Wisconsin – In the north midwest, this state is located in the general “Great Lakes” area. It is well-known for its dairy industry. The state is also a recognized center of US German and Scandinavian culture, arising from late 19th century immigration. It is second only to Michigan in its great lakes coastline. Wisconsin has a population of around 5.7 million, making it the 20th in population terms and the 23rd for population density.
The state’s economy is largely agriculturally-based, with emphasis on dairy farming. Manufacturing generates approximately 20% of the state’s wealth, however, with health care also being a significant contributor to the states overall economy. The household average income in Wisconsin is $59,000, which places it almost exactly at the US national average level. Per capita income at $32,000 is similarly close to the nation’s average.
Wisconsin’s crimes statistics indicate that the state compares favorably with US averages, being approximately half the nation’s average. The specific details are:
- It’s the 10th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
- The violent crime rate is low by US norms (ratio 0.56) with 1.93 crimes per 1,000 versus a national average of 3.47 making it the 7th safest state for violent crime
- Property crime levels are similarly low and below average at 20.18 per 1,000 compared to the national average of 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.50.
The top 5 safest areas in the state of Wisconsin are:
- New Berlin
Safest Cities in Wisconsin, 2019
|Rank||City||Violent Crimes||Property Crimes||Violent Crime Rate||Property Crime Rate|
|8||Fox Valley Metro||13||124||0.597||5.691|
|19||Town of Menasha||16||198||0.848||10.492|
|61||Fond du Lac||110||901||2.562||20.988|
To identify the safest cities in Wisconsin, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.
Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.
There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”
We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.
Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.