The Safest and Most Dangerous Cities In Wisconsin - 2018 Ranking!

Wisconsin, the "Land of 10,000 Lakes”, is home to some of the most deeply hidden treasures, like secret waterfalls, lakes, and, during the fall, intensely colored trees.

Where most states are famous for their parks, produce, or buildings, Wisconsin is proud of its heritage as the location of the first documented hamburger. So proud, that it houses the Hamburger Hall of Fame - an elaborate museum celebrating hamburger history. Along with the hamburger, the first-ever ice cream sundae was served (on a Sunday) in 1881 in Two Rivers, and it only cost a nickel.

If you love cheese and ice cream, head anywhere in Wisconsin for it is one of the biggest producers of dairy products in the nation, giving it the nickname “America’s Dairyland”. Aside from food and beverages, if you enjoy arts, Wisconsin has more than 150 performing art centers, each offering visitors a unique draw. You can experience a play as if you were in Shakespearean times at outdoor American Players Theater in Spring Green, or you can head to Madisons Overture Center for the Performing Arts for a truly intimate theater experience.

If you are considering moving to Wisconsin or you already live there, make sure to continue reading to find out how safe Wisconsin is compared to other states, and learn about its safest cities based on the most recent FBI crime report.

Ranking at #13 in terms of safety, Wisconsin is located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. It is home to 5.7 million residents.

When it comes to safe and dangerous cities, Freedom, which previously ranked #2 in terms of safety, managed to climb its way to the top, and now is the safest city in the state with only a 148 crime rate per 100,000 people. Oconomowoc, a quaint town with the population of 8,654 residents took the place as the 2nd safest city in Wisconsin.

Almost none of the state’s major cities made the list as safe places, Milwaukee, the biggest city in the state is the 4th most dangerous city with a 5597 crime rate per 100,000 people. As for its capital Madison, it is the 21st most dangerous city with a 3079.3 crime rate per 100,000 people. Other cities such as Lake Geneva and Green Bay were also among the most dangerous places as they rank #19 and #29 respectively.

Best known as "Wisconsin's Event City", Oshkosh ranked is the 37th most dangerous, with a 2418.5 crime rate per 100,000 people. While the 4th largest city, Kenosha ranked #33 among the most dangerous cities.

Find out if your city is one of the safest in the state, then review our resources for crime prevention tips and home security information.


More Information About Wisconsin

Capital: Madison

Number of Counties: 72

Overall Population: 5.779 million inhabitants

Land Area: 65,498 square miles

Education Statistics: 28.4% of the population holds a bachelor's degree or higher, (percent of persons age 25 years+, 2011-2015)

Unemployment Rate: 3.2%

Crime Stats In Wisconsin

Violent Crime Rate Per 100,000 Inhabitants: 305.9    

Property Crime Rate Per 100,000 Inhabitants: 1,933.3

Wisconsin’s Safety Rank: #13


Disclaimer:

In creating this ranking, we excluded all cities with population less than 5,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

Table 1: Top 50 Safest Cities In Wisconsin

Rank City Population Total Crime Rate
Per 100,000 Inhabitants
1 Freedom
Previous rank: 2
6098 148.0
2 Oconomowoc Town
Previous rank: 1
8662 185.0
3 Jackson
Previous rank: 8
6877 436.0
4 Mukwonago Town
Previous rank: 3
8147 442.0
5 Hobart-Lawrence
Previous rank: 7
13793 457.0
6 Sheboygan Falls
Previous rank: 18
7849 471.0
7 Altoona
Previous rank: 12
7446 564.0
8 Kronenwetter
Previous rank: 5
7714 596.0
9 Hartland
Previous rank: 20
9239 606.0
10 Oregon
Previous rank: 4
10189 628.0
11 Waunakee
Previous rank: 10
13556 635.0
12 Sturtevant
Previous rank: 17
6958 676.0
13 Cedarburg
Previous rank: 21
11488 722.0
14 Muskego
Previous rank: 6
24876 768.0
15 Fox Point
Previous rank: 25
6754 785.0
16 Holmen
Previous rank: 22
9760 830.0
17 Mequon
Previous rank: 11
24114 842.0
18 Kaukauna
Previous rank: 31
15928 873.0
19 Delavan Town
Previous rank: 62
5337 899.0
20 Fox Valley Metro
Previous rank: 24
21515 907.0
21 Port Washington
Previous rank: 16
11633 920.0
22 Cottage Grove
Previous rank: 15
6954 935.0
23 Sturgeon Bay
Previous rank: 36
8925 941.0
24 DeForest
Previous rank: 19
9674 982.0
25 Grand Rapids
Previous rank: 9
7466 1004.0
26 New Berlin
Previous rank: 23
39873 1083.0
27 Caledonia
Previous rank: 26
24681 1110.0
28 Waupun
Previous rank: 39
11342 1119.0
29 Evansville
Previous rank: 44
5268 1139.0
30 Twin Lakes
Previous rank: 41
6119 1144.0
31 McFarland
Previous rank: 35
8290 1195.0
32 Town of Menasha
Previous rank: 27
19083 1195.0
33 Whitefish Bay
Previous rank: 28
14087 1214.0
34 Town of Beloit
Previous rank: 45
7672 1238.0
35 Village of Pewaukee
Previous rank: 68
8207 1243.0
36 Town of Geneva
Previous rank: 30
5050 1248.0
37 Menomonee Falls
Previous rank: 33
36218 1248.0
38 Elm Grove
Previous rank: 13
6222 1302.0
39 West Salem
Previous rank: 14
5055 1326.0
40 Elkhorn
Previous rank: 53
9859 1359.0
41 Town of Bloomfield
Previous rank: 60
6253 1359.0
42 Middleton
Previous rank: 46
19263 1366.0
43 Slinger
Previous rank: 61
5232 1376.0
44 Stoughton
Previous rank: 38
13148 1392.0
45 Verona
Previous rank: 43
12942 1452.0
46 Plover
Previous rank: 47
12360 1489.0
47 Reedsburg
Previous rank: 50
9605 1510.0
48 Ripon
Previous rank: 40
7694 1521.0
49 Whitewater
Previous rank: 55
14752 1553.0
50 North Fond du Lac
Previous rank: 29
5003 1559.0

Table 2: Top 50 Most Dangerous Cities In Wisconsin

Rank City Population Total Crime Rate
Per 100,000 Inhabitants
1 Monona
Previous rank: 1
8288 7975.0
2 Antigo
Previous rank: 2
7801 6077.0
3 Milwaukee
Previous rank: 4
600193 5597.0
4 Ashland
Previous rank: 7
8005 5272.0
5 Brown Deer
Previous rank: 6
12101 4983.0
6 Superior
Previous rank: 5
26451 4972.0
7 La Crosse
Previous rank: 12
52498 4612.0
8 Grand Chute
Previous rank: 11
22463 4167.0
9 Wisconsin Rapids
Previous rank: 8
17802 4146.0
10 Wauwatosa
Previous rank: Not Ranked
47771 4046.0
11 Waupaca
Previous rank: 19
6001 3949.0
12 Shawano
Previous rank: 9
9095 3672.0
13 Beloit
Previous rank: 16
36878 3523.0
14 Racine
Previous rank: 18
77536 3423.0
15 Baraboo
Previous rank: 13
12174 3409.0
16 Marinette
Previous rank: 41
10771 3333.0
17 Delavan
Previous rank: 72
9992 3222.0
18 Manitowoc
Previous rank: 24
32877 3142.0
19 Lake Geneva
Previous rank: 17
7803 3127.0
20 Town of Madison
Previous rank: 21
6878 3097.0
21 Madison
Previous rank: 25
252136 3079.0
22 Hudson
Previous rank: 30
13740 2977.0
23 Janesville
Previous rank: 22
64234 2971.0
24 Eau Claire
Previous rank: 31
68084 2877.0
25 Onalaska
Previous rank: 53
18600 2801.0
26 Wausau
Previous rank: 49
39091 2745.0
27 Mount Pleasant
Previous rank: 26
26286 2743.0
28 Rhinelander
Previous rank: 20
7477 2688.0
29 Green Bay
Previous rank: 36
105452 2666.0
30 Tomah
Previous rank: 39
9398 2596.0
31 South Milwaukee
Previous rank: 46
21212 2579.0
32 Fond du Lac
Previous rank: 105
42907 2547.0
33 Kenosha
Previous rank: 43
99954 2547.0
34 Menomonie
Previous rank: 35
16308 2526.0
35 Beaver Dam
Previous rank: 37
16640 2452.0
36 Sheboygan
Previous rank: 116
48710 2451.0
37 Oshkosh
Previous rank: 40
66654 2419.0
38 Portage
Previous rank: 28
10394 2415.0
39 Brookfield
Previous rank: 44
38043 2353.0
40 Delafield
Previous rank: 62
7194 2349.0
41 West Bend
Previous rank: 27
31791 2330.0
42 Marshfield
Previous rank: 63
18530 2326.0
43 Menasha
Previous rank: 107
17609 2272.0
44 River Falls
Previous rank: 54
15314 2207.0
45 Lake Hallie
Previous rank: 34
6546 2199.0
46 Sparta
Previous rank: 51
9708 2122.0
47 New Richmond
Previous rank: 42
8913 2109.0
48 Neenah
Previous rank: 55
25850 2100.0
49 Saint Francis
Previous rank: 56
9580 2078.0
50 Rothschild
Previous rank: 61
5342 2059.0

Table 3: All Cities, Ranked By Population

City Population Total Crime Rate
Per 100,000 Inhabitants
Safety Rank
Milwaukee 600193 5597.0 124
Madison 252136 3079.0 106
Green Bay 105452 2666.0 98
Kenosha 99954 2547.0 94
Racine 77536 3423.0 113
Appleton 74439 2017.0 70
Waukesha 72223 1674.0 54
Eau Claire 68084 2877.0 103
Oshkosh 66654 2419.0 90
Janesville 64234 2971.0 104
La Crosse 52498 4612.0 120
Sheboygan 48710 2451.0 91
Wauwatosa 47771 4046.0 117
Fond du Lac 42907 2547.0 95
New Berlin 39873 1083.0 26
Wausau 39091 2745.0 101
Brookfield 38043 2353.0 88
Beloit 36878 3523.0 114
Franklin 36313 1942.0 68
Menomonee Falls 36218 1248.0 37
Sun Prairie 32943 1885.0 65
Manitowoc 32877 3142.0 109
West Bend 31791 2330.0 86
Fitchburg 28588 1742.0 57
Stevens Point 26587 1790.0 61
Superior 26451 4972.0 121
Mount Pleasant 26286 2743.0 100
Neenah 25850 2100.0 79
Muskego 24876 768.0 14
Caledonia 24681 1110.0 27
Mequon 24114 842.0 17
Watertown 23816 1844.0 63
Grand Chute 22463 4167.0 119
Fox Valley Metro 21515 907.0 20
South Milwaukee 21212 2579.0 96
Pleasant Prairie 20928 1955.0 69
Middleton 19263 1366.0 42
Town of Menasha 19083 1195.0 32
Onalaska 18600 2801.0 102
Marshfield 18530 2326.0 85
Cudahy 18338 2056.0 76
Wisconsin Rapids 17802 4146.0 118
Menasha 17609 2272.0 84
Everest Metropolitan 17318 1657.0 53
Beaver Dam 16640 2452.0 92
Menomonie 16308 2526.0 93
Kaukauna 15928 873.0 18
River Falls 15314 2207.0 83
Whitewater 14752 1553.0 49
Hartford 14377 2024.0 71
Whitefish Bay 14087 1214.0 33
Hobart-Lawrence 13793 457.0 5
Hudson 13740 2977.0 105
Waunakee 13556 635.0 11
Shorewood 13319 2043.0 73
Stoughton 13148 1392.0 44
Verona 12942 1452.0 45
Fort Atkinson 12433 1906.0 66
Plover 12360 1489.0 46
Baraboo 12174 3409.0 112
Brown Deer 12101 4983.0 122
Port Washington 11633 920.0 21
Grafton 11532 2055.0 75
Cedarburg 11488 722.0 13
Waupun 11342 1119.0 28
Two Rivers 11259 1874.0 64
Monroe 10794 2038.0 72
Marinette 10771 3333.0 111
Burlington 10669 1921.0 67
Portage 10394 2415.0 89
Oregon 10189 628.0 10
Delavan 9992 3222.0 110
Elkhorn 9859 1359.0 40
Holmen 9760 830.0 16
Sparta 9708 2122.0 81
DeForest 9674 982.0 24
Reedsburg 9605 1510.0 47
Saint Francis 9580 2078.0 78
Tomah 9398 2596.0 97
Hartland 9239 606.0 9
Shawano 9095 3672.0 115
Sturgeon Bay 8925 941.0 23
New Richmond 8913 2109.0 80
Oconomowoc Town 8662 185.0 2
Plymouth 8518 1738.0 56
McFarland 8290 1195.0 31
Monona 8288 7975.0 126
Village of Pewaukee 8207 1243.0 35
Mukwonago Town 8147 442.0 4
Ashland 8005 5272.0 123
Sheboygan Falls 7849 471.0 6
Lake Geneva 7803 3127.0 108
Antigo 7801 6077.0 125
Mukwonago 7795 2052.0 74
Hales Corners 7758 1611.0 52
Kronenwetter 7714 596.0 8
Ripon 7694 1521.0 48
Town of Beloit 7672 1238.0 34
Rhinelander 7477 2688.0 99
Grand Rapids 7466 1004.0 25
Altoona 7446 564.0 7
Delafield 7194 2349.0 87
New London 7148 1679.0 55
Sturtevant 6958 676.0 12
Cottage Grove 6954 935.0 22
Town of Madison 6878 3097.0 107
Jackson 6877 436.0 3
Fox Point 6754 785.0 15
Lake Hallie 6546 2199.0 82
Town of Bloomfield 6253 1359.0 41
Elm Grove 6222 1302.0 38
Twin Lakes 6119 1144.0 30
Freedom 6098 148.0 1
Town of Brookfield 6093 1839.0 62
Waupaca 6001 3949.0 116
Prairie du Chien 5731 1762.0 59
Milton 5601 1750.0 58
Edgerton 5554 1764.0 60
Berlin 5400 1593.0 51
Rothschild 5342 2059.0 77
Delavan Town 5337 899.0 19
Evansville 5268 1139.0 29
Slinger 5232 1376.0 43
West Salem 5055 1326.0 39
Town of Geneva 5050 1248.0 36
North Fond du Lac 5003 1559.0 50

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