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.
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:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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
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.
Population: 6,583Property Crime Rank: 14Violent Crime Rank: 5
Population: 9,051Property Crime Rank: 16Violent Crime Rank: 3
3. North Slope Borough
Population: 9,691Property Crime Rank: 4Violent Crime Rank: 20
Population: 32,988Property Crime Rank: 17Violent Crime Rank: 15
Population: 8,246Property Crime Rank: 19Violent Crime Rank: 10
Population: 6,431Property Crime Rank: 13Violent Crime Rank: 22
Population: 32,477Property Crime Rank: 21Violent Crime Rank: 19
Population: 301,306Property Crime Rank: 20Violent Crime Rank: 21
Population: 6,495Property Crime Rank: 22Violent Crime Rank: 18
Population: 7,533Property Crime Rank: 26Violent 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
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