Alaska’s crime rate increased from 2014 to 2015, but criminal activity remained low among the state’s five safest cities—four of which were on our list last year. In fact, based on the most recent FBI Crime Report, the crime rate in these cities is around half of the national average—with fifteen crimes reported per 1,000 citizens. What’s more, none of Alaska’s five safest cities reported a murder and only one reported a robbery.
SafeWise is impressed with the proactive measures Alaska’s leaders, law enforcement professionals, and citizens take to make Alaska a safe place to live, work, and play. For example, the state recently enacted a criminal justice reform bill that aims to reduce costs associated with criminal detention. It will avert millions of dollars to developing new crime reduction programs, strengthening probation and parole supervision, and enhancing victims’ services. Measures are also taken at the local level. Safest-city Cordova, for example, encourages citizen and police collaboration—which may help reduce crime over time.
For detailed information about safety and security in the forty-ninth state, take a look at our Alaska Safety Directory. This resource offers everything from crime prevention tips to a map of the state’s most and least burglarized counties.
How We Chose the Safest Cities in Alaska
To identify the 5 safest cities in Alaska, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 2,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.
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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down 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) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.
1. Cordova ↑
Previous rank: 3
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.70
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.21
Previous rank: 2
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.20
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.98
3. Haines ↑
Previous rank: 4
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.90
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.35
4. Wrangell ↓
Previous rank: 1
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.43
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.61
5. Sitka ↑
Previous rank: 8
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.58
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.61
Didn’t see your city rank in the top 5?
Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.
|6. North Slope Borough||7. Palmer||8. Nome|
|9. Valdez||10. Seward||11. Petersburg|
|12. Homer||13. Ketchikan||14. Bethel|
|15. Dillingham||16. Fairbanks||17. Kodiak|
|18. Soldotna||19. Juneau||20. Kenai|
|21. Anchorage||22. North Pole||23. Wasilla|
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