Safest Cities in Indiana

Indiana aka the Hoosier state - a nickname still shrouded in mystery - boasts 1.1 million acres of land. Though the shoreline is only about 40-45 miles long, Indiana is still considered to be a Great Lakes state due to its northern access to Lake Michigan. The state enjoys four distinct seasons with summer temperatures averaging between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit and winter lows around 25 degrees. Indiana's state motto is, "The Crossroads of America," an apt name since more major highways intersect in Indiana than they do in any other state. Besides highways, Hoosiers also share their state bird—the cardinal, or "red bird"—with six other states, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Indiana is home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which hosted the first long-distance auto race in May of 1911 and now is home to the world-famous Indianapolis 500, a must-see for any racing enthusiast. Another must-see is Brown County State Park - 16,000 acres of rugged terrain, hills, ridges, and ravines. And finally, here’s a fun fact: There’s a city in Indiana named Santa Claus and it receives over 500,000 letters around Christmas time.

2% of U.S. population
2.93 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
29.51 property crime rate per 1,000 people

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  ST. JOHN

In the northwest corner of Indiana, 24 miles southeast of Chicago, lies the city of St. John. It is home to a population of approximately 16,430 residents and boasts very low crime rates. St. John is a safe city full of dedicated residents who care about their community and those who live in it. This cozy city contains local sports clubs and community organizations to make sure its reisdents stay active and engaged. St. John also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. There’s an annual tree dedication on Arbor Day, a town-wide garage sale, and a Festival of Lights at Christmas complete with hot cocoa, cookies, and Santa train rides.

16,430 Population
3 Violent Crimes
87 Property Crimes

2. ZIONSVILLE

Living in Zionsville, Indiana means being part of a community that not only cares about its residents, but also its forestry. Zionsville is an Arbor Tree Foundation recognized Tree City, which means that they place high priority in the planting and caring for trees. Zionsville has a school system that has placed in the top five school districts of Indiana for the past 15 years. They have seventeen parks, and are only a twenty minute drive from Indianapolis. Zionsville is a great place to raise a family because residents get the cozy atmosphere of a small town without being too far from big city entertainment.

26,306 Population
22 Violent Crimes
101 Property Crimes

3. CARMEL

Carmel is located in central Indiana, just north of the state's capital, Indianapolis. Its population is 88,511 and it’s sister cities with both Kawachinagano, Osaka, Japan and Xiangyang, Hubei, China. The city boasts excellent schools, low taxes, safe neighborhoods, and and easy transportation. Carmel has replaced traffic signals and 4-way stops with more than eighty roundabouts—the most in any American city. According to Federal Highway Safety officials, roundabouts have greatly reduced the number of traffic incidents in America, and this has made Carmel very commuter-friendly. Carmel hosts a variety of fun events throughout the year, including farmer's markets in both the summer and winter months, an international arts festival, and Carmelfest, an annual 4th of July celebration complete with parades, live entertainment, and fireworks.

88,511 Population
13 Violent Crimes
874 Property Crimes

4. LOWELL

Lowell is a small city located in the northwest of Indiana. With a population of 9,429, it has the 4th lowest crime rate in the entire state. It's about an hour's drive from the bustle and excitement of Chicago, but maintains its very own small town charm. The city is home to the Buckley Homestead, a living history farm, where visitors can tour historic structures and learn about the traditions, culture, and heritage in farming in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This is the perfect destination for history buffs because they can participate in hands-on experiences and tours. Buckley Homestead also hosts events where visitors learn about things like tapping trees for maple syrup, 1850's baseball, and even the Legend of Sleepy Hollow told by Ichabod Crane himself.

9,429 Population
12 Violent Crimes
77 Property Crimes

5. FISHERS

Fishers, formerly known as Fishers Station, and prior to that Fisher's Switch (due to its proximity to a railroad train station or "switch"), is located in the heart of the midwest and 17 miles from the amenities of downtown Indianapolis. It has a population of 88,724 and with less than 1% violent crime and 10.62% property crime, the fifth safest city in the state. The city is home to a community garden, where residents can grow their own crops in a centralized location with other gardening enthusiasts. Fishers also hosts both summer and winter farmers markets (a great place to sell the crops from the community garden), springtime movies in the park, and other family-friendly events like father daughter dances and Winnie the Pooh Day. Fishers also has a wide variety of parks and recreational events to get kids involved in science, cooking, and arts and crafts. They also have local sports leagues and other events that cater to seniors ages fifty and up.

88,724 Population
21 Violent Crimes
942 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Indiana, 2017

1. St. John

11. Valparaiso

21. West Lafayette

31. Sellersburg

41. Greenfield

2. Zionsville

12. Brownsburg

22. Elwood

32. Highland

42. Plainfield

3. Carmel

13. Cedar Lake

23. North Manchester

33. Ellettsville

43. Boonville

4. Lowell

14. Columbia City

24. Garrett

34. Bedford

44. Washington

5. Fishers

15. Batesville

25. Tipton

35. Huntingburg

45. Bluffton

6. Dyer

16. Munster

26. Portage

36. Alexandria

46. Jeffersonville

7. New Whiteland

17. Danville

27. Bargersville

37. Gas City

47. Merrillville

8. Jasper

18. Nappanee

28. Auburn

38. Griffith

48. Mooresville

9. Westfield

19. Plymouth

29. Decatur

39. Whitestown

49. Warsaw

10. Chesterton

20. Tell City

30. Hartford City

40. Kendallville

50. Frankfort

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Indiana, 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 5,000.


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 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

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