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Safest Cities in Wisconsin

  • Population
    5,807,406
  • Avg Annual Rent
    $9,604
  • Avg Household Income
    $54,833
  • Cost of Living
    17.90%
  • Violent Crime Rate
    8.35
  • Property Crime Rate
    225.3
  • Primary Care Ranking
    21
  • Mental Health Provider
    34

It’s virtually impossible to think of Wisconsin without thinking of one of its major products: cheese. In fact, 26% of the country’s cheese comes from Wisconsin, according to Cheese Facts WI. But “America’s Dairyland” can claim some bragging rights in the music world as well. For example, Les Paul — one of the first people to design and popularize a solid-body electric guitar — was born in Waukesha, and Milwaukee’s Summerfest claims to be the largest music festival in the world. Wisconsinites also know how to have fun in many other ways, since the state boasts the nation’s largest water park and over 15,000 miles of snowmobile trails. It’s also the home of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle company.

But just how safe is the Badger State? Compare our data and see which cities earn the title of the safest in Wisconsin. 

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Wisconsin

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).

  • Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Annual rent – Annualized median rent
  • Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance

18 Safest Cities in Wisconsin

  • No. 1 Mayville

    The city of Mayville is located in Dodge County and has plenty of natural beauty and historic sites to visit. Visitors can explore the Hollenstein Wagon and Carriage Factory museum, the Brunke Cigar Factory and the old Firehouse, dating back to the late 1800s. Other popular activities include visiting the Mayville City Park or the nearby Mayville Golf Club.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    4.113534 (8th)2.056767 (1st)102.8383 (6th)2.056767 (13th)2.056767 (13th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    11676 (3rd)87394 (1st)0.032 (14th)0.012 (18th)0.04 (7th)0.385 (2nd)
  • No. 2 Fox Valley

    Fox Valley has a few special sights to see including the Hearthstone Historic House Museum where Thomas Edison’s original light fixtures live. The museum is the world’s first hydroelectric powered house. There’s also the History Museum at the Castle that has a Harry Houdini exhibit honoring the famous magician.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    1.363265 (4th)5.90748 (3rd)37.26256 (2nd)0.454422 (6th)0.454422 (6th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    13848 (1st)72181 (3rd)0.022 (15th)0.052 (15th)0.025 (10th)0.041 (13th)
  • No. 3 Phillips

    Phillips has the smallest population among cities on this list, with just 1,345 residents. The town sits on Long Lake and Elk Lake in Northern Wisconsin. While crime levels are low, Philips has the highest proportion of hate crimes on this list as well as the lowest average household income. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0 (1st)7.434944 (5th)141.2639 (7th)7.434944 (18th)7.434944 (18th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9816 (6th)58981 (6th)0 (17th)0.045 (16th)0.105 (1st)NA
  • No. 4 McFarland

    A small town just outside of Madison in south Wisconsin. McFarland sits on Lake Waubesa, a 2,074-acre lake which locals use for boating and fishing. McFarland has several public parks and open areas to explore including Lake Kegonsa State Park, Indian Mound Park and the Capital Springs State Recreation Area.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    1.170412 (3rd)9.363296 (6th)95.97378 (5th)1.170412 (11th)1.170412 (11th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    7512 (18th)49249 (10th)0.034 (13th)0.069 (11th)0.021 (11th)0.302 (4th)
  • No. 5 Seymour

    Seymour is a small town with a population of just 3,460 people. Top places to visit in Seymour include the Seymour Community Museum, Crystal Springs Golf Course and the Outagamie Speedway racing track. The city benefits from a low unemployment and poverty rate and low annual rental costs.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0 (1st)14.45087 (9th)83.81503 (3rd)2.890173 (15th)2.890173 (15th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8040 (17th)48313 (12th)0.055 (4th)0.079 (9th)0.013 (14th)0.147 (12th)
  • No. 6 Stevens Point

    Stevens Point is located in central Wisconsin, along the Wisconsin River. Top attractions include the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, Stevens Point Sculpture Park and the open spaces at the Schmeeckle Reserve. Stevens Point, unfortunately, has relatively high levels of poverty and a high unemployment rate compared to many other cities on this list.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    3.049594 (7th)12.19838 (8th)149.4301 (9th)0.762399 (9th)0.762399 (9th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9000 (11th)75261 (2nd)0.058 (3rd)0.059 (13th)0.056 (5th)0 (14th)
  • No. 7 Ashwaubenon

    Located just beside the city of Green Bay, Ashwaubenon is a city bordering Fox River. There are plenty of sites to visit in Ashwaubenon, including the National Railroad Museum and the Ashwaubenon Historical Society. On the edge of the city is the Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport, so Ashwaubenon also has great transport links.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    4.620005 (10th)2.887503 (2nd)304.9203 (17th)0.577501 (7th)0.577501 (7th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9024 (10th)58330 (7th)0.044 (7th)0.057 (14th)0.02 (12th)0.327 (3th)
  • No. 8 Marshall

    Marshall is a small town located on the banks of the Maunesha River, just outside the city of Madison. The town is home to several public parks such as Fireman’s Park, Converse Park and Deerhaven Park, which host a number of annual events. Marshall has a population of just under 4,000 people and is one of the more expensive cities on this list, based on average annual rental prices.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    5.015045 (11th)20.06018 (12th)22.5677 (1st)2.507523 (14th)2.507523 (14th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8376 (14th)46550 (14th)0.043 (8th)0.035 (17th)0.038 (8th)0 (14th)
  • No. 9 Hudson

    Located on the border to Minnesota and the St. Croix River, Hudson has plenty of scenic areas and cultural sites. Popular things to do include hiking, taking historic walking tours, visiting the Octagon House Museum and the historic downtown district. Hudson has the highest annual rental costs on this list, but also has one of the highest average incomes.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    2.166378 (5th)11.55402 (7th)276.5742 (15th)7.221259 (17th)7.221259 (17th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9144 (9th)41184 (16th)0 (17th)0.113 (5th)0.071 (3rd)NA
  • No. 10 Appleton

    Appleton sits at the top of Lake Winnebago and Fox River in Eastern Wisconsin. The city is home to several historic sites, including the Hearthstone Historic House Museum and the History Museum at the Castle. Another popular place to visit is the Houdini Historical Center, which explores the life of former Appleton resident Harry Houdini.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    6.53935 (12th)15.48091 (10th)153.608 (11th)0.160865 (4th)0.160865 (4th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9348 (8th)56459 (8th)0.037 (11th)0.091 (6th)0.009 (16th)0.242 (7th)
  • No. 11 Merrill

    Merrill is a small city that sits on the Wisconsin River. The city is popular with hiking enthusiasts due to all the river trails and state parks, including Otis Park and the Council Grounds State Park. Merrill benefits from low crime figures and the lowest annual rental prices on the list. However, it also has one of the lowest household income averages.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    4.399956 (9th)16.49984 (11th)152.8985 (10th)1.099989 (10th)1.099989 (10th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8064 (16th)48326 (11th)0.049 (6th)0.067 (12th)0.055 (6th)0 (14th)
  • No. 12 New London

    New London is a small city with just over 5,000 residents. It sits on the spot where the Wolf and Embarrass Rivers meet, making it a great place for fishing, boating, canoeing and tubing. The Mosquito Hill Nature Center is also a popular family-friendly spot, with natural history exhibits and educational displays to learn more about the area.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    2.823662 (6th)22.5893 (13th)87.53353 (4th)1.829826 (12th)1.829826 (12th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8136 (15th)39545 (18th)0.021 (16th)0.163 (2nd)0.059 (4th)0.167 (11th)
  • No. 13 Beaver Dam

    The small town of Beaver Dam is a popular spot for fishing and boating fans. Sitting beside the Beaver Dam Lake, this town is also close to nature spots like the Shaw Marsh Wildlife Area and the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. Beaver Dam, unfortunately, has high poverty and unemployment rates, hurting its overall placement on our list. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    9.149689 (14th)6.099793 (4th)145.785 (8th)0.609979 (8th)0.609979 (8th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9732 (7th)49618 (9th)0.054 (5th)0.086 (7th)0.028 (9th)0.178 (10th)
  • No. 14 Sheboygan

    Overlooking Lake Michigan, Sheboygan sits at the mouth of the Sheboygan River. Despite a large population of over 48,000 residents, the city has very low crime rates. Sheboygan is a popular fishing and tourist spot for those who love the great outdoors. Popular activities include visiting the Kohler-Andrae State Park, the Bookworm Gardens and the Sheboygan County Historical Museum. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    7.677145 (13th)30.2936 (15th)171.3871 (13th)0.20749 (5th)0.20749 (5th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8472 (12th)45040 (15th)0.043 (8th)0.075 (10th)0.017 (13th)0.199 (8th)
  • No. 15 Green Bay

    The city of Green Bay is located at the bottom of Green Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan. Green Bay is a popular place to live, with over 100,000 residents. Home of the Green Bay Packers NFL team, sports fans can visit Lambeau Field and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. Green Bay also has a huge number of city and county parks to explore nature outside of the busy city.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    12.82283 (15th)33.0544 (16th)170.7811 (12th)0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8412 (13th)47797 (13th)0.04 (10th)0.135 (4th)0.011 (15th)0.272 (5th)
  • No. 16 Madison

    Madison is the capital city of Wisconsin and is located in the south of the state. With a population of 258,455 people, Madison is the second-most populated city on this list. As a result of its high population, crime levels are also higher than other cities on the list, particularly for property crime. Popular attractions in Madison include the Chazen Museum of Art, the Madison Science Museum and the Wisconsin Historical Museum. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    13.96762 (16th)26.38757 (14th)260.084 (14th)0.038691 (2nd)0.038691 (2nd)0.309532 (18th)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    12816 (2nd)62906 (4th)0.035 (12th)0.082 (8th)0.005 (18th)0.18 (9th)
  • No. 17 Lake Delton

    The town of Lake Delton has a small population of just over 3,000 people. Lake Delton has lots of scenic nature spots, family-friendly activities and tourist attractions. Popular activities include a visit to Noah’s Ark Waterpark, horse riding on the Lost Canyon Tour or a trip to the Mirror Lake State Park.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    23.29451 (17th)33.27787 (17th)1400.998 (18th)3.327787 (16th)3.327787 (16th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    11352 (4th)59828 (5th)0.066 (2nd)0.159 (3rd)0.088 (2nd)0.388 (1st)
  • No. 18 Milwaukee

    Milwaukee is a large city which overlooks Lake Michigan. Milwaukee has the largest population on this list, with a total of 595,619 people currently living there. The city has plenty of cultural and historical sites to explore including the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Harley-Davidson Museum. Visitors can explore Milwaukee’s German heritage on Old World Third Street which features plenty of German food stores and old cobblestone streets.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    48.1348 (18th)93.16358 (18th)297.153 (16th)0.050368 (3rd)0.050368 (3rd)0.268628 (17th)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    10104 (5th)40036 (17th)0.078 (1st)0.248 (1st)0.006 (17th)0.247 (6th)

Wisconsin State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

Insurance Journal ranked Wisconsin the 37th state most at risk for a natural disaster. Over 400 tornadoes have been recorded in the state since the 1950s, but strong thunderstorm winds and hail remain the most common extreme weather events. Flooding, heavy snow, dense fog and drought are also recorded on occasion. Wildfires are the rarest form of extreme weather in Wisconsin, but the Peshtigo Fire of 1871 remains the state’s most devastating natural disaster, killing over 1,200 people, destroying two towns and devastating 1.25 million acres. 

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Natural Disaster

Health Safety

America’s Health Rankings’ 2019 report places Wisconsin in 22nd position among all 50 states. The determinants of health that Wisconsin needs to address include excessive drinking (which AHR found that 25% of the population engages in), pertussis, public health funding, infant mortality and obesity. However, the state ranks ninth for having the most insured people, and fourth for having the lowest rates of diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease and cancer are the first and second leading causes of death in the state. Drug overdose deaths in Wisconsin are in line with the national average.

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Top 18 Safest Cities in Wisconsin

Mayville4,862511
Fox Valley22,006142
Phillips1,345233
McFarland8,544454
Seymour3,460295
Stevens Point26,233626
Ashwaubenon17,316967
Marshall3,988978
Hudson13,8488139
Appleton62,16413810
Merrill9,091121011
New London5,46571612
Beaver Dam16,394111513
Sheboygan48,195141114
Green Bay105,281151415
Madison258,455161216
Lake Delton3,005171717
Milwaukee595,619181818