These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Alaska For 2017
We used data and science to determine the places in Alaska 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 Alaska, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Alaska is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Last Frontier. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 11 places in Alaska with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
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 Alaska
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 2015). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 2,408 crimes committed in Sitka which had a reported population of 8,943. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.269 which translates into a 1 in 4 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 2014. This left us with a total of 11 places in Alaska to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 11 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three 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 population, is Sitka. The most dangerous? Wasilla, where residents had a 1 in 1 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.
Population: 8,943Property Crime Rank: 1,061Violent Crime Rank: 1,347
Population: 6,449Property Crime Rank: 1,310Violent Crime Rank: 2,504
Population: 5,324Property Crime Rank: 2,817Violent Crime Rank: 1,115
Population: 8,197Property Crime Rank: 2,735Violent Crime Rank: 2,643
Population: 32,193Property Crime Rank: 2,871Violent Crime Rank: 3,009
Population: 6,370Property Crime Rank: 2,162Violent Crime Rank: 3,802
Population: 6,293Property Crime Rank: 2,716Violent Crime Rank: 3,460
Population: 32,531Property Crime Rank: 2,905Violent Crime Rank: 3,580
Population: 7,463Property Crime Rank: 3,209Violent Crime Rank: 3,391
Population: 299,107Property Crime Rank: 3,018Violent Crime Rank: 3,704
There You Have It - The Safest In Alaska
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Sitka is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Alaska residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Alaska:3rd Most Dangerous: Kenai 2nd Most Dangerous: Anchorage Most Dangerous: Wasilla
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