Wisconsin’s 20 Safest Cities of 2018

Aug 21, 2018 |


Wisconsin is famous for its cheese, but we think its low-crime cities deserve recognition of their own.

On average, violent crimes made up less than 2.5% of all crimes reported by the state’s twenty safest cities, according to the most recent FBI crime report. What’s more, all cities reported less than one violent crime per 1,000 people in 2016, and the top five reported zero. This is especially impressive considering that nationally, violent crime increased 3% from 3.85 to 3.97 incidents per 1,000 people from 2015 to 2016.

In addition to nominal violent crime, the cities we’re featuring also have relatively low rates of property crime. In fact, on average these cities reported 70% less property crime than the nation as a whole. We applaud the leaders, law enforcement officers, and citizens of the two safest cities in Wisconsin, Freedom and Beaver Dam Township, for having the state’s lowest rates of both violent crime and property crime.

Like the twenty cities on our list, Wisconsin exemplifies a deep commitment to fighting crime—and caring for crime victims. Not only was The Badger State the first in the nation to implement a crime victim bill of rights, it’s also adopted a constitutional amendment to ensure victims are kept up-to-date about their accuser’s case. Taking victim advocacy one step further, the Wisconsin Senate recently passed Senate Joint Resolution 53 (also known as Marsy’s Law) which aims to strengthen crime victims’ rights under the Wisconsin constitution.

Whether or not the city you call home made our list, we encourage you to take measures to help improve your family’s safety and security in 2018. Start by reviewing the SafeWise Wisconsin Safety Directory, where you’ll find a variety of crime prevention resources.


The 20 Safest Cities in Wisconsin

1. Freedom

Population: 6,098
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property crimes per 1,000: 1.48
Total crime: 0% violent, 100% property

2. Beaver Dam Township

Population: 3,887
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property crimes per 1,000: 1.54
Total crime: 0% violent, 100% property

3. Bayside

Population: 4,417
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property crimes per 1,000: 4.98
Total crime: 0% violent, 100% property

4. Fox Point

Population: 6,754
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property crimes per 1,000: 7.85
Total crime: 0% violent, 100% property

5. Sauk Prairie

Population: 4,640
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property crimes per 1,000: 15.73
Total crime: 0% violent, 100% property

6. Hartland

Population: 9,239
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.11
Property crimes per 1,000: 5.95
Total crime: 1.82% violent, 98.18% property

7. Grand Rapids

Population: 7,466
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.13
Property crimes per 1,000: 9.91
Total crime: 1.35% violent, 98.65% property

8. Hobart-Lawrence

Population: 13,793
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.15
Property crimes per 1,000: 4.42
Total crime: 3.28% violent, 96.72% property

9. Elm Grove

Population: 6,222
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.16
Property crimes per 1,000: 12.86
Total crime: 1.25% violent, 98.75% property

10. Cedarburg

Population: 11,488
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.17
Property crimes per 1,000: 7.05
Total crime: 2.47% violent, 97.53% property

11. Slinger

Population: 5,232
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.19
Property crimes per 1,000: 13.57
Total crime: 1.41% violent, 98.59% property

12. Geneva Town

Population: 5,050
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.20
Property crimes per 1,000: 12.28
Total crime: 1.61% violent, 98.39% property

13. Richland Center

Population: 4,980
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.20
Property crimes per 1,000: 12.85
Total crime: 1.56% violent, 98.44% property

14. Muskego

Population: 24,876
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.20
Property crimes per 1,000: 7.48
Total crime: 2.69% violent, 97.31% property

15. Oconomowoc Town

Population: 8,662
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.23
Property crimes per 1,000: 1.62
Total crime: 14.29% violent, 85.71% property

16. Kewaskum

Population: 4,117
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.24
Property crimes per 1,000: 9.23
Total crime: 2.63% violent, 97.37% property

17. Mequon

Population: 24,114
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.25
Property crimes per 1,000: 8.17
Total crime: 3.05% violent, 96.95% property

18. Sheboygan Falls

Population: 7,849
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.25
Property crimes per 1,000: 4.46
Total crime: 5.71% violent, 94.29% property

19. Delafield

Population: 7,194
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.28
Property crimes per 1,000: 23.21
Total crime: 1.20% violent, 98.80% property

20. Sturtevant

Population: 6,958
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.29
Property crimes per 1,000: 6.47
Total crime: 4.44% violent, 95.56% property

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Wisconsin

To identify the twenty safest cities in Wisconsin, we reviewed the 2016 FBI crime report statistics and population data. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system.

Our evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). To level the playing field, we calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. This makes it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

How Safe Is Your Home?

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 available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2018 or select the city nearest you in the drop down menu below.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

Written by Alexia Chianis

Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more

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