Janesville is in the top 15 percent of safest cities for retirement, coming in 70th out of 495 U.S. cities ranked in a study by a home security system company.
Security Choice evaluated the cities on six safety- and retirement-focused metrics.
Crime data made up 50 percent of each ranking. Average retirement age, percent of residents 65 or older, cost of living, health care costs, and elder abuse protection laws each made up 10 percent of the rankings.
In March 2017, The Gazette reported Janesville crime was at a 25-year low with burglaries and thefts also trending down. Janesville’s crime rate continued its downward trend, dropping faster than the state and national rates, according to the report.
The last intentional homicide in Janesville was in December. A man was convicted in Friday in Rock County Court of homicide by negligent use of a weapon for the May shooting death of a man who attacked him.
Before that, the city’s last homicide case was in 2014, The Gazette reported.
The highest-ranking Wisconsin city was Waukesha in 13th place. It also came in as the No. 1 safest city for women, according to the release.
Cities with lower populations tend to be safer. The average population of the top 100 safest cities was just over 85,000. For the top 20, it was just under 78,000, according to the study.
The Midwest isn’t a common choice for retirement, but 11 of the top 20 and 42 of the top 100 safest cities in the study are in the Midwest. Four of the top 20 and nine of the top 100 are located in Florida, a popular retirement destination, according to the study.
Twenty-six states, including California, Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio and Washington, didn’t have a city in the top 100, according to the study.
Security Choice used 2016 FBI crime data, the 2010 census, and data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate the cities’ rankings.