These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Alaska

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 12 places in Alaska with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

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

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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 (2014). 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 19 crimes committed in Palmer which had a reported population of 6,583. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00289 which translates into a 1 in 346 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 12 places in Alaska to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 12 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 Palmer. The most dangerous? Wasilla, where residents had a 1 in 205 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. Palmer

Palmer - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,583
Property Crime Rank: 14
Violent Crime Rank: 5

2. Sitka

Sitka - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,051
Property Crime Rank: 16
Violent Crime Rank: 3

3. North Slope Borough

North Slope Borough - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,691
Property Crime Rank: 4
Violent Crime Rank: 20

4. Juneau

Juneau - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,988
Property Crime Rank: 17
Violent Crime Rank: 15

5. Ketchikan

Ketchikan - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,246
Property Crime Rank: 19
Violent Crime Rank: 10

6. Bethel

Bethel - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,431
Property Crime Rank: 13
Violent Crime Rank: 22

7. Fairbanks

Fairbanks - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,477
Property Crime Rank: 21
Violent Crime Rank: 19

8. Anchorage

Anchorage - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 301,306
Property Crime Rank: 20
Violent Crime Rank: 21

9. Kodiak

Kodiak - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,495
Property Crime Rank: 22
Violent Crime Rank: 18

10. Kenai

Kenai - Safest Places In Alaska
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,533
Property Crime Rank: 26
Violent Crime Rank: 14

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Palmer 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: Homer
Most Dangerous: Wasilla

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Alaska

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Palmer16,583145
Sitka29,051163
North Slope Borough39,691420
Juneau432,9881715
Ketchikan58,2461910
Bethel66,4311322
Fairbanks732,4772119
Anchorage8301,3062021
Kodiak96,4952218
Kenai107,5332614
Homer115,3782517
Wasilla128,8072716

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