2016 Safest Places in New York

by Susan Gulliford

When someone says “New York,” the first thing that comes to your mind is probably the city of the same name. With over eight million of the state’s nearly 20 million people, New York City looms large in the public mind. New York state, however, has a wide range of communities with crime rates that vary tremendously.

The ValuePenguin team analyzed 210 places with populations of more than 5,000. The crime scores ranged from 16 to 5,266. Small towns and villages dominated the top five safest places. Notably, New York City was not among the least safest cities. Here is the detailed report on the safest places in New York.

5 Safest Places in New York

These cities have an average crime score of 50, which is 95% lower than their typical peer in the state. With some of its lowest total violent crime rates, these five are the safest places in the state.

1. Lewisboro Town

The safest place is a mid-sized community made up of six hamlets located 50 miles north of New York City in Westchester County. The New York State Police serve the community in conjunction with the local police department. This arrangement produced a very positive outcome; Lewisboro Town had zero violent crimes reported and the lowest rate of property crime for the state, for 2014. This community has a well-educated, affluent population. The median household income in this community was 2.4 times the median household income for the state of New York, and almost 75% of the residents over 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

2. Malverne Village

This village in Nassau County (Long Island), is the second-safest place overall and is the number one community in the small category. It reported one violent crime in 2014 and had the third-lowest rate of property crime in this study. Malverne Village involves its citizens in law enforcement by training volunteers to serve as Police Reserve Officers. This community has a very high rate of home ownership (nearly 93%), and the median household income was almost $56,000 per year above the state’s median household income.

3. Elmira Town

Elmira is a small town (population of 5,894) that surrounds the city of Elmira on three sides and is approximately 14 miles from Corning. Elmira Town not only had a low rate of violent crime, it had the second-lowest rate of property crime. This town is located in the state’s Fingerlakes region. With a median household income of just over $75,000 per year, this community is more middle-class. This safe place also offers lower housing and rental costs than New York state overall.

4. Pleasantville Village

This small community is the second entrant from Westchester County, and it's actually a village in the town of Mount Pleasant, NY. Pleasantville Village is approximately a 15-minute drive from White Plains and a 34-minute drive from Stamford, Conn. Despite being a small village, it has a full-time police agency. Pleasantville Village had only one violent crime reported in 2014, and it also had the fourth-lowest rate of property crime. The community had a median household income of slightly over $105,000 per year, a very low poverty rate, and a high percentage (61%) of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree.

5. Kings Point Village

The smallest community in the top five (population of 5,065) is the second entrant from Nassau County. Kings Point Village is approximately a one-hour drive from New York City. It had zero violent crimes reported, and it was the fifth safest for property crime in this research. The median household income was approximately $55,000 above the state’s median household income and home values are very high.

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 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

Year-over-year Change

Some cities have a real track record of safety. Two of the safest places, Elmira Town and Pleasantville Village, were in the top five for 2015. This year’s number five, Kings Point Village, was in the top ten last year for small safest places.

In both 2015 and 2016, small communities dominated the safest places. All of the top five were from the small category. In 2016, one community was mid-sized and the other four were small. If you are looking for a small, safe place, New York state has many of them.

If a small town is not for you, there are some cities with more than 20,000 people that produced consistent results. Glen Cove was the safest city in the large category for the second year in a row. Overall, five of the top cities in the largest categories were repeats from last year. If the biggest city of all interests you, take heart. New York City was not among the least safest cities, and it is considerably safer than New York state’s least safest place, Buffalo.

Safest Places in New York

Methodology

To rank these places, we collected data from the 2014 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 disqualified Woodbury Town because the FBI suspected underreported data.

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 80% and property crime at 20%. 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

205

Albany98,5958133,9433,594

178

Albion Village5,8724433,4741,977

132

Amherst Town118,8601081,7381,101

125

Amityville Village9,5091262,0821,029

153

Amsterdam18,0991492,7071,407

47

Baldwinsville Village7,48527868378

91

Ballston Spa Village5,4701461,335718

190

Batavia15,2234663,9352,426

150

Bath Village5,7032452,5951,344

140

Beacon14,3303001,7101,209

33

Bedford Town17,78211692313

97

Bethlehem Town34,653981,310773

201

Binghamton46,2296604,4303,298

55

Blooming Grove Town11,96067719402

7

Briarcliff Manor Village8,06025211121

138

Brighton Town36,884702,3151,186

99

Brockport Village8,4051191,523784

13

Bronxville Village6,42131389196

210

Buffalo258,4191,2284,8175,266

49

Cairo Town6,54846840390

113

Camillus Town and Village24,307531,934942

175

Canandaigua10,4524592,8801,896

17

Canton Village6,82015484208

36

Carmel Town34,46335598334

187

Cheektowaga Town78,2092583,4512,194

10

Chester Town7,95838276167

38

Chittenango Village5,03120835338

104

Cicero Town29,671641,608834

129

Clarkstown Town81,435901,7901,055

95

Coeymans Town7,441269847744

123

Cohoes16,2022591,3891,021

154

Colonie Town78,717912,5531,429

172

Corning11,0413443,0981,809

14

Cornwall Town9,527-493196

69

Crawford Town9,240119855528

22

Croton-on-Hudson Village8,23836522261

100

Deerpark Town7,7501031,626793

107

Depew Village15,200991,651856

156

Dewitt Town22,682883,0201,469

52

Dobbs Ferry Village11,10227865394

152

Dunkirk12,2753581,9631,389

61

East Aurora-Aurora Town13,79058928480

136

East Greenbush Town16,4541342,2551,176

86

East Hampton Town19,728351,419671

89

East Rochester Village6,5811671,140690

43

Eastchester Town19,96530701353

16

Eden Town7,69639364202

185

Ellicott Town5,1561365,2372,146

179

Elmira28,8032783,3471,988

3

Elmira Town5,894176851

195

Endicott Village13,0965734,6662,864

59

Fairport Village5,33675900447

67

Fallsburg Town12,16999863514

76

Fishkill Town21,502331,237592

19

Floral Park Village15,91557295219

32

Frankfort Town5,01020758310

121

Fredonia Village10,831832,1791,013

160

Freeport Village43,2343471,9611,553

171

Fulton City11,7071283,8871,790

79

Garden City Village22,595531,235630

181

Gates Town28,5432243,6332,018

119

Geddes Town10,436382,3381,001

80

Geneseo Village7,914511,415631

149

Geneva13,1841442,6551,331

15

Glen Cove27,24122356197

143

Glens Falls14,5181722,3281,256

117

Glenville Town21,819272,154982

189

Gloversville15,2422564,4422,286

63

Goshen Village5,37593949493

165

Greece Town97,1441742,5011,595

108

Greenburgh Town45,1331351,334872

124

Guilderland Town33,958741,9701,026

145

Hamburg Town45,6561122,2821,272

84

Hamburg Village9,546631,351638

20

Harrison Town28,13018459236

25

Hastings-on-Hudson Village7,97013690289

71

Haverstraw Town37,422123716552

192

Hempstead Village55,7228561,7322,447

199

Herkimer Village7,6467195,1013,098

8

Highlands Town8,40024226126

81

Hornell8,453591,372632

164

Hudson6,6324072,5181,585

92

Hudson Falls Village7,305961,506730

51

Hyde Park Town21,32666642392

109

Ilion Village7,9691631,631891

162

Irondequoit Town51,3901442,7521,568

9

Irvington Village6,58115274128

200

Jamestown30,6467214,1933,175

204

Johnson City Village14,8242977,3533,562

159

Johnstown8,4391303,3891,535

127

Kenmore Village15,2161052,0701,042

24

Kent Town13,40115597271

5

Kings Point Village5,065-19773

169

Kingston23,7022832,8351,735

42

Kirkland Town8,34724803352

167

Lackawanna17,9314292,2981,708

191

Lakewood-Busti7,2651515,6992,434

77

Lancaster Town36,760411,172610

78

Larchmont Village5,971-1,658626

1

Lewisboro Town12,712-3916

50

Lewiston Town and Village16,14537780391

66

Lloyd Town10,669471,078510

74

Long Beach33,613119785571

64

Lynbrook Village19,50677846495

18

Macedon Town and Village9,08122451214

146

Malone Village5,853513,1781,274

2

Malverne Village8,549128251

56

Mamaroneck Town12,2268957405

72

Mamaroneck Village19,309104891559

98

Manlius Town24,577611,530779

73

Marlborough Town8,738921,064564

163

Massena Village10,7852043,0781,571

83

Mechanicville5,1921351,175637

142

Medina Village5,9131862,5541,244

183

Middletown27,7004402,9892,111

110

Monroe Village8,627811,947894

37

Montgomery Town8,95956625335

196

Monticello Village6,6938824,3333,007

6

Mount Hope Town7,173-265102

102

Mount Kisco Village11,1122341,053805

53

Mount Pleasant Town26,93133761396

184

Mount Vernon68,4427161,5062,113

174

New Hartford Town and Village20,3081233,8211,858

112

New Paltz Town and Village14,0741991,442928

137

New Rochelle80,0302241,5161,182

133

New Windsor Town26,3071252,0111,111

194

New York8,473,9385971,6022,763

173

Newark Village8,9083823,1771,858

207

Newburgh28,3781,4483,0523,939

186

Newburgh Town30,826844,5452,192

209

Niagara Falls49,3001,1785,3574,726

188

Niagara Town8,1621964,8642,209

101

Niskayuna Town22,245311,704795

21

North Castle Town12,22416515237

103

North Greenbush Town12,1521151,531813

105

North Syracuse Village6,9412021,369836

116

North Tonawanda30,9861521,552970

45

Northport Village7,40641783366

182

Norwich6,9853293,9512,025

85

Ogden Town20,198841,208665

176

Ogdensburg10,9901913,9491,905

180

Oneida11,2312324,0162,002

128

Oneonta City13,9611861,7761,045

70

Orangetown Town37,67788815533

87

Orchard Park Town29,507441,328673

96

Ossining Village25,455216829746

177

Oswego City18,1132763,4671,946

94

Peekskill24,083224785737

115

Pelham Manor Village5,586722,274959

68

Pelham Village7,017711,055515

62

Penn Yan Village5,087591,081488

46

Plattekill Town10,27439759367

4

Pleasantville Village7,151149859

135

Port Chester Village29,5132201,7011,154

170

Port Jervis8,6272673,3961,756

28

Port Washington19,09426602303

88

Potsdam Village9,775311,606690

193

Poughkeepsie30,5548902,1862,578

168

Poughkeepsie Town43,5991193,2431,726

44

Pound Ridge Town5,23457745362

65

Ramapo Town88,88172723501

106

Rensselaer City9,5751461,535844

208

Rochester210,3478394,2104,028

60

Rockville Centre Village24,12770804476

122

Rome32,615861,9161,020

31

Rosendale Town5,98533685309

155

Rotterdam Town29,340443,0711,451

12

Rye16,01625337184

57

Rye Brook Village9,54421964417

148

Salamanca5,6534071,8751,314

126

Saranac Lake Village5,3331502,1941,041

151

Saratoga Springs27,4962332,1461,366

75

Saugerties Town19,227571,129582

34

Scarsdale Village17,7106728319

203

Schenectady65,8348733,8253,526

40

Schodack Town11,66760600342

120

Scotia Village7,8081661,9211,007

166

Seneca Falls Town9,1351863,4371,656

23

Shawangunk Town14,15642473267

39

Sleepy Hollow Village10,05180527338

147

Solvay Village6,4672942,2111,290

111

Southampton Town50,819921,531895

93

Southold Town19,991401,541731

144

Spring Valley Village32,5864021,2001,267

11

Stillwater Town6,604-439168

54

Stony Point Town15,40871668400

27

Suffern Village10,97546556298

206

Syracuse144,5348053,9823,717

48

Tarrytown Village11,53152746387

141

Tonawanda14,9581402,3471,214

134

Tonawanda Town58,0771641,7481,144

202

Troy49,9507014,3683,369

30

Tuckahoe Village6,62030680306

158

Ulster Town12,1121243,2201,517

198

Utica61,7026523,8353,085

118

Vestal Town28,019392,070990

90

Walden Village6,8471311,300700

130

Wallkill Town28,2111521,7941,070

58

Washingtonville Village5,788351,019436

26

Waterford Town and Village8,39812691290

157

Waterloo Village5,1852512,9701,476

197

Watertown28,0095464,6273,030

131

Watervliet10,2351951,9441,093

82

Webster Town and Village44,230611,121634

114

West Seneca Town44,866851,703950

139

White Plains58,1031811,8001,202

29

Whitestown Town9,307-763303

41

Woodstock Town5,90751728351

161

Yonkers200,6244851,0011,561

35

Yorktown Town36,98935565322

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