The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Rochester For 2020


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

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

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Rochester 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 Rochester. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Rochester 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 Rochester in 2020? That would be Browncroft. 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 Rochester.

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

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How We Determined The Safest Rochester 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 Rochester.

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 32 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 Rochester.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Browncroft.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Rochester. 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 Rochester For 2020

Browncroft Rochester, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,392
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 144
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,588
More on Browncroft: Homes For Sale | Data

The Browncroft Historic District is a national historic district located in the Browncroft Neighborhood of Rochester, New York. The district contains 518 contributing buildings, two contributing sites, two contributing objects, and two contributing structures over 116 acres. It includes 417 residential properties constructed between 1914 and World War II.

The violent crime per 100K people in Browncroft comes in at 144 and the property crime per capita is 1,588 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 4,022
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 323
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,674
More on Homestead Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Homestead Heights is located in northeast Rochester. It is bordered on the west by Goodman Street, on the north by Clifford Avenue, on the south by Bay Street, and on the east by Culver Road, which is also the border between the city and the town of Irondequoit. The neighborhood is a mix of residential and commercial. Real estate values are higher on the eastern end of the neighborhood near the Irondequoit border. The neighborhood is approximately 2214 miles west of the Irondequoit Bay.

The violent crime per 100K people in Homestead Heights comes in at 323 and the property crime per capita is 1,674 for 2020.

Cobbs Hill Rochester, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,495
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 217
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,477
More on Cobbs Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

Cobbs Hill Reservoir is a reservoir located in Cobbs Hill Park in Rochester, New York, United States. The reservoir is used to supply drinking water to the city of Rochester. The source of the water is Hemlock Lake, which lies 30 miles due south of and 400 feet higher elevation than Rochester.

The violent crime per 100K people in Cobbs Hill comes in at 217 and the property crime per capita is 2,477 for 2020.

Swillburg Rochester, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,889
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 172
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,584
More on Swillburg: Homes For Sale | Data

This wedge-shaped piece of the city is bordered by S. Clinton Avenue on the west, Field St on the south, and Interstate 490 on the east. The neighborhood received its moniker when a 19th-century Rochester pig farmer utilized the area to collect swill for his swine. The area has one of the highest rates of homeownership in the city.

The violent crime per 100K people in Swillburg comes in at 172 and the property crime per capita is 2,584 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,696
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 612
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,269
More on 19th Ward: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in 19th Ward comes in at 612 and the property crime per capita is 2,269 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,806
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 429
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,671
More on Charlotte: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Charlotte comes in at 429 and the property crime per capita is 2,671 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,664
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 169
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,777
More on Culver-Winton: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Culver-Winton comes in at 169 and the property crime per capita is 3,777 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,774
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 646
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,750
More on Northland-Lyceum: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Northland-Lyceum comes in at 646 and the property crime per capita is 2,750 for 2020.

Park Avenue Rochester, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,881
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 354
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,547
More on Park Avenue: Homes For Sale | Data

Park Avenue and State Street Historic District is a national historic district located at Brockport in Monroe County, New York. The district encompasses 90 contributing buildings and 1 contributing site in a predominantly residential section of Brockport. The district developed between about 1830 and 1930, and includes buildings in a variety of architectural styles including Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival. Located in the district is the separately listed First Presbyterian Church. Other notable buildings include houses dated to the 1830s and 1840s.

The violent crime per 100K people in Park Avenue comes in at 354 and the property crime per capita is 3,547 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,663
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 634
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,125
More on Maplewood: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Maplewood comes in at 634 and the property crime per capita is 3,125 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Rochester

Looking at the data, you can tell that Browncroft is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most New York 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 Rochester For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Browncroft 1,732
2 Homestead Heights 1,997
3 Cobbs Hill 2,694
4 Swillburg 2,756
5 19th Ward 2,881
6 Charlotte 3,100
7 Culver-Winton 3,946
8 Northland-Lyceum 3,396
9 Park Avenue 3,901
10 Maplewood 3,759
11 Corn Hill 4,308
12 Ellwanger-Barry 3,992
13 Plymouth-Exchange 3,984
14 Strong 4,996
15 Atlantic-University 4,476
16 Beechwood 4,283
17 Lyell-Otis 4,535
18 East Avenue 5,251
19 North Marketview Heights 4,648
20 Susan B Anthony 4,873
21 South Wedge 4,873
22 Genesee-Jefferson 4,967
23 Highland 6,525
24 South Marketview Heights 5,816
25 Dutchtown 6,324
26 Pearl-Meigs-Monroe 7,055
27 Upper Falls 6,794
28 Mayor’s Heights 6,784
29 Charles House 7,637
30 Central Business District 9,607
31 Edgerton 9,207
32 Best 12,362

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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