See Which Wisconsin Cities Made the List

Based on a population of at least 27,000

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

You can thank Wisconsin if you love cheese and other products, as they are one of the biggest producers of dairy products. People come to Wisconsin for all its rivers and streams, so many rivers in fact, that they could go around the equator of earth. In the winter time, people come here for snowmobiling. The influential architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born here, as was the famous director and actor Orson Welles. With the best dairy in the country and outdoor activities, you’ll be pleased to know that Wisconsin also has many safe cities to reside in.

Wisconsin is home to 9 of the 500 safest cities in the country. Within the state, the 25 safest cities range from a safety score high of 89.32 to a low of 60.92. Twenty two of the those cities have safety rankings all above 70, which gives the state an average safety score higher than most other states. Many of the cities here have seen a decline in property crime rates as well.

New Berlin is the safest city in the state according to our rankings, with a safety score of 89.32. It has a population of 39,906 with a median income of $90,659 for families. There are stable jobs and a good public school system here, which greatly contribute to the high safety score. With it being a short distance to Milwaukee, many move here to have a safe environment for their family and a short commute to their jobs in a bigger city.

Most of the safest cities in the state will be in the suburbs of Milwaukee. Menomonee Falls has a safety rating of 87.68 and is northwest of the major city of Milwaukee. Due west from Milwaukee is the 3rd safest city in the state – Waukesha with a safety rating of 85.03. If you want to be further inland but at a major city as well, then Madison could be the perfect fit, with a safety rating of 75.98.


1 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.32

New Berlin, WI

39,906 511 12 n/a 396 n/a

2 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.68

Menomonee Falls, WI

36,061 480 20 149.6% 422 -4.9%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.13

Fitchburg, WI

27,663 460 43 -44.7% 413 -3.3%

4 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.03

Waukesha, WI

71,686 471 108 19% 1,135 -6.5%

5
Safety Score: 82.83

Appleton, WI

74,310 545 201 1.4% 1,242 -10.6%

6
Safety Score: 82.7

Sun Prairie, WI

32,310 442 34 2.7% 629 -17.7%

7
Safety Score: 82.63

Franklin, WI

36,456 472 15 -6.1% 774 1.4%

8
Safety Score: 81.62

Brookfield, WI

37,995 441 26 30.1% 860 -15%

9
Safety Score: 81.54

Kenosha, WI

100,038 464 286 n/a 2,066 -14.4%

10
Safety Score: 81.21

Wausau, WI

39,351 479 105 23.6% 766 0.3%

11
Safety Score: 80.48

Manitowoc, WI

32,961 444 66 -10% 988 7.3%

12
Safety Score: 79.57

Oshkosh, WI

66,766 585 157 2.2% 1,490 4.4%

13
Safety Score: 79.19

Green Bay, WI

105,119 462 456 -12.4% 2,246 -2.9%

14
Safety Score: 78.68

Sheboygan, WI

48,667 437 159 1.8% 1,150 -9.4%

15
Safety Score: 78.39

West Bend, WI

31,816 454 43 9.7% 868 -4.4%

16
Safety Score: 78.3

Eau Claire, WI

68,046 511 115 4.4% 1,727 -0.2%

17
Safety Score: 78.02

Fond du Lac, WI

42,887 549 164 16.5% 996 -17.1%

18
Safety Score: 76.27

Greenfield, WI

37,231 476 66 22.3% 1,125 17.4%

19
Safety Score: 75.98

Madison, WI

248,833 421 890 3.9% 6,908 -2.2%

20
Safety Score: 75.14

Janesville, WI

64,122 566 146 -10.2% 1,913 -8.2%

21
Safety Score: 73.85

Racine, WI

77,887 345 364 17.7% 2,398 -11.7%

22
Safety Score: 73.13

Beloit, WI

36,862 466 178 20.3% 1,134 -8.4%

23
Safety Score: 69.6

West Allis, WI

60,633 385 238 9.4% 2,407 -11.2%

24
Safety Score: 69.23

La Crosse, WI

52,716 492 101 -3.1% 2,115 35.9%

25
Safety Score: 60.92

Milwaukee, WI

600,400 237 9,583 8.1% 25,602 -6.9%


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