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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:
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)
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.
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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:Photos | Real Estate | Data
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:Photos | Real 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.
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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:Photos | Real Estate | Data
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:Photos | Real 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."
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:
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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:Photos | Real 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.