2015 Safest Places in New York

When deciding where to live, safety is a top priority. Our team at ValuePenguin has analyzed the most recent FBI Crime Report to determine the safety of cities and towns in New York. These 70 ranged in a crime score from 3 to 4,363, with an average of 801. We found that the five safest places to emerge were representative of the top 65 overall: they all classify themselves as towns as village.

More populous cities, including the eponymous New York, fell near the bottom of our rankings despite the fact that we adjusted our crime score metric for population, also taking into account both the amount of violent and property-related crimes per 100,000 people (more on our methodology below). For more insight, take a look at the report:

Select Safe Places in New York

These select cities have an average crime score of 91, 89% lower than their typical peer in New York. With some of the state’s lowest total violent crime rates, these five are among the safest places in the state.

1. Elmira Town, N.Y.

With a motto of “it’s a great place to live,” we can certainly say it’s a safe one. Reporting just one property crime for all of 2013, Elmira Town tops our list. Nestled in the Fingerlakes region, the small town shares its borders with the city of Elmira, which ranked 188th overall in crime score. Overseen by a supervisor and four councilmembers, the town reserves just one day a week for its court to be in session.

Factor

Value

Population

5,948

Crime Score

3

7. Glen Cove, N.Y.

Situated on Long Island’s north shore, Glen Cove is the only non-town or -village to rank among the top 65 safest places in the state. The city is also the most populated of any of the top 20. Still connected to New York City by the Long Island Railroad, it was apart of the 1920s-famed Gold Coast, and the city remains a pricey living option; the average home value in 2012 was $490,394, 75% higher than the state’s average.

Factor

Value

Population

27,134

Crime Score

72

12. Tuckahoe Village, N.Y.

With a crime score that is 87% lower than that of the state’s average city, Tuckahoe Village placed 12th in our study. Alleged criminal offenders here have little hiding places; the village is less than one square mile in size. It takes pride in its walkability and commuter-friendliness; it’s almost equidistant from both White Plains to the north and New York City to the south. The village is actually a part of the town of Eastchester, which has 19,800 residents and ranked 25th in our study.

Factor

Value

Population

6,578

Crime Score

102

14. New Castle Town, N.Y.

Another Westchester County member, New Castle Town broke into the top 15 having registered only two violent crimes for the year in question. It’s less surprising that the town, which is very forthright with its arrest data, has struggled more with property-related crime. Its residents, who count Governor Andrew Cuomo among them, earn an estimated median household income of $194,127, 244% higher than the state’s average. The government's third-largest annual expenditure, too, is on public safety.

Factor

Value

Population

17,864

Crime Score

113

20. Kent Town, N.Y.

Located a 45-minute west of Rochester, Kent Town narrowly cracked the top 20 overall thanks to its relative lack of violent crime; it reported just one, a rape, to the FBI for all of 2013. The 11-officer police department has an unusual New York topography to deal with here, as the town is both rural and flush with rocky mountain ranges. With its many lakes and reservoirs, Kent Town supplies water to the more densely-populated cities on our list below.

Factor

Value

Population

13,381

Crime Score

164

Population Breakdown

Although we adjusted for population in our crime rankings, it is still difficult to compare a small town to a large city. To account for this fact, we separated the safest cities into three categories: towns with populations between 5,000 and 10,000, midsize cities with populations between 10,000 and 20,000, and larger cities with populations greater than 20,000. Here are our findings:

Safest Places in new York

Full List of Places in New York

Below is the entire list of places that we included in our “Safest Places in New York” study. They are listed from the safest to the least safe, according to our analysis. The calculation for the crime scores can be found in the methodology section below. Take a look at the graph and see where your hometown ranks.

Full List of Places in New York

Methodology

To rank these places, we collected data from the 2013 FBI crime statistics by city, which provides the most recent crime data available. Not every town participates in this report and we also excluded towns with fewer than 5,000 residents because towns with small populations are more sensitive to crime score fluctuations for fewer crimes committed. The raw data report included property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson), and violent crimes (murder/manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) from all law enforcement agencies that chose to partake in the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program.

We standardized the data to reflect violent and property crimes per 100,000, to account for population. Then, we aggregated a “crime score” by weighting violent crime at 90% and property crime at 10%. Though property crime is more prevalent, we figured that violent crime is more concerning to town residents. Then we adjusted the crime score for population size, giving more slack to larger cities. Finally, we ranked the cities based on their crime scores.

Here is an alphabetical table of all cities included with their ranks, making it easier to compare different cities. See where your city lies!

Rank

CityPopulationViolent Crime per 100KProperty Crime per 100KCrime Score

209

Albany97,9568084,1752,857

181

Albion Village6,3883603,4911,281

124

Amherst Town118,296901,790659

111

Amityville Village9,519952,206609

137

Amsterdam18,1821652,227791

190

Auburn27,2703523,1501,401

63

Baldwinsville Village7,473671,178345

106

Ballston Spa Village5,4181481,735573

192

Batavia15,3743713,6361,460

164

Bath Village5,7332623,3321,069

36

Bedford Town17,62728885241

68

Bethlehem Town34,243381,291370

206

Binghamton46,3046135,0732,470

50

Blooming Grove Town12,00167825291

3

Briarcliff Manor Village7,9761313850

118

Brighton Town36,689712,161639

144

Brockport Village8,2842781,992880

16

Bronxville Village6,390-736140

215

Buffalo258,7891,2554,8274,363

2

Cairo Town6,577-22844

78

Camillus Town and Village24,165581,440430

157

Canandaigua10,4702103,009985

60

Canton Village6,794441,369338

24

Carmel Town34,46229575190

182

Cheektowaga Town78,3612023,4321,285

5

Chester Town7,990-31361

44

Chittenango Village5,016201,296273

74

Cicero Town29,571411,488415

119

Clarkstown Town80,705811,877639

170

Coeymans Town7,4585231,1531,135

114

Cohoes16,1791611,502621

139

Colonie Town78,215812,544801

186

Corning11,0873163,7521,334

13

Cornwall Town9,54310440105

113

Cortland19,331932,059621

83

Crawford Town9,2641191,220454

17

Croton-on-Hudson Village8,18012648148

97

Deerpark Town7,827891,942534

117

Depew Village15,1891122,041637

141

Dewitt Town22,681883,152859

26

Dobbs Ferry Village11,0219944207

168

Dunkirk12,3293242,4901,106

43

East Aurora-Aurora Town13,77436951264

23

East Fishkill Town29,31531563188

112

East Greenbush Town16,470732,265616

94

East Hampton Town19,6741021,525524

105

East Rochester Village6,5961211,895570

25

Eastchester Town19,80010848202

11

Eden Town7,68413403101

179

Ellicott Town5,1441365,5991,266

188

Elmira28,9212803,5511,354

1

Elmira Town5,948-173

196

Endicott Village13,1223514,6031,598

107

Evans Town16,2921041,921602

61

Fairport Village5,33594993343

110

Fallsburg Town12,1091821,338608

57

Fishkill Town20,435151,351320

41

Floral Park Village15,92688452261

22

Frankfort Town5,033-993184

99

Fredonia Village10,988911,893548

175

Freeport Village43,2143522,1591,235

172

Fulton City11,7392043,9441,176

75

Garden City Village22,596441,531420

173

Gates Town28,4682003,6921,223

108

Geddes Town10,442672,404604

96

Geneseo Village7,891762,053533

150

Geneva13,1942122,600929

7

Glen Cove27,1341122872

135

Glens Falls14,5821512,352773

109

Glenville Town21,839602,253606

187

Gloversville15,3152154,4791,342

48

Goshen Village5,400371,185283

154

Greece Town96,6671562,382944

93

Greenburgh Town44,7871071,291524

92

Guilderland Town33,805351,988522

134

Hamburg Town45,535832,563771

87

Hamburg Village9,517841,692487

33

Harrison Town27,87622807223

30

Hastings-on-Hudson Village7,937131,021222

102

Haverstraw Town37,196172914563

200

Hempstead Village55,1987841,7362,085

201

Herkimer Village7,6936894,9272,162

66

Hornell8,481591,321364

67

Horseheads Village6,701301,642366

176

Hudson6,6763892,9661,237

81

Hudson Falls Village7,187831,558444

64

Hyde Park Town21,39784841346

120

Ilion Village8,0021871,600641

158

Irondequoit Town51,5061812,6271,003

6

Irvington Village6,530-35267

198

Jamestown30,6585483,7181,940

202

Johnson City Village14,8664646,3842,203

160

Johnstown8,5311643,7041,018

115

Kenmore Village15,2561701,442622

20

Kent Town13,3817732164

9

Kings Point Village5,0422031792

177

Kingston23,6653132,9031,251

38

Kirkland Town8,296-1,242243

195

Lackawanna17,9654952,9671,579

151

Lakewood-Busti7,280144,684929

77

Lancaster Town36,369411,504427

59

Larchmont Village5,930341,467334

56

Lewiston Town and Village16,17574828314

58

Lloyd Town10,751561,098323

184

Lockport20,9043353,1051,322

80

Long Beach33,5341041,005439

54

Lynbrook Village19,52861840298

27

Macedon Town and Village9,13244668211

128

Malone Village5,881683,265731

15

Malverne Village8,54247246132

46

Mamaroneck Town12,14681,301280

47

Mamaroneck Village19,16442944283

90

Manlius Town24,461741,643507

73

Marlborough Town8,769571,540405

171

Massena Village10,8082043,7931,135

125

Mechanicville5,2131532,187662

136

Medina Village5,9532022,335784

193

Middletown27,8094103,0641,501

103

Monroe Village8,5441401,603563

69

Montgomery Town8,961671,272371

199

Monticello Village6,5827294,1932,053

8

Mount Hope Town7,112-45087

85

Mount Kisco Village11,028154979478

45

Mount Pleasant Town26,56445851278

204

Mount Vernon68,0718142,1102,280

14

New Castle Town17,86411431113

156

New Hartford Town and Village20,355643,960977

129

New Paltz Town and Village14,2482391,404738

149

New Rochelle78,8002221,765921

121

New Windsor Town25,7671201,828641

208

New York8,396,1266241,6912,530

180

Newark Village8,9783013,7201,271

214

Newburgh28,5711,5233,6403,865

174

Newburgh Town30,9841234,3671,229

213

Niagara Falls49,5741,1785,6623,818

191

Niagara Town8,2411585,9341,440

82

Niskayuna Town22,097591,543451

19

North Castle Town12,07725563161

91

North Greenbush Town12,137661,895508

100

North Syracuse Village6,9641441,594555

126

North Tonawanda31,1761321,880689

53

Northport Village7,41181796295

178

Norwich7,0492134,6111,256

71

Ogden Town20,026851,039388

167

Ogdensburg11,0722083,5861,104

189

Olean14,1502834,1911,398

166

Oneida11,2201603,8681,075

130

Oneonta City13,8251522,250749

72

Orangetown Town37,43899847397

70

Orchard Park Town29,386541,177372

88

Ossining Village25,314142960493

183

Oswego City18,1392983,4731,311

84

Peekskill23,9081251,037473

101

Pelham Manor Village5,558362,645556

122

Pelham Village6,9821002,463646

95

Penn Yan Village5,123782,167532

62

Plattekill Town10,374771,022344

148

Plattsburgh City19,6721982,455910

4

Pleasantville Village7,100-31060

132

Port Chester Village29,3281641,950765

155

Port Jervis8,6891733,269950

98

Potsdam Village9,613831,976542

205

Poughkeepsie30,7789292,5572,450

146

Poughkeepsie Town43,866893,052894

28

Pound Ridge Town5,20058635215

55

Ramapo Town87,20465650305

127

Rensselaer City9,5172001,671690

159

Riverhead Town33,7891892,7291,003

212

Rochester210,5621,0014,7733,668

76

Rockville Centre Village24,129911,123426

131

Rome32,5571442,033751

29

Rosendale Town6,02617996217

142

Rotterdam Town29,1461132,844862

31

Rye Brook Village9,48021928222

161

Salamanca5,6913162,7241,045

185

Saranac Lake Village5,3694842,7941,333

133

Saratoga Springs27,0811222,371769

89

Saugerties Town19,318781,651504

34

Scarsdale Village17,56461,048234

210

Schenectady66,0419194,2403,015

35

Schodack Town11,57335838234

79

Scotia Village7,700651,636432

18

Shawangunk Town14,20521563156

40

Sleepy Hollow Village9,99680580260

162

Solvay Village6,4872932,8671,049

123

Southampton Town50,603872,016658

86

Southold Town19,963601,718485

169

Spring Valley Village32,2884091,2511,112

10

Stillwater Town6,5871536495

52

Stony Point Town15,30778699293

42

Suffern Village10,88683551262

211

Syracuse143,8348294,5003,085

49

Tarrytown Village11,44952961290

143

Tonawanda14,9872272,102865

145

Tonawanda Town58,0822031,892886

207

Troy49,8987443,9782,507

12

Tuckahoe Village6,578-532102

153

Ulster Town12,1951153,583943

203

Utica61,6865854,0982,243

104

Vestal Town27,980572,041568

140

Walden Village6,8872612,062846

147

Wallkill Town27,9401432,745896

39

Washingtonville Village5,82834995245

32

Waterford Town and Village8,39248703223

163

Waterloo Village5,1752133,7491,052

197

Watertown28,1793874,1341,695

152

Watervliet10,2452542,362932

65

Webster Town and Village43,777481,071349

116

West Seneca Town44,821781,999628

138

White Plains57,5591362,140801

21

Whitestown Town9,141-842167

165

Woodbury Town10,685285,0631,071

37

Woodstock Town5,93134978242

194

Yonkers199,1345201,1891,555

51

Yorktown Town36,64341911292

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