10 Safest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in Pennsylvania where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2019. This is our fifth time rankings the safest places to live in Pennsylvania.
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Love Philly Cheesesteaks?

The foundations of America's history?

The Liberty Bell and Declaration of Independence?

Then the safest place to live in Pennsylvania is the place for you to call home -- Fox Chapel.

We looked at the most recent FBI crime data for the places in Pennsylvania with more than 5,000 people and ranked them based on the number of property crimes and violent crimes per capita. In other words, we identified the places that live up to Philadelphia's nickname of the "City of Brotherly Love."

Whether you are a black and gold fan, or green and white, we know you'll be interested in finding out where the safest places to live in Pennsylvania are. And lucky for you, most of PA is super safe as it ranks as the 11th safest state in America this year according to our data.

So grab a cold Yuengling, settle down with your scrapple, and bunker down as HomeSnacks takes you on a tour of the places that are safe and sound around the Quaker State.

Here are the 10 safest places to live in Pennsylvania for 2019:

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

What is the safest city in Pennsylvania to live? Of the 189 biggest cities in Pennsylvania to rank, Fox Chapel ranked #1 on our safest cities in Pennsylvania in 2019 based on FBI crime data.

As a suburb of Pittsburgh, this little town's got a lot to offer.

Keep reading to check out where your favorite city in PA ranked and to learn more how we crunched the numbers for this year's ranking.

For more reading on safe places to live in and around Pennsylvania, check out:

The 10 Safest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2019

Fox Chapel, PA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Fox Chapel takes the trophy this year as the safest place to live in Pennsylvania for 2019 -- a reward it should stick on its refrigerator for the next year.

The town has the fourth safest violent crime rate and second lowest property crime rate in the state. Seeing as how chapel is in the name, it's probably safe to say they do unto their neighbor as they want done to them.

Or however that saying goes.

Fox Chapel is a borough in Allegheny County and is a suburb of Pittsburgh located about 6 miles northeast of downtown.

Franklin Park, PA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Franklin Park has moved down one single peg this year to the number two safest city in Pennsylvania. And while that might be a bit of a disappointment for the city -- it's still super safe and a model for basically everywhere else in the state.

The city has the third safest violent crime rate and fifth safest property crime rate in the state. Violent crimes here are so rate that only the village elders remember them. Because every town has elders right?

Franklin Park is located near the Western border and is a northern suburb of Pittsburgh.

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

The next stop on our tour of the safest spots in Pennsylvania takes us to the Olyphant in the room -- Olyphant.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

The first year the city has reported data lands it with the sixth safest violent crime rate and the fourth safest property crime rate. With those stats, it's a wonder they didn't report their data previously -- they obviously had nothing to hide.

Olyphant is a borough in Lackawanna County approximately five miles northeast of Scranton on the Lackawanna River in the heart of the anthracite region of the State.

Whitehall, PA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Another Pittsburgh suburb, Whitehall maintained its fourth place ranking on our list of the safest cities in PA.

The city rocks out when it comes to NOT having property crime -- it's the third lowest in the state.

The top things to do in Whitehall according to TripAdvisor include the Ironton Rail Trail, which is a hiking trail, and Manasses Guth Covered Bridge, which is a bridge...

A place has got to be safe when the most exciting thing to do in town is checking out a bridge.

Lititz, PA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Lititz is not only super safe, but it's a great place to live -- it scored a 9.5 out of 10 on our SnackAbility score, which puts in the top 10-15% of cities in the country.

And while Lititz's position on the list is down a bit from last year, violent and property crime rates are still really low.

Lititz is a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, six miles north of the city of Lancaster.

Clarks Summit, PA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

We've come to the summit of safe -- Clarks Summit ranks as the sixth safest place in Pennsylvania.

Known for having the oldest standing house in the former Snook family house, built in 1837 and located on West Grove Street, well maybe it's not really known for that, Clarks Summit has the tenth lowest property crime in the state and a violent crime rate in the top 10%.

Located in the Eastern part of the state, it is one of two cities on our list to be awarded a 10 / 10 for SnackAbility -- an honor worthy of a summit.

Review Of Clarks Summit by HomeSnacks User

I live in this town but I'm not from the area. I moved here in 2014 from Southern New Jersey. While the food options around here are not very good at all, there's lots of nature to see and lots of things to do outside.

Favorite places in this area including hiking at Ricketts Glen State Park, skiing at Montage Mountain, concerts at Montage Mount, movies in Dickson City, etc.

Castle Shannon, PA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

This is my castle on a cloud.

I like to go there in my sleep.

This is my Castle Shannon -- the seventh safest place in Pennsylvania.

When they're not singing songs from Les Miserable, the town of Castle Shannon is actively avoiding crime as it scores in the top 20% of places in PA for both violent and property crime.

Castle Shannon is a borough in Allegheny County which makes it yet another Pittsburgh Suburb. Where the heck are all the Philly burbs?

Camp Hill, PA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

We all love going to camp in the summer. It's a great time in your childhood when you don't have a care in the world and everything is rosy. And that's just what Camp Hill is like when it comes to crime as it ranks eighth best in Pennsylvania.

While both violent crime and property crime are low here, we'd like to point out the first 10 / 10 on SnackAbility to grace the list. Camp Hill in ranks in the top 5% of cities in America with combination of safety, a great economy, and plenty of things to do.

It's like camp for adults located right outside Harrisburg.

Grove City, PA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Another big jumper on our list this year was Grove City which climbed a solid twenty five positions to nab the ninth overall spot and its first ranking in the top ten for any of our Pennsylvania lists.

Why is it so safe here? It could be the high number of college educated adults (Some 33%+ plus of the population) or the sub 2.5% unemployment rate. It's hard to rob your neighbor when you're to busy reading books or working.

Grove City is North of Pittsburgh, but kidna out in the countryside a bit.

Birdsboro, PA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Rounding out the top ten safest places to live in Pennsylvania for 2019 goes to Birdsboro. In case you were wondering what the best boro is, Birdsboro would like to fly to the top of list.

This is massive jump for the Bird (A nickname I just gave it, not a legit nickname) -- a solid 42 places from last year.

While property crime is still kinda high for these top ten cities, the Bird plays with big birds when it comes to violent crimes with a rate that's top five in Pennsylvania.

Birdsboro is a borough in Berks County located along the Schuylkill River and is 8 miles southeast of Reading (If anyone knows where that is)..

How we calculated the safest cities in Pennsylvania for 2019

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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)
10 Cheapest Places To Live In Pennsylvania

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.

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
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Where Are The 10 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

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