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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:
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 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)
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".
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.
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:Photos | Real 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.
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:Photos | Real 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.
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:Photos | Real 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.