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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:

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.

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.  

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 City Population Violent
Crime per 100K
Property
Crime per 100K
Crime Score
205 Albany  98,595  813  3,943  3,594
178 Albion Village  5,872  443  3,474  1,977
132 Amherst Town  118,860  108  1,738  1,101
125 Amityville Village  9,509  126  2,082  1,029
153 Amsterdam  18,099  149  2,707  1,407
47 Baldwinsville Village  7,485  27  868  378
91 Ballston Spa Village  5,470  146  1,335  718
190 Batavia  15,223  466  3,935  2,426
150 Bath Village  5,703  245  2,595  1,344
140 Beacon  14,330  300  1,710  1,209
33 Bedford Town  17,782  11  692  313
97 Bethlehem Town  34,653  98  1,310  773
201 Binghamton  46,229  660  4,430  3,298
55 Blooming Grove Town  11,960  67  719  402
7 Briarcliff Manor Village  8,060  25  211  121
138 Brighton Town  36,884  70  2,315  1,186
99 Brockport Village  8,405  119  1,523  784
13 Bronxville Village  6,421  31  389  196
210 Buffalo  258,419  1,228  4,817  5,266
49 Cairo Town  6,548  46  840  390
113 Camillus Town and Village  24,307  53  1,934  942
175 Canandaigua  10,452  459  2,880  1,896
17 Canton Village  6,820  15  484  208
36 Carmel Town  34,463  35  598  334
187 Cheektowaga Town  78,209  258  3,451  2,194
10 Chester Town  7,958  38  276  167
38 Chittenango Village  5,031  20  835  338
104 Cicero Town  29,671  64  1,608  834
129 Clarkstown Town  81,435  90  1,790  1,055
95 Coeymans Town  7,441  269  847  744
123 Cohoes  16,202  259  1,389  1,021
154 Colonie Town  78,717  91  2,553  1,429
172 Corning  11,041  344  3,098  1,809
14 Cornwall Town  9,527  -    493  196
69 Crawford Town  9,240  119  855  528
22 Croton-on-Hudson Village  8,238  36  522  261
100 Deerpark Town  7,750  103  1,626  793
107 Depew Village  15,200  99  1,651  856
156 Dewitt Town  22,682  88  3,020  1,469
52 Dobbs Ferry Village  11,102  27  865  394
152 Dunkirk  12,275  358  1,963  1,389
61 East Aurora-Aurora Town  13,790  58  928  480
136 East Greenbush Town  16,454  134  2,255  1,176
86 East Hampton Town  19,728  35  1,419  671
89 East Rochester Village  6,581  167  1,140  690
43 Eastchester Town  19,965  30  701  353
16 Eden Town  7,696  39  364  202
185 Ellicott Town  5,156  136  5,237  2,146
179 Elmira  28,803  278  3,347  1,988
3 Elmira Town  5,894  17  68  51
195 Endicott Village  13,096  573  4,666  2,864
59 Fairport Village  5,336  75  900  447
67 Fallsburg Town  12,169  99  863  514
76 Fishkill Town  21,502  33  1,237  592
19 Floral Park Village  15,915  57  295  219
32 Frankfort Town  5,010  20  758  310
121 Fredonia Village  10,831  83  2,179  1,013
160 Freeport Village  43,234  347  1,961  1,553
171 Fulton City  11,707  128  3,887  1,790
79 Garden City Village  22,595  53  1,235  630
181 Gates Town  28,543  224  3,633  2,018
119 Geddes Town  10,436  38  2,338  1,001
80 Geneseo Village  7,914  51  1,415  631
149 Geneva  13,184  144  2,655  1,331
15 Glen Cove  27,241  22  356  197
143 Glens Falls  14,518  172  2,328  1,256
117 Glenville Town  21,819  27  2,154  982
189 Gloversville  15,242  256  4,442  2,286
63 Goshen Village  5,375  93  949  493
165 Greece Town  97,144  174  2,501  1,595
108 Greenburgh Town  45,133  135  1,334  872
124 Guilderland Town  33,958  74  1,970  1,026
145 Hamburg Town  45,656  112  2,282  1,272
84 Hamburg Village  9,546  63  1,351  638
20 Harrison Town  28,130  18  459  236
25 Hastings-on-Hudson Village  7,970  13  690  289
71 Haverstraw Town  37,422  123  716  552
192 Hempstead Village  55,722  856  1,732  2,447
199 Herkimer Village  7,646  719  5,101  3,098
8 Highlands Town  8,400  24  226  126
81 Hornell  8,453  59  1,372  632
164 Hudson  6,632  407  2,518  1,585
92 Hudson Falls Village  7,305  96  1,506  730
51 Hyde Park Town  21,326  66  642  392
109 Ilion Village  7,969  163  1,631  891
162 Irondequoit Town  51,390  144  2,752  1,568
9 Irvington Village  6,581  15  274  128
200 Jamestown  30,646  721  4,193  3,175
204 Johnson City Village  14,824  297  7,353  3,562
159 Johnstown  8,439  130  3,389  1,535
127 Kenmore Village  15,216  105  2,070  1,042
24 Kent Town  13,401  15  597  271
5 Kings Point Village  5,065  -    197  73
169 Kingston  23,702  283  2,835  1,735
42 Kirkland Town  8,347  24  803  352
167 Lackawanna  17,931  429  2,298  1,708
191 Lakewood-Busti  7,265  151  5,699  2,434
77 Lancaster Town  36,760  41  1,172  610
78 Larchmont Village  5,971  -    1,658  626
1 Lewisboro Town  12,712  -    39  16
50 Lewiston Town and Village  16,145  37  780  391
66 Lloyd Town  10,669  47  1,078  510
74 Long Beach  33,613  119  785  571
64 Lynbrook Village  19,506  77  846  495
18 Macedon Town and Village  9,081  22  451  214
146 Malone Village  5,853  51  3,178  1,274
2 Malverne Village  8,549  12  82  51
56 Mamaroneck Town  12,226  8  957  405
72 Mamaroneck Village  19,309  104  891  559
98 Manlius Town  24,577  61  1,530  779
73 Marlborough Town  8,738  92  1,064  564
163 Massena Village  10,785  204  3,078  1,571
83 Mechanicville  5,192  135  1,175  637
142 Medina Village  5,913  186  2,554  1,244
183 Middletown  27,700  440  2,989  2,111
110 Monroe Village  8,627  81  1,947  894
37 Montgomery Town  8,959  56  625  335
196 Monticello Village  6,693  882  4,333  3,007
6 Mount Hope Town  7,173  -    265  102
102 Mount Kisco Village  11,112  234  1,053  805
53 Mount Pleasant Town  26,931  33  761  396
184 Mount Vernon  68,442  716  1,506  2,113
174 New Hartford Town and Village  20,308  123  3,821  1,858
112 New Paltz Town and Village  14,074  199  1,442  928
137 New Rochelle  80,030  224  1,516  1,182
133 New Windsor Town  26,307  125  2,011  1,111
194 New York  8,473,938  597  1,602  2,763
173 Newark Village  8,908  382  3,177  1,858
207 Newburgh  28,378  1,448  3,052  3,939
186 Newburgh Town  30,826  84  4,545  2,192
209 Niagara Falls  49,300  1,178  5,357  4,726
188 Niagara Town  8,162  196  4,864  2,209
101 Niskayuna Town  22,245  31  1,704  795
21 North Castle Town  12,224  16  515  237
103 North Greenbush Town  12,152  115  1,531  813
105 North Syracuse Village  6,941  202  1,369  836
116 North Tonawanda  30,986  152  1,552  970
45 Northport Village  7,406  41  783  366
182 Norwich  6,985  329  3,951  2,025
85 Ogden Town  20,198  84  1,208  665
176 Ogdensburg  10,990  191  3,949  1,905
180 Oneida  11,231  232  4,016  2,002
128 Oneonta City  13,961  186  1,776  1,045
70 Orangetown Town  37,677  88  815  533
87 Orchard Park Town  29,507  44  1,328  673
96 Ossining Village  25,455  216  829  746
177 Oswego City  18,113  276  3,467  1,946
94 Peekskill  24,083  224  785  737
115 Pelham Manor Village  5,586  72  2,274  959
68 Pelham Village  7,017  71  1,055  515
62 Penn Yan Village  5,087  59  1,081  488
46 Plattekill Town  10,274  39  759  367
4 Pleasantville Village  7,151  14  98  59
135 Port Chester Village  29,513  220  1,701  1,154
170 Port Jervis  8,627  267  3,396  1,756
28 Port Washington  19,094  26  602  303
88 Potsdam Village  9,775  31  1,606  690
193 Poughkeepsie  30,554  890  2,186  2,578
168 Poughkeepsie Town  43,599  119  3,243  1,726
44 Pound Ridge Town  5,234  57  745  362
65 Ramapo Town  88,881  72  723  501
106 Rensselaer City  9,575  146  1,535  844
208 Rochester  210,347  839  4,210  4,028
60 Rockville Centre Village  24,127  70  804  476
122 Rome  32,615  86  1,916  1,020
31 Rosendale Town  5,985  33  685  309
155 Rotterdam Town  29,340  44  3,071  1,451
12 Rye  16,016  25  337  184
57 Rye Brook Village  9,544  21  964  417
148 Salamanca  5,653  407  1,875  1,314
126 Saranac Lake Village  5,333  150  2,194  1,041
151 Saratoga Springs  27,496  233  2,146  1,366
75 Saugerties Town  19,227  57  1,129  582
34 Scarsdale Village  17,710  6  728  319
203 Schenectady  65,834  873  3,825  3,526
40 Schodack Town  11,667  60  600  342
120 Scotia Village  7,808  166  1,921  1,007
166 Seneca Falls Town  9,135  186  3,437  1,656
23 Shawangunk Town  14,156  42  473  267
39 Sleepy Hollow Village  10,051  80  527  338
147 Solvay Village  6,467  294  2,211  1,290
111 Southampton Town  50,819  92  1,531  895
93 Southold Town  19,991  40  1,541  731
144 Spring Valley Village  32,586  402  1,200  1,267
11 Stillwater Town  6,604  -    439  168
54 Stony Point Town  15,408  71  668  400
27 Suffern Village  10,975  46  556  298
206 Syracuse  144,534  805  3,982  3,717
48 Tarrytown Village  11,531  52  746  387
141 Tonawanda  14,958  140  2,347  1,214
134 Tonawanda Town  58,077  164  1,748  1,144
202 Troy  49,950  701  4,368  3,369
30 Tuckahoe Village  6,620  30  680  306
158 Ulster Town  12,112  124  3,220  1,517
198 Utica  61,702  652  3,835  3,085
118 Vestal Town  28,019  39  2,070  990
90 Walden Village  6,847  131  1,300  700
130 Wallkill Town  28,211  152  1,794  1,070
58 Washingtonville Village  5,788  35  1,019  436
26 Waterford Town and Village  8,398  12  691  290
157 Waterloo Village  5,185  251  2,970  1,476
197 Watertown  28,009  546  4,627  3,030
131 Watervliet  10,235  195  1,944  1,093
82 Webster Town and Village  44,230  61  1,121  634
114 West Seneca Town  44,866  85  1,703  950
139 White Plains  58,103  181  1,800  1,202
29 Whitestown Town  9,307  -    763  303
41 Woodstock Town  5,907  51  728  351
161 Yonkers  200,624  485  1,001  1,561
35 Yorktown Town  36,989  35  565  322

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