As the fourth-most populated state in the union, New York State is also home to America's biggest city and has a storied history that dates back to the establishment of the original 13 colonies. To this day, New York City remains a gateway for incoming immigrants looking to realize the American Dream, and the city's vast metropolitan area contains about two-thirds of the state's total population. However, the Big Apple isn't all that New York State has to offer, and the rest of the state boasts a beautiful, varied geography that includes the Catskills, Allegheny Plateau, Adirondack Mountains, Finger Lakes, and Thousand Islands archipelago. Perhaps lesser-known is the fact that New York State contains four of the top ten most-visited tourist attractions in the world: Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, Central Park, and Niagara Falls (at least the American side). But perhaps what's not as well known is the fact that New York has a bounty of super-safe, close-knit cities that are great places where people can and have put down their roots.

65,724 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
18 property crime rate per 1,000 people

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  TOWN OF HIGHLANDS

On the Hudson River, near Harriman State Park, lies the Town of Highlands, located adjacent to the famous United States Military Academy (West Point). Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that Highlands is an orderly place— experiencing only 3 reported violent crimes and 12 property crimes last year. Those are the kind of microscopic numbers that make the Town of Highlands the safest in the state of New York. Besides safety, locals enjoy easy access to nature, including the previously mentioned Harriman State Park, as well as Bear Mountain State Park, and Palisades Interstate Park.

8,303 Population
3 Violent Crimes
12 Property Crimes

2. RYE

Located a pizza slice's throw from Manhattan—about 25 miles, to be more precise—Rye offers a quiet suburban lifestyle, as well as easy access to the Big Apple. However, unlike some parts of New York City, Rye remains a very safe city, seeing only 1 violent crime and 48 property crimes last year. Boasting a rich history, Rye is the hometown of John Jay, one of our nations' Founding Fathers and the first Chief Justice of the United States. It also contains the Boston Post Road Historic District and Playland, both of which have been designated as National Historic Landmarks. These days, Rye is known as one of the most expensive cities in the country and is home to many prestigious clubs, including the Westchester Country Club, The American Yacht Club, and the Rye Golf Club.

16,066 Population
1 Violent Crimes
48 Property Crimes

3. NEW CASTLE TOWN

Located in southeastern New York, New Castle Town has a rich history and was first established as a town in 1791. Prior to that, it was inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Wappinger and the Siwanoy, and was eventually settled by Quakers. These days, it's a very safe place to live, tallying only 2 reported violent crimes and 57 property crimes last year. Several National Register of Historic Places highlights are located here, including the Isaac Young House, the Williams-DuBois House, and the Old Chappaqua Historic District. Fun facts: New Castle Town is home to the first concrete barn erected in the country and (unrelated) is the present residence of Hillary and Bill Clinton.

18,066 Population
2 Violent Crimes
57 Property Crimes

4. EDEN TOWN

About 20 miles south of Buffalo and a short drive from Lake Erie rests Eden Town, a quiet place. It's a very safe community, even for its size, and experienced only 1 reported violent crime and 25 property crimes last year. Locals enjoy clocking out and heading outdoors, taking part in hiking, fishing, golfing, and even horseback riding, Those with an appetite for historical sites also visit the Asa Warren house, which was built in 1815 and served as a station for the Underground Railroad, as well as the original American Kazoo Company, which today remains the only metal kazoo factory in the world.

7,707 Population
1 Violent Crimes
25 Property Crimes

5. KINGS POINT VILLAGE

It may only be four square miles in size, but Kings Point Village has a mighty name and reputation. Located on the Great Neck Peninsula on the northern shore of Long Island, Kings Point is one of the safest in New York, tallying just 1 reported violent crime and 16 property crimes last year. It's also home to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Locals are also quick to point out that the famed author F. Scott Fitzgerald modeled much of The Great Gatsby after the region, including the fictional West Egg after Kings Point Village.

5,138 Population
1 Violent Crimes
16 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in New York, 2017

1. Town of Highlands

11. Croton-on-Hudson Village

21. Rosendale Town

31. Tuckahoe Village

41. Montgomery Town

2. Rye

12. Waterford Town and Village

22. Stony Point Town

32. Port Washington

42. Schodack Town

3. New Castle Town

13. Cornwall Town

23. Hyde Park Town

33. Fairport Village

43. Lewiston Town and Village

4. Eden Town

14. Bedford Town

24. Glen Cove

34. Washingtonville Village

44. Mount Pleasant Town

5. Kings Point Village

15. Carmel Town

25. Rye Brook Village

35. Mamaroneck Village

45. Macedon Town and Village

6. Kent Town

16. Pound Ridge Town

26. Mount Hope Town

36. Fishkill Town

46. Yorktown Town

7. Irvington Village

17. Sleepy Hollow Village

27. Tarrytown Village

37. Suffern Village

47. Northport Village

8. Floral Park Village

18. Cairo Town

28. East Fishkill Town

38. Plattekill Town

48. Ramapo Town

9. Harrison Town

19. Canton Village

29. Shawangunk Town

39. Hastings-on-Hudson Village

49. Lynbrook Village

10. Chester Town

20. North Castle Town

30. Blooming Grove Town

40. Scarsdale Village

50. East Aurora-Aurora Town

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in New York, 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 5,000. Note that our use of the word "cities" is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the words "town" and "township."


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 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

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