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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Top 50 Safest Cities in Indiana, 2017
1. St. John
21. West Lafayette
13. Cedar Lake
23. North Manchester
14. Columbia City
7. New Whiteland
37. Gas City
20. Tell City
30. Hartford City
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.