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New York – The state needs little introduction, being nationally and globally famous for its largest city of the same name. One of the original 13 colonies, New York became a major entry point for immigrants to the developing US. Although New York City is the most populous in the US, upstate New York is mountainous and famed for its scenery and recreational facilities.

The population of 19.5 million makes New York the 4th most populous state overall, and the 7th most densely populated. From the 19th century, NYC and lower parts of the state became an industrial and financial powerhouse. Wealth today is generated from financial services, manufacturing, entertainment and tourism.

2.34 Average violent crime per 1,000
17.64 Average property crime per 1,000

As might be expected, New York incomes are higher than the national average. Household and per capita income at $65,000 and $37,000 respectively, are approximately 8-10% above US averages. Contrary to some common myth, the state’s crime statistics are considerably below US averages. Specifically:

  • It’s the 8th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • New York’s violent crime has a ratio of 0.67 against the nation’s average with 2.34 crimes per 1,000 against the US’ 3.47. This makes it the 13th safest state for violent crime.
  • The state’s property crime levels are well below national levels, being 17.64 per 1,000 compared to the national average of 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.44.

Statistically, the safest areas of New York are:

  1. Lewisboro Town
  2. Bedford Town
  3. Floral Park Village
  4. Port Washington
  5. Tarrytown Village

Safest Cities in New York, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Lewisboro Town-10.0000.078
2Bedford Town5370.2782.056
3Floral Park Village9420.5642.632
4Port Washington5990.2585.107
5Tarrytown Village9490.7774.233
6Harrison Town11160.0354.073
7Mamaroneck Town1600.0824.911
9Lynbrook Village181020.9195.210
10Long Beach211990.6225.893
11East Hampton Town172260.85311.336
12Mamaroneck Village191310.9786.744
13Glen Cove81510.2925.511
14Scarsdale Village61280.3337.099
15Warwick Town131040.7075.660
16Southold Town172140.85010.705
17Dobbs Ferry Village4890.3597.999
19Rockville Centre Village241860.9737.544
20Garden City Village22140.0899.478
21Stony Point Town9760.5794.891
22New York46,433124,8155.38914.486
23Yorktown Town122170.3235.842
24Eastchester Town51710.2498.528
25Schodack Town3430.2573.680
26East Fishkill Town201430.6784.847
27Orangetown Town463031.2178.015
29Freeport Village944072.1699.390
30East Aurora-Aurora Town3910.2176.591
31Haverstraw Town422981.1197.939
32White Plains1039821.76216.798
33Fallsburg Town131071.0808.886
34Blooming Grove Town11620.9275.226
35Ramapo Town446930.4687.371
36Port Chester Village493221.65510.873
37New Rochelle1821,1492.27614.370
38Hempstead Village3325935.94910.626
39Southampton Town626111.21611.983
40Saratoga Springs564592.00316.415
42Lancaster Town234060.61410.839
43Tonawanda Town1009121.74815.938
44Orchard Park Town292550.9768.579
46Mount Vernon4371,2946.37918.889
47Clarkstown Town891,1251.08813.751
51Plattsburgh City313551.57017.982
52Glens Falls291902.03313.317
53New Paltz Town and Village221651.55811.681
54New Windsor Town263630.94213.148
55West Seneca Town445630.96512.347
56Depew Village172461.12216.238
58Lloyd Town61000.5739.556
59Evans Town182151.11413.303
60Oswego City363832.05621.873
61Saugerties Town242121.26111.139
62North Greenbush Town81520.65412.424
65Oneonta City272341.93316.754
66Fredonia Village131571.23314.891
67Manlius Town173410.69213.890
68Kenmore Village132310.86215.313
74North Tonawanda375071.21516.649
75Spring Valley Village1333904.05511.892
76Amherst Town1241,8681.02415.419
78East Greenbush Town73350.42520.351
80Camillus Town and Village162970.64812.026
86Geddes Town72150.68320.986
89Ulster Town83420.64127.419
90Colonie Town841,9021.05623.917
93Hamburg Town378740.80418.983
94Guilderland Town276850.79220.089
95Niskayuna Town154110.66518.233
96Shawangunk Town2780.1435.564
97Ogden Town132100.64010.334
99Vestal Town225730.78320.399
100Cheektowaga Town1872,2962.41129.597
103Dewitt Town487151.88928.144
104Endicott Village744285.72233.096
106Wallkill Town656322.25121.883
107Brighton Town287810.76521.341
108Niagara Falls5442,33611.24348.279
110Newburgh Town241,0590.77834.314
111Irondequoit Town1091,1182.16322.186
113Glenville Town144640.64721.432
114Greece Town1741,9351.80820.110
115Rotterdam Town378231.25127.817
116Woodbury Town45050.36345.838
117Johnson City Village917566.23551.799
118New Hartford Town and Village165950.78829.292
119Gates Town608412.08929.280


To identify the safest cities in New York, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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