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New York’s 20 Safest Cities of 2020

Written by | Updated March 24, 2020
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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in New York for 2020. See if your city made the list.

13 percent have experienced violent crime, 14 percent have experienced property crime, 8 percent have been affected by a mass shooting

People in the Empire State are more worried about their safety on a daily basis than most of the country. But New York enjoys lower crime rates across the board, not just in its 20 safest cities.

See the complete list of  New York’s 20 safest cities of 2020. 

Our 2020 State of Safety survey revealed that 55% of the New Yorkers who participated experience high concern about their safety every day. That’s almost ten points higher than the national average of 46%. 

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New York has higher levels of concern about safety despite some of the lowest crime rates in the country.

Across the board, New York’s levels of concern don’t match up with the reality of crime in the Empire State. Both violent and property crime rates in New York are lower than national rates. 

New York has a violent crime rate of 3.5, compared to 3.7 nationwide, and the property crime rate is 14.4, compared to 22.0 across the country.  

Despite the lower violent crime rate, New Yorkers reported a slightly higher rate of personal experience with violent crime—13% versus the national average of 12%. But they do better when it comes to property crime, coming in twelve points below the national average of 26%.

Violent Crime in New York: Fear vs. Reality

Physical assault by a stranger is the violent crime that New Yorkers fear most, but they think it’s more likely that they’ll be robbed on the street.  

  • 50% cited physical assault by a stranger as the violent crime for which they have the most concern on a daily basis (40% is the national average). 
  • Aggravated assault was the most common violent crime in New York, comprising 60% of all incidents reported by the safest cities and 63% across the state.
  • 41% said they think they’re most likely to be robbed on the street, over any other violent crime. Only 27% across the country agree. 
  • Among the safest cities, there were only nine robberies reported, accounting for 30% of all incidents in those cities. Robbery comprised 27% of violent crimes statewide.
New York crime stats infographic
New York crime stats infographic

Property Crime in New York: Fear vs. Reality

New Yorkers are most concerned about someone breaking in when the occupants aren’t at home. It’s also the property crime they think is most likely to occur. 

  • 65% expressed the highest level of concern about a break-in when no one is at home. That’s slightly higher than the national average of 62%. 
  • 35% think that a break-in when they’re away from home is the crime most likely to happen, versus 38% across the country. 
  • Burglary accounted for 10% of all property crime reported by the safest cities, and statewide it made up 11% of all property crime incidents.
  • Larceny-theft was the most prevalent property crime in New York, making up 86% of all incidents reported in the safest cities and 84% across the state.
  • Despite high concern about burglaries, only 21% of New York respondents said they use a security system to protect their home. The national average is 24%.
  • Security cameras and dogs or other guard animals are the security measures used most often in the Empire State, with 29% claiming each form of protection. Across the US, 25% use security cameras and 33% rely on a guard animal. 
  • 37% of New Yorkers don’t use any security measures to protect their property.
New York crime stats infographic
New York crime stats infographic

A Closer Look at New York’s Safest Cities of 2020

  • Lewisboro Town is the number one safest city in New York for the third consecutive year, reporting zero crimes to the FBI in 2018.
  • The top three cities (Lewisboro, Sleepy Hollow Village, and Kirkland Town) all reported no violent crime, so rankings came down to each city’s property crime rate. Eight cities total reported no violent crimes.
  • Eleven cities (55%) improved their rankings year over year, with Plattekill Town making the biggest jump—57 spots from 65 to 8.
  • Four cities (20%) dropped in rank this year.
  • Two new cities joined the list this year—Sleepy Hollow Village and New Castle Town.
  • Every city on the list beat both state (3.5) and national (3.7) violent crime rates and every city kept violent crime to fewer than 0.5 incidents per 1,000.
  • There were only 30 total violent crimes reported by the safest cities.
  • All cities are below both state (14.4)  and national (22.0) property crime rates and no city reported more than 4.4 incidents per 1,000.
  • Fifteen cities (75%) reported fewer than 50 total property crimes.
New York safest cities heat map showing population and crime score

The 20 Safest Cities in New York

VC = Violent Crime
PC = Property Crime

#1

Lewisboro

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Population 12,823
Median Income $141,477
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.0, 0.0, 0.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.0, 0.1, 0.2

#2

Sleepy Hollow Village

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Sleepy Hollow Village, New York
Population 10,267
Median Income $58,672
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.0, Not available, 0.6
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.1, Not available, 1.6

#3

Kirkland

0

Population 8,355
Median Income $60,542
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.0, 0.0, 0.2
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.7, 2.4, 3.0

#4

Highlands Town

+16

Population 8,328
Median Income $80,038
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.1, 0.2, 0.1
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.5, 1.0, 1.2

#5

Briarcliff Manor

+17

Briarcliff Manor, New York
Population 8,044
Median Income $144,006
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.0, 0.2, 0.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.0, 2.5, 2.9

#6

Stillwater

+9

Population 7,302
Median Income $74,086
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.3, 0.1, 0.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.6, 4.7, 3.6

#7

Malverne

-3

Population 8,626
Median Income $114,497
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.2, 0.0, 0.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.0, 2.6, 3.3

#8

Plattekill

+57

Population 10,235
Median Income $60,193
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.0, 0.7, 1.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 3.0, 5.4, 4.6

#9

New Castle

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New Castle, New York
Population 18,197
Median Income $186,493
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.1, Not available, 0.1
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.9, Not available, 3.1

#10

Bedford

+17

Bedford, New York
Population 18,034
Median Income $119,069
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.2, 0.3, 0.4
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.3, 2.1, 3.7

#11

Northport

+35

Population 7,362
Median Income $112,316
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.0, 0.5, 0.8
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 3.4, 5.7, 7.7

#12

Harrison Town

-4

Harrison, New York
Population 28,741
Median Income $111,122
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.0, 0.0, 0.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 3.5, 4.1, 4.4

#13

Chester

+70

Chester, New York
Population 8,053
Median Income $46,300
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.4, 0.9, 0.6
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.2, 0.9, 1.8

#14

Irvington

+25

Irvington, New York
Population 6,631
Median Income $137,500
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.3, 0.5, 0.3
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.6, 2.4, 3.2

#15

Whitestown

-3

Whitestown, New York
Population 9,175
Median Income $55,334
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.2, 0.1, 0.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 3.1, 3.3, 2.9

#16

Tuckahoe

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Tuckahoe, New York
Population 6,677
Median Income $87,727
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.4, 0.2, 0.1
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.2, 5.1, 7.3

#17

Kent

-8

Kent, New York
Population 13,326
Median Income $87,808
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.1, 0.1, 0.2
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 3.8, 4.7, 4.1

#18

Eden

+42

Eden, New York
Population 7,667
Median Income $60,179
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.0, 0.7, 0.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 4.4, 4.8, 5.6

#19

Stony Point

+30

Stony Point, New York
Population 15,667
Median Income $97,522
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.3, 0.6, 0.3
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 3.3, 4.9, 5.1

#20

Glen Cove

+8

Glen Cove, New York
Population 27,574
Median Income $74,767
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.1, 0.3, Not available
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 4.0, 5.5, Not available

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 20?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, which is based on the median population of the state. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2018.

2020 RankingCityPopulationViolent Crime (per 1,000)Property Crime (per 1,000)
21Rye Brook Village9,62204.8
22Floral Park Village16,1310.52.9
23Rye16,0500.43.5
24Eastchester Town20,4520.24.4
25Goshen Town8,7030.24.8
26East Fishkill Town29,6230.34.6
27Carmel Town34,3820.53.8
28Long Beach33,8010.92.4
29East Aurora-Aurora Town13,9000.15.7
30Tarrytown Village11,6170.63.5
31Mamaroneck Town12,33606.1
32Hyde Park Town21,0460.44.3
33Pleasantville Village7,3520.35.2
34Canton Village6,5100.54.5
35North Castle Town12,4540.54.4
36Yorktown Town37,1010.45
37Marlborough Town8,6630.64.3
38Montgomery Town9,1220.93.3
39Scarsdale Village18,2140.16.8
40Baldwinsville Village7,9760.36.4
41Cairo Town6,4040.55.6
42Lynbrook Village19,7450.65.3
43Schodack Town11,7470.94.1
44Warwick Town18,4500.56.5
45Ramapo Town95,0680.85.7
46Cicero Town28,9920.47.5
47Port Chester Village29,8140.76.2
48Mamaroneck Village19,4960.76.5
49Fishkill Town21,5290.57.5
50Dobbs Ferry Village11,1820.38.3
51Blooming Grove Town11,8880.76.8
52Ossining Village25,4520.67.4
53Mount Pleasant Town26,5060.57.8
54Rockville Centre Village24,9600.87.2
55Hastings-on-Hudson Village8,0300.29.6
56Lloyd Town10,5100.97.1
57Port Washington19,5550.39.6
58East Hampton Town19,9920.68.8
59Ogden Town20,2880.49.6
60Webster Town and Village45,0230.88
61Deerpark Town7,7590.88.1
62Macedon Town and Village8,9600.310.3
63Hudson Falls Village7,0711.46.1
64Monroe Village8,6650.510.2
65Pelham Village7,0360.98.5
66Crawford Town9,2170.89.1
67Geneseo Village8,1840.510.5
68Potsdam Village9,7230.510.7
69Lancaster Town37,7760.610.7
70Lewiston Town and Village15,9220.89.7
71New Rochelle80,3401.28.3
72Hamburg Village9,7350.810
73Coeymans Town7,4160.99.6
74Camillus Town and Village24,4620.611.2
75Manlius Town24,4170.710.6
76Amityville Village9,5260.810.4
77Walden Village6,7271.29.1
78Fallsburg Town12,2071.28.9
79Southold Town20,0920.810.8
80Rensselaer City9,2491.29.4
81Southampton Town51,231110.2
82Horseheads Village6,464014.7
83Orchard Park Town29,7600.911.1
84Hornell8,1610.513.7
85North Greenbush Town12,2160.712.8
86Kenmore Village15,1780.912.2
87New Paltz Town and Village14,0751.410.3
88Freeport Village43,5971.69.7
89Evans Town16,2201.410.9
90Brockport Village8,2901.710
91Bethlehem Town35,7040.813.9
92Glenville Town21,6700.913.5
93Amsterdam17,7371.411.3
94Glens Falls14,4031.710.4
95Garden City Village22,7490.415.7
96New Windsor Town28,1371.411.7
97Peekskill24,3652.19.2
98Fredonia Village10,4750.715.2
99Clarkstown Town81,9940.914.7
100Scotia Village7,7001.313.9
101West Seneca Town45,7211.413.7
102North Tonawanda30,3251.513.2
103Amherst Town121,3431.214.6
104Depew Village15,1590.816.5
105Tonawanda Town57,2561.613.3
106Brighton Town36,4700.916.8
107Beacon14,2411.813.3
108Vestal Town28,2230.618.5
109East Rochester Village6,5801.714.6
110Niskayuna Town22,486117.3
111Ulster Town12,600118.4
112Hamburg Town46,4900.919.1
113Cohoes16,9792.711.5
114Dunkirk11,755214.5
115Rome32,2981.516.7
116Cortland18,6311.517
117Yonkers202,8273.58.7
118Plattsburgh City19,6511.815.9
119Guilderland Town34,2600.820.1
120Oneonta City14,0732.313.6
121Geddes Town10,1770.721.1
122Riverhead Town33,8121.517.8
123Tonawanda14,8681.816.5
124Johnstown8,2651.618.1
125Wallkill Town29,1231.618.6
126Saratoga Springs28,2372.216.6
127Irondequoit Town50,2121.818.4
128Seneca Falls Town8,6700.823.1
129Geneva12,8412.417.2
130Colonie Town79,842123.2
131Spring Valley Village32,9093.612.2
132Solvay Village6,3072.517.1
133East Greenbush Town16,3310.724.7
134Canandaigua10,2522.318.9
135DeWitt Town25,2681.323.1
136Greece Town96,650221.1
137Port Jervis8,5992.819.1
138Ilion Village7,7362.721.1
139Kingston23,077320.7
140Lackawanna17,9043.917.6
141Hempstead Village56,0595.710.5
142Middletown27,8853.918.3
143Oswego City17,3702.126.2
144New Hartford Town and Village20,2320.234.2
145Mount Vernon68,8895.114.2
146Rotterdam Town29,8821.230.4
147Ithaca31,1452.326.2
148Newburgh Town31,2001.131.3
149Elmira27,5562.525.5
150Gates Town28,717228.7
151Watervliet10,1153.622.2
152New York8,523,1715.415
153Cheektowaga Town77,6482.427.8
154Fulton City11,2440.735.2
155Woodbury Town11,1140.637.4
156Niagara Town8,0142.131.4
157Newark Village8,8643.328
158Olean13,6153.229.6
159Corning10,6434.922.9
160Batavia14,5654.325.4
161Monticello Village6,4145.522
162Norwich6,6564.725.5
163Poughkeepsie30,5807.116.2
164Gloversville14,8605.624.4
165Auburn26,5705.227
166Lakewood-Busti7,2600.148.9
167Ogdensburg10,629337.2
168Troy49,4915.728.5
169Endicott Village12,7545.531.1
170Oneida10,9404.834.5
171Utica60,4136.331.7
172Johnson City Village14,4184.441.3
173Jamestown29,3847.727.8
174Syracuse143,129730.9
175Watertown25,5256.935.4
176Rochester207,7017.833.9
177Albany98,3228.432
178Schenectady65,5509.532.1
179Newburgh28,28211.623.2
180Binghamton44,8767.342.2
181Niagara Falls48,2258.740.7
182Buffalo258,21910.438.2

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

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Sources

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2018 Crime in the United States
SafeWise, “2020 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “American Fact Finder
BestPlaces, “Find a Place Search Tool

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more

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