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While not one of the safest states in the nation in terms of violent and property crime rates, Indiana does have its share of safe, family-friendly communities. Over twenty cities in the Hoosier State earned favorable scores in our Safety Index, indicating violent crime rates below the nationwide average, although property crime tends to be higher than average in many Indiana cities. Yet, a select few cities in the state truly distinguished themselves for their top-notch safety records.

Bluffton is our pick for the safest city in Indiana. The modestly-sized Wells County community of around 10,000 logged a mere 7 violent crimes in 2017.

Not far behind are Shelbyville and Dyer, which both earned a 0.7 Safety Index score, tying for second place in our ranking of Indiana’s safest cities. Both are small cities with a friendly, midwestern congenial character and populations under 16K boasting low violent and property crime rates. In fact, Dyer recorded just 4 violent crimes in 2017, for a rate of 0.25 per 1,000 residents.

Fourth in the ranking is Brownsburg, a rapidly expanding suburb of large city Indianapolis that has earned national recognition as a great place for family life on account of its great public school district, healthy economy, and very low crime. In fact, Brownsburg’s property crime rate of 11.44 per 1K is nearly three times below the Indiana state average.

Four other Indiana cities (Beech Grove, Bedford, Carmel, and Crown Point) earned a 0.5 score or higher on our Safety Index, due to their low crime rates and effective policing.

Safest Cities in Indiana, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Bluffton0.71
2Shelbyville0.7
3Dyer0.7
4Brownsburg0.6
5Beech Grove0.56
6Bedford0.55
7Carmel0.51
8Crown Point0.5
9St. John0.46
10Cedar Lake0.45
11Fishers0.39
12West Lafayette0.34
13Warsaw0.33
14Munster0.33
15Goshen0.3
16Jasper0.26
17Speedway0.25
18Valparaiso0.25
19Lake Station0.13
20Merrillville0.1
21Logansport0.1
22Jeffersonville0.08
23New Haven0.05
24Highland0.04
25Seymour-0.04
26Marion-0.1
27Plainfield-0.15
28Hobart-0.18
29Crawfordsville-0.22
30Fort Wayne-0.27
31Lafayette-0.38
32East Chicago-0.39
33Muncie-0.43
34Hammond-0.5
35Franklin-0.51
36Gary-0.52
37Anderson-0.55
38Bloomington-0.58
39Greenwood-0.74
40Kokomo-0.81
41Evansville-0.92
42South Bend-1.39
43Indianapolis-1.97

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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