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The 20 Safest Cities in Pennsylvania — 2016

Safest Cities in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania — one of the 13 original colonies and home to the Liberty Bell — is rich in history, as well as scenic and cultural diversity. The Great Lakes region offers charming small towns accented with Victorian architecture, along with beaches and paths for hiking and biking. Find peace and serenity in Lancaster’s Amish Country, or activity and bustle in the major metropolitan areas of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Every corner of the Keystone State has something special to offer — including safe cities.

While even one victim is too many, we were impressed to find that, according to the most up-to-date FBI Crime Report, less than four in 1,000 Pennsylvanians were victims of violent crime in 2014. Pennsylvania’s 20 safest cities, with a total population of just under 200,000, reported only 63 violent crimes — nearly ten times less than the state average. Pennsylvania’s safest city, Kennett Township, cited no criminal offenses whatsoever. Three-quarters of this year’s safest cities also made our list last year, indicating that residents care about keeping crime under control.

While Pennsylvania’s average crime rate is relatively low, being attentive to your personal safety and home security is important no matter where you live. Our comprehensive Pennsylvania Safety Directory provides actionable safety and security tips, as well as helpful crime prevention resources.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Pennsylvania

To identify the 10 safest cities in Pennsylvania, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 5,000 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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You can also see how the cities ranked in the past with the 2014 Safest Cities in Pennsylvania report here.

1. Kennett Township

Previous rank: Not ranked

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

2. Paint Township

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.38 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 0.00

3. West Mead Township

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000:  0.39
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.16

4. Turtle Creek 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.94 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.13

5. Butler Township, Schuykill County

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.33 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.14

6. Redstone Township 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.18
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.37

7. Upper Providence Township, Delaware County 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.51

8. Millcreek Township, Lebanon County 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.72

9. Luzerne Township 

Previous rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.17
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.86

10. Clarks Summit 

Previous rank: 40

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.15 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.05

11. South Park Township 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.29
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.95

12. Indiana Township 

Previous rank: 48

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.14 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.13

13. Upper Yoder Township 

Previous rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.38

14. Vandergrift 

Previous rank: 22

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.95 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 0.98

15. Eastern Adams Regional 

Previous rank: 31

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.12 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.92

16. Buckingham Township 

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.15 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.02

17. Whitehall 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.86 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.37

18. Plainfield Township 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.49 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.74

19. Fox Chapel 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.18 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.06

20. Northampton Township 

Previous rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.15 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.13

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

21. Spring Township, Centre County 22. Old Forge 23. Warwick Township, Bucks County
24. Southwest Regional, Washington County 25. Lower Heidelberg Township 26. Earl Township
27. Lower Salford Township 28. Franklin Park 29. Adams Township, Butler County
30. Olyphant 31. West Cocalico Township 32. Reading Township
33. Solebury Township 34. Willistown Township 35. Franconia Township
36. East Coventry Township 37. Buffalo Township 38. Upper Nazareth Township
39. Bedminster Township 40. Baldwin Borough 41. Ligonier Township
42. New Britain Township 43. Upper St. Clair Township 44. Canonsburg
45. Dallas Township 46. South Fayette Township 47. East Fallowfield Township
48. Pennridge Regional 49. Bushkill Township 50. Peters Township
51. West Earl Township 52. Morris-Cooper Regional 53. Conemaugh Township, Somerset County
54. Middlesex Township, Butler County 55. Plumstead Township 56. Lititz
57. Upper Gwynedd Township 58. Hampton Township 59. Buffalo Valley Regional
60. Cecil Township 61. Northern Regional 62. Mount Lebanon
63. East Vincent Township 64. Conewago Township, Adams County 65. Jefferson Hills Borough
66. Tunkhannock Township, Wyoming County 67. South Heidelberg Township 68. Bellefonte
69. Brighton Township 70. South Londonderry Township 71. Ferguson Township
72. Towamencin Township 73. Newtown Township, Bucks County 74. Bern Township
75. Moore Township 76. O’Hara Township 77. Upper Allen Township
78. Upper Dublin Township 79. Camp Hill 80. Wright Township
81. Tredyffrin Township 82. Harrison Township 83. Cumberland Township, Adams County
84. Findlay Township 85. Washington Township, Northampton County 86. West Deer Township
87. Uwchlan Township 88. Archbald 89. Horsham Township
90. New Garden Township 91. Neshannock Township 92. Bethel Park
93. Warrington Township 94. East Cocalico Township 95. Northern Lancaster County Regional
96. Murrysville 97. East Brandywine Township 98. West Shore Regional
99. Carroll Township, York County 100. East Earl Township

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