safe cities rhode island 2018

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.

1.47 Average violent crime per 1,000
14.50 Average property crime per 1,000

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.

1.  GLOCESTER

10,037 Population
1 Violent Crimes
32 Property Crimes
glocester crime 2018

2.  SCITUATE

10,587 Population
4 Violent Crimes
63 Property Crimes
scituate crime 2018

3. EAST GREENWICH

13,120 Population
8 Violent Crimes
86 Property Crimes
east greenwich crime 2018

4. BARRINGTON

16,218 Population
4 Violent Crimes
117 Property Crimes
barrington crime 2018

5. PORTSMOUTH

17,362 Population
18 Violent Crimes
106 Property Crimes
portsmouth crime 2018

Rhode Island's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent crimeProperty crimeViolent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1Glocester10,0371320.103.19
2Scituate10,5874630.385.95
3East Greenwich13,1208860.616.55
4Barrington16,21841170.257.21
5Portsmouth17,362181061.046.11
6Bristol22,229181500.816.75
7Burrillville16,357151100.926.72
8South Kingstown30,872132490.428.07
9Narragansett15,600111270.718.14
10Smithfield21,660122060.559.51
11Cumberland34,708353331.019.59
12North Kingstown26,120222680.8410.26
13Middletown16,035141720.8710.73
14East Providence47,456695501.4511.59
15North Providence32,540433981.3212.23
16West Warwick28,777603322.0811.54
17Tiverton15,768222051.4013.00
18Johnston29,322434511.4715.38
19North Smithfield12,377102090.8116.89
20Warren10,460121771.1516.92
21Westerly22,675194110.8418.13
22Cranston81,1621241,5091.5318.59
23Warwick81,481611,6250.7519.94
24Lincoln21,770204300.9219.75
25Woonsocket41,5112129725.1123.42
26Newport24,077626952.5828.87
27Central Falls19,2771264516.5423.40

METHODOLOGY

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. 

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