These Are The 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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Love Philly Cheesesteaks?

The foundations of America's history?

The Liberty Bell and Declaration of Independence?

Pennsylvania is well known for Philly, which is also known as the "City of Brotherly Love."

Perhaps that brotherly love stemmed from the rich historical roots in Philly, a city that was formerly America's first political hub before Washington, D.C. Independence Hall and Congress Hall have stood the test of time and are still visited by tourists.

If you are a movie buff, or just a Nicolas Cage fan, National Treasure, a mysterious movie about the Masons and treasure, was based in Philly as well.

Pennsylvania isn't just known for the infamous Philly, but also for their sports teams. If you are looking for a place where sports isn't that big a deal, you are looking at the wrong place. Whether you are a black, red, or green fan, you can be sure that Sundays are for more than just going to church. Pair that with a cold Yuengling and you may be a native!

Add all that goodness to the beautiful nature reserves and Rocky, you will soon think that Pennsylvania is the best commonwealth around. HomeSnacks has PA down pat with our Top 30 Things in PA.

But despite the amazing food, history, and football, what about more serious things, like housing and safety? Good thing HomeSnacks has that for you as well. Here are the 10 safest cities in Pennsylvania in 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)

Of the 189 biggest cities in Pennsylvania to rank, Fox Chapel ranked #1 on our safest cities in Pennsylvania in 2019.

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 and Pennsylvania, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Pennsylvania

Safest Cities in Pennsylvania Graph

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 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
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 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
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

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
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

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
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 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
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

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.

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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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)..

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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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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