These Are The 10 Safest Places In New York - 2018 Edition

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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 New York, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Lewisboro.

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

After analyzing 208 cities in New York with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list of the safest cities in New York for 2018:

  1. Lewisboro
  2. Briarcliff Manor (Photos)
  3. Whitestown
  4. Highlands
  5. Stillwater
  6. Croton-on-Hudson (Photos)
  7. Mount Hope
  8. New Castle
  9. Rosendale
  10. Carmel

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 New York

Safest Cities in New York Graph

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 New York.

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)
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For example, there were a total of 2 crimes committed in Lewisboro which had a reported population of 12,862. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0002 which translates into a 1 in 6,431 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 208 of the biggest cities in New York to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 208 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 New York".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Lewisboro. The most dangerous city in New York? Niagara Falls, where residents had a 1 in 16 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. Lewisboro, NY

Lewisboro, Ny

Population: 12,862
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 15 (1st safest)

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

We are talking about only having a 1 in 6431.0 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 Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

2. Briarcliff Manor, NY

Briarcliff Manor, Ny
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,066
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 285 (8th safest)

If you're thinking of moving to New York and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Briarcliff Manor -- the 2nd safest in the Empire State.

Briarcliff Manor 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 350.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Briarcliff Manor.

3. Whitestown, NY

Whitestown, Ny

Population: 9,275
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 25)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 291 (9th safest)

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

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

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Highlands, NY

Highlands, Ny

Population: 8,237
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 12 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 121 (2nd safest)

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

This gem of a place in the Empire State boasts the 2nd best property crime rate and 13th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Stillwater, NY

Stillwater, Ny

Population: 6,753
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 355 (16th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Stillwater, NY.

You get what you pay for in Stillwater -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 5,000 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Stillwater residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Stillwater in a heartbeat.

6. Croton-On-Hudson, NY

Croton-On-Hudson, Ny
Source: Public domain

Population: 8,308
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 19)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 373 (19th safest)

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Croton-on-Hudson, the 6th safest city in New York.

The town of some 8308 people will have to try and continue to keep Croton-on-Hudson a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Croton-on-Hudson?

7. Mount Hope, NY

Source: Public Domain

Population: 6,899
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 231 (7th safest)

Mount Hope is a feel good story of safety and comfort in New York.

It has 1 in 431.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 6,899 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

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

8. New Castle, NY

New Castle, Ny

Population: 18,167
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 308 (12th safest)

The eighth safest city in New York for 2018 goes to New Castle. Let's see why.

There were only 2 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 56 property crimes to boot.

9. Rosendale, NY

Rosendale, Ny

Population: 5,927
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 421 (25th safest)

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

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

25 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 25th best in New York on a rate basis.

10. Carmel, NY

Carmel, Ny

Population: 34,355
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 311 (13th safest)

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

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

In total, there were 5 violent crimes and 107 property crimes in Carmel; that's really good for a place of 34355 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Empire State

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

But as most New York 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 New York according to the data:

  1. Niagara Falls
  2. Buffalo
  3. Binghamton
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In New York For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Lewisboro, NY 1 1 12,862 0 15
Briarcliff Manor, NY 2 8 8,066 0 285
Whitestown, NY 3 28 9,275 0 291
Highlands, NY 4 14 8,237 12 121
Stillwater, NY 5 3 6,753 0 355
Croton-On-Hudson, NY 6 25 8,308 0 373
Mount Hope, NY 7 18 6,899 14 231
New Castle, NY 8 6 18,167 11 308
Rosendale, NY 9 17 5,927 0 421
Carmel, NY 10 15 34,355 14 311
Rye, NY 11 5 16,108 6 384
Kirkland, NY 12 2 8,279 24 301
Harrison, NY 13 11 28,518 3 441
Eden, NY 14 7 7,670 0 560
Cairo, NY 15 20 6,437 31 217
Irvington, NY 16 12 6,643 30 316
Kent, NY 17 9 13,274 15 414
North Castle, NY 18 24 12,390 8 621
Cornwall, NY 19 32 9,589 41 302
Canton, NY 20 21 6,619 30 438
Shawangunk, NY 21 35 14,098 35 383
Suffern, NY 22 61 11,053 18 642
Pound Ridge, NY 23 26 5,275 18 701
Stony Point, NY 24 30 15,599 32 512
Bedford, NY 25 16 18,063 44 365
Tuckahoe, NY 26 22 6,673 14 734
Malverne, NY 27 4 8,579 46 326
Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 28 56 8,044 24 683
Sleepy Hollow, NY 29 46 10,315 58 164
Port Washington, NY 30 47 19,272 36 492
Kings Point, NY 31 10 5,147 58 213
Rye Brook, NY 32 23 9,658 31 662
Chester, NY 33 52 7,941 62 176
East Aurora-Aurora, NY 34 38 13,823 14 853
Waterford And, NY 35 19 8,439 35 616
Mamaroneck, NY 36 60 12,292 32 683
Tarrytown, NY 37 53 11,620 43 507
Hyde Park, NY 38 29 21,140 42 534
Scarsdale, NY 39 34 18,026 22 848
East Fishkill, NY 40 27 29,316 44 579
Pleasantville, NY 41 67 7,205 13 971
Eastchester, NY 42 40 20,150 24 858
Glen Cove, NY 43 41 27,480 61 393
Garden City, NY 44 43 22,656 35 851
Baldwinsville, NY 45 33 7,805 12 1,165
Blooming Grove, NY 46 31 11,907 25 982
Floral Park, NY 47 13 15,986 75 369
Walden, NY 48 108 6,810 14 1,160
Cicero, NY 49 63 29,482 30 983
North Syracuse, NY 50 92 6,861 29 1,049
Goshen, NY 51 69 8,515 46 810
Mount Pleasant, NY 52 57 26,903 52 780
Ossining, NY 53 89 25,516 66 607
Yorktown, NY 54 42 37,287 37 917
Lewiston And, NY 55 39 16,009 37 968
Fishkill, NY 56 36 21,620 46 897
Horseheads, NY 57 45 6,653 0 1,533
Wappingers Falls, NY 58 80 5,566 35 1,060
Schodack, NY 59 62 11,730 85 383
Dobbs Ferry, NY 60 72 11,180 62 822
Crawford, NY 61 81 9,202 76 706
Washingtonville, NY 62 44 5,765 69 797
Long Beach, NY 63 94 33,591 68 839
Webster And, NY 64 70 44,487 56 1,000
Lloyd, NY 65 79 10,568 66 898
Northport, NY 66 51 7,387 81 771
Ramapo, NY 67 65 92,620 83 712
Marlborough, NY 68 90 8,682 80 829
Fairport, NY 69 48 5,350 74 878
Lancaster, NY 70 84 37,418 50 1,181
Woodstock, NY 71 82 5,865 68 1,023
Warwick, NY 72 55 18,345 81 861
Plattekill, NY 73 64 10,264 146 457
Lynbrook, NY 74 54 19,579 122 612
Deerpark, NY 75 98 7,749 77 967
Larchmont, NY 76 74 6,186 32 1,681
Ogden, NY 77 87 20,257 49 1,392
Orangetown, NY 78 68 37,962 108 742
Orchard Park, NY 79 58 29,721 67 1,154
Peekskill, NY 80 112 24,129 111 716
Bethlehem, NY 81 88 35,148 62 1,331
Coeymans, NY 82 85 7,420 121 781
East Hampton, NY 83 77 19,950 60 1,393
Haverstraw, NY 84 93 37,756 100 887
Macedon And, NY 85 37 8,911 78 1,144
Hornell, NY 86 59 8,289 48 1,652
Potsdam, NY 87 66 9,744 82 1,087
Rockville Centre, NY 88 49 24,229 103 924
Fallsburg, NY 89 96 11,966 125 835
Camillus And, NY 90 119 24,622 48 1,701
Pelham, NY 91 71 7,074 84 1,173
Southold, NY 92 106 20,114 84 1,213
Guilderland, NY 93 75 34,405 43 1,959
Manlius, NY 94 86 24,687 72 1,454
Vestal, NY 95 118 28,253 56 1,716
Saugerties, NY 96 50 19,128 120 1,045
North Greenbush, NY 97 115 12,232 73 1,479
Monroe, NY 98 91 8,680 57 1,889
Ballston Spa, NY 99 102 5,366 130 1,062
Mechanicville, NY 100 121 5,160 96 1,395

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