These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2019

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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 Pennsylvania, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Fox Chapel.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Keystone State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 189 cities in Pennsylvania with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Pennsylvania for 2019:

  1. Fox Chapel (Photos | Homes)
  2. Franklin Park (Photos | Homes)
  3. Olyphant (Photos | Homes)
  4. Whitehall (Photos | Homes)
  5. Lititz (Photos | Homes)
  6. Clarks Summit (Photos | Homes)
  7. Castle Shannon (Photos | Homes)
  8. Camp Hill (Photos | Homes)
  9. Grove City (Photos | Homes)
  10. Birdsboro (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 Pennsylvania, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Pennsylvania

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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 Pennsylvania.

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 15 crimes committed in Fox Chapel which had a reported population of 5,329. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0028 which translates into a 1 in 355 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 189 of the biggest cities in Pennsylvania to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 189 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 Pennsylvania".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Fox Chapel. The most dangerous city in Pennsylvania? Duquesne, where residents had a 1 in 18 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.

Fox Chapel, PA
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 5,329
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 262 (2nd safest)
More on Fox Chapel: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Fox Chapel is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA, and is a suburb of Pittsburgh located 6 miles northeast of downtown. Franklin Park, PA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 14,690
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 347 (5th safest)
More on Franklin Park: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Franklin Park is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 13,470 at the 2010 census. Olyphant, PA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 5,075
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 19 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 334 (4th safest)
More on Olyphant: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Whitehall, PA
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 13,717
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 284 (3rd safest)
More on Whitehall: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lititz, PA
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 9,214
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 43 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 466 (9th safest)
More on Lititz: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lititz is a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, six miles north of the city of Lancaster.
Clarks Summit, PA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 6,294
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 47 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 492 (10th safest)
More on Clarks Summit: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Clarks Summit is a borough in Lackawanna County northwest of Scranton in northeastern Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,116 at the 2010 census. It is also the northern terminus of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension, I-476. Castle Shannon, PA
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 8,213
Rank Last Year: 39 (Up 31)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 523 (12th safest)
More on Castle Shannon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Castle Shannon is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States, and is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. The population was 8,316 at the 2010 census. Camp Hill, PA
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 7,941
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 12 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 818 (27th safest)
More on Camp Hill: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Camp Hill is a borough in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA, 3 miles southwest of Harrisburg. It is part of the Harrisburg-Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,888 at the 2010 census. There are many large corporations based in nearby East Pennsboro Township and Wormleysburg that use the Camp Hill postal address, including the Rite Aid Corporation, Harsco Corporation, and Gannett Fleming. Grove City, PA
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 8,029
Rank Last Year: 33 (Up 25)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 635 (17th safest)
More on Grove City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Birdsboro, PA
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 5,138
Rank Last Year: 52 (Up 42)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 19 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 778 (25th safest)
More on Birdsboro: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Birdsboro is a borough in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. Located along the Schuylkill River, it is 8 miles southeast of Reading. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 5,163. In the past, Birdsboro was noted for its large foundries and machine shops, none of which remain in operation today.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Keystone State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Fox Chapel is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania according to the data:

  1. Duquesne
  2. Mckees Rocks
  3. Ambridge
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Fox Chapel, PA 5,329 18 262
2 Franklin Park, PA 14,690 13 347
3 Olyphant, PA 5,075 19 334
4 Whitehall, PA 13,717 29 284
5 Lititz, PA 9,214 43 466
6 Clarks Summit, PA 6,294 47 492
7 Castle Shannon, PA 8,213 48 523
8 Camp Hill, PA 7,941 12 818
9 Grove City, PA 8,029 37 635
10 Birdsboro, PA 5,138 19 778
11 Mccandless, PA 28,788 45 618
12 Jefferson Hills Borough, PA 11,418 70 367
13 Munhall, PA 11,140 53 601
14 Murrysville, PA 20,034 59 559
15 Bellefonte, PA 6,321 31 901
16 Mount Lebanon, PA 32,367 71 692
17 Hatboro, PA 7,445 53 846
18 Conshohocken, PA 8,006 49 874
19 Clarion, PA 5,361 74 708
20 New Cumberland, PA 7,302 27 999
21 Millersville, PA 8,419 59 890
22 St. Marys City, PA 12,413 72 861
23 Jeannette, PA 9,180 98 653
24 Baldwin Borough, PA 19,727 96 694
25 White Oak, PA 7,682 39 989
26 West Mifflin, PA 19,856 120 579
27 Bethel Park, PA 31,842 72 917
28 Pleasant Hills, PA 8,175 0 1,211
29 Collegeville, PA 5,282 75 889
30 Hellertown, PA 5,819 120 738
31 Turtle Creek, PA 5,200 173 192
32 Economy, PA 9,338 32 1,274
33 Hollidaysburg, PA 5,751 156 521
34 Ridley Park, PA 7,026 99 925
35 Archbald, PA 6,975 86 989
36 Swarthmore, PA 6,246 128 784
37 State College, PA 58,169 75 1,058
38 Canonsburg, PA 8,859 180 372
39 Ambler, PA 6,509 153 768
40 Shippensburg, PA 5,567 35 1,365
41 Green Tree, PA 5,020 119 976
42 Blakely, PA 6,244 80 1,137
43 Dormont, PA 8,347 143 862
44 Lower Burrell, PA 11,303 79 1,194
45 Northampton, PA 9,854 111 1,035
46 Sugarcreek, PA 5,034 99 1,072
47 Old Forge, PA 7,949 125 981
48 Punxsutawney, PA 5,790 138 898
49 Carbondale, PA 8,435 82 1,268
50 Forest Hills, PA 6,357 125 1,038
51 Emmaus, PA 11,424 70 1,435
52 Shillington, PA 5,241 133 1,125
53 Nazareth, PA 5,675 105 1,303
54 Plum, PA 27,440 258 415
55 Edinboro, PA 6,204 145 1,047
56 Colebrookdale District, PA 5,985 50 1,720
57 Lansdale, PA 16,561 96 1,485
58 Schuylkill Haven, PA 5,166 135 1,258
59 Perkasie, PA 8,474 118 1,427
60 Oakmont, PA 6,449 155 1,209
61 Phoenixville, PA 16,955 171 1,138
62 Mount Joy, PA 8,221 231 948
63 Greenville, PA 5,547 234 955
64 Somerset, PA 5,945 151 1,345
65 Prospect Park, PA 6,475 216 1,081
66 Souderton, PA 6,927 317 678
67 Brookhaven, PA 8,074 161 1,312
68 Middletown, PA 9,279 290 872
69 Ellwood City, PA 7,476 120 1,685
70 Oil City, PA 9,931 140 1,540
71 Meadville, PA 12,896 108 1,791
72 Elizabethtown, PA 11,641 249 1,056
73 New Holland, PA 5,443 183 1,359
74 Bloomsburg Town, PA 14,542 240 1,203
75 Kennett Square, PA 6,176 129 1,748
76 Monaca, PA 5,567 179 1,598
77 Norwood, PA 5,878 323 969
78 West View, PA 6,598 166 1,712
79 Ephrata, PA 13,907 266 1,208
80 Lock Haven, PA 9,514 252 1,292
81 Brentwood, PA 9,386 255 1,278
82 Kutztown, PA 5,019 338 1,036
83 Kingston, PA 12,809 218 1,670
84 Columbia, PA 10,352 231 1,555
85 West Chester, PA 20,183 247 1,506
86 Palmerton, PA 5,253 95 2,588
87 Titusville, PA 5,345 243 1,608
88 Palmyra, PA 7,541 278 1,352
89 Monroeville, PA 27,888 229 1,713
90 Pittston, PA 7,581 171 1,939
91 Waynesboro, PA 10,889 137 2,167
92 Bristol, PA 9,503 126 2,336
93 Carlisle, PA 19,233 181 1,923
94 Carnegie, PA 7,904 215 1,834
95 Hazleton, PA 24,549 370 1,238
96 Exeter, PA 5,542 270 1,569
97 Bridgeville, PA 5,029 159 2,147
98 Franklin, PA 6,181 226 1,892
99 Shamokin, PA 7,056 226 1,870
100 Berwick, PA 10,080 218 1,934

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