These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2018
We used data and science to determine the places in Pennsylvania where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 live in the safest state, either. Pennsylvania is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Keystone State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 405 places in Pennsylvania with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Redstone Township
- West Vincent Township
- Millcreek Township, Lebanon County
- Indiana Township
- South Fayette Township
- East Marlborough Township
- Buckingham Township
- Middlesex Township, Butler County
- Franklin Park (Photos)
- O'Hara Township
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in Pennsylvania
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). 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)
For example, there were a total of 10 crimes committed in Redstone Township which had a reported population of 5,425. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00184 which translates into a 1 in 542 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 405 places in Pennsylvania to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 405 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 population, is Redstone Township. The most dangerous? 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.
1. Redstone Township
Taking the crown as the safest city in Pennsylvania for 2018 is Redstone Township -- a classic example of everything that makes Pennsylvania great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 542.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,500+ 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. West Vincent Township
If you're thinking of moving to Pennsylvania and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than West Vincent Township -- the 2nd safest in the Keystone State.
West Vincent Township 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 285.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime in West Vincent Township.
3. Millcreek Township, Lebanon County
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Millcreek Township, Lebanon County 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 Millcreek Township, Lebanon County.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
4. Indiana Township
This gem of a place in the Keystone State boasts the 27th best property crime rate and 7th best violent crime rate for 2018.
5. South Fayette Township
Finishing just inside the top five is South Fayette Township, PA.
You get what you pay for in South Fayette Township -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 7,861 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives South Fayette Township residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to South Fayette Township in heartbeat.
6. East Marlborough Township
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in East Marlborough Township, the 6th safest city in Pennsylvania.
The town of some 7,334 people will have to try and continue to try and keep East Marlborough Township a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there East Marlborough Township?
7. Buckingham Township
Buckingham Township is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Pennsylvania.
It has 1 in 224.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 6,813 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Pennsylvania.
8. Middlesex Township, Butler County
The eighth safest city in Pennsylvania for 2018 goes to Middlesex Township, Butler County. Let's see why.
There were only 0 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 32 property crimes to boot.
9. Franklin Park
Population: 14,600Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 6 (15th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 520 (33rd safest)
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Pennsylvania, may we present Franklin Park 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.
76 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 33rd best in Pennsylvania on a rate basis.
10. O'Hara Township
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is O'Hara Township.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- O'Hara Township residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 2 violent crimes and 34 property crimes in O'Hara Township; that's really good for a place of 8,591 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
There You Have It - The Safest In Pennsylvania
Looking at the data, you can tell that Redstone Township 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.Most dangerous cities in Pennsylvania:3rd Most Dangerous: Sharon Hill 2nd Most Dangerous: Darby Most Dangerous: Duquesne
Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Pennsylvania For 2018
|West Vincent Township||2||-|
|Millcreek Township, Lebanon County||3||17||5,600|
|South Fayette Township||5||33||15,723|
|East Marlborough Township||6||8||7,334|
|Middlesex Township, Butler County||8||69||5,640|
|Upper Uwchlan Township||14||15||11,603|
|New Hanover Township||15||63||12,814|
|Upper Providence Township, Delaware County||18||3||10,510|
|Spring Township, Centre County||19||4||7,693|
|Adams Township, Butler County||20||16||13,531|
|Upper St. Clair Township||21||18||19,726|
|Upper Allen Township||22||43||19,815|
|East Fallowfield Township||23||46||7,590|
|Northern Lancaster County Regional||27||55||34,756|
|West Deer Township||29||-|
|East Vincent Township||30||110||6,938|
|Butler Township, Schuylkill County||31||-|
|Lower Salford Township||38||12||15,415|
|East Coventry Township||39||52||6,767|
|Northwest Lancaster County Regional||42||32||19,732|
|Upper Nazareth Township||46||41||6,795|
|Silver Spring Township||48||76||16,884|
|Buffalo Valley Regional||49||30||12,284|
|Lower Windsor Township||52||195||7,486|
|Newtown Township, Bucks County||53||20||22,914|
|Upper Saucon Township||54||28||16,451|
|Upper Gwynedd Township||56||100||15,999|
|Washington Township, Westmoreland County||57||58||7,216|
|Washington Township, Northampton County||58||92||5,180|
|East Earl Township||59||23||6,848|
|East Pikeland Township||61||35||7,411|
|East Cocalico Township||63||86||10,502|
|Upper Makefield Township||64||113||8,267|
|Conewago Township, Adams County||65||75||7,200|
|East Pennsboro Township||66||91||21,712|
|Upper Dublin Township||69||19||26,333|
|Upper Southampton Township||74||134||15,114|
|Cumberland Township, Adams County||76||90||6,243|
|Lower Saucon Township||77||48||10,764|
|West Cocalico Township||78||11||7,439|
|Lower Swatara Township||79||88||8,881|
|Warwick Township, Bucks County||81||62||14,741|
|Northern Berks Regional||83||94||13,228|
|Southwest Regional, Fayette County||84||229||7,688|
|Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County||87||151||23,927|
|Upper Macungie Township||88||83||23,396|
|Penn Township, Westmoreland County||91||130||19,632|
|New Garden Township||93||-|
|Upper Leacock Township||94||150||8,902|
|West Shore Regional||95||122||7,734|