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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 New York, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Lewisboro.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Empire State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 209 cities in New York with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in New York 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 New York.
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 2 crimes committed in Lewisboro which had a reported population of 12,862. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0002 which translates into a 1 in 6,431 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 2016. This left us with a total of 209 of the biggest cities in New York to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 209 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 New York".
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: 8,066 Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 285 (8th safest) More on Briarcliff Manor:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Briarcliff Manor /brarklf/ is a suburban village in Westchester County, New York, around 30 miles (50 km) north of New York City. It is on 5.9 square miles (15 km2) of land on the east bank of the Hudson River, geographically shared by the towns of Mount Pleasant and Ossining. Briarcliff Manor includes the communities of Scarborough and Chilmark, and is served by the Scarborough station of the Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line. A section of the village, including buildings and homes covering 376 acres (152 ha), is part of the Scarborough Historic District and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The village motto is "A Village between Two Rivers", reflecting Briarcliff Manor's location between the Hudson and Pocantico Rivers. Although the Pocantico is the primary boundary between Mount Pleasant and Ossining, since its incorporation the village has spread into Mount Pleasant.
Population: 6,753 Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 355 (16th safest) More on Stillwater:Real Estate | Data
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Population: 8,308 Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 19) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 373 (19th safest) More on Croton-On-Hudson:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Croton-on-Hudson is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States. The population was 8,070 at the 2010 census. It is located in the town of Cortlandt as part of New York City's northern suburbs. The village was incorporated in 1898.
7. Mount Hope
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Population: 6,899 Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 11) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (17th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 231 (7th safest) More on Mount Hope: