See Which Indiana Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 32k

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

Start your engines! Indiana is home to the Indianapolis 500, one of the biggest race car events in the nation. Indiana is rich in history with ups and downs during times of booms and recessions, but has currently recovered very well thanks to the diversification of its economy. Indiana is also known for Notre Dame, as well as the birthplace of the late Michael Jackson. In terms of safety, Indiana has several cities to choose from, near industrious areas or out in the country.

On a national level, Indiana has 2 of the top 100 safest cities – Carmel (88.4) and Fishers (87.31). Within the state, the 25 safest cities range on the safety rating scale from 88.4 to 57.66. Most of the cities that made our top 25 safest cities list show a slight decline in their violent and property crime rates. Most notably, Valparaiso has seen a 13.2% drop in property crimes, and trend that should continue over the years.

Let’s go a bit more into Carmel, the safest city in the state according to our analysis. It is just north of Indianapolis. Carmel has been one of the fastest growing communities in the country over the past couple of decades, going from 37,733 residents in 2000 to 88,511 currently. The median income per household is $101,494, signaling it is a well off community and therefore a low propensity for property or violent crimes. It is also a very family oriented town, with nearly 30% of the population under the age of 18.

The next town over to the east from Carmel is Fishers, the 2nd safest city in the state. Above Fishers is Westfield, the 3rd safest city in the state. As you can see, this area of the state is very safe. If you wanted to be closer to Chicago though, there is Valparaiso, near the Illinois border and a short drive to Lake Michigan. Valparaiso has a safety rating of 85.45, so you are not restricted to living in the northern suburbs of Indianapolis if you wanted to live in Indiana.


1 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 88.4

Carmel, IN

88,511 655 13 7.2% 874 6%

2 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.31

Fishers, IN

88,724 791 21 12.6% 942 11.6%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.58

Westfield, IN

36,681 833 32 -17.1% 408 -9.6%

4 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.45

Valparaiso, IN

32,519 n/a 34 -3.3% 535 -13.9%

5
Safety Score: 83.16

Portage, IN

36,741 502 52 -13.2% 714 -9%

6
Safety Score: 82.7

West Lafayette, IN

32,758 503 40 19% 603 64.5%

7
Safety Score: 75.27

Jeffersonville, IN

46,764 569 112 -58.6% 1,412 -3.4%

8
Safety Score: 74.78

Merrillville, IN

35,570 602 48 -59.5% 1,185 -3.3%

9
Safety Score: 73.81

Fort Wayne, IN

259,712 507 984 19.4% 7,943 -5.8%

10
Safety Score: 72.81

Bloomington, IN

84,015 559 313 5.3% 2,680 7.5%

11
Safety Score: 71.88

Hammond, IN

77,803 329 521 -17.5% 2,608 -7.3%

12
Safety Score: 71.79

Goshen, IN

32,441 476 35 -3.1% 1,224 -1.6%

13
Safety Score: 70.67

Kokomo, IN

57,143 487 436 168% 1,737 -16.6%

14
Safety Score: 68.89

Anderson, IN

55,275 438 233 23.2% 2,159 -12.9%

15
Safety Score: 68.66

Greenwood, IN

55,395 851 210 7.9% 2,075 6%

16
Safety Score: 67.55

Columbus, IN

46,640 n/a 41 -9.8% 2,104 4.1%

17
Safety Score: 65.54

Terre Haute, IN

60,997 432 153 -22.6% 2,855 -5.1%

18
Safety Score: 65.19

Gary, IN

77,336 n/a 455 -35.5% 3,397 -15.4%

19
Safety Score: 64.7

Mishawaka, IN

48,164 429 121 13.6% 2,312 -2.2%

20
Safety Score: 62.76

New Albany, IN

36,649 n/a 81 -9.4% 1,905 -7.5%

21
Safety Score: 62.54

Lafayette, IN

71,100 n/a 471 33.5% 3,311 -3.8%

22
Safety Score: 60.55

Evansville, IN

120,414 378 708 13.6% 6,162 -10.5%

23
Safety Score: 60.39

Elkhart, IN

51,566 n/a 760 17.2% 2,120 -7.5%

24
Safety Score: 58.45

South Bend, IN

101,240 346 720 3.8% 5,410 13.6%

25
Safety Score: 57.66

Indianapolis, IN

863,675 485 11,124 2.7% 41,377 -0.7%


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