These Are The 10 Safest Places In Alaska For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Alaska where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Alaska, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Wrangell.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Last Frontier. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 24 cities in Alaska with a population of more than 2,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Alaska

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While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in Alaska.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
10 Safest Places In Alaska

For example, there were a total of 21 crimes committed in Wrangell which had a reported population of 2,380. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0088 which translates into a 1 in 113 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 24 of the biggest cities in Alaska to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 24 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Alaska".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Wrangell. The most dangerous city in Alaska? Kotzebue, where residents had a 1 in 10 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

1. Wrangell

Wrangell, AK
Source: Public domain

Population: 2,380
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 882 (2nd safest)
More on Wrangell: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Taking the crown as the safest city in Alaska for 2018 is Wrangell -- a classic example of everything that makes Alaska great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 113.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 5,000 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

2. Haines

Haines, AK

Population: 2,535
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 157 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 946 (3rd safest)
More on Haines: Real Estate | Data

If you're thinking of moving to Alaska and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Haines -- the 2nd safest in the Last Frontier.

Haines is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 105.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Haines.

3. Sitka

Sitka, AK

Population: 8,836
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 135 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,686 (8th safest)
More on Sitka: PhotosReal Estate | Data

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Sitka ranks as the 3rd safest city in Alaska.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Sitka.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Unalaska

Unalaska, AK
Source: Public domain

Population: 4,517
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 354 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 642 (1st safest)
More on Unalaska: PhotosReal Estate | Data

You might be surprised to find Unalaska this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Unalaska is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Last Frontier boasts the 1st best property crime rate and 9th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Valdez

Valdez, AK

Population: 3,847
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 181 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,637 (7th safest)
More on Valdez: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Finishing just inside the top five is Valdez, AK.

You get what you pay for in Valdez -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 549 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Valdez residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Valdez in a heartbeat.

6. Cordova

Cordova, AK
Source: Public domain

Population: 2,186
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 228 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,189 (6th safest)
More on Cordova: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Cordova, the 6th safest city in Alaska.

The town of some 2186 people will have to try and continue to keep Cordova a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Cordova?

7. Homer

Homer, AK

Population: 5,613
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 178 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,975 (13th safest)
More on Homer: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Homer is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Alaska.

It has 1 in 33.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 561 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Alaska.

8. North Pole

North Pole, AK

Population: 2,201
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 181 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,998 (16th safest)
More on North Pole: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The eighth safest city in Alaska for 2018 goes to North Pole. Let's see why.

There were only 4 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 88 property crimes to boot.

9. Petersburg

Petersburg, AK

Population: 3,162
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 411 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,182 (9th safest)
More on Petersburg: 

If you're looking for a safe place to live in Alaska, may we present Petersburg as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Alaska, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

69 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 9th best in Alaska on a rate basis.

10. Palmer

Palmer, AK
Source: Public domain

Population: 6,959
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 373 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,414 (10th safest)
More on Palmer: PhotosReal Estate | Data

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Palmer.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Palmer residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 26 violent crimes and 168 property crimes in Palmer; that's really good for a place of 6959 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Last Frontier

Looking at the data, you can tell that Wrangell is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Alaska residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Alaska according to the data:

  1. Kotzebue
  2. Anchorage
  3. Bethel
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Alaska For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Wrangell, AK 1 2 2,380 0 882
Haines, AK 2 5 2,535 157 946
Sitka, AK 3 4 8,836 135 1,686
Unalaska, AK 4 3 4,517 354 642
Valdez, AK 5 7 3,847 181 1,637
Cordova, AK 6 1 2,186 228 1,189
Homer, AK 7 8 5,613 178 2,975
North Pole, AK 8 16 2,201 181 3,998
Petersburg, AK 9 9 3,162 411 2,182
Palmer, AK 10 6 6,959 373 2,414
North Slope Borough, AK 11 10 9,710 854 1,091
Ketchikan, AK 12 12 8,221 364 3,186
Nome, AK 13 13 3,846 1,274 988
Seward, AK 14 11 2,813 853 2,417
Kenai, AK 15 22 7,770 308 5,405
Fairbanks, AK 16 14 32,456 687 4,159
Dillingham, AK 17 19 2,419 2,108 2,521
Wasilla, AK 18 20 9,585 605 5,080
Juneau, AK 19 21 32,964 855 4,838
Soldotna, AK 20 18 4,619 736 5,087
Kodiak, AK 21 15 6,274 988 4,239
Bethel, AK 22 17 6,522 2,161 3,327
Anchorage, AK 23 23 299,097 1,144 4,897
Kotzebue, AK 24 24 3,290 3,373 6,261

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