Wisconsin’s 20 Safest Cities of 2019

Mar 20, 2019 |
Wisconsin's Safest Cities

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.

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

+6

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

-6

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

+2

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

+1

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
50North Hudson3,8250.786.27
51Waupun11,3320.797.15
52Onalaska18,8470.8028.23
53Middleton19,3690.8314.56
54Burlington10,6860.8414.41
55Town of Menasha18,8720.8510.49
56Kronenwetter7,6870.913.38
57Campbell Township4,3800.9112.56
58Deforest9,8180.926.31
59Rothschild5,3610.9313.62
60Prescott4,2230.958.29
61St. Francis9,4870.9517.50
62Verona13,3900.9717.10
63Brookfield Township6,1080.9820.63
64Twin Lakes6,1000.9810.33
65Cottage Grove7,1050.995.21
66Waunakee13,8661.015.70
67Hartford14,6641.0218.34
68Lake Mills5,8571.027.00
69Ashwaubenon17,3261.0435.84
70Rhinelander7,5601.0623.68
71Edgerton5,5741.0820.27
72Monona8,2851.0964.45
73Jefferson8,0331.1218.67
74Elkhorn9,8171.1211.31
75Hudson13,7881.1625.53
76Oak Creek36,1261.1623.86
77McFarland8,4071.1910.94
78Fox Point6,6941.207.77
79Pleasant Prairie20,9041.2021.86
80Sun Prairie33,3851.2016.03
81Richland Center4,9861.2019.05
82Cudahy18,1911.2116.93
83Prairie du Chien5,6901.2319.33
84Brookfield38,0331.2424.66
85Marshall Village3,9501.274.05
86Shorewood13,4051.2723.87
87Bloomfield6,2951.2712.55
88Lake Geneva7,8501.2727.01
89Hales Corners7,6751.3021.24
90Delavan Town5,3331.318.81
91Wauwatosa48,2081.3335.82
92Oregon10,4261.344.03
93Clintonville4,3791.3750.24
94Caledonia24,9451.448.14
95Monroe10,7091.4913.35
96Mount Pleasant26,3871.5220.28
97Plymouth8,5441.5213.69
98Stevens Point26,3791.5517.21
99Glendale12,7631.5760.33
100Minocqua4,4471.5719.34
101Plover12,6271.5812.43
102Viroqua4,4021.5914.99
103West Salem4,9931.605.81
104West Bend31,7831.6024.01
105South Milwaukee21,0391.6220.96
106East Troy4,2831.6313.78
107Waukesha72,5651.6413.88
108Superior26,3521.6743.56
109Fort Atkinson12,5661.6714.32
110Grand Chute22,6671.6840.23
111Wisconsin Rapids17,8071.6839.76
112Waupaca5,9241.6933.42
113North Fond du Lac5,0381.7913.89
114Delavan9,9861.8022.13
115De Pere25,0661.848.14
116Summit4,8711.856.77
117Beaver Dam16,5251.8818.52
118Dodgeville4,7371.9010.56
119Neenah25,9831.9219.09
120River Falls15,3891.9517.03
121New London7,1501.9611.89
122Port Washington11,7021.978.72
123New Richmond8,9872.0013.58
124Mayville4,9072.0415.28
125Whitewater14,5382.0613.76
126Medford4,3362.0822.83
127Greenfield36,8822.0925.95
128Chilton3,8092.103.15
129Sauk Prairie4,6522.1510.10
130Chippewa Falls14,1412.1916.83
131Antigo7,8072.3163.53
132Stoughton13,2132.3519.37
133Watertown23,8142.3512.26
134Oshkosh66,6522.3620.45
135Eau Claire68,6872.3629.12
136Tomah9,4412.4425.74
137Everest Metropolitan17,3212.4813.80
138Platteville12,7692.5120.52
139Fond du Lac42,9292.5620.99
140Menasha17,8992.5720.95
141Baraboo12,1912.6230.60
142Janesville64,2572.6530.32
143Shawano9,0142.6650.70
144La Crosse52,2342.6841.49
145Appleton74,6602.7215.47
146Mauston4,3682.9818.09
147Columbus5,0352.986.16
148Manitowoc32,8133.0527.82
149Wausau38,8323.1718.95
150Portage10,3723.2818.61
151Two Rivers11,1903.3116.09
152Sheboygan48,5953.3116.89
153Fitchburg29,5353.3220.48
154Merrill9,1543.3921.19
155Brown Deer12,0153.4142.78
156West Allis60,0433.4134.04
157Madison255,8503.7426.62
158Rice Lake8,4063.8125.46
159Kenosha99,6714.0218.11
160Beloit36,7244.2530.33
161Ashland7,9154.3045.36
162Green Bay105,3314.7320.38
163Town of Madison6,9536.6222.29
164West Milwaukee4,16912.95109.62
165Milwaukee595,16815.9737.92

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety

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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