BURRILLVILLE – A consumer website for home security systems has rated Burrillville the third safest community in the state, ranking the town just behind Portsmouth and Narragansett, towns that came in first and second, respectively.
Safehomes.org gave the town a safety score of 89.96, placing it in the top tenth percentile in the country. By comparison, Peabody, Mass., the third safest community in Massachusetts according to the ranking system, received a safety score of 89.
“Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country, making its population density of 1,006 people per square mile seem high,” notes a release on the data. “However, its 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.”
The consumer website uses factors including crime rate, density, income and education level, and the ratio of police officers to citizens to determine rankings, using FBI and census data.
“Rhode Island has three of the top 500 safest cities in the country,” notes the site. “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.”
“Those not wanting to live by the bay or on an island have many other options in the state of Rhode Island,” the site states.