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Pennsylvania – This is a state which played a pivotal position for many of the key events in early US history. One of the original 13 colonies, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were drafted in Philadelphia. With 12.8 million inhabitants, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has the 5th highest population in the US and is ranked 9th in terms of its population density.

Long regarded as a major powerhouse of US industry, the state was hit hard by recession and overseas competition in the latter 20th and early 21st centuries – notably in its once dominant steel industry. Even so, it remains a major force in US commerce with manufacturing, high-tech and financial service sectors. Agriculture and tourism are also major contributors to the states economy. Pennsylvania’s income figures are broadly in line with national averages, at $59,000 for households and $32,000 per capita.

1.99 Average violent crime per 1,000
15.13 Average property crime per 1,000

The state has crimes statistics that are below national averages:

  • It’s the 5th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • Pennsylvania’s level of violent crime is roughly half the national average (ratio=0.57) with 1.99 crimes per 1,000 against the national average of 3.47. This makes it the 9th safest state in violent crime terms.
  • Property crime levels are considerably below national averages, being 15.13 per 1,000 compared to the national average of 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.37.

While the state overall has impressive figures, some areas have very low crime levels:

  1. Whitehall​
  2. Upper Providence Township, Delaware County
  3. Penn Township, Westmoreland County
  4. South Park Township
  5. Willistown Township

Safest Cities in Pennsylvania, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
2Upper Providence Township, Delaware County1290.0952.763
3Penn Township, Westmoreland County18300.9231.538
4South Park Township6270.4492.019
5Willistown Township-450.0004.104
6Jefferson Hills Borough8420.7013.678
7Cecil Township2560.1594.443
9Warwick Township, Bucks County9510.6143.479
10Horsham Township71410.2625.276
11Upper St. Clair Township61050.3015.273
12Northampton Township181470.4573.731
13West Mifflin241151.2095.792
14South Fayette Township4630.2543.994
15Silver Spring Township1920.0575.240
16Buckingham Township1890.0494.376
17Whitemarsh Township101450.5608.116
18Adams Township, Butler County5490.3603.531
19Towamencin Township8970.4335.248
20Franklin Park2510.1363.472
21Central Bucks Regional91060.5876.915
22Newtown Township, Bucks County151190.6555.196
23Ferguson Township6960.3064.890
24Hampton Township11730.5963.956
25Upper Saucon Township7930.4185.554
26Mount Lebanon232240.7116.921
27Lower Salford Township8850.5175.488
28Northwest Lancaster County Regional9900.4564.555
29Upper Uwchlan Township2520.1734.506
30Easttown Township3670.2836.315
31Tredyffrin Township132260.4427.678
32Upper Southampton Township81180.5337.855
33New Britain Township4630.3575.615
34Forks Township51100.3227.089
35Uwchlan Township20981.0465.123
37Newtown Township, Delaware County81020.6077.733
38New Hanover Township6500.4583.818
40Plumstead Township13870.9356.256
41Lower Saucon Township18761.6647.025
42Upper Dublin Township182370.6849.001
43Upper Gwynedd Township111240.6867.730
44West Lampeter Township10870.6225.410
45Franconia Township5620.3764.664
46Southwestern Regional18741.0134.166
47Peters Township41370.1796.144
48West Chester503042.47715.062
50Northern Regional81850.2285.269
51Pennridge Regional11821.0027.469
53Lower Moreland Township61630.45312.306
54North Middleton Township16561.3764.817
55North Strabane Township181161.2187.850
56Baldwin Borough191370.9636.945
57Upper Allen Township-1640.0008.151
58Doylestown Township101410.5708.040
59West Deer Township6770.5036.459
60Northern Berks Regional41000.3017.529
61Radnor Township252940.7859.228
62East Whiteland Township61450.51412.423
63Penn Township, York County201471.2208.967
64Lower Merion Township391,0340.66817.719
66Bethel Park232920.7229.170
67Douglass Township, Montgomery County12761.1397.215
68Lower Makefield Township182910.5498.878
69West Hempfield Township121660.72610.036
70Hatfield Township231931.0999.223
71Lehigh Township, Northampton County21772.0197.404
72Northern Lancaster County Regional311690.8734.761
73Aston Township51340.2998.017
74St. Marys City91070.7258.620
75Slate Belt Regional321442.58111.615
76Elizabeth Township8880.6126.728
77Derry Township, Dauphin County264221.03716.825
79Warrington Township152400.6169.852
80North Fayette Township171811.16012.350
81Lower Burrell91350.79611.944
83Upper Macungie Township42550.16310.393
84West Goshen Township262491.11910.716
85Whitpain Township322561.65113.212
86Buffalo Valley Regional31280.23810.167
87Patton Township41540.2489.565
89Shaler Township192180.6747.729
90Haverford Township296550.59013.336
91Springfield Township, Montgomery County192340.96311.861
92North Versailles Township261752.13214.352
93Westtown-East Goshen Regional342421.0537.492
94Lower Gwynedd Township111500.95012.952
95Manor Township, Lancaster County421412.0056.731
96West Hills Regional6990.5909.737
97Moon Township152930.58111.349
99Warminster Township483851.48011.874
100Cumru Township221991.43412.972
102Nether Providence Township101350.7259.790
103State College446160.75610.590
104Bloomsburg Town351752.40712.034
105Amity Township81130.6198.745
107East Pennsboro Township152020.6889.266
108Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County102830.41111.639
109Cranberry Township72900.2249.298
110Upper Moreland Township213810.86615.719
113Exeter Township, Berks County233040.89011.769
114Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County753592.99314.328
117Palmer Township143420.64815.835
118West Norriton Township222731.39417.300
119Bethlehem Township243361.00114.016
121Ridley Township313440.99711.067
122Manheim Township596781.46916.878
123Montgomery Township93750.34114.221
124Hampden Township112580.3688.627
125East Hempfield Township253441.02014.039
126Plymouth Township, Montgomery County354791.96226.857
127Millcreek Township, Erie County1117342.06313.642
128Salisbury Township82110.57915.282
129Logan Township141751.11613.948
130Robinson Township, Allegheny County213021.52421.921
131York Area Regional874391.5747.945
132Lower Providence Township503091.86511.524
133Scott Township, Allegheny County322181.91813.066
134Southern Regional York County191551.65413.492
135Hilltown Township142050.91613.418
136Marple Township113400.46114.263
137Falls Township, Bucks County705782.08217.193
138North Huntingdon Township173400.55411.080
139Spring Township, Berks County103280.36411.951
140Northeastern Regional151321.27911.255
141Lower Pottsgrove Township221921.80615.765
144East Norriton Township402912.82620.560
145Upper Darby Township3881,2974.69715.702
146Mifflin County Regional161540.9489.128
148Harrison Township122401.15923.170
149Lower Paxton Township997412.02215.131
151Hopewell Township211851.70114.985
153Bensalem Township821,5341.36025.435
155Newberry Township222171.41713.973
156Lower Southampton Township833534.34118.462
157Limerick Township93530.47018.438
158Fairview Township, York County421782.41510.234
162Coal Township141531.35314.784
163Middletown Township398310.86118.352
165Ross Township276060.88019.750
166Upper Merion Township181,0740.62837.452
168Northern York Regional457470.65010.794
171Pocono Township252492.33523.258
173Richland Township, Bucks County152111.13415.955
176Lower Allen Township273531.37718.007
178Washington, Washington County634194.68931.187
182Spring Garden Township333022.53023.152
183South Whitehall Township165730.80428.804
184Sandy Township201631.87615.289
185Springfield Township, Delaware County145880.57524.135
186Hanover Township, Luzerne County272492.49523.009
187Center Township312932.66625.198
189East Lampeter Township175990.99535.062
190Upper Chichester Township303521.76120.666
192Abington Township, Montgomery County541,2440.97222.383
193Bristol Township871,0811.62220.157
194West Whiteland Township174380.92223.766
196Muhlenberg Township245321.19126.402
198Colonial Regional144560.68222.201
199Penn Hills1817594.36918.322
200Butler Township, Butler County263821.55822.888
201North Lebanon Township282252.33818.789
206Rostraver Township132711.17724.534
207Caln Township363092.54721.858
209West Manchester Township415392.17328.571
210Stroud Area Regional861,0562.51030.824
211Pocono Mountain Regional937632.20318.075
213Whitehall Township401,0151.45336.861
214Swatara Township881,0493.53942.184
216Richland Township, Cambria County125150.98742.376
217New Kensington504863.99738.855
219Springettsbury Township308601.11531.976
220Washington Township, Franklin County33200.20421.801


To identify the safest cities in Pennsylvania, 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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