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.

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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 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:

  1. Sitka
  2. Palmer
  3. Homer
  4. Ketchikan
  5. Fairbanks
  6. Bethel
  7. Kodiak
  8. Juneau
  9. Kenai
  10. Anchorage

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:

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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
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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.

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1. Sitka

Sitka - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,943
Property Crime Rank: 1,061
Violent Crime Rank: 1,347

2. Palmer

Palmer - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,449
Property Crime Rank: 1,310
Violent Crime Rank: 2,504

3. Homer

Homer - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,324
Property Crime Rank: 2,817
Violent Crime Rank: 1,115

4. Ketchikan

Ketchikan - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,197
Property Crime Rank: 2,735
Violent Crime Rank: 2,643

5. Fairbanks

Fairbanks - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,193
Property Crime Rank: 2,871
Violent Crime Rank: 3,009

6. Bethel

Bethel - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,370
Property Crime Rank: 2,162
Violent Crime Rank: 3,802

7. Kodiak

Kodiak - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,293
Property Crime Rank: 2,716
Violent Crime Rank: 3,460

8. Juneau

Juneau - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,531
Property Crime Rank: 2,905
Violent Crime Rank: 3,580

9. Kenai

Kenai - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,463
Property Crime Rank: 3,209
Violent Crime Rank: 3,391

10. Anchorage

Anchorage - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 299,107
Property Crime Rank: 3,018
Violent 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

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Alaska

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Sitka18,9431,0611,347
Palmer26,4491,3102,504
Homer35,3242,8171,115
Ketchikan48,1972,7352,643
Fairbanks532,1932,8713,009
Bethel66,3702,1623,802
Kodiak76,2932,7163,460
Juneau832,5312,9053,580
Kenai97,4633,2093,391
Anchorage10299,1073,0183,704
Wasilla118,6763,7752,860

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