The largest and most sparsely populated state, Alaska only achieved statehood in 1959, just ahead of Hawaii. Surprisingly, Alaska has some of the highest crime rates in the nation: its violent crime rate is first among all U.S. states, while its property crime rate is number three overall. These alarming statistics have been attributed to the fact that many Native American villages in the state are completely lacking effective law enforcement.
Owing to its low and scattered population, Alaska contains just three cities with populations over 10,000. Of these three, Fairbanks (population 32,456) boasts the lowest crime rates, with a violent crime rate of 6.8 per 1,000, just below the statewide average, and a property crime rate of 41.6 that is somewhat higher than the state average.
Similarly sized Juneau, the state capital, ranks second with violent and property crime rates a bit above the state average. While Anchorage, the state’s largest city by far, comes in third with unimpressive rates of 11.4 violent crimes per 1,000 and 49 property crimes per 1,000.
With its three largest cities all possessing not-so-great crime statistics, it’s safe to say that a number of Alaska’s small towns of 10,000 denizens or fewer are the safest in the state.
Alaska's Safest Cities
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To identify the safest cities in Alaska, 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 assigned a value 1.5 times (due to their severity) that of property crimes.