These Are The 10 Safest Places In Alaska For 2018

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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Wrangell.

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

In all, we analyzed 24 cities in Alaska with a population of more than 2,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Alaska for 2018:
  1. Wrangell (Photos | Homes)
  2. Haines (Homes)
  3. Sitka (Photos | Homes)
  4. Unalaska (Photos | Homes)
  5. Valdez (Photos | Homes)
  6. Cordova (Photos | Homes)
  7. Homer (Photos | Homes)
  8. North Pole (Photos | Homes)
  9. Petersburg (Homes)
  10. Palmer (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Alaska, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Alaska

Safest Cities in Alaska 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 Alaska.

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)
10 Cheapest Places To Live In Alaska

For example, there were a total of 21 crimes committed in Wrangell which had a reported population of 2,380. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0088 which translates into a 1 in 113 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 24 of the biggest cities in Alaska to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 24 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 Alaska".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Wrangell. The most dangerous city in Alaska? Kotzebue, where residents had a 1 in 10 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. Wrangell

Wrangell, AK
Source: Public domain

Population: 2,380
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 882 (2nd safest)
More on Wrangell: PhotosReal Estate | Data

2. Haines

Haines, AK

Population: 2,535
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 157 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 946 (3rd safest)
More on Haines: Real Estate | Data

3. Sitka

Sitka, AK

Population: 8,836
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 135 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,686 (8th safest)
More on Sitka: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The City and Borough of Sitka (Tlingit: Sheetká), formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule (Russian: - or a, t Novoarkhangelsk), is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,881. In terms of land area, it is the largest city-borough in the U.S., with a land area of 2,870.3 square miles (7,434 square kilometres) and a total area (including water area) of 4,811.4 square miles (12,461 square kilometres); however, it is the smallest of Alaska's boroughs. Urban Sitka, the part that is usually thought of as the "city" of Sitka, is on the west side of Baranof Island.

4. Unalaska

Unalaska, AK
Source: Public domain

Population: 4,517
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 354 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 642 (1st safest)
More on Unalaska: PhotosReal Estate | Data

5. Valdez

Valdez, AK

Population: 3,847
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 181 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,637 (7th safest)
More on Valdez: PhotosReal Estate | Data

6. Cordova

Cordova, AK
Source: Public domain

Population: 2,186
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 228 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,189 (6th safest)
More on Cordova: PhotosReal Estate | Data

7. Homer

Homer, AK

Population: 5,613
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 178 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,975 (13th safest)
More on Homer: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is two hundred and eighteen miles southwest of Anchorage. According to the 2010 Census, the population is 5,003. Long known as The "Halibut Fishing Capital of the World." Homer is also nicknamed "the end of the road," and more recently, "the cosmic hamlet by the sea."

8. North Pole

North Pole, AK

Population: 2,201
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 181 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,998 (16th safest)
More on North Pole: PhotosReal Estate | Data

9. Petersburg

Petersburg, AK

Population: 3,162
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 411 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,182 (9th safest)
More on Petersburg: 

10. Palmer

Palmer, AK
Source: Public domain

Population: 6,959
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 373 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,414 (10th safest)
More on Palmer: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Palmer is a city in and the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is part of the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 5,937.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Last Frontier

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

But as most Alaska 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 Alaska according to the data:

  1. Kotzebue
  2. Anchorage
  3. Bethel
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Alaska For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Wrangell, AK 1 2 2,380 0 882
Haines, AK 2 5 2,535 157 946
Sitka, AK 3 4 8,836 135 1,686
Unalaska, AK 4 3 4,517 354 642
Valdez, AK 5 7 3,847 181 1,637
Cordova, AK 6 1 2,186 228 1,189
Homer, AK 7 8 5,613 178 2,975
North Pole, AK 8 16 2,201 181 3,998
Petersburg, AK 9 9 3,162 411 2,182
Palmer, AK 10 6 6,959 373 2,414
North Slope Borough, AK 11 10 9,710 854 1,091
Ketchikan, AK 12 12 8,221 364 3,186
Nome, AK 13 13 3,846 1,274 988
Seward, AK 14 11 2,813 853 2,417
Kenai, AK 15 22 7,770 308 5,405
Fairbanks, AK 16 14 32,456 687 4,159
Dillingham, AK 17 19 2,419 2,108 2,521
Wasilla, AK 18 20 9,585 605 5,080
Juneau, AK 19 21 32,964 855 4,838
Soldotna, AK 20 18 4,619 736 5,087
Kodiak, AK 21 15 6,274 988 4,239
Bethel, AK 22 17 6,522 2,161 3,327
Anchorage, AK 23 23 299,097 1,144 4,897
Kotzebue, AK 24 24 3,290 3,373 6,261

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