Eau Claire Among Safest Cities In The Nation

A national ranking released Monday puts seven Wisconsin metropolitan areas among the safest in the country -- the most communities of any state.

EauClaire, Fond du Lac, Appleton, Sheboygan, La Crosse, Oshkosh-Neenah and Wausau are on the list of the 25 safest metro areas published annually by Morgan Quitno Press of Lawrence, Kansas.

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Wisconsin's overall crime rate dropped by nearly 6% last year, the latest figures available from the state Office of Justice Assistance.

The office's executive director David Steingraber says a stable economy and an effective justice system have helped keep crime relatively low in Wisconsin communities.