Wisconsin’s
50 Safest Cities

2019

When I think of Wisconsin I think of the University of Wisconsin, cheddar cheese, and the Great Lakes, but it turns out there’s a lot more to it than just those three things. Wisconsin has everything from cities like Milwaukee, its largest city, to Madison, its capital, plus big industries like agriculture of the aforementioned cheese plus tourism, furniture, and processed foods. The word Wisconsin itself comes from a Native American word meaning “gathering of waters,” used to describe the Wisconsin River. Spanning over 54,000 miles, Wisconsin has a population of over 5.7 million people and was the 30th state to be admitted to the United States. The most famous people from Wisconsin include Willem Dafoe, Liberace, Heather Graham, Orson Welles, Frank Lloyd Wright, Georgia O’Keeffe, and even Laura Ingallas Wilder! Yes, you got that right, the author of the Little House on the Prairie books is Wisconsin-born and bred.

If you’re on this page, it’s probably because you’re either moving to, live in, or are visiting Wisconsin in the near future. If that’s the case, be sure to check out the following things while you’re there:

  • Devil’s Lake State Park: This lake takes up 360 acres and has lovely campsites and beaches, along with some concessions to boot.
  • Milwaukee Art Museum: This beautiful museum sits in front of a lake and houses amazing art works by George O’Keefe and other acclaimed artists.
  • Circus World: Ever wondered how the circus came to be? This museum has exhibits plus live performances, all under the classic big-top tent.

No matter where you go in Wisconsin, it’s important to keep your safety in check. The safest city in Wisconsin is Oconomowoc Town in Waukesha County, the name of which comes from the Potawatomi term for “waterfall”. With over 8,600 residents, this city saw only .35 violent crimes and only 1.5 property crimes for every 1,000 residents! Some more of the safest cities include Freedom, Mukwonago Town, and Hobart-Lawrence.

3.199

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. 

1.634
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.
18.083

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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1
Oconomowoc Town, Wisconsin
Oconomowoc .
Safety Score: 91.11

Oconomowoc Town, WI

Population 8,670
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 0.35
Violent Crime +0.12
Property Crimes 1.5
Property Crime -0.12

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Freedom, Wisconsin
Freedom
Safety Score: 90.94

Freedom, WI

Population 6,132
Median Income 45,000
Households 168
Violent Crime 0.16
Violent Crime +0.16
Property Crimes 1.47
Property Crime -0.01

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Mukwonago Town, Wisconsin
Mukwonago T.
Safety Score: 90.71

Mukwonago Town, WI

Population 8,141
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 0.61
Violent Crime -0.25
Property Crimes 1.47
Property Crime -2.09

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Hobart-Lawrence, Wisconsin
Hobart-Lawr.
Safety Score: 89.22

Hobart-Lawrence, WI

Population 14,231
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 0.49
Violent Crime +0.34
Property Crimes 3.72
Property Crime -0.7

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Kronenwetter, Wisconsin
Kronenwette.
Safety Score: 89.17

Kronenwetter, WI

Population 7,687
Median Income 83,553
Households 2,917
Violent Crime 0.91
Violent Crime +0.52
Property Crimes 3.38
Property Crime -2.19

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Oregon, Wisconsin
Oregon
Safety Score: 88.6

Oregon, WI

Population 10,426
Median Income 88,250
Households 3,731
Violent Crime 1.34
Violent Crime -0.33
Property Crimes 4.03
Property Crime -0.58

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Geneva Town, Wisconsin
Geneva Town
Safety Score: 88.45

Geneva Town, WI

Population 5,049
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 0.2
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 5.55
Property Crime -6.73

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Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Cedarburg
Safety Score: 88.26

Cedarburg, WI

Population 11,529
Median Income 82,198
Households 4,758
Violent Crime 0.09
Violent Crime -0.08
Property Crimes 6.16
Property Crime -0.89

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Sturtevant, Wisconsin
Sturtevant
Safety Score: 88.25

Sturtevant, WI

Population 6,931
Median Income 65,262
Households 2,155
Violent Crime 0.29
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 5.77
Property Crime -0.7

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Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
Sheboygan F.
Safety Score: 88.24

Sheboygan Falls, WI

Population 7,829
Median Income 53,207
Households 3,620
Violent Crime 0.13
Violent Crime -0.12
Property Crimes 6.26
Property Crime 1.8

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Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
Cottage Gro.
Safety Score: 88.23

Cottage Grove, WI

Population 7,105
Median Income 91,698
Households 2,223
Violent Crime 0.99
Violent Crime +0.41
Property Crimes 5.21
Property Crime -3.56

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Grand Rapids, Wisconsin
Grand Rapid.
Safety Score: 88.15

Grand Rapids, WI

Population 7,392
Median Income 72,386
Households 3,217
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -0.13
Property Crimes 5.68
Property Crime -4.23

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Fox Valley Metro, Wisconsin
Fox Valley .
Safety Score: 87.92

Fox Valley Metro, WI

Population 21,789
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 0.6
Violent Crime -0.1
Property Crimes 5.69
Property Crime -2.68

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Waunakee, Wisconsin
Waunakee
Safety Score: 87.64

Waunakee, WI

Population 13,866
Median Income 98,224
Households 4,801
Violent Crime 1.01
Violent Crime +0.12
Property Crimes 5.7
Property Crime 0.24

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Deforest, Wisconsin
Deforest
Safety Score: 87.49

Deforest, WI

Population 9,818
Median Income 74,477
Households 3,522
Violent Crime 0.92
Violent Crime -1.04
Property Crimes 6.31
Property Crime -1.55

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Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
Mount Horeb
Safety Score: 87.15

Mount Horeb, WI

Population 7,518
Median Income 71,660
Households 2,885
Violent Crime 0.53
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 7.05
Property Crime NAN

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Muskego, Wisconsin
Muskego
Safety Score: 86.95

Muskego, WI

Population 25,004
Median Income 86,588
Households 9,095
Violent Crime 0.24
Violent Crime +0.04
Property Crimes 7.68
Property Crime 0.2

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Lake Mills, Wisconsin
Lake Mills
Safety Score: 86.92

Lake Mills, WI

Population 5,857
Median Income 65,208
Households 2,336
Violent Crime 1.02
Violent Crime -0.18
Property Crimes 7
Property Crime 1.84

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Waupun, Wisconsin
Waupun
Safety Score: 86.9

Waupun, WI

Population 11,332
Median Income 51,706
Households 3,880
Violent Crime 0.79
Violent Crime -0.97
Property Crimes 7.15
Property Crime -2.28

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Evansville, Wisconsin
Evansville
Safety Score: 86.86

Evansville, WI

Population 5,305
Median Income 58,870
Households 2,067
Violent Crime 0.19
Violent Crime -0.38
Property Crimes 8.11
Property Crime -2.71

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New Berlin, Wisconsin
New Berlin
Safety Score: 86.62

New Berlin, WI

Population 39,839
Median Income 78,078
Households 16,846
Violent Crime 0.33
Violent Crime +0.03
Property Crimes 8.23
Property Crime -2.3

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Fox Point, Wisconsin
Fox Point
Safety Score: 86.52

Fox Point, WI

Population 6,694
Median Income 118,281
Households 2,777
Violent Crime 1.2
Violent Crime +1.2
Property Crimes 7.77
Property Crime -0.08

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Mequon, Wisconsin
Mequon
Safety Score: 86.5

Mequon, WI

Population 24,250
Median Income 109,488
Households 9,109
Violent Crime 0.45
Violent Crime +0.2
Property Crimes 8.16
Property Crime -0.01

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Elm Grove, Wisconsin
Elm Grove
Safety Score: 86.2

Elm Grove, WI

Population 6,216
Median Income 113,750
Households 2,307
Violent Crime 0.64
Violent Crime +0.48
Property Crimes 9.17
Property Crime -3.69

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Columbus, Wisconsin
Columbus
Safety Score: 85.81

Columbus, WI

Population 5,035
Median Income 59,824
Households 2,054
Violent Crime 2.98
Violent Crime +2.58
Property Crimes 6.16
Property Crime -10.05

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Caledonia, Wisconsin
Caledonia
Safety Score: 85.54

Caledonia, WI

Population 24,945
Median Income 79,861
Households 621
Violent Crime 1.44
Violent Crime +0.59
Property Crimes 8.14
Property Crime -2.11

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Delavan Town, Wisconsin
Delavan Tow.
Safety Score: 85.45

Delavan Town, WI

Population 5,333
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 1.31
Violent Crime +0.56
Property Crimes 8.81
Property Crime 0.57

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Ripon, Wisconsin
Ripon
Safety Score: 85.31

Ripon, WI

Population 7,770
Median Income 52,240
Households 3,354
Violent Crime 0.26
Violent Crime -0.91
Property Crimes 10.3
Property Crime -3.74

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Jackson, Wisconsin
Jackson
Safety Score: 85.19

Jackson, WI

Population 6,960
Median Income 49,688
Households 496
Violent Crime 0.14
Violent Crime -0.15
Property Crimes 10.49
Property Crime 6.42

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De Pere, Wisconsin
De Pere
Safety Score: 85.18

De Pere, WI

Population 25,066
Median Income 67,913
Households 9,475
Violent Crime 1.84
Violent Crime +0.84
Property Crimes 8.14
Property Crime -1.62

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Oconomowoc
Safety Score: 84.98

Oconomowoc, WI

Population 16,650
Median Income 74,675
Households 6,592
Violent Crime 0.3
Violent Crime -0.37
Property Crimes 10.39
Property Crime 1.83

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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Sturgeon Ba.
Safety Score: 84.88

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Population 8,876
Median Income 51,332
Households 4,474
Violent Crime 0.68
Violent Crime +0.23
Property Crimes 10.59
Property Crime 1.63

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Port Washington, Wisconsin
Port Washin.
Safety Score: 84.83

Port Washington, WI

Population 11,702
Median Income 63,289
Households 4,850
Violent Crime 1.97
Violent Crime +0.16
Property Crimes 8.72
Property Crime 1.33

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Hartland, Wisconsin
Hartland
Safety Score: 84.81

Hartland, WI

Population 9,229
Median Income 70,000
Households 370
Violent Crime 0.65
Violent Crime +0.54
Property Crimes 10.4
Property Crime 4.45

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Altoona, Wisconsin
Altoona
Safety Score: 84.76

Altoona, WI

Population 7,624
Median Income 53,225
Households 3,021
Violent Crime 0.39
Violent Crime -0.15
Property Crimes 10.89
Property Crime 5.79

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Kaukauna, Wisconsin
Kaukauna
Safety Score: 84.76

Kaukauna, WI

Population 15,969
Median Income 58,077
Households 6,568
Violent Crime 0.75
Violent Crime -0.13
Property Crimes 10.33
Property Crime 2.48

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Twin Lakes, Wisconsin
Twin Lakes
Safety Score: 84.62

Twin Lakes, WI

Population 6,100
Median Income 63,030
Households 2,170
Violent Crime 0.98
Violent Crime -0.33
Property Crimes 10.33
Property Crime 0.2

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Town Of Menasha, Wisconsin
Town Of Men.
Safety Score: 84.49

Town Of Menasha, WI

Population 18,872
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 0.85
Violent Crime -0.15
Property Crimes 10.49
Property Crime -0.46

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Reedsburg, Wisconsin
Reedsburg
Safety Score: 84.18

Reedsburg, WI

Population 9,583
Median Income 47,059
Households 3,662
Violent Crime 0.73
Violent Crime -0.73
Property Crimes 11.48
Property Crime -2.16

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Pewaukee Village, Wisconsin
Pewaukee Vi.
Safety Score: 84.14

Pewaukee Village, WI

Population 8,171
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 0.37
Violent Crime -0.48
Property Crimes 11.87
Property Crime 0.29

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McFarland, Wisconsin
McFarland
Safety Score: 83.95

McFarland, WI

Population 8,407
Median Income 79,152
Households 3,349
Violent Crime 1.19
Violent Crime +0.22
Property Crimes 10.94
Property Crime -0.04

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Sparta, Wisconsin
Sparta
Safety Score: 83.88

Sparta, WI

Population 9,721
Median Income 52,871
Households 4,305
Violent Crime 0.62
Violent Crime -2.47
Property Crimes 11.93
Property Crime -6.2

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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Menomonee F.
Safety Score: 83.88

Menomonee Falls, WI

Population 36,963
Median Income 77,069
Households 14,991
Violent Crime 0.3
Violent Crime -0.14
Property Crimes 12.12
Property Crime 0.08

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Holmen, Wisconsin
Holmen
Safety Score: 83.75

Holmen, WI

Population 9,714
Median Income 73,566
Households 3,571
Violent Crime 0.51
Violent Crime -0.41
Property Crimes 11.74
Property Crime 4.36

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Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Elkhorn
Safety Score: 83.21

Elkhorn, WI

Population 9,817
Median Income 53,396
Households 4,096
Violent Crime 1.12
Violent Crime +0.41
Property Crimes 11.31
Property Crime -1.57

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Slinger, Wisconsin
Slinger
Safety Score: 82.89

Slinger, WI

Population 5,320
Median Income 75,602
Households 2,100
Violent Crime 0.19
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 13.91
Property Crime 0.34

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New London, Wisconsin
New London
Safety Score: 82.78

New London, WI

Population 7,150
Median Income 45,789
Households 3,061
Violent Crime 1.96
Violent Crime +0.28
Property Crimes 11.89
Property Crime -3.22

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Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
Whitefish B.
Safety Score: 82.62

Whitefish Bay, WI

Population 13,952
Median Income 111,069
Households 5,229
Violent Crime 0.36
Violent Crime -0.14
Property Crimes 13.98
Property Crime 2.34

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Bloomfield, Wisconsin
Bloomfield
Safety Score: 82.61

Bloomfield, WI

Population 6,295
Median Income 55,505
Households 1,633
Violent Crime 1.27
Violent Crime -0.01
Property Crimes 12.55
Property Crime 0.24

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Grafton, Wisconsin
Grafton
Safety Score: 82.53

Grafton, WI

Population 11,579
Median Income 70,436
Households 4,925
Violent Crime 0.35
Violent Crime -0.69
Property Crimes 14.16
Property Crime -5.35

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?

No big deal! We ranked all of the cities in your state for safety, so scroll down to see where your city landed. And remember— there’s always next year!

Safety RankCityPopulationMedian IncomeViolent CrimeProperty CrimeLaw OfficerSafety Score
51Milton, WI5,58560,2780.72 13.79 1.9782.47
52Rothschild, WI5,36158,6540.93 13.62 1.8782.33
53Beloit Town, WI7,648n/a0.65 13.99 1.782.22
54Monroe, WI10,70949,0381.49 13.35 2.4382.06
55Plover, WI12,62750,3131.58 12.43 1.4381.92
56Burlington, WI10,68656,0550.84 14.41 1.8781.89
57Watertown, WI23,81446,0942.35 12.26 1.681.87
58Middleton, WI19,36970,1050.83 14.56 1.9681.82
59Plymouth, WI8,54456,5791.52 13.69 1.8781.75
60Waukesha, WI72,56561,3801.64 13.88 1.6181.45
61North Fond Du Lac, WI5,03850,8241.79 13.89 1.7981.29
62New Richmond, WI8,98757,4732 13.58 1.7881.28
63Whitewater, WI14,53831,8272.06 13.76 1.5181.11
64Fort Atkinson, WI12,56650,1561.67 14.32 1.5181.09
65Delafield, WI7,56382,8260.53 16.66 2.1280.7
66Everest Metropolitan, WI17,321n/a2.48 13.8 1.580.64
67Berlin, WI5,37143,0030.37 17.13 2.0580.51
68Sun Prairie, WI33,38567,5121.2 16.03 1.5680.25
69Franklin, WI36,24847,3440.77 17.08 1.6380
70Mukwonago, WI7,89875,4410.63 17.47 1.7779.93
71Verona, WI13,39087,5360.97 17.1 1.6479.7
72Cudahy, WI18,19150,9231.21 16.93 1.6579.67
73St. Francis, WI9,48740,1160.95 17.5 2.2179.55
74Appleton, WI74,66055,8172.72 15.47 1.4379.16
75Stevens Point, WI26,37944,3331.55 17.21 1.6779.15
76River Falls, WI15,38954,3501.95 17.03 1.4979
77Chippewa Falls, WI14,14143,1142.19 16.83 1.6378.93
78Hartford, WI14,66455,4381.02 18.34 1.778.91
79Jefferson, WI8,03351,5911.12 18.67 1.7478.69
80Two Rivers, WI11,19041,4303.31 16.09 2.2378.68
81Prairie Du Chien, WI5,69041,0421.23 19.33 2.1178.25
82Beaver Dam, WI16,52547,1471.88 18.52 1.8878.05
83Sheboygan, WI48,59544,7103.31 16.89 1.6577.73
84Neenah, WI25,98355,9401.92 19.09 1.5877.52
85Brookfield Township, WI6,108n/a0.98 20.63 2.1377.51
86Marshfield, WI18,36674,1670.65 21.02 2.0177.42
87Edgerton, WI5,57452,0751.08 -20.27 1.7977.4
88Mount Pleasant, WI26,38768,8541.52 20.28 1.8277.12
89Stoughton, WI13,21363,3332.35 19.37 1.6776.99
90Portage, WI10,37245,6843.28 18.61 2.1276.88
91Wausau, WI38,83240,2603.17 18.95 1.9176.64
92Hales Corners, WI7,67571,5161.3 21.24 2.0876.56
93Kenosha, WI99,67150,2564.02 18.11 276.46
94South Milwaukee, WI21,03951,4841.62 20.96 1.5776.46
95Pleasant Prairie, WI20,90476,2581.2 21.86 1.5876.25
96Oshkosh, WI66,65245,7082.36 20.45 1.4376.11
97Platteville, WI12,76941,0272.51 20.52 1.5776
98Fond Du Lac, WI42,92948,1292.56 20.99 1.775.73
99Menasha, WI17,89950,6992.57 20.95 1.6275.69
100Marinette, WI10,65536,7650.75 23.56 2.2575.69
101Fitchburg, WI29,53566,1103.32 20.48 1.6975.43
102Delavan, WI9,98644,9311.8 22.13 2.375.38
103Merrill, WI9,15448,6533.39 21.19 2.475.05
104Rhinelander, WI7,56039,9811.06 23.68 1.9875.03
105Shorewood, WI13,40568,3061.27 23.87 1.7975.01
106Menomonie, WI16,49342,8962.73 21.77 1.5875
107Oak Creek, WI36,12670,5301.16 23.86 1.5574.93
108West Bend, WI31,78355,9621.6 24.01 1.6774.43
109Brookfield, WI38,033101,7611.24 24.66 1.8474.35
110Green Bay, WI105,33145,4734.73 20.38 1.7674.08
111Hudson, WI13,78869,0651.16 25.53 1.8173.81
112Greendale, WI14,24264,7140.77 26.47 2.0473.63
113Lake Geneva, WI7,85049,6881.27 27.01 3.1873.24
114Tomah, WI9,44145,8762.44 25.74 2.0172.58
115Greenfield, WI36,88271,5282.09 25.95 1.5572.56
116Onalaska, WI18,84756,5500.8 28.23 1.4972.14
117Rice Lake, WI8,40642,2053.81 25.46 2.0271.64
118Lake Hallie, WI6,67870,0390.75 29.2 1.3571.47
119Town Of Madison, WI6,953n/a6.62 22.29 2.0171.45
120Racine, WI77,37142,5906.72 22.77 2.4770.9
121Madison, WI255,85059,3873.74 26.62 1.8970.78
122Manitowoc, WI32,81343,9073.05 27.82 1.9570.49
123Eau Claire, WI68,68747,6602.36 29.12 1.4369.87
124Baraboo, WI12,19142,4822.62 30.6 2.3869.13
125Janesville, WI64,25752,6172.65 30.32 1.5468.92
126Waupaca, WI5,92446,9321.69 33.42 2.5368.1
127Beloit, WI36,72438,9304.25 30.33 1.9167.53
128Ashwaubenon, WI17,32656,1961.04 35.84 2.8967.15
129Wauwatosa, WI48,20874,9291.33 35.82 1.8366.54
130West Allis, WI60,04347,6693.41 34.04 2.0865.92
131Wisconsin Rapids, WI17,80738,3221.68 39.76 1.9763.4
132Grand Chute, WI22,66755,0101.68 40.23 1.3762.86
133La Crosse, WI52,23442,2432.68 41.49 1.861.05
134Superior, WI26,35243,8361.67 43.56 2.0960.83
135Brown Deer, WI12,01561,2253.41 42.78 2.5860.08
136Ashland, WI7,91539,6624.3 45.36 2.456.92
137Shawano, WI9,01441,8342.66 50.7 2.2254.96
138Milwaukee, WI595,16838,28915.97 37.92 3.0652.5
139Glendale, WI12,76365,9921.57 60.33 3.3749.82
140Monona, WI8,28564,1251.09 64.45 2.4147.03
141Antigo, WI7,80735,9082.31 63.53 1.9246.18

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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