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Safest Places to Live in Rhode Island 2019

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2019

Rhode Island, or the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, as it is officially known, is located in the northeastern region of the United States. It is one of the New England states and one of the oldest colonies. It is bordered by Connecticut, Massachusetts, the Atlantic Ocean and New York (maritime border).

Rhode Island is the smallest state of all and the eight least populous with slightly over 1 million residents. It is also the second most densely populated state, right after New Jersey. The capital and largest city of Rhode Island is Providence, which has approximately 180,000 residents.

Rhode Island was one of the states that showed the most allegiance to the British Crown. It was also the last state to ratify the Constitution of the United States. The official nickname of Rhode Island is the Ocean State and the reason for it is rather obvious – it has so many bays and inlets in the Atlantic Ocean.

As one of the New England states, Rhode Island is very safe. The violent crime rate dropped by 2.7% in the period from 2016 to 2017, which is a 2.9% drop per 100,000 people.

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2017. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with a population under 5,000.

20 Safest Places in Rhode Island 2018

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Glocester10,10830.30
2West Greenwich6,16720.32
3Richmond7,59830.39
4Cumberland34,973150.43
5South Kingstown30,823140.45
6East Greenwich13,13960.46
7Smithfield21,884100.46
8Scituate10,63150.47
9Hopkinton8,10440.49
10Barrington16,307100.61
11Portsmouth17,381110.63
12North Smithfield12,44780.64
13Narragansett15,556100.64
14Bristol22,255150.67
15North Kingstown26,069180.69
16Westerly22,629170.75
17Burrillville16,441160.97
18Coventry35,083351.00
19Middletown15,993161.00
20Charlestown7,76491.16

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Crime Score in All Cities in Rhode Island

In case your city didn’t make it to the top 20, you can take a look at our full list of Rhode Island cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why Elite Personal Finance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

– Under 3,000 Residents
– 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
– 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
– Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1New Shoreham1,04400.00

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Little Compton3,49800.00
2West Greenwich6,16720.32
3Richmond7,59830.39
4Hopkinton8,10440.49
5Charlestown7,76491.16
6Jamestown5,48381.46
7Foster4,73671.48

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Glocester10,10830.30
2East Greenwich13,13960.46
3Smithfield21,884100.46
4Scituate10,63150.47
5Barrington16,307100.61
6Portsmouth17,381110.63
7North Smithfield12,44780.64
8Narragansett15,556100.64
9Bristol22,255150.67
10North Kingstown26,069180.69
11Westerly22,629170.75
12Burrillville16,441160.97
13Middletown15,993161.00
14Lincoln21,863281.28
15Tiverton15,767211.33
16Warren10,498151.43
17Johnston29,375451.53
18West Warwick28,790662.29
19Newport24,812602.42
20Central Falls19,389975.00

Over 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Cumberland34,973150.43
2South Kingstown30,823140.45
3Coventry35,083351.00
4Warwick81,617971.19
5North Providence32,641431.32
6Cranston81,3371111.36
7East Providence47,502691.45
8Pawtucket71,6483114.34
9Woonsocket41,5432215.32
10Providence179,8549605.34

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

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