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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 202 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 2019:
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 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 1 crimes committed in Lewisboro which had a reported population of 12,823. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0001 which translates into a 1 in 12,823 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 2017. This left us with a total of 202 of the biggest cities in New York to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 202 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: 6,420 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 451 (20th safest) More on Bronxville:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Bronxville is a village in Westchester County, New York, located about 15 miles north of midtown Manhattan. It is part of the town of Eastchester. The village comprises 1 square mile of land in its entirety, approximately 20% of the town of Eastchester. As of the 2010 U.S. census, Bronxville had a population of 6,323. As of 2016, Bronxville was rated the number one most expensive suburb around America's ten largest cities by CNBC with a median home value of $2.33 million. In 2017 it was ranked 8th in Bloomberg's "America's 100 Richest Places".
Population: 28,480 Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 7) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 3 (9th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 407 (18th safest) More on Harrison:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Harrison is a village and town located in Westchester County, New York, approximately 22 miles northeast of Manhattan. The population was 27,472 at the 2010 census. Harrison was ranked sixth in the list of the top 10 places to live in New York State for 2014 according to the national online real estate brokerage Movoto.
Population: 6,557 Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 10) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15 (18th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 320 (14th safest) More on Canton:Real Estate | Data
Canton is a town in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. The population was 10,995 at the 2010 census. The town contains two villages: one also named Canton, the other named Rensselaer Falls. The town is named after the great port of Canton in China. Canton is the home of St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton. Canton Central School District is centered in the village of Canton.
There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Empire State
Looking at the data, you can tell that Lewisboro is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most New York residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.