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 Pennsylvania, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Lititz.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Keystone State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 167 cities in Pennsylvania with a population of more than 5,000 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:
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 Pennsylvania.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:
For example, there were a total of 39 crimes committed in Lititz which had a reported population of 9,232. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0042 which translates into a 1 in 236 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 167 of the biggest cities in Pennsylvania to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 167 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 Pennsylvania".
The safest city, based on our criteria, is Lititz. The most dangerous city in Pennsylvania? Duquesne, where residents had a 1 in 18 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.
Taking the crown as the safest city in Pennsylvania for 2018 is Lititz -- a classic example of everything that makes Pennsylvania great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 249.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 4,616 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.
If you're thinking of moving to Pennsylvania and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Franklin Park -- the 2nd safest in the Keystone State.
Franklin Park 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 192.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Franklin Park.
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Fox Chapel ranks as the 3rd safest city in Pennsylvania.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Fox Chapel.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
This gem of a place in the Keystone State boasts the 4th best property crime rate and 16th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Finishing just inside the top five is Murrysville, PA.
You get what you pay for in Murrysville -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 2,238 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Murrysville residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Murrysville in a heartbeat.
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Clarion, the 6th safest city in Pennsylvania.
The town of some 6284 people will have to try and continue to keep Clarion a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Clarion?
Camp Hill is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Pennsylvania.
It has 1 in 139.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,982 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Pennsylvania.
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 44 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 785 (16th safest)
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The eighth safest city in Pennsylvania for 2018 goes to McCandless. Let's see why.
There were only 13 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 227 property crimes to boot.
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Pennsylvania, may we present Punxsutawney as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Pennsylvania, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
39 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 9th best in Pennsylvania on a rate basis.
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is New Cumberland.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- New Cumberland residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 3 violent crimes and 63 property crimes in New Cumberland; that's really good for a place of 7297 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Lititz is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania according to the data:
|City||Rank||Previous Rank||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|Franklin Park, PA||2||1||14,600||6||520|
|Fox Chapel, PA||3||4||5,381||18||631|
|Camp Hill, PA||7||2||7,929||50||718|
|New Cumberland, PA||10||5||7,297||41||863|
|Baldwin Borough, PA||11||10||19,828||65||832|
|Clarks Summit, PA||12||21||6,336||94||347|
|Jefferson Hills Borough, PA||13||19||11,505||78||764|
|State College, PA||14||17||58,119||67||844|
|Bethel Park, PA||16||14||32,077||68||960|
|Ridley Park, PA||17||38||7,041||99||738|
|Pleasant Hills, PA||18||33||8,248||36||1,200|
|Turtle Creek, PA||25||28||5,257||133||190|
|Mount Lebanon, PA||26||9||32,692||82||1,049|
|Grove City, PA||33||56||8,169||48||1,285|
|New Holland, PA||35||47||5,439||18||1,470|
|West Mifflin, PA||38||85||20,028||119||898|
|Castle Shannon, PA||39||12||8,219||146||754|
|Green Tree, PA||42||89||5,089||137||982|
|Kennett Square, PA||47||39||6,188||129||1,115|
|Upper Perkiomen, PA||54||60||6,869||131||1,353|
|White Oak, PA||57||31||7,758||103||1,662|
|Old Forge, PA||60||8||7,996||162||1,325|
|Lower Burrell, PA||62||43||11,408||175||1,279|
|Colebrookdale District, PA||63||-||6,007||83||1,997|
|South Williamsport, PA||67||52||6,261||143||1,485|
|Schuylkill Haven, PA||69||80||5,189||192||1,368|
|Lock Haven, PA||70||77||9,572||156||1,587|
|West View, PA||72||53||6,668||164||1,709|
|Oil City, PA||83||61||10,057||298||1,630|
|Mount Joy, PA||89||64||8,204||365||1,340|
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