The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Philadelphia For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Philadelphia are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Philadelphia.
Safest Neighborhoods In Philadelphia

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Philadelphia are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Philadelphia. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Philadelphia neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Philadelphia in 2020? That would be Bustleton. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Philadelphia.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Philadelphia neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Philadelphia that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

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How We Determined The Safest Philadelphia Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Philadelphia.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 56 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Philadelphia.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Bustleton.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Philadelphia. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Philadelphia For 2020

Bustleton Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 31,993
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 208
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,046
More on Bustleton: Homes For Sale | Data

The Bustleton section of Northeast Philadelphia is located in the Far Northeast, north of Rhawnhurst and Fox Chase and south of Somerton; sitting between Roosevelt Boulevard to the east, the city boundary to the west, Red Lion Road to the north, and Pennypack Park to the south, it is centered at the intersection of Grant Avenue and Bustleton Avenue and is completely included in the 19115 postal zip code.

The violent crime per 100K people in Bustleton comes in at 208 and the property crime per capita is 1,046 for 2020.

Chestnut Hill Philadelphia, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,011
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 258
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,244
More on Chestnut Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood in the Northwest Philadelphia section of the United States city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is known for its high incomes and real estate values, as well as its private schools.

The violent crime per 100K people in Chestnut Hill comes in at 258 and the property crime per capita is 1,244 for 2020.

Somerton Philadelphia, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 30,102
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 277
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,276
More on Somerton: Homes For Sale | Data

Somerton is a neighborhood in the Far Northeast section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The neighborhood is bounded by Red Lion Road on the south, Roosevelt Boulevard on the east, East County Line Road and Poquessing Creek on the north, and the Philadelphia County / Montgomery County line on the west. Somerton is adjacent to the Philadelphia neighborhoods of Bustleton, Normandy, and Byberry, the townships of Bensalem and Lower Southampton in Bucks County, and Lower Moreland Township in Montgomery County. The area is home to a large and fast-growing foreign-born population, most notably of Russian and Indian immigrants.

The violent crime per 100K people in Somerton comes in at 277 and the property crime per capita is 1,276 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 23,450
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 277
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,303
More on Fox Chase: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Fox Chase comes in at 277 and the property crime per capita is 1,303 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 27,044
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 364
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,237
More on Academy Gardens: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Academy Gardens comes in at 364 and the property crime per capita is 1,237 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 30,805
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 340
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,599
More on Rhawnhurst: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Rhawnhurst comes in at 340 and the property crime per capita is 1,599 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 30,358
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 427
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,490
More on Torresdale: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Torresdale comes in at 427 and the property crime per capita is 1,490 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 29,357
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 481
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,780
More on Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista comes in at 481 and the property crime per capita is 1,780 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 16,442
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 468
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,899
More on Byberry: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Byberry comes in at 468 and the property crime per capita is 1,899 for 2020.

Manayunk Philadelphia, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 12,005
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 421
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,043
More on Manayunk: Homes For Sale | Data

Manayunk is a neighborhood in the northwestern section of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Located on the banks of the Schuylkill River, it contains the first canal begun in the United States. The area’s name is derived from the language of the Lenape Indians. In 1686-dated papers between William Penn and the Lenape, the Lenape referred to the Schuylkill River as ‘Manaiung’, their word for ‘river’, which literally translates as ‘place to drink’; the word was later altered and adopted as the town’s name.

The violent crime per 100K people in Manayunk comes in at 421 and the property crime per capita is 2,043 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Philadelphia

Looking at the data, you can tell that Bustleton 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.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Philadelphia For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Bustleton 1,254
2 Chestnut Hill 1,502
3 Somerton 1,553
4 Fox Chase 1,580
5 Academy Gardens 1,601
6 Rhawnhurst 1,939
7 Torresdale 1,917
8 Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista 2,261
9 Byberry 2,367
10 Manayunk 2,464
11 Roxborough 2,403
12 South Philadelphia 2,461
13 Schuylkill Southwest 2,610
14 Holmesburry-Torresdale 2,471
15 Oak Lane 2,604
16 Oxford Circle 2,717
17 Mount Airy 2,630
18 East Falls 2,780
19 Cedar Brook 2,685
20 Girard Estates 2,816
21 Fairmount-Spring Garden 3,083
22 Summerdale 2,949
23 Mayfield 2,898
24 Pennsport-Whitman-Queen 3,234
25 Juniata Park-Feltonville 3,057
26 Olney 3,122
27 Wissanoning 3,256
28 Marconi Plaza-Packer Park 3,871
29 Point Breeze 3,862
30 Eastwick 4,175
31 Morris Park 3,731
32 Logan-Fern Rock 3,927
33 Wynnefield 4,377
34 Fishtown 4,972
35 Cobbs Creek 4,348
36 Hartranft 4,211
37 Richmond 4,530
38 Grays Ferry 4,338
39 Kensington 5,018
40 Hunting Park 4,533
41 Elmwood 4,765
42 City Center West 6,097
43 Frankford 5,256
44 Brewerytown 5,275
45 Belmont 5,975
46 Germantown 5,419
47 Riverfront 6,959
48 City Center East 7,358
49 Poplar-Ludlow-Yorktowne 6,378
50 Strawberry Mansion 5,939
51 Alleghany West 7,761
52 Fairhill 8,126
53 North Central 8,222
54 Harrowgate 8,332
55 Haddington-Carroll Park 8,961
56 Tioga-Nicetown 8,958

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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