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The 20 Safest Cities in Wisconsin – 2017

Not only do the twenty cities on our list exemplify Wisconsin’s strong commitment to public safety, but Wisconsin is also one of the most proactive states when it comes to combating opioid addiction—a problem that has become a national epidemic.1 In 2016, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed eight more Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Agenda bills into law, bringing the state’s total to sixteen.2

This important legislation is just one example of the Badger State’s commitment to protecting its citizens. In fact, the twenty safest Wisconsin cities recognized this year all boast civic-minded programs that help keep their residents safe. These cities put together safety camps, neighborhood watch organizations, and programs that combat drinking and driving.

Eighteen of the cities on our list reported fewer than ten violent crimes, according to the FBI’s most recent data. And two of them—Bayside and the Village of East Troy—had zero violent crimes. Overall, there were fewer than ninety total violent crimes reported among all twenty of the state’s safest cities. In addition, every city on our list boasts violent crime and property crime rates that are below both the national and state averages. To top it off, Oregon and Muskego are also among the top 100 safest cities in the country.

You don’t need to live in one of the safest cities to contribute to the security of your community. Even if your city didn’t make the list this year, our Wisconsin Safety Directory includes all the resources you need to make 2017 the safest year yet for your home, family, and neighborhood. So whether you’re checking out home security systems or emergency preparedness tips, bookmark this valuable collection of resources for easy reference.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Wisconsin

To identify the safest cities in Wisconsin, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 3,500 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

1. Oconomowoc Town

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.12
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.20

2. Freedom 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.16
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.31

3. Mukwonago Town 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.62
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.34

4. Bayside 

Previous rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.62

5. Oregon 

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.90
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.90

6. Kronenwetter 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.80
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.01

7. Muskego 

Previous rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.32
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.61

8. Hobart-Lawrence 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.15
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.14

9. Cross Plains 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.51
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.82

10. North Hudson 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.52
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.23

11. Jackson ↓

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.44
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.43

12. Grand Rapids 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.53
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.60

13. Waunakee 

Previous rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.94

14. Bloomer 

Previous rank: 33

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.98
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.25

15. Mequon 

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.76
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.93

16. Altoona 

Previous rank: 34

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.69
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.05

17. Town of East Troy 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.82

18. Marshall Village 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.53
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.56

19. Stanley 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.28
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.91

20. Horicon 

Previous rank: 55

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.54
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.01

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 20?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Kewaskum 22. Chilton 23. Elm Grove
24. West Salem 25. Cottage Grove 26. Port Washington
27. Sturtevant 28. Sheboygan Falls 29. Deforest
30. Prescott 31. Hartland 32. Cedarburg
33. Holmen 34. New Berlin 35. Fox Valley Metro
36. Fox Point 37. Caledonia 38. Town of Menasha
39. Whitefish Bay 40. North Fond du Lac 41. Geneva Town
42. Kaukauna 43. Pulaski 44. Oconomowoc
45. Menomonee Falls 46. Chippewa Falls 47. Kiel
48. Campbell Township 49. McFarland 50. Colby-Abbotsford
51. Sturgeon Bay 52. Grafton 53. Mosinee
54. Stoughton 55. Waupun 56. Ripon
57. Twin Lakes 58. Milton 59. Verona
60. Evansville 61. East Troy 62. Beloit Town
63. Middleton 64. Summit 65. Dodgeville
66. Plover 67. Fitchburg 68. Edgerton
69. Reedsburg 70. Richland Center 71. Shorewood
72. Elkhorn 73. Waukesha 74. Whitewater
75. Mayville 76. Hales Corners 77. New London
78. Everest 79. Sauk Prairie 80. Berlin
81. Bloomfield 82. Slinger 83. Delavan Town
84. Lancaster 85. Watertown 86. Hartford
87. Burlington 88. Saukville 89. Stevens Point
90. Plymouth 91. Pewaukee Village 92. Fort Atkinson
93. Appleton 94. Omro 95. Marshfield
96. Delafield 97. Rothschild 98. Monroe
99. Sun Prairie 100. Viroqua

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.

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1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Understanding the Epidemic
2. Wisconsin State Legislature, “Eight HOPE Agenda Bills Signed into Law

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