Nestled between several Great Lakes and second only to Michigan in the length of Great Lake coastline lies “America’s Dairyland,” Wisconsin. Known for its production of dairy in addition to the picturesque scenery, Wisconsin was home to beloved actors including Gene Wilder, and cherished musician Steve Miller, and likewise, the Green Bay Packers.This truly spectacular state features some of the country's most impressive scenery, including waterfalls, mountains, lakes, and during Autumn, intensely colored trees. To truly appreciate Wisconsin, it’s important to fully immerse yourself into the culture, as Wisconsin is home to some of the most deeply hidden treasures, like secret waterfalls, small art galleries, and many other engaging gems.

25,177 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
20 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.  OCONOMOWOC TOWN

Of all Oconomowoc Town’s 32.6 square miles, 3.3 of them are water. This quaint town is full of cookie-cutter houses and green, manicured lawns, with the population at 8,654. For the last three years, Oconomowoc Town has been rated the safest place to live within the state of Wisconsin, due to the lowest crime rates in the state, primarily because of the diligence the people residing the in the town when it comes to neighborhood watch. A whopping 93% fewer violent crimes occur in Oconomowoc Town when compared to the U.S. average, with a similarly high lack in property crimes, at 11.5%. If the small town charm in itself doesn't appeal, the near complete absence of crime will.

8,654 Population
1 Violent Crimes
19 Property Crimes

2. FREEDOM

Tucked right between Appleton and Greenbay, Freedom is home to 6,062 people, and named after an escaped slave that found his freedom within the town. All 35.75 miles of this town are maintained by the kind people that live within its bounds, and events are held regularly at their various cafes, theaters and breweries. The likelihood of your property being damaged through crime is only 8.18%, which may be part of the reason Freedom citizens are so comfortable. Because of its charm and ability to maintain minimal crime, Freedom is rapidly expanding and making room for more residents every day. This progressive town rests in Fox Valley, and is highlighted by not only its wonderful education system, but also the crime rate that falls far below the US average, at 4.3%.

6,062 Population
1 Violent Crimes
14 Property Crimes

3. MUKAWONAGO TOWN

This town of 8,115 people offers lush fields and natural freshwater springs, in addition to the agriculture that brought the town to life. The 31 land miles of Mukawonago Town feature beautiful architecture to compliment the rolling hills, and a clear lake, plus the springs that make up the remaining mile of water. While Mukwonago Town’s violent crime rate is a bit higher than some of Wisconsin’s other towns at 18.5%, Mukawonago Town still boasts a very low property crime rate for its population, at 8.29%. The almost ethereal charm of Mukwomago Town, paired with the lack of offense, makes this place perfect for anyone to settle down into.

8,115 Population
8 Violent Crimes
114 Property Crimes

4. MUSKEGO

Muskego is a beautiful city at almost 36 miles, containing three lakes and no shortage of pleasant views. Once home to the fastest roller coaster in the world, Muskego now maintains a more subtle energy and some of the lowest crime rates in Wisconsin, at just 9.55%. The many parks offer a place to relax and enjoy the scenery, and the many children present are a gentle reminder that the 24,738 citizens of Muskego have very little to worry about in the areas of crime, especially due to the property crime average of just 16.3%. Muskego is a wonderful city for both exploring and unwinding, as the city is constantly looking for ways to improve and expand, as well as maintain the aspects that make it safe.

24,738 Population
8 Violent Crimes
114 Property Crimes

5. HOBART-LAWRENCE

For 13,233 citizens, Hobart-Lawrence is home, and for good reason. Property crime is so infrequent that only 68 of 1,000 people have contributed to the problem, which makes Hobart-Lawrence an ideal city for safety. Along with the absolutely sunning display the trees put on every Autumn and the wildlife that frequents Fox River, Hobart-Lawrence boasts the second lowest violent crime rate in Wisconsin. Violent crimes occur only rarely, making the average 95.53% less frequent than the American average. This steadily growing town is the perfect place to relax, partially due to the comfortable, country atmosphere.

13,233 Population
2 Violent Crimes
68 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Wisconsin, 2017

1. Oconomowoc Town

11. Altoona

21. New Berlin

31. Oconomowoc

41. Ripon

2. Freedom

12. Mequon

22. Fox Valley Metro

32. Menomonee Falls

42. Stoughton

3. Mukwonago Town

13. Elm Grove

23. Deforest

33. Grafton

43. Milton

4. Muskego

14. Port Washington

24. Whitefish Bay

34. Kaukauna

44. Evansville

5. Hobart-Lawrence

15. Cottage Grove

25. Fox Point

35. Sturgeon Bay

45. Chippewa Falls

6. Kronenwetter

16. Sturtevant

26. Holmen

36. McFarland

46. Plover

7. Oregon

17. West Salem

27. Geneva Town

37. Twin Lakes

47. Waupun

8. Jackson

18. Sheboygan Falls

28. Caledonia

38. Verona

48. Edgerton

9. Waunakee

19. Cedarburg

29. North Fond du Lac

39. Beloit Town

49. Everest

10. Grand Rapids

20. Hartland

30. Menasha

40. Middleton

​50. Slinger

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Wisconsin, 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. Note that our use of the word "cities" is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the words "town" and "township."


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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