These Are The 10 Safest Places In New York For 2018

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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:
  1. Lewisboro (Homes)
  2. Briarcliff Manor (Photos | Homes)
  3. Whitestown (Homes)
  4. Highlands (Homes)
  5. Stillwater (Homes)
  6. Croton-on-Hudson (Photos | Homes)
  7. Mount Hope (Homes)
  8. New Castle (Homes)
  9. Rosendale (Homes)
  10. Carmel (Homes)

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

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

Population: 12,862
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 15 (1st safest)
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2. Briarcliff Manor

Briarcliff Manor, NY
Source: Wikipedia

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: PhotosReal 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.

3. Whitestown

Whitestown, NY

Population: 9,275
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 25)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 291 (9th safest)
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4. Highlands

Highlands, NY

Population: 8,237
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 12 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 121 (2nd safest)
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5. Stillwater

Stillwater, NY

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

6. Croton-On-Hudson

Croton-On-Hudson, NY
Source: Public domain

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: PhotosReal 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

Source: Public Domain

Population: 6,899
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 231 (7th safest)
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8. New Castle

New Castle, NY

Population: 18,167
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 308 (12th safest)
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9. Rosendale

Rosendale, NY

Population: 5,927
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 421 (25th safest)
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10. Carmel

Carmel, NY

Population: 34,355
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 311 (13th safest)
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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. Binghamton
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In New York For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Lewisboro, NY 1 1 12,862 0 15
Briarcliff Manor, NY 2 8 8,066 0 285
Whitestown, NY 3 28 9,275 0 291
Highlands, NY 4 14 8,237 12 121
Stillwater, NY 5 3 6,753 0 355
Croton-On-Hudson, NY 6 25 8,308 0 373
Mount Hope, NY 7 18 6,899 14 231
New Castle, NY 8 6 18,167 11 308
Rosendale, NY 9 17 5,927 0 421
Carmel, NY 10 15 34,355 14 311
Rye, NY 11 5 16,108 6 384
Kirkland, NY 12 2 8,279 24 301
Harrison, NY 13 11 28,518 3 441
Eden, NY 14 7 7,670 0 560
Cairo, NY 15 20 6,437 31 217
Irvington, NY 16 12 6,643 30 316
Kent, NY 17 9 13,274 15 414
North Castle, NY 18 24 12,390 8 621
Cornwall, NY 19 32 9,589 41 302
Canton, NY 20 21 6,619 30 438
Shawangunk, NY 21 35 14,098 35 383
Suffern, NY 22 61 11,053 18 642
Pound Ridge, NY 23 26 5,275 18 701
Stony Point, NY 24 30 15,599 32 512
Bedford, NY 25 16 18,063 44 365
Tuckahoe, NY 26 22 6,673 14 734
Malverne, NY 27 4 8,579 46 326
Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 28 56 8,044 24 683
Sleepy Hollow, NY 29 46 10,315 58 164
Port Washington, NY 30 47 19,272 36 492
Kings Point, NY 31 10 5,147 58 213
Rye Brook, NY 32 23 9,658 31 662
Chester, NY 33 52 7,941 62 176
East Aurora-Aurora, NY 34 38 13,823 14 853
Waterford And, NY 35 19 8,439 35 616
Mamaroneck, NY 36 60 12,292 32 683
Tarrytown, NY 37 53 11,620 43 507
Hyde Park, NY 38 29 21,140 42 534
Scarsdale, NY 39 34 18,026 22 848
East Fishkill, NY 40 27 29,316 44 579
Pleasantville, NY 41 67 7,205 13 971
Eastchester, NY 42 40 20,150 24 858
Glen Cove, NY 43 41 27,480 61 393
Garden City, NY 44 43 22,656 35 851
Baldwinsville, NY 45 33 7,805 12 1,165
Blooming Grove, NY 46 31 11,907 25 982
Floral Park, NY 47 13 15,986 75 369
Walden, NY 48 108 6,810 14 1,160
Cicero, NY 49 63 29,482 30 983
North Syracuse, NY 50 92 6,861 29 1,049
Goshen, NY 51 69 8,515 46 810
Mount Pleasant, NY 52 57 26,903 52 780
Ossining, NY 53 89 25,516 66 607
Yorktown, NY 54 42 37,287 37 917
Lewiston And, NY 55 39 16,009 37 968
Fishkill, NY 56 36 21,620 46 897
Horseheads, NY 57 45 6,653 0 1,533
Wappingers Falls, NY 58 80 5,566 35 1,060
Schodack, NY 59 62 11,730 85 383
Dobbs Ferry, NY 60 72 11,180 62 822
Crawford, NY 61 81 9,202 76 706
Washingtonville, NY 62 44 5,765 69 797
Long Beach, NY 63 94 33,591 68 839
Webster And, NY 64 70 44,487 56 1,000
Lloyd, NY 65 79 10,568 66 898
Northport, NY 66 51 7,387 81 771
Ramapo, NY 67 65 92,620 83 712
Marlborough, NY 68 90 8,682 80 829
Fairport, NY 69 48 5,350 74 878
Lancaster, NY 70 84 37,418 50 1,181
Woodstock, NY 71 82 5,865 68 1,023
Warwick, NY 72 55 18,345 81 861
Plattekill, NY 73 64 10,264 146 457
Lynbrook, NY 74 54 19,579 122 612
Deerpark, NY 75 98 7,749 77 967
Larchmont, NY 76 74 6,186 32 1,681
Ogden, NY 77 87 20,257 49 1,392
Orangetown, NY 78 68 37,962 108 742
Orchard Park, NY 79 58 29,721 67 1,154
Peekskill, NY 80 112 24,129 111 716
Bethlehem, NY 81 88 35,148 62 1,331
Coeymans, NY 82 85 7,420 121 781
East Hampton, NY 83 77 19,950 60 1,393
Haverstraw, NY 84 93 37,756 100 887
Macedon And, NY 85 37 8,911 78 1,144
Hornell, NY 86 59 8,289 48 1,652
Potsdam, NY 87 66 9,744 82 1,087
Rockville Centre, NY 88 49 24,229 103 924
Fallsburg, NY 89 96 11,966 125 835
Camillus And, NY 90 119 24,622 48 1,701
Pelham, NY 91 71 7,074 84 1,173
Southold, NY 92 106 20,114 84 1,213
Guilderland, NY 93 75 34,405 43 1,959
Manlius, NY 94 86 24,687 72 1,454
Vestal, NY 95 118 28,253 56 1,716
Saugerties, NY 96 50 19,128 120 1,045
North Greenbush, NY 97 115 12,232 73 1,479
Monroe, NY 98 91 8,680 57 1,889
Ballston Spa, NY 99 102 5,366 130 1,062
Mechanicville, NY 100 121 5,160 96 1,395

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