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Safest Cities in Pennsylvania, 2018

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Pennsylvania holds a distinctive place in the nation’s history as one of the 13 original colonies, and the second to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Philadelphia, the state’s largest city, is the location of Independence Hall, where the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were drafted. In more recent news, the city’s NFL team, the Philadelphia Eagles, defeated the New England Patriots in the 2018 Super Bowl.

4.18 Average violent crime per 1,000
21.17 Average property crime per 1,000

Pennsylvania’s top five safest communities are all townships of around 20,000 or less. Number one on the list is Adams Township of Butler County. Not to be confused with the other two towns in the state with the same name, Butler’s Adams Township’s impressive 0.37 violent crimes per 1K is less than six times that of the state average.

Coming in at #2 is South Fayette Township in Allegheny County. Settlement of this town of 15,723 dates back to the 1760’s. #3 Penn Township (Westmoreland County), location of the historic Bushy Run Battlefield, is the only Pennsylvania community in the top 20 with a violent crime rate of over 1 per 1K, yet it compensates with its very low rate of property crime.

Fourth on the list is New Hanover Township. Founded in 1741, the town’s crime stats are well below state averages. Rounding out the top five is Buckingham Township, the home of many historic districts dating back to the 18th century.

1.  ADAMS TOWNSHIP, BUTLER COUNTY

13,531 Population
5 Violent Crimes
46 Property Crimes
adams township crime 2018

2.  SOUTH FAYETTE TOWNSHIP

15,723 Population
2 Violent Crimes
65 Property Crimes
south fayette crime 2018

3. PENN TOWNSHIP, WESTMORELAND COUNTY

19,632 Population
24 Violent Crimes
49 Property Crimes
penn township crime 2018

4. NEW HANOVER TOWNSHIP

12,814 Population
3 Violent Crimes
53 Property Crimes
new hanover township crime 2018

5. BUCKINGHAM TOWNSHIP

20,440 Population
3 Violent Crimes
91 Property Crimes
buckingham township crime 2018

Pennsylvania's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent crimeProperty crimeViolent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1Adams Township, Butler County13,5315460.373.40
2South Fayette Township15,7232650.134.13
3Penn Township, Westmoreland County19,63224491.222.50
4New Hanover Township12,8143530.234.14
5Buckingham Township20,4403910.154.45
6Lower Salford Township15,41510630.654.09
7Upper Uwchlan Township11,6032560.174.83
8Upper Gwynedd Township15,99913640.814.00
9Whitehall13,8127620.514.49
10Franklin Park14,6001760.075.21
11Northern Regional34,78721940.065.58
12Northampton Township39,55962220.155.61
13Pennridge Regional11,0299520.824.71
14Cecil Township12,0593690.255.72
15Warwick Township, Bucks County14,74113770.885.22
16Forks Township15,3906920.395.98
17Upper St. Clair Township19,72631260.156.39
18Upper Providence Township, Delaware County10,5100730.006.95
19Northern Lancaster County Regional34,75672330.206.70
20Upper Allen Township19,81501390.007.01
21Peters Township22,27441560.187.00
22West Deer Township11,9752860.177.18
23Franconia Township13,2726900.456.78
24Southwestern Regional17,77423991.295.57
25Upper Saucon Township16,451101090.616.63
26Ferguson Township19,22251380.267.18
27East Cocalico Township10,5027710.676.76
28Northwest Lancaster County Regional19,73271460.357.40
29Lower Saucon Township10,7648740.746.87
30Murrysville20,14291480.457.35
31Towamencin Township18,40961390.337.55
32East Pennsboro Township21,712131580.607.28
33Plumstead Township13,73581040.587.57
34Hampden Township29,684112350.377.92
35Upper Southampton Township15,11491150.607.61
36New Garden Township12,11310880.837.26
37Newtown Township, Bucks County22,91481830.357.99
38McCandless28,902132270.457.85
39Tredyffrin Township29,601222200.747.43
40Newtown Township, Delaware County12,86411940.867.31
41Amity Township12,8849990.707.68
42Jefferson Hills Borough11,5059880.787.65
43Buffalo Valley Regional12,28431040.248.47
44Upper Dublin Township26,333112220.428.43
45Whitpain Township19,237151530.787.95
46Horsham Township26,669102300.378.62
47Springfield Township, Montgomery County19,603221481.127.55
48Silver Spring Township16,88431520.189.00
49Baldwin Borough19,828131650.668.32
50Uwchlan Township19,274141590.738.25
51Easttown Township10,6441980.099.21
52Southern Regional York County13,76625921.826.68
53State College58,119394910.678.45
54Lehigh Township, Northampton County10,34411831.068.02
55Westtown-East Goshen Regional32,687352641.078.08
56Penn Township, York County16,243201281.237.88
57Shaler Township28,467162530.568.89
58Manor Township, Lancaster County20,778331531.597.36
59North Strabane Township14,523101270.698.74
60Elizabeth Township13,21641240.309.38
61West Hempfield Township16,538161390.978.40
62York Area Regional55,292674651.218.41
63Radnor Township31,625222910.709.20
64Upper Macungie Township23,396112260.479.66
65North Middleton Township11,54291070.789.27
66Central Bucks Regional15,380121450.789.43
67Patton Township16,02741640.2510.23
68Bethel Park32,077223080.699.60
69West Mifflin20,028241801.208.99
70Northern Berks Regional13,22841370.3010.36
71West Hills Regional10,30211951.079.22
72Moon Township25,845192530.749.79
73Mifflin County Regional16,889201601.189.47
74Spring Township, Berks County27,517152910.5510.58
75Doylestown Township17,53991870.5110.66
76Aston Township16,82871840.4210.93
77Mount Lebanon32,692273430.8310.49
78Northern York Regional68,894507370.7310.70
79Warrington Township24,04472750.2911.44
80East Whiteland Township10,71161200.5611.20
81Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County23,92752900.2112.12
82Warminster Township32,577253800.7711.66
83Marple Township23,80592980.3812.52
84Fairview Township, York County17,312251911.4411.03
85Lower Providence Township26,333572652.1610.06
86Cranberry Township30,940153910.4812.64
87Lansdale16,558181961.0911.84
88Hatfield Township20,925162590.7612.38
89East Hempfield Township24,462133160.5312.92
90Palmer Township21,492262561.2111.91
91Douglass Township, Montgomery County10,475131251.2411.93
92Whitemarsh Township17,72162400.3413.54
93Hopewell Township12,466211441.6811.55
94Ridley Township31,110473721.5111.96
95Northeastern Regional11,655231331.9711.41
96Lower Moreland Township13,26181790.6013.50
97Manheim Township39,930205460.5013.67
98Emmaus11,39861560.5313.69
99Lower Gwynedd Township11,574171441.4712.44
100Scott Township, Allegheny County16,848232151.3712.76
101West Goshen Township23,398223150.9413.46
102Haverford Township49,168256960.5114.16
103Lower Burrell11,408201461.7512.80
104Montgomery Township26,272133860.4914.69
105Derry Township, Dauphin County25,044263491.0413.94
106Lower Paxton Township48,582746431.5213.24
107Ephrata13,955301722.1512.33
108Phoenixville16,695402032.4012.16
109Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County24,846483201.9312.88
110Ephrata Township10,30991510.8714.65
111Hilltown Township15,308102310.6515.09
112Logan Township12,31381890.6515.35
113Upper Moreland Township24,270153770.6215.53
114Slate Belt Regional12,358261672.1013.51
115Exeter Township, Berks County25,930214040.8115.58
116Limerick Township18,93953190.2616.84
117Lower Pottsgrove Township12,194121930.9815.83
118Coal Township10,48091680.8616.03
119Cumru Township15,385152540.9716.51
120Bethlehem Township23,869313841.3016.09
121Elizabethtown11,592121921.0416.56
122Newberry Township15,470202511.2916.22
123North Huntingdon Township30,787145410.4517.57
124Lower Merion Township58,234281,0680.4818.34
125Lower Allen Township19,206193430.9917.86
126Salisbury Township13,76292580.6518.75
127Sandy Township10,69991980.8418.51
128Hazleton24,725933603.7614.56
129Pocono Mountain Regional42,2841126882.6516.27
130Richland Township, Bucks County13,17672600.5319.73
131Easton26,938744452.7516.52
132Washington Township, Franklin County14,631112860.7519.55
133Oil City10,057301642.9816.31
134Abington Township, Montgomery County55,623491,0890.8819.58
135Meadville12,999262332.0017.92
136Middletown Township45,408379010.8119.84
137Lancaster Township, Lancaster County17,244183421.0419.83
138Lower Southampton Township19,185603253.1316.94
139East Norriton Township14,171182801.2719.76
140Kingston12,894342322.6417.99
141Ross Township30,858226500.7121.06
142Monroeville28,142715242.5218.62
143Dunmore13,247402373.0217.89
144Carlisle19,225254001.3020.81
145Nanticoke10,218202051.9620.06
146West Norriton Township15,799243281.5220.76
147Upper Darby Township82,8963861,3544.6616.33
148Altoona45,1581568213.4518.18
149North Lebanon Township11,839152611.2722.05
150Upper Chichester Township17,054503372.9319.76
151Columbia10,385232182.2120.99
152Falls Township, Bucks County33,823687222.0121.35
153Norristown34,4251486184.3017.95
154West Chester20,129594032.9320.02
155Butler Township, Butler County16,713253741.5022.38
156Bristol Township53,9781031,1761.9121.79
157Colonial Regional20,36135060.1524.85
158Robinson Township, Allegheny County13,813223191.5923.09
159Hanover Township, Luzerne County10,901272422.4822.20
160North Versailles Township12,322412603.3321.10
161Scranton77,3322161,6962.7921.93
162Berwick10,170252402.4623.60
163Muhlenberg Township20,181245151.1925.52
164Lebanon25,549606192.3524.23
165Cheltenham Township37,064619441.6525.47
166Pottsville13,703463153.3622.99
167Penn Hills41,8411679263.9922.13
168Erie99,0193532,2783.5623.01
169Waynesboro10,902292662.6624.40
170Bensalem Township60,362711,6261.1826.94
171Hanover15,537234181.4826.90
172Lansdowne10,643202801.8826.31
173Springfield Township, Delaware County24,438156900.6128.23
174Greensburg14,419473553.2624.62
175Pocono Township10,723252822.3326.30
176Caln Township14,167533563.7425.13
177Plymouth Township, Montgomery County17,887275361.5129.97
178Stroud Area Regional34,242849792.4528.59
179Williamsport29,1631047923.5727.16
180Hermitage15,958304871.8830.52
181Center Township11,750333462.8129.45
182South Whitehall Township19,79796600.4533.34
183Yeadon11,537403373.4729.21
184Allentown120,6155523,3374.5827.67
185Reading87,8345972,2926.8026.09
186West Manchester Township18,880406262.1233.16
187Chambersburg20,770876304.1930.33
188Johnstown21,2271006334.7129.82
189Sharon13,472544224.0131.32
190Wyomissing10,47393780.8636.09
191Coatesville13,1571113298.4425.01
192Springettsbury Township26,931369631.3435.76
193New Castle22,2111246765.5830.44
194East Lampeter Township17,090376142.1735.93
195Swatara Township24,916778943.0935.88
196Upper Merion Township28,661151,1470.5240.02
197Rostraver Township11,130274172.4337.47
198Whitehall Township27,426281,0981.0240.04
199Spring Garden Township12,977434813.3137.07
200Washington, Washington County13,421924376.8532.56
201Harrisburg48,9965261,34210.7427.39
202Richland Township, Cambria County12,140105170.8242.59
203Pittsburgh302,4432,3669,8687.8232.63
204York44,0174161,4089.4531.99
205Philadelphia1,570,82615,53449,3349.8931.41
206Lancaster59,3404872,1648.2136.47
207Wilkinsburg15,69216753210.6433.90
208Pottstown22,7191549306.7840.93
209Chester34,1095361,04915.7130.75
210Darby10,68722839821.3337.24

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Pennsylvania, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes. 

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