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Wisconsin's Safest Cities

Apr 21, 2023|

Wisconsin has a reputation as a safe state, but which areas of Wisconsin have the lowest crime rate? If you're looking to move to this state because of its beautiful scenery or to start a job, you should know about the safest cities in Wisconsin and why these destinations are appealing to prospective homeowners and renters.

As a whole, Wisconsin crime rates per 1,000 residents are 3.24 for violent crime and 15.35 for property crime, both of which are lower than the U.S. average. The cities and communities listed in this guide also have crime rates below the state average.

Madison, Wisconsin downtown skyline at dusk on Lake Monona


Peaceful, picturesque Muskego provides its residents with fun and exciting destinations like the Muskego Beach Amusement Park. There are more than a dozen parks and recreation areas in and around Muskego for residents to enjoy. This city has some of the lowest crime rates in Wisconsin, too. The violent crime rate is just 0.32 for every 1,000 residents. Property crime rates are also low at 3.45 per 1,000 residents. The safest neighborhoods in Muskego include Durham, Muskego East, and Tess Corners.

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Cedarburg is a historic suburban community with a small-town feel. It provides residents with intriguing art galleries, museums, and wineries to explore. All types of crime are relatively uncommon in this city. The violent crime rate is only 0.40 per 1,000 residents. Property crime rates are significantly lower than the state average at 5.40 per 1,000 residents. A few of the safest places to live in Cedarburg include Decker Corner, Cedarburg Northeast, and Hamilton.


Waunakee is a quaint village of fewer than 15,000 people that's among the safest places to live in Wisconsin. Residents have picturesque views of Six Mile Creek, which runs into Lake Mendota. Crime rates are low across the board. Violent and property crime rates are 0.54 and 5.35 per 1,000 residents, respectively. If you're searching for a place to live in Waunakee, consider Springfield Corners and Waunakee East.

Waunakee, Wisconsin small town office buildings on sunny day with flairs


By land area, Mequon is the third largest city in the state. Lake Michigan's western shore surrounds this community, providing residents with ample opportunities to enjoy fishing, sailing, and other outdoor activities. All crime rates in the area are low. The violent crime rate per 1,000 residents is 0.60, while the property crime rate is 7.30. A few of the safer places to live in Mequon include Freistadt, Mequon Southeast, and Mequon East.

Menomonee Falls

With approximately 39,722 residents, Menomonee Falls has the highest population among villages in the state. It's an affluent community that boasts lovely waterfalls, exciting family fairs, and a prestigious 18-hole golf course. Crime rates per 1,000 residents are 0.82 for violent crime and 9.95 for property crime. The safest places to live in Menomonee Falls include Lannon, Marcy, and Fussville.

Waterfall and dam in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Port Washington

Port Washington is a quiet and relaxing community with a New England feel. It's on the western shore of Lake Michigan, so many of the people who live there work in the fishing industry. Area restaurants are renowned for their seafood menus. You'll also benefit from low crime rates. The violent crime rate is 0.79 for every 1,000 residents, while the property crime rate is 6.90. The safest places to call home in Port Washington include Druecker and Port Washington West.

Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay is a single-family residential community that's part of Milwaukee County. It's a suburban location that prospective homeowners should love. While many of the homes are pre-WWII properties, some have more modern and up-to-date architecture. If you choose to move to Whitefish Bay, you'll live in one of the safest cities to live in Wisconsin. Crime rates per 1,000 residents are only 0.47 for violent crime and 8.21 for property crime. The safest places to live include Whitefish Bay West and Whitefish Bay Southwest.

Aerial view of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Benefits of installing a home automation and security system in Wisconsin

Even if you purchase a home in one of the safest neighborhoods in Wisconsin, living somewhere with a low crime rate doesn't make it impossible for crimes to occur. There are many benefits of installing a home automation and security system in your Wisconsin home.

  • Better security with door locks: When using smart locks in your home, you don't need to worry about misplacing your keys or having someone else gain access to them. Once you install these locks, you can open your doors with a simple code, even from your smartphone. It's also possible to identify anyone who walks through your door.
  • Constant video monitoring: The security camera system in your home is capable of monitoring every part of your property. You're able to look at live footage from the app on your smartphone or tablet whenever you want. In the event that someone attempts to break in, recordings are easy to access and allow you to present evidence if necessary. You’ll receive notifications anytime someone moves into a camera zone.
  • Full control: Home automation systems give you complete control over many features, which include the ability to change the temperature in your home with the click of a button on your phone. With smart lighting, it's possible to control the lights remotely.
  • More convenience: Among the most rewarding aspects of owning a home automation and security system is the convenience it provides. Every facet of the system can be controlled from an app once you connect all smart devices to the home automation hub. This technology allows you to monitor your home even when you're on vacation or at work. You'll also receive alerts whenever the system detects anything out of the ordinary.
  • Lower energy costs: Once you install a smart thermostat or smart lights, you should notice that your monthly energy bill is lower. These devices help you reduce your energy use by making sure that power is turned off to devices that are not in use when you're out of the home or when no one is in the room. In this scenario, your home uses less energy, so your utility costs aren't as high.

Find peace of mind with Vivint

By installing a security and automation system in your Wisconsin home, you can keep your family safe and secure at all times. These systems are easy to control and don't take up more space than standard appliances. Call our team today at 855.822.1220 to learn more about our security features and discover which ones are right for you.

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