New York’s 50 Safest Cities of 2021

Safest Cities in New York 2021

The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the seventh annual Safest Cities report.

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in New York for 2021

1. Lewisboro Town
2. Sleepy Hollow Village
3. Kirkland Town
4. Highlands Town
5. Northport Village
6. Rye
7. Mount Hope Town
8. Cornwall Town
9. Malverne Village
10. Stillwater Town

See if your city made the full list.

In our 2021 State of Safety survey, 70% of New York residents reported worrying about their safety on a daily basis—this is the highest level of concern in the US, which averages 47%. Survey respondents also noted a big uptick in personal experiences with violent crime, property crime, and gun violence compared to last year.

Still, New York has a lower violent crime rate than the national average and its property crime rate is one of the lowest in the country. The Empire State's 50 safest cities all have crime rates well under the US average.

New York is the most concerned state in the US, with 7 in 10 worrying about their safety on a daily basis.

2021 New York crime rates

New York's violent crime rate had a slight increase this year, moving up from 3.5 per 1,000 people to 3.6. In contrast, the state's property crime rate went down from 14.4 per 1,000 people to 13.7.

Within the Mid-Atlantic region, New York had the highest violent crime rate above Pennsylvania (3.1). But it ranked in the middle for its property crime rate—close to New Jersey (13.4).

New York comes in below the national average for violent crimes and property crimes, though its violent crime rate is still close to the US average. Among all 50 states, New York had the twenty-fifth-highest violent crime rate and the sixth-lowest property crime rate.

New York crime rates 2021

Level of concern and experience with crime in New York

Compared to last year, more New Yorkers expressed daily concerns for their personal safety, which moved the state to the top spot this year. Residents were also more concerned than any other group of Americans when it came to violent crime, property crime, package theft, gun violence, and police violence. 

Survey respondents also reported a greater number of personal experiences with crime and violence in the last 12 months. Violent crime and gun violence accounted for the biggest jump in personal experiences with crime, but encounters with property crime also increased sharply.

We also found that 76% of New Yorkers worry about the coronavirus pandemic on a daily basis. This is much higher than most Americans (62%) and the third-highest in the nation behind Hawaii (80%) and California (77%).

Concern and experience with crime in New York, 2021

Crime concerns in New York

We asked New York residents which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if New York residents are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.

View the complete 2021 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in New York: Fear vs. reality

Just two out of five New Yorkers feel safe in their home state—no other state worries more about crime or trusts law enforcement less. This is justifiable when accounting for the state's increased violent crime rate and survey participants' increasing reports of personal experiences with violent crime.

  • 40% of New York residents reported feeling safe in their state compared to 55% of Americans.
  • 23% of Empire Staters reported having a personal experience with violent crime in the last 12 months—a steep increase from 13% last year.
  • Murder is an uncommon violent crime in The Empire State, making up 0.8% of violent crimes (US 1%). There were no murders in the state's 50 safest cities.
  • Rape accounts for 9% of violent crimes in New York (US 8%). The 50 safest cities have a higher number of instances at 14%.
  • 31% of survey participants report using some form of personal protection like pepper spray—just below the US average (34%).
  • 58% of respondents in New York say their personal safety has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic compared to 44% of Americans—only Florida (61%) and Hawaii (60%) reported higher numbers.
New York violent crime rates 2019–2021

Attitudes about police and gun violence in New York

  • Four-fifths (80%) of people in New York said gun violence was a top safety concern—this was the highest in the nation, which averaged 53%.
  • About 1 in 5 (18%) survey respondents reported experiencing gun violence in the last 12 months, more than double last year's survey (8%).
  • There were 39 mass shootings in New York in 2020—4.3 times higher than 2019, which had 9.
  • 72% of New Yorkers worry about police violence daily—this was the highest in the country (US 40%).
  • Less than 2 of every 5 residents in New York (38%) reported having confidence in law enforcement. This is the lowest level of confidence in the nation, which averaged 56%.
  • There were 64 officer-involved shootings in 2020, down from 65 in 2019.

Property crime in New York: Fear vs. reality

Despite a year-over-year decline in property crimes and one of the lowest property crime rates in the nation, New Yorkers worry more about property crimes than others in the US. Survey respondents' increased reports of personal experiences with property crime and package theft might explain why they worry more than in previous years. 

  • 1.4 times as many New Yorkers (19%) reported personal experiences with property crime this year as they did last year (14%).
  • Burglary accounts for 10% of all property crimes in The Empire State (the 50 safest cities average 11%), which is lower than the national rate of 16%.
  • 30% of survey respondents experienced a package theft in the last 12 months—this is 50% higher than the US average of 20% and the highest in the country.
  • 57% of residents in New York use some form of property protection—close to the 62% national average.
  • The top form of property protection in New York this year was security cameras with 30% of survey respondents using them. This tops the national average of 28%.
  • 45% of people in New York say the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the security of their property—this is the highest in the US, which averages 29%.

A closer look at the safest cities in New York

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

  • Due to the large number of cities in New York that meet our ranking criteria, we expanded our safest cities list from 20 to 50 this year.
  • 2 cities had 0 reported crimes this year, tying them for the top spot—Lewisboro Town, which has held the top spot for 4 consecutive years, and Sleepy Hollow Village.
  • Walden Village had the biggest jump in ranking from last year. It moved up 36 spots from 77 to 41.
  • 88% of the safest cities have populations under 25,000.
  • Last year, 8 of the safest cities reported 0 violent crimes—this year, 13 had 0 violent crimes—Lewisboro Town, Sleepy Hollow Village, Kirkland Town, Highlands Town, Northport Village, Whitestown Town, Briarcliff Manor Village, Tuckahoe Village, Irvington Village, Harrison Town, Bronxville Village, Baldwinsville Village, and Rye Brook Village.
  • Lewisboro Town, Kirkland Town, Harrison Town, and Rye Brook Village have had no reports of violent crimes in the last 3 years.
  • There were no reported murders among the safest cities. This is exceptional for a state with 50 qualifying cities.
  • Each of the top 50 cities reported fewer than 20 violent crimes this year while 96% reported less than 10 violent crimes.
  • New York's top 70 safest cities have violent crime rates at or under 1.0 per 1,000 people.
  • Lewisboro Town and Sleepy Hollow Village had the lowest property crime rates in the state this year with no reported property crimes whatsoever.
  • 94% of the safest cities reported fewer than 100 total property crimes this year while 60% reported less than 50 property crimes.

The 50 Safest Cities in New York

Lewisboro Town, New York
#1
Lewisboro Town
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-0-
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,582
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $141,477
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.0, 0.1
Sleepy Hollow Village, New York
#2
Sleepy Hollow Village
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+1
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,080
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $65,510
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.0, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.1, N/A
Kirkland Town, New York
#3
Kirkland Town
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-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,329
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $60,542
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.7, 2.4
Highlands Town, New York
#4
Highlands Town
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-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,444
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $80,038
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.1, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, 0.5, 1.0
Northport, New York
#5
Northport Village
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+6
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,288
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $115,068
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.0, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.0, 3.4, 5.7
#6
Rye
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+17
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,756
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $180,958
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.4, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.0, 3.5, 4.6
Mount Hope Town, New York
#7
Mount Hope Town
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New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,624
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $74,435
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, N/A, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.9, N/A, 0.7
Cornwall Town, New York
#8
Cornwall Town
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New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,502
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $85,117
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, N/A, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, N/A, 2.2
Malverne Village, New York
#9
Malverne Village
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-2
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,514
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $119,500
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.2, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.2, 2.0, 2.6
Stillwater Town, New York
#10
Stillwater Town
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-4
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,300
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $74,086
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.3, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.2, 1.6, 4.7
Whitestown, New York
#11
Whitestown Town
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+4
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,096
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $55,334
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.2, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.1, 3.1, 3.3
Plattekill Town, New York
#12
Plattekill Town
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-4
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,160
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $60,193
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.0, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.2, 3.0, 5.4
North Castle Town, New York
#13
New Castle Town
(
-4
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,896
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $186,493
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.1, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.0, 2.9, N/A
Carmel Town, New York
#14
Carmel Town
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+13
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    34,251
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $105,406
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.5, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.2, 3.8, 3.7
Bedford, New York
#15
Bedford Town
(
-5
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,791
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $119,069
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.2, 2.3, 2.1
Briarcliff Manor, New York
#16
Briarcliff Manor Village
(
-11
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,267
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $163,795
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.0, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.6, 2.0, 2.5
Shawangunk Town, New York
#17
Shawangunk Town
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,853
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $86,531
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, N/A, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.0, N/A, 5.6
Kent, New York
#18
Kent Town
(
-1
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,235
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $87,808
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.1, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.0, 3.8, 4.7
Glen Cove, New York
#19
Glen Cove
(
+1
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,228
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $78,066
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.1, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.1, 4.0, 5.5
Floral Park Village, New York
#20
Floral Park Village
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+2
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,927
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $114,674
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.5, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.6, 2.9, 2.6
Eastchester Town, New York
#21
Eastchester Town
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+3
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    20,073
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $104,891
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.2, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.3, 4.4, 8.5
#22
Goshen Town
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+3
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,798
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $85,061
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.2, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.1, 4.8, 10.3
Tuckahoe, New York
#23
Tuckahoe Village
(
-7
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,584
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $78,278
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.4, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.3, 2.2, 5.1
Waterford Town and Village, New York
#24
Waterford Town and Village
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New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,574
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $60,066
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, N/A, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.1, N/A, 4.8
#25
Long Beach
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+3
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    33,552
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $93,722
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 0.9, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.0, 2.4, 5.9
#26
Hyde Park Town
(
+6
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    20,808
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $75,291
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.4, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.0, 4.3, 5.1
Canton Village, New York
#27
Canton Village
(
+7
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,407
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $55,987
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.5, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.8, 4.5, 3.2
Irvington, New York
#28
Irvington Village
(
-14
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,506
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $130,919
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.3, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.1, 2.6, 2.4
Harrison, New York
#29
Harrison Town
(
-17
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,946
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $111,122
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.3, 3.5, 4.1
Bronxville Village, New York
#30
Bronxville Village
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,459
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $187,188
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, N/A, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.3, N/A, 4.5
Cairo Town, New York
#31
Cairo Town
(
+10
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,413
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $48,229
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.5, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.7, 5.6, 5.5
East Aurora-Aurora Town, New York
#32
East Aurora-Aurora Town
(
-3
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,785
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $65,045
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.1, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.9, 5.7, 6.6
Chester, New York
#33
City
(
-20
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    Chester Town
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $46,300
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.0, 0.4, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.9, 2.2, 0.9
Dobbs Ferry Village, New York
#34
Dobbs Ferry Village
(
+16
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,990
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $138,477
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.3, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.0, 8.3, 8.0
Baldwinsville Village, New York
#35
Baldwinsville Village
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+5
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,931
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $58,000
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.3, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.8, 6.4, 8.8
#36
Eden Town
(
-18
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,621
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $60,179
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.0, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.7, 4.4, 4.8
Port Washington, New York
#37
Port Washington
(
+20
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    19,396
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $127,813
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.3, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.7, 9.6, 5.1
#38
Croton-on-Hudson Village
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,131
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $127,716
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, N/A, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.4, N/A, 4.6
Stony Point Town, New York
#39
Stony Point Town
(
-20
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,413
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $97,522
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 0.3, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.3, 3.3, 4.9
#40
Lewiston Town and Village
(
+30
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,763
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $64,475
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.8, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.5, 9.7, N/A
Walden Village, New York
#41
Walden Village
(
+36
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,670
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $72,398
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 1.2, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.4, 9.1, 12.0
Cicero Town, New York
#42
Cicero Town
(
+4
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    28,732
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $67,821
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.4, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.1, 7.5, 9.4
Marlborough Town, New York
#43
Marlborough Town
(
-6
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,601
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $63,940
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.6, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.2, 4.3, 6.0
Yorktown Town, New York
#44
Yorktown Town
(
-8
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    36,426
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $100,837
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.4, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.9, 5.0, 5.8
Blooming Grove Town, New York
#45
Blooming Grove Town
(
+6
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,816
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $87,500
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.7, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.6, 6.8, 5.2
Rye Brook Village, New York
#46
Rye Brook Village
(
-25
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,530
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $143,105
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.2, 4.8, 9.6
Mamaroneck Town, New York
#47
Mamaroneck Town
(
-16
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,088
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $116,969
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.0, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.5, 6.1, 4.9
Crawford Town, New York
#48
Crawford Town
(
+18
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,171
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $82,216
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.8, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.0, 9.1, 10.7
Tarrytown Village, New York
#49
Tarrytown Village
(
-19
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,416
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $119,826
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.6, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.1, 3.5, 4.2
North Castle Town, New York
#50
North Castle Town
(
-15
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,248
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $158,031
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.5, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.1, 4.4, N/A

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We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, based on the state’s median population. 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 2019.

2021 Rank
City
Population
VC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
PC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
51Ramapo Town94.63K0.74.6
52Lynbrook Village19.49K0.74.9
53Scarsdale Village17.95K0.36.5
54Hastings-on-Hudson Village7.92K0.37.3
55Potsdam Village8.92K0.27.5
56Amityville Village9.43K0.37.2
57Hamburg Village9.73K0.27.8
58Rockville Centre Village24.67K0.47.1
59Pleasantville Village7.26K0.85.2
60Pelham Village6.91K0.66.5
61Ogden Town20.14K0.57.0
62Schodack Town11.72K0.86.3
63Ossining Village24.99K0.86.3
64Port Chester Village29.32K0.76.8
65Fishkill Town21.31K0.48.9
66Macedon Town and Village8.88K0.68.1
67Orangetown Town37.37K0.97.1
68Geneseo Village8.16K0.410.2
69Mamaroneck Village19.18K0.88.2
70Lloyd Town10.46K0.79.5
71Brockport Village8.24K1.27.2
72Deerpark Town7.71K1.46.4
73Lancaster Town37.57K0.610.6
74Southampton Town51.09K0.99.3
75Garden City Village22.51K0.411.9
76Southold Town19.92K0.810.5
77Manlius Town24.17K0.810.5
78Greenburgh Town45.04K1.09.7
79New Windsor Town27.97K1.09.7
80Peekskill24.24K1.28.6
81Camillus Town and Village24.16K0.711.5
82East Rochester Village6.52K0.910.6
83Kenmore Village15.03K0.711.6
84Larchmont Village6.10K0.313.8
85Saugerties Town19.10K1.48.6
86Orchard Park Town29.60K0.811.7
87Clarkstown Town80.60K0.712.2
88New Rochelle78.94K1.29.7
89Hudson Falls Village7.02K2.06.4
90Niskayuna Town22.41K0.513.7
91Glens Falls14.31K2.07.0
92Bethlehem Town35.28K0.812.4
93Evans Town16.12K1.210.6
94Glenville Town21.63K0.614.3
95Depew Village15.01K1.012.9
96Monroe Village8.59K0.813.8
97Freeport Village43.06K1.79.9
98Geddes Town10.04K0.416.1
99Beacon14.51K1.710.3
100North Tonawanda30.23K1.511.6
101Horseheads Village6.39K0.615.8
102Cohoes16.72K2.29.2
103Tonawanda Town56.72K1.512.8
104Brighton Town36.04K0.717.0
105West Seneca Town45.40K1.513.2
106Hamburg Town46.45K0.916.0
107Solvay Village6.23K2.110.4
108North Syracuse Village6.64K2.110.5
109Amherst Town120.86K1.215.2
110Coeymans Town7.30K2.39.7
111Plattsburgh City19.37K1.912.5
112Riverhead Town33.54K1.016.9
113Oneonta City13.92K2.410.4
114Ulster Town12.63K1.316.5
115Amsterdam17.77K2.312.4
116Scotia Village7.64K2.014.5
117Johnstown8.20K1.616.8
118Rome32.02K1.716.4
119Tonawanda14.75K2.612.7
120Wallkill Town29.24K1.319.1
121Geneva12.71K1.618.4
122Middletown27.80K3.111.1
123Yonkers200.08K3.59.1
124Dunkirk11.71K1.817.9
125Saratoga Springs28.19K2.315.9
126Colonie Town79.51K0.823.5
127East Greenbush Town16.32K0.624.5
128Greece Town95.78K1.719.3
129Guilderland Town34.13K0.724.6
130Seneca Falls Town8.63K1.023.7
131Niagara Town7.96K0.526.6
132Massena Village10.18K1.124.2
133Spring Valley Village32.37K3.613.1
134Rotterdam Town29.86K1.125.3
135DeWitt Town25.0K1.424.3
136Cortland18.66K2.917.4
137Newburgh Town31.13K0.729.3
138Ithaca31.12K1.327.0
139Poughkeepsie Town38.89K1.825.5
140New Hartford Town and Village20.29K0.830.4
141Kingston22.84K3.021.8
142Hempstead Village55.40K5.410.5
143Monticello Village6.39K3.917.7
144Gates Town28.37K1.927.4
145Port Jervis8.52K4.316.1
146Canandaigua10.22K4.417.4
147Olean13.50K3.323.0
148Mount Vernon67.62K5.612.5
149Cheektowaga Town76.82K2.428.0
150Watervliet9.95K4.419.9
151Newark Village8.80K3.225.9
152New York8379.04K5.714.6
153Woodbury Town11.01K0.341.8
154Lackawanna17.72K4.621.3
155Ogdensburg10.48K3.428.2
156Ilion Village7.69K4.921.2
157Elmira26.96K3.130.8
158Oswego City17.24K3.033.8
159Norwich6.58K4.328.3
160Gloversville14.74K4.527.2
161Lakewood-Busti7.19K0.746.2
162Oneida10.86K3.834.2
163Poughkeepsie30.42K7.716.9
164Herkimer Village7.29K5.627.6
165Troy49.29K6.027.7
166Jamestown29.10K6.829.7
167Utica59.84K6.233.2
168Watertown25.10K6.135.3
169Schenectady65.50K8.127.0
170Albany97.22K7.630.0
171Syracuse142.44K7.931.3
172Rochester205.77K7.534.7
173Johnson City Village14.20K4.353.9
174Newburgh28.07K11.322.8
175Buffalo255.69K9.932.5
176Binghamton44.48K8.042.9
177Niagara Falls47.90K9.038.6

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Sources

FBI: Uniform Crime Reporting Program, “2019 Crime in the United States,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed November 18, 2020.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 15, 2021.

For definitions and more on data sources, see our methodology page.

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