These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Alaska For 2019

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 Cordova.

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 2019:

  1. Cordova (Photos | Homes)
  2. Haines (Photos | Homes)
  3. Unalaska (Photos | Homes)
  4. Sitka (Photos | Homes)
  5. Wrangell (Photos | Homes)
  6. Valdez (Photos | Homes)
  7. North Pole (Photos | Homes)
  8. Petersburg (Homes)
  9. Palmer (Photos | Homes)
  10. Homer (Photos | Homes)

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

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 2018) 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 Best Places To Live In Alaska

For example, there were a total of 29 crimes committed in Cordova which had a reported population of 2,199. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0132 which translates into a 1 in 75 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 2017. 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 Cordova. 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.

Cordova, AK
Source: Public domain
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8.5
/10

Population: 2,199
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,318 (7th safest)
More on Cordova: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Haines, AK
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7
/10

Population: 2,472
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 283 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 728 (3rd safest)
More on Haines: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Unalaska, AK
Source: Public domain
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8.5
/10

Population: 4,449
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 337 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 651 (1st safest)
More on Unalaska: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Sitka, AK
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8
/10

Population: 8,736
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 160 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,865 (9th safest)
More on Sitka: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Wrangell, AK
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 2,395
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 334 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,169 (6th safest)
More on Wrangell: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Valdez, AK
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 3,842
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 312 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,327 (8th safest)
More on Valdez: PhotosReal Estate | Data

North Pole, AK
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 2,248
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 222 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,935 (12th safest)
More on North Pole: PhotosReal Estate | Data

8. Petersburg

Petersburg, AK
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Population: 3,108
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 128 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,410 (15th safest)
More on Petersburg: Photos

Palmer, AK
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 7,184
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 278 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,396 (13th safest)
More on Palmer: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Homer, AK
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 5,735
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 191 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,679 (16th safest)
More on Homer: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Cordova 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. Juneau
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Alaska For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Cordova, AK 2,199 0 1,318
2 Haines, AK 2,472 283 728
3 Unalaska, AK 4,449 337 651
4 Sitka, AK 8,736 160 1,865
5 Wrangell, AK 2,395 334 1,169
6 Valdez, AK 3,842 312 1,327
7 North Pole, AK 2,248 222 2,935
8 Petersburg, AK 3,108 128 3,410
9 Palmer, AK 7,184 278 3,396
10 Homer, AK 5,735 191 3,679
11 Seward, AK 2,806 392 2,173
12 Nome, AK 3,829 1,540 705
13 Bethel, AK 6,426 1,416 1,167
14 North Slope Borough, AK 9,539 1,813 922
15 Ketchikan, AK 8,230 413 4,143
16 Kodiak, AK 6,198 968 3,404
17 Dillingham, AK 2,369 1,646 2,532
18 Wasilla, AK 10,093 535 4,597
19 Fairbanks, AK 32,937 622 4,532
20 Soldotna, AK 4,693 703 4,964
21 Kenai, AK 7,852 445 5,616
22 Juneau, AK 32,344 936 5,203
23 Anchorage, AK 296,188 1,203 5,415
24 Kotzebue, AK 3,251 3,721 5,475

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