Rhode Island’s
Safest Cities

2019

The smallest state in the United States at only 1,045 square miles, Rhode Island sits squarely in New England bordering Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s cities include Providence, the state’s capital, plus Pawtucket, East Providence, Cranston, and Warwick. The name Rhode Island itself comes from a Dutch word meaning red island, based on the red clay of the state’s coastline. Although Rhode Island was the last of the original 13 colonies to become a state, it was the first state to hold a circus in Newport in 1774. It’s also the first state to abolish slavery in 1652. Plus, the state has the oldest carousel in the country, specifically the Flying Horse Carousel in Watch Hill. Circuses, carousels, and abolition of slavery? Count me in!

If you’re on this page, it’s probably because you’re either visiting or moving to Rhode Island. No matter which one, here are some must-sees:

  • The Breakers: Want to see how the other half lives? Visit this late 1800s mansion once owned by the Vanderbilts, a beautiful example of the architecture of the Gilded Age.
  • Cliff Walk: This state may be small, but has a ton of ocean coastline, including this cliff and beach.
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame: Rhode Island hosted the first U.S Open in 1881 at this now-museum, which hosts exhibits, a history of tennis, memorabilia and even courts.

Whether you’re new to Rhode Island or not, staying safe is a must. The safest city in Rhode Island is Glocester, a town in Providence County that includes Chepachet and Harmony. With a population just over 10,000 and a high median income of over $91,000, Glocester only saw .3 violent crimes and 3.26 property crimes for every 1,000 residents! Other top picks include Scituate, Bristol, and Jamestown.

2.322

This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

1.4
This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.
17.516

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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To learn more about how we came to the safest cities in Rhode Island, scroll to the bottom of the page for a complete methodology.

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Glocester, Rhode Island
Glocester
Safety Score: 90.08

Glocester, RI

Population 10,108
Median Income 91,503
Households 3,607
Violent Crime 0.3
Violent Crime +0.2
Property Crimes 3.26
Property Crime 0.07

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Scituate, Rhode Island
Scituate
Safety Score: 89.31

Scituate, RI

Population 10,631
Median Income 83,728
Households 4,068
Violent Crime 0.47
Violent Crime +0.09
Property Crimes 4.04
Property Crime -1.91

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Bristol, Rhode Island
Bristol
Safety Score: 89.07

Bristol, RI

Population 22,255
Median Income 65,890
Households 8,489
Violent Crime 0.67
Violent Crime -0.14
Property Crimes 4.36
Property Crime -2.39

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Jamestown, Rhode Island
Jamestown
Safety Score: 88.52

Jamestown, RI

Population 5,483
Median Income 105,201
Households 2,303
Violent Crime 1.46
Violent Crime +1.28
Property Crimes 4.56
Property Crime -1.99

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Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Portsmouth
Safety Score: 88.13

Portsmouth, RI

Population 17,381
Median Income 91,626
Households 7,269
Violent Crime 0.63
Violent Crime -0.41
Property Crimes 5.87
Property Crime -0.24

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South Kingstown, Rhode Island
South Kings.
Safety Score: 87.72

South Kingstown, RI

Population 30,823
Median Income 80,407
Households 10,278
Violent Crime 0.45
Violent Crime +0.03
Property Crimes 6.39
Property Crime -1.68

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Richmond, Rhode Island
Richmond
Safety Score: 87.63

Richmond, RI

Population 7,598
Median Income 98,234
Households 2,850
Violent Crime 0.39
Violent Crime -0.27
Property Crimes 6.58
Property Crime 0.81

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Narragansett, Rhode Island
Narraganset.
Safety Score: 87.54

Narragansett, RI

Population 15,556
Median Income 69,332
Households 6,739
Violent Crime 0.64
Violent Crime -0.07
Property Crimes 6.94
Property Crime -1.2

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Burrillville, Rhode Island
Burrillvill.
Safety Score: 87.5

Burrillville, RI

Population 16,441
Median Income 71,055
Households 5,964
Violent Crime 0.97
Violent Crime +0.05
Property Crimes 5.66
Property Crime -1.06

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Cumberland, Rhode Island
Cumberland
Safety Score: 86.67

Cumberland, RI

Population 34,973
Median Income 81,713
Households 13,541
Violent Crime 0.43
Violent Crime -0.58
Property Crimes 7.69
Property Crime -1.9

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Barrington, Rhode Island
Barrington
Safety Score: 86.5

Barrington, RI

Population 16,307
Median Income 117,408
Households 6,075
Violent Crime 0.61
Violent Crime +0.36
Property Crimes 7.79
Property Crime 0.58

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Charlestown, Rhode Island
Charlestown
Safety Score: 86.26

Charlestown, RI

Population 7,764
Median Income 72,648
Households 3,271
Violent Crime 1.16
Violent Crime +0.26
Property Crimes 7.99
Property Crime -2.83

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East Greenwich, Rhode Island
East Greenw.
Safety Score: 85.28

East Greenwich, RI

Population 13,139
Median Income 108,828
Households 5,112
Violent Crime 0.46
Violent Crime -0.15
Property Crimes 10.35
Property Crime 3.8

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North Providence, Rhode Island
North Provi.
Safety Score: 85.19

North Providence, RI

Population 32,641
Median Income 53,792
Households 14,032
Violent Crime 1.32
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 9.16
Property Crime -3.07

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West Greenwich, Rhode Island
West Greenw.
Safety Score: 85.11

West Greenwich, RI

Population 6,167
Median Income 103,110
Households 2,195
Violent Crime 0.32
Violent Crime -0.5
Property Crimes 10.38
Property Crime 4.02

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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
North Kings.
Safety Score: 84.68

North Kingstown, RI

Population 26,069
Median Income 87,311
Households 10,300
Violent Crime 0.69
Violent Crime -0.15
Property Crimes 10.47
Property Crime 0.21

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Smithfield, Rhode Island
Smithfield
Safety Score: 84.65

Smithfield, RI

Population 21,884
Median Income 81,010
Households 7,517
Violent Crime 0.46
Violent Crime -0.09
Property Crimes 10.88
Property Crime 1.37

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Middletown, Rhode Island
Middletown
Safety Score: 84.29

Middletown, RI

Population 15,993
Median Income 65,799
Households 6,832
Violent Crime 1
Violent Crime +0.13
Property Crimes 11.13
Property Crime 0.4

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Hopkinton, Rhode Island
Hopkinton
Safety Score: 83.4

Hopkinton, RI

Population 8,104
Median Income 85,863
Households 3,347
Violent Crime 0.49
Violent Crime -0.25
Property Crimes 12.46
Property Crime 1.22

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Tiverton, Rhode Island
Tiverton
Safety Score: 83.23

Tiverton, RI

Population 15,767
Median Income 75,716
Households 6,841
Violent Crime 1.33
Violent Crime -0.07
Property Crimes 11.99
Property Crime -1.01

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Johnston, Rhode Island
Johnston
Safety Score: 82.91

Johnston, RI

Population 29,375
Median Income 60,574
Households 11,992
Violent Crime 1.53
Violent Crime +0.06
Property Crimes 12.29
Property Crime -3.09

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East Providence, Rhode Island
East Provid.
Safety Score: 82.82

East Providence, RI

Population 47,502
Median Income 54,707
Households 19,913
Violent Crime 1.45
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 12.17
Property Crime 0.58

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West Warwick, Rhode Island
West Warwic.
Safety Score: 82.69

West Warwick, RI

Population 28,790
Median Income 51,563
Households 12,797
Violent Crime 2.29
Violent Crime +0.21
Property Crimes 11.08
Property Crime -0.46

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Warren, Rhode Island
Warren
Safety Score: 82.11

Warren, RI

Population 10,498
Median Income 55,689
Households 4,957
Violent Crime 1.43
Violent Crime +0.28
Property Crimes 13.05
Property Crime -3.87

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Coventry, Rhode Island
Coventry
Safety Score: 81.49

Coventry, RI

Population 35,083
Median Income 68,633
Households 14,005
Violent Crime 1
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 14.51
Property Crime NAN

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North Smithfield, Rhode Island
North Smith.
Safety Score: 80.83

North Smithfield, RI

Population 12,447
Median Income 79,167
Households 4,536
Violent Crime 0.64
Violent Crime -0.17
Property Crimes 16.39
Property Crime -0.5

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Cranston, Rhode Island
Cranston
Safety Score: 80.69

Cranston, RI

Population 81,337
Median Income 64,282
Households 30,515
Violent Crime 1.36
Violent Crime -0.17
Property Crimes 15.34
Property Crime -3.25

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Westerly, Rhode Island
Westerly
Safety Score: 80.19

Westerly, RI

Population 22,629
Median Income 63,507
Households 9,796
Violent Crime 0.75
Violent Crime -0.09
Property Crimes 16.97
Property Crime -1.16

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Warwick, Rhode Island
Warwick
Safety Score: 79.81

Warwick, RI

Population 81,617
Median Income 71,191
Households 34,904
Violent Crime 1.19
Violent Crime +0.44
Property Crimes 16.94
Property Crime -3

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Lincoln, Rhode Island
Lincoln
Safety Score: 78.48

Lincoln, RI

Population 21,863
Median Income 69,404
Households 7,942
Violent Crime 1.28
Violent Crime +0.36
Property Crimes 18.57
Property Crime -1.18

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Central Falls, Rhode Island
Central Fal.
Safety Score: 74.12

Central Falls, RI

Population 19,389
Median Income 30,794
Households 6,310
Violent Crime 5
Violent Crime -1.54
Property Crimes 20.17
Property Crime -3.23

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Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Woonsocket
Safety Score: 71.92

Woonsocket, RI

Population 41,543
Median Income 38,340
Households 17,054
Violent Crime 5.32
Violent Crime +0.21
Property Crimes 22.8
Property Crime -0.62

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Pawtucket
Safety Score: 71.31

Pawtucket, RI

Population 71,648
Median Income 44,909
Households 27,635
Violent Crime 4.34
Violent Crime +0.08
Property Crimes 24.96
Property Crime 24.96

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Newport, Rhode Island
Newport
Safety Score: 68.71

Newport, RI

Population 24,812
Median Income 65,365
Households 10,523
Violent Crime 2.42
Violent Crime -0.16
Property Crimes 31.64
Property Crime 2.77

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Providence, Rhode Island
Providence
Safety Score: 65.14

Providence, RI

Population 179,854
Median Income 40,366
Households 62,057
Violent Crime 5.34
Violent Crime -0.41
Property Crimes 32.94
Property Crime 32.94

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How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.

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