These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2017
We used data and science to determine the places in Pennsylvania where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 live in the safest state, either. Pennsylvania is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Keystone State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 161 places in Pennsylvania with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- South Park Township
- Franklin Park
- Camp Hill
- Fox Chapel
- New Cumberland
- Old Forge
- Castle Shannon
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in Pennsylvania
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 2015). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 87 crimes committed in South Park Township which had a reported population of 13,504. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00644 which translates into a 1 in 155 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 2014. This left us with a total of 161 places in Pennsylvania to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 161 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three 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 population, is South Park Township. The most dangerous? Mckees Rocks, where residents had a 1 in 1 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. South Park Township
Population: 13,504 Property Crime Rank: 14Violent Crime Rank: 73
2. Franklin Park
Population: 14,062Property Crime Rank: 54Violent Crime Rank: 36
3. Camp Hill
Population: 7,886Property Crime Rank: 253Violent Crime Rank: 1
4. Fox Chapel
Population: 5,413Property Crime Rank: 37Violent Crime Rank: 387
Population: 13,920Property Crime Rank: 23Violent Crime Rank: 471
Population: 20,181 Property Crime Rank: 246Violent Crime Rank: 104
7. New Cumberland
Population: 7,274Property Crime Rank: 321Violent Crime Rank: 1
Population: 9,208Property Crime Rank: 102Violent Crime Rank: 376
9. Old Forge
Population: 8,225 Property Crime Rank: 81Violent Crime Rank: 434
10. Castle Shannon
Population: 8,293Property Crime Rank: 86Violent Crime Rank: 528
There You Have It - The Safest In Pennsylvania
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of South Park Township is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Pennsylvania residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Pennsylvania:3rd Most Dangerous: Darby 2nd Most Dangerous: Duquesne Most Dangerous: Mckees Rocks