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The 20 Safest Cities in New York—2016


The Big Apple gains New York most of its attention, but the rest of this beautiful Northeastern US state enjoys a break from the limelight. In addition to Broadway and the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State is also home to four mountain ranges, the Finger Lakes, and Niagara Falls. The state’s diverse residents cherish their natural landscape and extend that love to the cities and neighborhoods in which they live.

Our twenty safest cities in New York exemplify the values of being neighborly and looking out for others. In fact, there were thirteen or fewer violent crimes reported in each of these cities, and only one city reported a murder. According to the FBI’s most recent crime report, 80% of these cities had no incidents of rape and over 50% reported zero robberies. Less than five in 1,000 residents of New York’s safest cities were affected by property crime, with sixteen of the cities reporting fewer than 100 incidents.

Whether you love the bright lights of the City that Never Sleeps or prefer the bucolic peace of Upstate New York, you can enjoy the knowledge that New York is home to many safe communities. Review our complete list to see if the city you call home is one of the state’s safest, then take a look at our New York Home Security and Crime Prevention Center for tips and resources on keeping your home and loved ones protected.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in New York

To identify the 10 safest cities in New York, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 8,000 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.

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1. Lewisboro Town 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 0.39

2. Malverne Village 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.12
Property Crimes per 1,000: 0.82

3. Briarcliff Manor Village 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.25
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.11

4. Highlands Town

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.24
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.26

5. Floral Park Village 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.57
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.95

6. Rye

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.25
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.37

7. Glen Cove 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.22
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.56

8. Macedon Town and Village 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.22
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.51

9. Harrison Town 

Previous rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.18
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.59

10. Cornwall Town 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.93

11. Shawangunk Town 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.42
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.73

12. North Castle Town 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.16
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.15

13. Croton-on-Hudson Village 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.36
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.22

14. Yorktown Town 

Previous rank: 30

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.65

15. Suffern Village 

Previous rank: 10 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.46
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.56

16. Sleepy Hollow Village 

Previous rank: 12 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.80
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.27

17. Kent Town 

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.15
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.97

18. Port Washington 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.26
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.02

19. Carmel Town 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.98

20. Schodack Town 

Previous rank: 21

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.60
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.00

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Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Montgomery Town 22. Waterford Town and Village 23. Bedford Town
24. Hyde Park Town 25. Eastchester Town 26. Scarsdale Village
27. Stony Point Town 28. Whitestown Town 29. Blooming Grove Town6
30. Mount Pleasant Town 31. Ramapo Town 32. Tarrytown Village
33. Plattekill Town 34. Lewiston Town and Village 35. Kirkland Town
36. Haverstraw Town 37. Rockville Centre Village 38. Dobbs Ferry Village
39. Orangetown Town 40. Long Beach 41. Lynbrook Village
42. Fallsburg Town 43. Mamaroneck Town 44. Crawford Town
45. Rye Brook Village 46. East Aurora-Aurora Town 47. Mamaroneck Village
48. Peekskill 49. Ossining Village 50. Lloyd Town
51. Marlborough Town 52. Webster Town and Village 53. Saugerties Town
54. Lancaster Town 55. Fishkill Town 56. Mount Kisco Village
57. Garden City Village 58. Ogden Town 59. Orchard Park Town
60. Bethlehem Town 61. Hamburg Village 62. Hornell
63. East Hampton Town 64. Greenburgh Town 65. Yonkers
66. Southold Town 67. Manlius Town 68. Spring Valley Village
69. Southampton Town 70. Potsdam Village 71. New Paltz Town and Village
72. Brockport Village 73. North Greenbush Town 74. Cohoes
75. Cicero Town 76. Rensselaer City 77. North Tonawanda
78. Niskayuna Town 79. New Rochelle 80. Depew Village
81. West Seneca Town 82. Amherst Town 83. Clarkstown Town
84. Tonawanda Town 85. Port Chester Village 86. Wallkill Town
87. Oneonta City 88. White Plains 89. Camillus Town and Village
90. Rome6 91. Beacon 92. Monroe Village
93. Guilderland Town 94. Vestal Town 95. New Windsor Town
96. Watervliet 97. Kenmore Village 98. Glenville Town
99. New York 100. Amityville Village

How safe is your home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

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