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Overall, New York fares very well in terms of safety compared to the rest of the nation: its violent crime rate is 24th lowest in the country, but the state is just 5th in property crime. New York’s individual cities fare very well on our Safety Index, which is a combination of FBI crime statistics and law enforcement employee to resident ratio used to measure the safety of a given community. While an impressive 61 New York cities score a 0.3 or higher on the Safety Index, indicating a very high level of safety, let’s place our focus on the state’s top five safest cities.

New York State’s safest community is East Hampton Town, an affluent Long Island community which logged a very high 1.29 score on the Safety Index. East Hampton enjoys a low violent crime rate of 0.85 per 1,000 and a property crime rate of 11.34 per 1,000.

Not far behind is #2 Port Washington, another wealthy Long Island community known for its myriad parks, marinas and golf courses. The well-to-do community of 19K recorded a scant 5 violent crimes in 2017 for a rate of violent crime over 14 times lower than the national average.

Ranking #3 is Floral Park, our third Long Island community in a row. Floral Park logged a 0.98 Safety Index score based on a 0.56 per 1,000 violent crime rate and property crime rate below the national violent crime rate (a considerable feat). Behind it is Southold (#4), another very safe Long Island town with a violent crime rate under 1 per 1,000.

Rounding out New York’s top five safest cities is the first non-Long Island community, Mamaroneck of Westchester County, which averaged 1 violent crime per 1,000 residents.  

Safest Cities in New York, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1East Hampton Town1.29
2Port Washington1.13
3Floral Park Village0.98
4Southold Town0.96
5Mamaroneck Town0.95
6Tarrytown Village0.92
7New York0.91
8Garden City Village0.91
9Harrison Town0.88
10Bedford Town0.85
11Lynbrook Village0.85
12Rye0.84
13Scarsdale Village0.81
14Long Beach0.79
15Dobbs Ferry Village0.78
16Mamaroneck Village0.78
17Eastchester Town0.75
18Rockville Centre Village0.7
19White Plains0.69
20Glen Cove0.68
21Peekskill0.66
22Warwick Town0.6
23Yorktown Town0.6
24Orangetown Town0.56
25Cortland0.56
26Stony Point Town0.53
27East Aurora-Aurora Town0.52
28Freeport Village0.5
29Plattsburgh City0.49
30Saratoga Springs0.49
31Tonawanda Town0.47
32Southampton Town0.47
33Haverstraw Town0.47
34Lancaster Town0.45
35Depew Village0.45
36New Rochelle0.45
37Clarkstown Town0.45
38Oswego City0.44
39East Fishkill Town0.44
40Yonkers0.43
41Fallsburg Town0.43
42Ramapo Town0.42
43New Windsor Town0.41
44Schodack Town0.41
45Port Chester Village0.41
46East Greenbush Town0.39
47North Greenbush Town0.38
48West Seneca Town0.38
49Evans Town0.37
50Amsterdam0.36
51Kingston0.35
52Lloyd Town0.35
53Orchard Park Town0.35
54Manlius Town0.34
55Kenmore Village0.34
56New Paltz Town and Village0.32
57Glens Falls0.31
58Lewisboro Town0.3
59Blooming Grove Town0.3
60Ulster Town0.3
61Fredonia Village0.3
62Saugerties Town0.29
63Oneonta City0.29
64Rome0.28
65Cohoes0.28
66Geneva0.28
67Geddes Town0.27
68North Tonawanda0.27
69Amherst Town0.26
70Olean0.26
71Camillus Town and Village0.26
72Beacon0.23
73Dunkirk0.23
74Shawangunk Town0.23
75Colonie Town0.21
76Hamburg Town0.21
77Guilderland Town0.21
78Niskayuna Town0.21
79Ogden Town0.17
80Vestal Town0.17
81Ithaca0.15
82Brighton Town0.14
83Newburgh Town0.12
84Canandaigua0.11
85Glenville Town0.11
86Tonawanda0.11
87Ogdensburg0.1
88Middletown0.08
89Woodbury Town0.05
90Rotterdam Town0.01
91Dewitt Town0.01
92Mount Vernon0
93New Hartford Town and Village-0.02
94Cheektowaga Town-0.02
95Poughkeepsie-0.03
96Watervliet-0.03
97Greece Town-0.06
98Wallkill Town-0.07
99Hempstead Village-0.08
100Irondequoit Town-0.09
101Corning-0.1
102Gloversville-0.11
103Spring Valley Village-0.16
104Gates Town-0.21
105Utica-0.31
106Syracuse-0.41
107Albany-0.49
108Endicott Village-0.5
109Watertown-0.51
110Rochester-0.55
111Jamestown-0.58
112Troy-0.66
113Batavia-0.69
114Binghamton-0.77
115Johnson City Village-0.8
116Buffalo-0.88
117Schenectady-0.91
118Newburgh-1.19
119Niagara Falls-1.26

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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