Top 15 Safest Cities 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 208 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 (Photos | Homes)
  6. Croton-on-Hudson (Photos | Homes)
  7. Mount Hope (Homes)
  8. New Castle (Homes)
  9. Rosendale (Homes)
  10. Carmel (Homes)
  11. Rye (Photos | Homes)
  12. Kirkland (Homes)
  13. Harrison (Photos | Homes)
  14. Eden (Photos | Homes)
  15. Cairo (Photos | 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 208 of the biggest cities in New York to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 208 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: 12,862
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 15 (1st safest)
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Briarcliff Manor, NY
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

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 is a suburban village in Westchester County, New York, around 30 miles north of New York City. It is on 5.9 square miles 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, 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
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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
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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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Stillwater, NY
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Croton-On-Hudson, NY
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

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
Overall SnackAbility

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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)
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8. New Castle

New Castle, NY
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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
Overall SnackAbility

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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
Overall SnackAbility

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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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Rye, NY
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 16,108
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 6 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 384 (22nd safest)
More on Rye: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rye is a city in Westchester County, New York, United States. It is separate from the town of Rye, which has more land area than the city. Rye city, formerly the village of Rye, was part of the town until it received its charter as a city in 1942. The population was 15,720 at the 2010 census. Rye is the youngest city in New York state. No other city has been chartered anywhere in New York state since 1942.

12. Kirkland

Kirkland, NY
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 8,279
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24 (25th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 301 (10th safest)
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Harrison, NY
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 28,518
Rank Last Year: 11 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 3 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 441 (27th safest)
More on Harrison: PhotosReal 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. Eden, NY
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 7,670
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 560 (33rd safest)
More on Eden: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Cairo, NY
Overall SnackAbility
4
/10

Population: 6,437
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 31 (34th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 217 (6th safest)
More on Cairo: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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

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

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