Jasper; Huntingburg Among Top 50 Safest Cities & Towns In Indiana

8JasperFrom “The SafeWise Report” (7.29.14)

“Chief Executive” magazine recently surveyed more than 500 chief executives and asked them to evaluate states based on a number of business and livability related factors. Indiana ranked as the sixth best state to do business in and its high quality living environment was one reason why.

Indiana’s recent good news has people from across the country contemplating a move to the Hoosier state. If you’re one of them you’ll want to read on as we reveal the 50 safest cities to call home in Indiana.  Jasper ranks 8th on the list; Huntingburg is at #21.

Here’s how we complied our list. We used FBI Crime Report data from 2012 as the foundation for our report and paired it with our own thorough research. We then trimmed down the list to cities with a population of 5,000 or above. We analyzed the number of Violent Crimes, consisting of aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery, as well as Property Crimes, consisting of arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Then, we calculated the chance of these crimes happening out of one thousand in order to create a level the playing field.

Here are the recaps from “The SafeWise Report” for our two local communities on the list…

8. Jasper

Jasper knows that community connections are essential to building a city that’s safe and inventive. To that end, the civic minded community offers a downtown district that promotes local ownership, a bustling calendar of events and more than 20 neighborhood parks and extensive trails.

If your journey leads you to Jasper you’ll undoubtedly be impressed with the area known as Riverwalk. This unique redevelopment includes a train depot, and the Spirit of Jasper Luxury Excursion Train that boasts passenger cars designed by local craftsman. If you’re into the arts, you’ll be happy to learn that Jasper is the only community in the state to have received the coveted Governor’s Arts Award on two occasions. Local school children are treated to on-campus arts demonstrations and the annual Chalk Walk lets even the youngest member of your family get creative by painting the town’s sidewalks in colorful chalk.

Jasper is wonderful, but that doesn’t mean its leaders and citizens are resting on their laurels. In fact, Jasper is one of just a few communities chosen to take part in Indiana’s HomeTown Competitiveness program. Volunteers are working with the program to improve six facets of community life: leadership, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, youth activities, families, and inclusiveness.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .39
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.53

21. Huntingburg

Hard work and vitality are the cornerstones of Huntingburg, and have undoubtedly contributed to its growth.

Noted as the second largest municipality in Dubois County, Huntingburg is a hub of entertainment. From the Daffodil Stroll to the Garden Gate Jazz, Art, Wine, and Craft Beer Festival, the streets of downtown are buzzing every season of the year. Huntingburg’s business district was ruined by fire in the late 1800s, but walk the streets today and you’d never know it. The historic district has been carefully restored to an inviting Victorian downtown that offers locals and visitors alike more than 20 antique and specialty shops. Make Huntingburg your home and before long Saturday won’t feel complete without a visit to the popular Huntingburg Farmer’s Market.

If you’re a baseball fan, or just want to celebrate your hometown team, then head to League Stadium at Huntingburg City Park and cheer on the Dubois County Bombers. When you’re looking for an adventure that’s close to home, Huntingburg Lake is the answer. The 178 acre lake is surrounded by nearly 100 wooded acres and 30 acres of open area. Fishing and boating are popular summer pastimes.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.26
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.52

CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTIRE LIST OF THE TOP 50 SAFEST CITIES AND TOWNS IN INDIANA

The FBI Crime Report is one of the most well respected sources for comprehensive crime statistics, however not all cities have reported complete data to the FBI and that could be why you don’t see your Indiana city on our list.

If you’d like to learn more about how to keep your family safe in Indiana, you’ll want to check out our Indiana Home Security and Crime Prevention Center.

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