See Which Rhode Island Cities Made the List

Based on a population of at least 15,000

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

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country, making its population density of 1006 people per square mile seem high. However, it’s population is just over 1 million, which is much lower than the majority of states. Rhode Island is home to Brown University, one of the top universities in the country. There are beautiful forests and scenic coastlines here. We’ll go over the safest cities in the state so you know which areas are best for you and your needs.

Rhode Island has three of the top 500 safest cities in the country. The 25 safest cities in the state range from a high of 90.44 to a low of 71.91. That is very good and amongst the highest safety rating range in the nation. 20 of those cities have a safety score of 80. Even more impressive, is how nearly all of 25 safest cities here have seen a drop in property crime rates.

Portsmouth is the safest city in the state, with a safety score of 90.44 and a population of 17,377. The median income is $88,577 for a family here. This city is spread across the Narragansett Bay, which gives it a unique geographical outlay. People who live here tend to be more about the outdoors and sea type of life. This type of lifestyle, along with the long history of the town, gives the residents a strong bond and sense of communal pride, significantly reducing any propensity for crime.

For those not wanting to live by the bay or on an island, have many other options in the state of Rhode Island. Burrillville is at the northeast corner of the state, Connecticut and Massachusetts. It has a safety score of 89.96. South Kingstown is a coastal town with a safety rating of 89.71. The largest city, Providence, has a population of 179,522 and a safety score of 71.91. You really could move to any of our 25 safest cities in the state, and be perfectly happy and secure, as you’re not far off from surrounding large cities and beautiful scenery.


1 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 90.44

Portsmouth, RI

17,377 542 8 -38.2% 138 -24.7%

2 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 90.08

Narragansett, RI

15,656 300 2 -59.8% 166 -17.9%

3 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.96

Burrillville, RI

16,318 582 16 13.4% 123 -9.6%

4 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.86

Bristol, RI

22,194 471 13 9% 196 -11.6%

5 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.71

South Kingstown, RI

30,788 445 21 49.7% 272 -3.1%

6 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.14

North Kingstown, RI

26,218 503 20 -31.1% 260 -16.2%

7 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 88.74

Barrington, RI

16,228 540 9 126.7% 156 -25.2%

8 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 88.53

Smithfield, RI

21,536 391 12 99.5% 235 11.6%

9 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 88.44

Cumberland, RI

34,508 650 22 21.5% 345 -15.9%

10 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.85

Tiverton, RI

15,823 395 20 6% 190 -30.4%

11 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.81

North Providence, RI

32,452 438 50 1.9% 374 -12.6%

12 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.33

East Providence, RI

47,428 426 57 9.4% 604 -7.1%

13 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87

Johnston, RI

29,247 369 41 -2.5% 393 2.8%

14 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.57

Middletown, RI

16,116 383 19 0.6% 256 -14.7%

15 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.56

West Warwick, RI

28,828 457 67 10.2% 406 5.8%

16 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.41

Coventry, RI

35,046 507 33 32% 539 7.8%

17 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.22

Westerly, RI

22,717 378 18 -28% 412 -30.3%

18 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.14

Cranston, RI

81,237 461 114 7.1% 1,434 -10.5%

19
Safety Score: 84.05

Warwick, RI

81,854 378 66 -21.2% 1,568 -15.7%

20
Safety Score: 83.37

Lincoln, RI

21,617 514 15 23.9% 418 -5.8%

21
Safety Score: 79.97

Central Falls, RI

19,325 410 150 12.9% 342 -43%

22
Safety Score: 78.52

Woonsocket, RI

41,261 408 235 7% 920 -17.9%

23
Safety Score: 77.17

Pawtucket, RI

71,624 420 293 40.5% 1,877 -11.6%

24
Safety Score: 75.59

Newport, RI

23,887 256 94 -0.8% 725 -25.5%

25
Safety Score: 71.91

Providence, RI

179,522 350 1,018 9.3% 6,084 -11.3%


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