While Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the U.S., it has left an outsized mark on the nation’s history. The state was the first to renounce allegiance to the British Crown, and the fourth to ratify the Articles of Confederation in 1778. Today, Rhode Island is known for its many bays and beautiful autumn foliage.
Rhode Island’s safest communities are all modestly sized, with none reaching 20,000 in population. The safest community in our ranking is Glocester, a town just outside of capital Providence that logged just one violent crime in the latest statistical year.
Second on the list is Scituate, another small town of just over 10,000 residents. Founded way back in 1710 by Massachusetts transplants hailing from another town with the small tricky-to-pronounce name, Scituate’s violent crime rate is over six times below the state average. #3 East Greenwich holds the title of wealthiest municipality in the state. The over 300-year-old community logged a mere 0.61 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
The fourth safest community is Barrington. Slightly larger than preceding communities on the list, Barrington is home to nine sites recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Portsmouth, #5, is the only town in the top ten with a violent crime rate per 1,000 inhabitants over 1.
3. EAST GREENWICH
Rhode Island's Safest Cities
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To identify the safest cities in Rhode Island, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.
The remaining cities were ranked 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) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes.