New York’s 20 Safest Cities of 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%.

New York crime stats infographic

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

For the purposes of this report, the terms “safest” and “dangerous” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • 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
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,823
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $141,477
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.1, 0.2
Sleepy Hollow Village, New York
#2
Sleepy Hollow Village
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,267
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $58,672
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, Not available, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, Not available, 1.6
#3
Kirkland
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,355
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $60,542
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.0, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.7, 2.4, 3.0
#4
Highlands Town
(
+16
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,328
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $80,038
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, 0.2, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.5, 1.0, 1.2
Briarcliff Manor, New York
#5
Briarcliff Manor
(
+17
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,044
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $144,006
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.2, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.0, 2.5, 2.9
#6
Stillwater
(
+9
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,302
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $74,086
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.1, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.6, 4.7, 3.6
#7
Malverne
(
-3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,626
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $114,497
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.0, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.0, 2.6, 3.3
#8
Plattekill
(
+57
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,235
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $60,193
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.7, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.0, 5.4, 4.6
New Castle, New York
#9
New Castle
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,197
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $186,493
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, Not available, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.9, Not available, 3.1
Bedford, New York
#10
Bedford
(
+17
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,034
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $119,069
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.3, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.3, 2.1, 3.7
#11
Northport
(
+35
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,362
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $112,316
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.5, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.4, 5.7, 7.7
Harrison, New York
#12
Harrison Town
(
-4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    28,741
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $111,122
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.5, 4.1, 4.4
Chester, New York
#13
Chester
(
+70
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,053
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $46,300
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.4, 0.9, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.2, 0.9, 1.8
Irvington, New York
#14
Irvington
(
+25
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,631
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $137,500
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.5, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.6, 2.4, 3.2
Whitestown, New York
#15
Whitestown
(
-3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,175
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $55,334
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.1, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.1, 3.3, 2.9
Tuckahoe, New York
#16
Tuckahoe
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,677
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $87,727
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.4, 0.2, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.2, 5.1, 7.3
Kent, New York
#17
Kent
(
-8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,326
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $87,808
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, 0.1, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.8, 4.7, 4.1
Eden, New York
#18
Eden
(
+42
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,667
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $60,179
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.7, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.4, 4.8, 5.6
Stony Point, New York
#19
Stony Point
(
+30
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,667
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $97,522
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.6, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.3, 4.9, 5.1
Glen Cove, New York
#20
Glen Cove
(
+8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,574
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $74,767
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, 0.3, Not available
  • Circle Property
    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 RankingCity Population Violent Crime (per 1,000) Property Crime (per 1,000)
21

Rye Brook Village

9,622

0

4.8

22

Floral Park Village

16,131

0.5

2.9

23

Rye

16,050

0.4

3.5

24

Eastchester Town

20,452

0.2

4.4

25

Goshen Town

8,703

0.2

4.8

26

East Fishkill Town

29,623

0.3

4.6

27

Carmel Town

34,382

0.5

3.8

28

Long Beach

33,801

0.9

2.4

29

East Aurora-Aurora Town

13,900

0.1

5.7

30

Tarrytown Village

11,617

0.6

3.5

31

Mamaroneck Town

12,336

0

6.1

32

Hyde Park Town

21,046

0.4

4.3

33

Pleasantville Village

7,352

0.3

5.2

34

Canton Village

6,510

0.5

4.5

35

North Castle Town

12,454

0.5

4.4

36

Yorktown Town

37,101

0.4

5

37

Marlborough Town

8,663

0.6

4.3

38

Montgomery Town

9,122

0.9

3.3

39

Scarsdale Village

18,214

0.1

6.8

40

Baldwinsville Village

7,976

0.3

6.4

41

Cairo Town

6,404

0.5

5.6

42

Lynbrook Village

19,745

0.6

5.3

43

Schodack Town

11,747

0.9

4.1

44

Warwick Town

18,450

0.5

6.5

45

Ramapo Town

95,068

0.8

5.7

46

Cicero Town

28,992

0.4

7.5

47

Port Chester Village

29,814

0.7

6.2

48

Mamaroneck Village

19,496

0.7

6.5

49

Fishkill Town

21,529

0.5

7.5

50

Dobbs Ferry Village

11,182

0.3

8.3

51

Blooming Grove Town

11,888

0.7

6.8

52

Ossining Village

25,452

0.6

7.4

53

Mount Pleasant Town

26,506

0.5

7.8

54

Rockville Centre Village

24,960

0.8

7.2

55

Hastings-on-Hudson Village

8,030

0.2

9.6

56

Lloyd Town

10,510

0.9

7.1

57

Port Washington

19,555

0.3

9.6

58

East Hampton Town

19,992

0.6

8.8

59

Ogden Town

20,288

0.4

9.6

60

Webster Town and Village

45,023

0.8

8

61

Deerpark Town

7,759

0.8

8.1

62

Macedon Town and Village

8,960

0.3

10.3

63

Hudson Falls Village

7,071

1.4

6.1

64

Monroe Village

8,665

0.5

10.2

65

Pelham Village

7,036

0.9

8.5

66

Crawford Town

9,217

0.8

9.1

67

Geneseo Village

8,184

0.5

10.5

68

Potsdam Village

9,723

0.5

10.7

69

Lancaster Town

37,776

0.6

10.7

70

Lewiston Town and Village

15,922

0.8

9.7

71

New Rochelle

80,340

1.2

8.3

72

Hamburg Village

9,735

0.8

10

73

Coeymans Town

7,416

0.9

9.6

74

Camillus Town and Village

24,462

0.6

11.2

75

Manlius Town

24,417

0.7

10.6

76

Amityville Village

9,526

0.8

10.4

77

Walden Village

6,727

1.2

9.1

78

Fallsburg Town

12,207

1.2

8.9

79

Southold Town

20,092

0.8

10.8

80

Rensselaer City

9,249

1.2

9.4

81

Southampton Town

51,231

1

10.2

82

Horseheads Village

6,464

0

14.7

83

Orchard Park Town

29,760

0.9

11.1

84

Hornell

8,161

0.5

13.7

85

North Greenbush Town

12,216

0.7

12.8

86

Kenmore Village

15,178

0.9

12.2

87

New Paltz Town and Village

14,075

1.4

10.3

88

Freeport Village

43,597

1.6

9.7

89

Evans Town

16,220

1.4

10.9

90

Brockport Village

8,290

1.7

10

91

Bethlehem Town

35,704

0.8

13.9

92

Glenville Town

21,670

0.9

13.5

93

Amsterdam

17,737

1.4

11.3

94

Glens Falls

14,403

1.7

10.4

95

Garden City Village

22,749

0.4

15.7

96

New Windsor Town

28,137

1.4

11.7

97

Peekskill

24,365

2.1

9.2

98

Fredonia Village

10,475

0.7

15.2

99

Clarkstown Town

81,994

0.9

14.7

100

Scotia Village

7,700

1.3

13.9

101

West Seneca Town

45,721

1.4

13.7

102

North Tonawanda

30,325

1.5

13.2

103

Amherst Town

121,343

1.2

14.6

104

Depew Village

15,159

0.8

16.5

105

Tonawanda Town

57,256

1.6

13.3

106

Brighton Town

36,470

0.9

16.8

107

Beacon

14,241

1.8

13.3

108

Vestal Town

28,223

0.6

18.5

109

East Rochester Village

6,580

1.7

14.6

110

Niskayuna Town

22,486

1

17.3

111

Ulster Town

12,600

1

18.4

112

Hamburg Town

46,490

0.9

19.1

113

Cohoes

16,979

2.7

11.5

114

Dunkirk

11,755

2

14.5

115

Rome

32,298

1.5

16.7

116

Cortland

18,631

1.5

17

117

Yonkers

202,827

3.5

8.7

118

Plattsburgh City

19,651

1.8

15.9

119

Guilderland Town

34,260

0.8

20.1

120

Oneonta City

14,073

2.3

13.6

121

Geddes Town

10,177

0.7

21.1

122

Riverhead Town

33,812

1.5

17.8

123

Tonawanda

14,868

1.8

16.5

124

Johnstown

8,265

1.6

18.1

125

Wallkill Town

29,123

1.6

18.6

126

Saratoga Springs

28,237

2.2

16.6

127

Irondequoit Town

50,212

1.8

18.4

128

Seneca Falls Town

8,670

0.8

23.1

129

Geneva

12,841

2.4

17.2

130

Colonie Town

79,842

1

23.2

131

Spring Valley Village

32,909

3.6

12.2

132

Solvay Village

6,307

2.5

17.1

133

East Greenbush Town

16,331

0.7

24.7

134

Canandaigua

10,252

2.3

18.9

135

DeWitt Town

25,268

1.3

23.1

136

Greece Town

96,650

2

21.1

137

Port Jervis

8,599

2.8

19.1

138

Ilion Village

7,736

2.7

21.1

139

Kingston

23,077

3

20.7

140

Lackawanna

17,904

3.9

17.6

141

Hempstead Village

56,059

5.7

10.5

142

Middletown

27,885

3.9

18.3

143

Oswego City

17,370

2.1

26.2

144

New Hartford Town and Village

20,232

0.2

34.2

145

Mount Vernon

68,889

5.1

14.2

146

Rotterdam Town

29,882

1.2

30.4

147

Ithaca

31,145

2.3

26.2

148

Newburgh Town

31,200

1.1

31.3

149

Elmira

27,556

2.5

25.5

150

Gates Town

28,717

2

28.7

151

Watervliet

10,115

3.6

22.2

152

New York

8,523,171

5.4

15

153

Cheektowaga Town

77,648

2.4

27.8

154

Fulton City

11,244

0.7

35.2

155

Woodbury Town

11,114

0.6

37.4

156

Niagara Town

8,014

2.1

31.4

157

Newark Village

8,864

3.3

28

158

Olean

13,615

3.2

29.6

159

Corning

10,643

4.9

22.9

160

Batavia

14,565

4.3

25.4

161

Monticello Village

6,414

5.5

22

162

Norwich

6,656

4.7

25.5

163

Poughkeepsie

30,580

7.1

16.2

164

Gloversville

14,860

5.6

24.4

165

Auburn

26,570

5.2

27

166

Lakewood-Busti

7,260

0.1

48.9

167

Ogdensburg

10,629

3

37.2

168

Troy

49,491

5.7

28.5

169

Endicott Village

12,754

5.5

31.1

170

Oneida

10,940

4.8

34.5

171

Utica

60,413

6.3

31.7

172

Johnson City Village

14,418

4.4

41.3

173

Jamestown

29,384

7.7

27.8

174

Syracuse

143,129

7

30.9

175

Watertown

25,525

6.9

35.4

176

Rochester

207,701

7.8

33.9

177

Albany

98,322

8.4

32

178

Schenectady

65,550

9.5

32.1

179

Newburgh

28,282

11.6

23.2

180

Binghamton

44,876

7.3

42.2

181

Niagara Falls

48,225

8.7

40.7

182

Buffalo

258,219

10.4

38.2

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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

Rebecca Edwards
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