Public Safety Data

Crime and violence affect the health of community members in many ways. People may experience injury of death, mental distress, or reduced quality of life. They may also be less likely to engage in physical activity. In addition, children and exposed to violence are at higher risk for long-term behavioral and mental health challenges. more


To assess Rhode Island's progress towards advancing health equity, as part of Rhode Island's statewide health equity indicators.

Key Information

Indicator Violent crime rate AND non-violent crime rate per 100,000 people
Data Source RI State Police Uniform Crime Reports, FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program (available annually)
Strata City/Town
What this indicator means This indicator reports both the violent crime rate and non-violent crime rate per 100,000 people, by city and town. These data are reported annually by the RI State Police and through the FBI Universal Crime Reporting (UCR) system. Cities and towns with higher crime rates are considered more disadvantaged compared to areas with lower crime rates.

Key Findings, 2016

  • Central Falls, Providence, Woonsocket, and Pawtucket had the highest violent crime rates.
  • Newport, Providence, Pawtucket, and Woonsocket at the highest non-violent crime rates.