These Are The 10 Safest Cities In New York For 2019

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The Big Apple. Broadway and the birthplace of Hamilton.

New Years Eve ball drops and amazing Christmas lights.

New York seems to have it all. It's no surprise that New York, specifically New York City, is one of America's top destinations. NYC is America's largest city, a vibrant place full of food, shopping, and culture. Also, did we mention Hamilton yet? Yes, that too. Again.

When many people hear the words New York, they often think New York City and automatically assume that the entire state is an unsafe place to live in. But that's not true. Many people living in New York are enjoying the safest towns and cities around.

If you take the time to visit New York, the state, versus just New York, the city, you will also find some great surprises there as well. New York state is full of beautiful parks and mountain ranges. If you travel up to the Finger Lakes Region, you can spend a day, or days, filling up on amazing wines from local vineyards around some amazing lakes.

Speaking of water-- did anyone forget that Niagara Falls is a New York State attraction? Far from the Big City, but this famous fall sits on the very edge of New York. (Yes, the NY side is the best).

Although New York isn't the cheapest place to live, they do have some major perks. New York is incredibly diverse, especially if you live in the Big City. It also is full of amenities. What else could you possibly want? Oh, right-- safety. Not to worry, HomeSnacks got that figured out for you as well.

In all, we analyzed 202 cities in New York with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data. Here are our top 10 safest cities in New York for 2019:

  1. Lewisboro (Homes)
  2. Mount Hope (Homes)
  3. Kirkland (Homes)
  4. Malverne (Photos | Homes)
  5. Bronxville (Photos | Homes)
  6. Highlands (Homes)
  7. Harrison (Photos | Homes)
  8. Whitestown (Homes)
  9. Cornwall (Homes)
  10. Canton (Photos | Homes)

Lewisboro has once again ranked #1 on our safest cities in New York list. So if you are looking for a nice and safe small town to raise your children in, Lewisboro would be a top choice in New York.

Curious to see how your city ranked on our list? Read on to learn more about how we crunched the numbers and to see how your city stacked up.

For more reading on safe places to live and New York, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in New York

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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)
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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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Lewisboro. The most dangerous city in New York? Niagara Falls, where residents had a 1 in 16 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.

1. Lewisboro

Lewisboro, NY
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Population: 12,823
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7 (1st safest)
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Lewisboro is all kinds of safe -- the safest place in New York to be exact.

Even more so, it's incredibly safe even on a national basis for a city of its size. There were a grand total of zero violent crimes here in the last reporting year, good for atie for the best in the state and the overall best property crime rate.

Based on our research, the reason for this could be due to a lack of a downtown -- it's hard to rob a liquor store when there's no main street in town. Or, more to the point, there's not an abundance of easy targets walking around.

2. Mount Hope

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Population: 6,904
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 72 (2nd safest)
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Hope springs eternal in Mount Hope when it comes to safety concerns as it ranks as the second safest place to live in the Empire State.

It has very similar statistics to Lewisboro, but with oh slightly more property crimes per capita. All that really means is that this town is still a super safe place to call home.

The Town of Mount Hope is in the northwestern part of Orange county, west of Middletown. The north town line is the border of Sullivan County.

3. Kirkland

Kirkland, NY
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Population: 8,204
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 243 (9th safest)
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Not be confused with the Costco brand, Kirkland, NY ranks as the third safest place in New York.

In what's becoming a bit of a pattern here with the first three places on this list, Kirkland had no violent crimes reported in the last reporting year, but had slightly more property crime than the first two places on the list.

Located in the Oneida County on the western side of the state, you can buy your safety here in bulk -- just like the all too familiar Costco brand.

Malverne, NY
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Population: 8,548
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 23)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 257 (11th safest)
More on Malverne: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Malverne made a big ole leap some 23 spots to hit this position on our list of the safest cities in the Empire State.

In what is becoming a bit repetitive (but will only happen one more time after this), there were no violent crimes reported here, but slightly more property crimes than the other places on the list ahead of it.

Malverne boasts a strong economy, plenty to do as it is a suburb of New York City, and a high quality of life. The only downside is that it's a bit pricey with a median home price over $400,000 and median incomes above $105,000.

Bronxville, NY
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Population: 6,420
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 451 (20th safest)
More on Bronxville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

In its first year reporting data to the FBI, Bronxville makes a strong showing in the fifth overall position.

The last city to feature no violent crime, Bronxville just so happens to have the highest rate of property crime amongst these five cities. That's not to say property crime is high here -- the property crime rate is WAY better than average -- the rate is just higher than the other really safe cities.

On the quality of life side, Bronxville takes Malverne and turns it up to ten. The median home price is close to $1 million and median incomes come in around $200,000.

6. Highlands

Highlands, NY
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Population: 8,275
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24 (23rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 96 (4th safest)
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The first, what I would call statistically typical, city on the list is Highlands -- what with it actually having some violent crime unlike the angelic cities above it.

Another city in Orange County, Highlands actually fell a couple of spots from its high point last year.

But don't be worried -- you can still get a view of the safety of the land from this vantage point, even if you aren't so high up.

Harrison, NY
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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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Harrison breaks the top ten safest places in New York this year at number seven.

Actually, this is the first time Harrison has been on the top ten of any of the more than 50 lists of New York we've generated in the last couple of years.

A big improvement in violent crimes earned the city this ranking -- something they should be proud of.

Harrison is located in Westchester County, about 22 miles north of New York City.

8. Whitestown

Whitestown, NY
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Population: 9,207
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 10 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 325 (15th safest)
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There's either some really, really friendly neighbors in Oneida County -- or the people there never leave their house -- since so many of these top places are located there.

If you hadn't gathered, Whitestown is in Oneida county and is super safe. While it's down a couple of pegs this year, it still has a property and violent crime rate that every place in New Mexico would die for (New Mexico is the most dangerous state in the country for reference whereas New York is 12th safest).

9. Cornwall

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Population: 9,544
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 20 (21st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 220 (7th safest)
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The next stop on our safe trip around New York brings us to Cornwall -- the ninth safest place to live in New York for 2019.

Cornwall has a relatively high violent crime rate compared to the other cities on the list, but makes up for it with a very low property crime rate -- the seventh best in the state.

Cornwall is a town in Orange County, New York and actually has a main street where you can check out taverns, yoga studios, or restaurants to your heart's content.

Canton, NY
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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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten safest places to live in NY is Canton.

The furthest north we've gone in New York has led us a town with property crime and violent crime rates that are significantly better than the average place in New York.

Canton is a town in St. Lawrence County and is home to several colleges and universities -- which, of course, decided to settle here because of the safety.

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.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in New York according to the data:

  1. Niagara Falls
  2. Buffalo
  3. Rochester
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List Of Safest Cities In New York For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Lewisboro, NY 12,823 0 7
2 Mount Hope, NY 6,904 0 72
3 Kirkland, NY 8,204 0 243
4 Malverne, NY 8,548 0 257
5 Bronxville, NY 6,420 0 451
6 Highlands, NY 8,275 24 96
7 Harrison, NY 28,480 3 407
8 Whitestown, NY 9,207 10 325
9 Cornwall, NY 9,544 20 220
10 Canton, NY 6,557 15 320
11 Kent, NY 13,241 7 468
12 Briarcliff Manor, NY 8,064 24 248
13 Bedford, NY 17,997 27 205
14 Stillwater, NY 6,875 14 465
15 Mamaroneck, NY 12,218 8 491
16 Schodack, NY 11,685 25 367
17 Carmel, NY 34,243 26 365
18 Kings Point, NY 5,232 38 191
19 Rosendale, NY 5,875 17 493
20 Tuckahoe, NY 6,636 15 512
21 Irvington, NY 6,614 45 241
22 Rye, NY 16,021 31 455
23 Horseheads, NY 6,559 0 655
24 Shawangunk, NY 14,018 14 556
25 Port Washington, NY 19,384 25 510
26 Pleasantville, NY 7,172 13 697
27 Floral Park, NY 15,959 56 263
28 Glen Cove, NY 27,400 29 551
29 Croton-On-Hudson, NY 8,271 48 459
30 East Aurora-Aurora, NY 13,806 21 659
31 Fishkill, NY 21,532 32 561
32 Yorktown, NY 37,142 32 584
33 Hyde Park, NY 20,960 47 505
34 Rye Brook, NY 9,608 0 957
35 Pelham, NY 7,037 0 980
36 Waterford And, NY 8,506 58 482
37 Garden City, NY 22,579 8 947
38 Stony Point, NY 15,540 57 489
39 Ballston Spa, NY 5,302 18 905
40 Scarsdale, NY 18,031 33 709
41 Eastchester, NY 20,052 24 852
42 Chester, NY 7,970 87 87
43 Eden, NY 7,644 65 484
44 Dobbs Ferry, NY 11,127 35 799
45 Washingtonville, NY 5,752 52 573
46 Northport, NY 7,331 54 572
47 East Fishkill, NY 29,500 67 484
48 Tarrytown, NY 11,577 77 423
49 Cairo, NY 6,422 62 545
50 Ramapo, NY 94,019 46 737
51 Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 7,987 37 826
52 Long Beach, NY 33,771 62 589
53 Plattekill, NY 10,174 68 540
54 Cicero, NY 29,232 41 937
55 Fairport, NY 5,415 55 812
56 Elmsford, NY 5,072 98 276
57 Warwick, NY 18,375 70 565
58 Woodstock, NY 5,812 34 1,049
59 Goshen, NY 8,661 46 1,027
60 Lynbrook, NY 19,577 91 521
61 Lloyd, NY 10,465 57 955
62 Blooming Grove, NY 11,863 92 522
63 Marlborough, NY 8,633 81 602
64 Ogden, NY 20,321 63 1,033
65 Webster And, NY 45,096 70 911
66 Pound Ridge, NY 5,253 95 628
67 Baldwinsville, NY 7,656 78 875
68 Lancaster, NY 37,458 61 1,083
69 Hornell, NY 8,213 48 1,217
70 Suffern, NY 10,983 109 555
71 Rockville Centre, NY 24,654 97 754
72 Ossining, NY 25,409 78 964
73 Coeymans, NY 7,369 67 1,112
74 Geneseo, NY 8,179 24 1,992
75 Bethlehem, NY 35,607 53 1,367
76 Orchard Park, NY 29,725 97 857
77 Camillus And, NY 24,696 64 1,202
78 East Rochester, NY 6,613 60 1,330
79 North Greenbush, NY 12,234 65 1,242
80 Deerpark, NY 7,712 90 985
81 Haverstraw, NY 37,535 111 793
82 Southold, NY 19,990 85 1,070
83 Potsdam, NY 9,758 102 922
84 Larchmont, NY 6,161 48 1,671
85 Fallsburg, NY 12,042 107 888
86 Orangetown, NY 37,804 121 801
87 East Hampton, NY 19,937 85 1,133
88 Peekskill, NY 24,127 140 741
89 Crawford, NY 9,183 98 1,067
90 Manlius, NY 24,550 69 1,389
91 East Greenbush, NY 16,461 42 2,035
92 West Seneca, NY 45,597 96 1,234
93 New Windsor, NY 27,609 94 1,314
94 Walden, NY 6,692 104 1,195
95 Niskayuna, NY 22,541 66 1,823
96 Macedon And, NY 8,977 100 1,325
97 Hudson Falls, NY 7,093 225 761
98 Kenmore, NY 15,085 86 1,531
99 Saugerties, NY 19,033 126 1,113
100 Southampton, NY 50,987 121 1,198

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