Top 15 Safest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2018

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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 Lititz.

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 167 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 2018:

  1. Lititz (Photos | Homes)
  2. Franklin Park (Photos | Homes)
  3. Fox Chapel (Photos | Homes)
  4. Whitehall (Photos | Homes)
  5. Murrysville (Homes)
  6. Clarion (Photos | Homes)
  7. Camp Hill (Photos | Homes)
  8. McCandless (Homes)
  9. Punxsutawney (Photos | Homes)
  10. New Cumberland (Photos | Homes)
  11. Baldwin Borough (Homes)
  12. Clarks Summit (Photos | Homes)
  13. Jefferson Hills Borough (Homes)
  14. State College (Photos | Homes)
  15. Carbondale (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 2017) 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 39 crimes committed in Lititz which had a reported population of 9,232. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0042 which translates into a 1 in 236 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 2016. This left us with a total of 167 of the biggest cities in Pennsylvania to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 167 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 Lititz. 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.

1. Lititz

Lititz, PA

Population: 9,232
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 21 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 400 (3rd safest)
More on Lititz: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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

2. Franklin Park

Franklin Park, PA
Source: Public domain

Population: 14,600
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 6 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 520 (6th 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.

3. Fox Chapel

Fox Chapel, PA

Population: 5,381
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 631 (8th 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.

4. Whitehall

Whitehall, PA

Population: 13,812
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 448 (4th safest)
More on Whitehall: PhotosReal Estate | Data

5. Murrysville

Murrysville, PA

Population: 20,142
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 44 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 734 (12th safest)
More on Murrysville: Real Estate | Data

6. Clarion

Clarion, PA

Population: 6,284
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 47 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 732 (11th safest)
More on Clarion: PhotosReal Estate | Data

7. Camp Hill

Camp Hill, PA

Population: 7,929
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 718 (10th 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.

8. Mccandless

Mccandless, PA

Population: 28,902
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 44 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 785 (16th safest)
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9. Punxsutawney

Punxsutawney, PA

Population: 5,841
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 18)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 68 (21st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 667 (9th safest)
More on Punxsutawney: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Punxsutawney ; Lenape: Punkwsutnay) is a borough in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, United States, 84 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

10. New Cumberland

New Cumberland, PA

Population: 7,297
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 41 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 863 (22nd safest)
More on New Cumberland: PhotosReal Estate | Data

11. Baldwin Borough

Baldwin Borough, PA

Population: 19,828
Rank Last Year: 10 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 65 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 832 (18th safest)
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12. Clarks Summit

Clarks Summit, PA
Source: Public domain

Population: 6,336
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 94 (35th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 347 (2nd 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.

13. Jefferson Hills Borough

Jefferson Hills Borough, PA

Population: 11,505
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 78 (24th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 764 (15th safest)
More on Jefferson Hills Borough: 

14. State College

State College, PA
Source: Public domain

Population: 58,119
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 67 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 844 (21st safest)
More on State College: PhotosReal Estate | Data

State College is a home rule municipality in Centre County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is the largest designated borough in Pennsylvania. It is the principal borough of the six municipalities that make up the State College Metropolitan Statistical Area, the largest settlement in Centre County and one of the principal cities of the greater State College-DuBois Combined Statistical Area with a combined population of 236,577 as of the 2010 United States Census. In the 2010 census, the borough population was 42,034 with approximately 105,000 living in the borough plus the surrounding townships often referred to locally as the "Centre Region." Many of these Centre Region communities also carry a "State College, PA" address although are not part of the borough of State College.

15. Carbondale

Carbondale, PA
Source: Public domain

Population: 8,503
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 47 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,058 (35th safest)
More on Carbondale: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Carbondale is a city in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. Carbondale is located approximately 15 miles due northeast of the city of Scranton in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The population was 8,891 at the 2010 census.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Lititz 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. Darby
  3. Ambridge
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Lititz, PA 9,232 21 400
2 Franklin Park, PA 14,600 6 520
3 Fox Chapel, PA 5,381 18 631
4 Whitehall, PA 13,812 50 448
5 Murrysville, PA 20,142 44 734
6 Clarion, PA 6,284 47 732
7 Camp Hill, PA 7,929 50 718
8 Mccandless, PA 28,902 44 785
9 Punxsutawney, PA 5,841 68 667
10 New Cumberland, PA 7,297 41 863
11 Baldwin Borough, PA 19,828 65 832
12 Clarks Summit, PA 6,336 94 347
13 Jefferson Hills Borough, PA 11,505 78 764
14 State College, PA 58,119 67 844
15 Carbondale, PA 8,503 47 1,058
16 Bethel Park, PA 32,077 68 960
17 Ridley Park, PA 7,041 99 738
18 Pleasant Hills, PA 8,248 36 1,200
19 Swarthmore, PA 6,214 80 901
20 Collegeville, PA 5,327 93 844
21 Canonsburg, PA 8,909 112 550
22 Shippensburg, PA 5,568 35 1,239
23 Hollidaysburg, PA 5,782 121 484
24 Conshohocken, PA 7,979 25 1,278
25 Turtle Creek, PA 5,257 133 190
26 Mount Lebanon, PA 32,692 82 1,049
27 Sugarcreek, PA 5,085 98 884
28 Northampton, PA 9,846 71 1,107
29 Blakely, PA 6,289 79 1,081
30 Jeannette, PA 9,274 107 841
31 Edinboro, PA 6,316 94 949
32 Economy, PA 9,389 0 1,427
33 Grove City, PA 8,169 48 1,285
34 Millersville, PA 8,471 106 932
35 New Holland, PA 5,439 18 1,470
36 Catasauqua, PA 6,543 91 1,085
37 Norwood, PA 5,899 101 1,067
38 West Mifflin, PA 20,028 119 898
39 Castle Shannon, PA 8,219 146 754
40 Emmaus, PA 11,398 52 1,368
41 Lansdale, PA 16,558 108 1,183
42 Green Tree, PA 5,089 137 982
43 Dormont, PA 8,440 106 1,220
44 Mechanicsburg, PA 9,003 66 1,555
45 Hellertown, PA 5,809 137 1,015
46 Perkasie, PA 8,464 82 1,417
47 Kennett Square, PA 6,188 129 1,115
48 Archbald, PA 6,951 172 877
49 Ambler, PA 6,517 153 1,028
50 Shillington, PA 5,263 133 1,216
51 Brookhaven, PA 8,090 185 988
52 Birdsboro, PA 5,158 135 1,240
53 Carnegie, PA 7,923 88 1,703
54 Upper Perkiomen, PA 6,869 131 1,353
55 Souderton, PA 6,771 280 827
56 Elizabethtown, PA 11,592 103 1,656
57 White Oak, PA 7,758 103 1,662
58 California, PA 7,004 157 1,242
59 Somerset, PA 5,985 83 1,854
60 Old Forge, PA 7,996 162 1,325
61 Oakmont, PA 6,472 139 1,390
62 Lower Burrell, PA 11,408 175 1,279
63 Colebrookdale District, PA 6,007 83 1,997
64 Huntingdon, PA 7,017 228 1,140
65 Palmerton, PA 5,282 113 1,760
66 Ephrata, PA 13,955 214 1,232
67 South Williamsport, PA 6,261 143 1,485
68 Phoenixville, PA 16,695 239 1,215
69 Schuylkill Haven, PA 5,189 192 1,368
70 Lock Haven, PA 9,572 156 1,587
71 Monaca, PA 5,631 248 1,331
72 West View, PA 6,668 164 1,709
73 Carlisle, PA 19,225 130 2,080
74 Glenolden, PA 7,177 111 2,271
75 Palmyra, PA 7,476 280 1,364
76 Titusville, PA 5,349 186 1,813
77 Meadville, PA 12,999 200 1,792
78 Bridgeville, PA 5,081 118 2,322
79 Middletown, PA 9,153 305 1,365
80 Morrisville, PA 8,581 116 2,388
81 Easton, PA 26,938 274 1,651
82 Greenville, PA 5,794 258 1,725
83 Oil City, PA 10,057 298 1,630
84 Nanticoke, PA 10,218 195 2,006
85 Kingston, PA 12,894 263 1,799
86 Media, PA 5,370 633 1,080
87 Bristol, PA 9,539 178 2,201
88 Monroeville, PA 28,142 252 1,861
89 Mount Joy, PA 8,204 365 1,340
90 Columbia, PA 10,385 221 2,099
91 Latrobe, PA 8,032 323 1,643
92 Kutztown, PA 5,032 278 1,848
93 Wyomissing, PA 10,473 85 3,609
94 Dunmore, PA 13,247 301 1,789
95 Brentwood, PA 9,486 231 2,192
96 Hanover, PA 15,537 148 2,690
97 Hazleton, PA 24,725 376 1,456
98 Franklin, PA 6,255 271 2,062
99 Tamaqua, PA 6,777 147 2,774
100 Downingtown, PA 7,957 201 2,375

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