality
Mass shootings are the violent crime that cause the highest levels of concern in the Badger State. But people feel it’s more likely that they’d fall victim to physical assault by a stranger.
39% of survey participants named mass shooting as the violent crime they worry about the most, compared to 38% nationwide.
10% reported that they, or someone close to them, has been personally affected by a mass shooting at some point in their lifetime. The national average is 7%.
Mass Shooting Definition: SafeWise uses the GVA definition of a mass shooting: “If four or more people are shot or killed in a single incident, not involving the shooter, that incident is categorized as a mass shooting based purely on that numerical threshold.”
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. Learn more