When many people hear the words “New York”, they often think “New York City” and automatically assume that the entire state is an unsafe place to live in. But that’s not true. Many people living in New York are enjoying the safest towns and cities around.
We’ve compiled a list of the safest places to live in New York. These are the places where crime is rarely heard of, education is thriving, unemployment rates are low, and people are making stable household incomes.
After analyzing cities in New York with with a population of more than 10,000, we came up with this list as the safest cities here:
- New Castle Town
- Glen Cove
- Kent Town
- North Castle Town
- Shawangunk Town
- Carmel Town
- East Fishkill Town
- Harrison Town
- Scarsdale Village
- Eastchester Town
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
How we calculated the safest places to live in New York
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 last three years of reporting. 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- The chances a resident has of being the victim of a crime
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 10,000 people as of 2013, which is the last year the report was available. This left us with a total of 138 cities in New York to rank.
Finally, we made 2013 factor more heavily than 2012, since more recent crimes are a bigger determining factor in how dangerous a place is. You can see our overall ranking at the bottom of the post.
In the end, we get a result based on the number of crimes per city, divided by the number of residents.
The safest city, based on population, is New Castle Town. The most dangerous? Niagara Falls, where there were 584 violent crimes in 2013 alone.
We must note that 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. New Castle Town
Violent crime rank: 3rd best
Property crime rank: 3rd best
The town of New Castle Town is, statistically, the safest place to live in the state of New York. In the entire year of 2013, there were only 2 violent crimes in New Castle Town. In fact, the violent crime rate is so low that it is the 3rd lowest in the state. This is all the more jarring when you compare it to the most dangerous city in New York, Niagara Falls, where there were 584 violent crimes in 2013.
Additionally, the property crime is the 3rd lowest as well, meaning it’s very unlikely that your phone or iPad will get stolen here.
2. Glen Cove
Violent crime rank: 5th Best
Property crime rank: Best in the State of New York
While there are slightly more violent crimes in relation to population in Glen Cove than in New Castle Town (Glen Cove is the ranked 5th best in the state, even though there were only 3 violent crimes in the year 2013), no one has Glen Cove beat when it comes to low property crime rates.
In Glen Cove, you have the least likely chance of becoming a victim of property theft. People could basically leave their doors open every day and night and never run into a problem.
Violent crime rank: Best in New York
Property crime rank: 10th best in New York
Technically the safest in terms of number of violent crimes, the Town of Kent is just all around peaceful. Maybe it’s something in the water or in the community spirit, but rapes and attacks are essentially zero in this quiet little gem along the banks of Lake Erie.
4. North Castle Town
Violent crime rank: 10th Best in New York
Property crime rank: 5th best in New York
Living in North Castle means you never really have to worry about crime: they’re ranked 10th best in New York when it comes to violent crime and 5th best when it comes to property crime.
In 2013 and 2012 there were only 3 violent crimes, totaling to only 6 violent crimes in 2 years. Additionally, there were only 69 property crimes in 2013 which pales in comparison to the 4th most dangerous place in New York, Rochester, which had 10,051 property crimes in 2013. The difference is astounding!
5. Town of Shawangunk Town
Violent crime rank: 9th Best in New York
Property crime rank: 7th best in New York
While Shawangunk isn’t necessarily as safe as North Castle when it comes to property crime, it is actually safer when it comes to violent crime. It is the 9th best in New York, whereas North Castle is 10th.
And even though Shawangunk ranks lower when it comes to property crimes, there were still only 80 property crimes out of a population of 14,205–meaning, you only had a .006% chance of being robbed in 2013 here.
6. Town of Carmel
Violent crime rank: 12th Best in New York
Property crime rank: 8th best in New York
The population in Carmel is substantially higher than in Shawangunk, but even still Carmel ranks 8th best in New York for property crimes.
Additionally, though violent crime is a bit higher here than in some of the other cities on this list, there were still only 10 violent crimes in 2013 in Carmel, meaning that you only a .0002% chance of becoming the victim of a violent crime in 2013 in this town. Talk about good odds!
7. Town of East Fishkill
Violent crime rank: 15th Best in New York
Property crime rank: 6th best in New York
If you’re in East Fishkill, you can feel free to leave your phone or wallet somewhere and you’re pretty much guaranteed to have it returned to you instead of stolen. The property crime ranking is the 6th best in the state of New York.
Out of 29,315 people living in the New York, only 165 were robbed in 2013, which is nothing compared to the 7th most dangerous city, Johnson City Village, which has a smaller population but had 949 property crimes in the same year.
8. Town of Harrison
Violent crime rank: 11th Best in New York
Property crime rank: 12th best in New York
Harrison is the definition of safe: in the year 2011, there were zero property or violent crimes in the town. While they have an overall higher average of property crimes from 2012 and 2013 in comparison to a place like East Fishkill, they actually have less violent crime overall.
9. Scarsdale Village
Violent crime rank: 2nd Best In New York
Property crime rank: 24th best in New York
What makes Scarsdale such a safe place to live is the fact that it ranks #2 for lowest violent crime rates in the state of New York. Even with a population of 17,564, there was only 1 violent crime in the year 2013–which is outstanding.
Unfortunately, robbery is somewhat of a problem here, with there being 184 property crimes in 2013. That being said, it’s still relatively low compared to many other cities and towns in New York.
10. Town of Eastchester
Violent crime rank: 4th Best In New York
Property crime rank: 23rd Best in New York
Eastchester is comparatively similar to Scarsdale. Like Scarsdale, even with such a large population, there were only 2 violent crimes in the year 2013.
Additionally, they rank somewhat better when it comes to property crime, making Eastchester come in at 10th overall for best places to live in New York.
Wrapping It Up
If it wasn’t already apparent to you, according to the FBI, living in any of these towns or cities in New York means you have a much lower chance of being victimized by a criminal. Hopefully, we see the cities that are making strides when it comes to crime continue towards that trend.
If you’re curious enough, here are the most dangerous places to live in New York:
- Niagara Falls
- Johnson City Village