The 20 Safest Cities in Pennsylvania—2017

Written by | Updated November 29, 2018

There are a lot of good things happening in the Keystone State. Not only is Pennsylvania earning kudos for its infrastructure upgrades and biotech growth, but also its crime rate is approximately 25% lower than the national average, according to the most recent FBI crime report. Plus, the state’s property crime is on the downturn—with the rates of burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft all dropping from 2014 to 2015.

We congratulate the cities on our list for doing their part to make Pennsylvania a safe place to live, work, and play. Only one of the twenty safest cities in Pennsylvania reported more than ten violent crimes, and none reported any murders. Equally impressive is the fact that fifteenth-ranked Buckingham Township—with over 20,000 residents—reported just three violent crimes. What’s more, Paint Township and Luzerne Township cited zero violent crimes.

Keeping property safe proved to be as much of a priority as personal safety for these cities. We found that sixteen of the state’s twenty safest cities cited fewer than ten burglaries, and only two reported an arson. Evidencing our point further, the cities that made our list averaged less than three property crimes per 1,000 people—that’s 90% less than the national average. This is a statistic the leaders, law enforcement officers, and citizens of Pennsylvania’s safest cities have every right to be proud of.

Open communication, both among citizens and between law enforcement and the community, is one of the many factors that help keep these cities safe. For example, Paint Township, named number one in our Pennsylvania rankings, uses the social network Nextdoor to facilitate neighbor-to-neighbor communication and share information on crime prevention. The police department of South Park Township, honored as the tenth Safest City in the nation, leverages Facebook to help keep citizens informed, answer their questions, and learn their concerns.

Review our list to find out if your city is one of the safest in the Keystone State. Then refer to our Pennsylvania Safety Directory for home security tips, safety resources, and a map of the state’s most and least burglarized counties.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Pennsylvania

To identify the twenty safest cities in Pennsylvania, we reviewed the 2015 FBI crime report statistics and 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.

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 level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

1. Paint Township 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 0.58

2. Redstone Township ↑

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.18
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.29

3. Luzerne Township 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.53

4. Vandergrift 

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.59
Property Crimes per 1,000: 0.79

5. South Heidelberg Township ↑

Previous rank: 67

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.41
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.32

6. South Park Township 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.15
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.59

7. Upper Yoder Township 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.95
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.90

8. Spring Township, Centre County 

Previous rank: 21

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.13
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.02

9. Millcreek Township, Lebanon County 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.36
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.88

10. Penn Township, Westmoreland County

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.57
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.83

11. East Marlborough Township

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.14
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.29

12. Lower Salford Township 

Previous Rank: 27

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.24

13. Upper Providence Township, Delaware County 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.10
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.37

14. Turtle Creek 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.70
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.89

15. Buckingham Township 

Previous Rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.15
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.47

16. Whitehall 

Previous rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.65
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.03

17. Butler Township, Schuylkill County 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.51
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.37

18. Brighton Township 

Previous rank: 69

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.72
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.23

19. Franklin Park 

Previous rank: 28

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.07
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.94

20. Clarks Summit 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.23
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.92

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 20?

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

21. Fox Chapel22. West Cocalico Township23. East Brandywine Township
24. Adams Township, Butler County25. Reading Township26. West Earl Township
27. South Fayette Township28. Warwick Township, Bucks County29. Cecil Township
30. Upper St. Clair Township31. East Fallowfield Township32. Northern Lancaster County Regional
33. Old Forge34. Willistown Township35. Upper Nazareth Township
36. Castle Shannon37. Eastern Adams Regional38. Newtown Township, Bucks County
39. Lititz40. East Pikeland Township41. Northwest Lancaster County Regional
42. West Lampeter Township43. Indiana Township44. Kennett Township
45. Upper Dublin Township46. Lower Heidelberg Township47. Northampton Township
48. Southwestern Regional49. Bushkill Township50. Upper Uwchlan Township
51. Peters Township52. Wright Township53. South Londonderry Township
54. Morris-Cooper Regional55. Baldwin Borough56. Pennridge Regional
57. Jefferson Hills Borough58. Neshannock Township59. East Coventry Township
60. Tunkhannock Township, Wyoming County61. O’Hara Township62. Upper Gwynedd Township
63. Northern Regional64. Newtown Township, Delaware County65. Chartiers Township
66. East Vincent Township67. New Britain Township68. Easttown Township
69. East Earl Township70. Upper Saucon Township71. Middlesex Township, Butler County
72. New Hanover Township73. Buffalo Valley Regional74. Camp Hill
75. Carroll Township, Washington County76. Murrysville77. Ferguson Township
78. Jeannette79. Lower Saucon Township80. Conewago Township, Adams County
81. Washington Township, Westmoreland County82. Franconia Township83. Plumstead Township
84. East Cocalico Township85. Allegheny Township, Westmoreland County86. Conemaugh Township, Somerset County
87. Mount Lebanon88. Horsham Township89. Kingston Township
90. Upper Allen Township91. Carroll Township, York County92. Moon Township
93. Dallas Township94. Lehigh Township, Northampton County95. Towamencin Township
96. McCandless97. Shenango Township, Lawrence County98. Tredyffrin Township
99. Earl Township100. Northern Berks Regional

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.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2018 or select the city nearest you in the list below.

Pittsburgh
Wexford
Warrington
Malvern
Indiana
Southampton
Reading
Horsham
Warminster

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email safestcities@safewise.com.

Written by Alexia Chianis

Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more

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