100 Safest Small Towns in America 2019

Written by | Updated April 4, 2019

Is your small town one of the safest in the country?

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Small towns may bring to mind white picket fences, baseball, and Grandma’s apple pie. They evoke nostalgia for a simpler time when the streets were safe and people rarely (if ever) locked their doors.

While some of those sepia-tinted ideas have faded away (and several small towns are close neighbors to sprawling metro areas), the notion of safety in small towns is alive and well. Our list of the 100 safest small towns in America is all the proof you need—not one violent crime was reported among all the cities that made our list.

Why Look at Safety in Small Towns?

As part of our never-ending quest to provide the most comprehensive and current safety-related resources, we expanded our Safest Cities in America series to examine safety in cities of differing sizes.

In the past, we lumped these smaller communities in with our overall 100 Safest Cities in America—but we decided to pull them out this year and take a closer look at safety in cities with 2,500 to 15,000 residents.

Six of these smaller towns were recognized last year, including Lewisboro Town, New York, which was the safest city in the country in 2018. Lewisboro held on to its number one ranking this year, but as the safest town among other cities of comparable size.

A Closer Look at Crime in America’s Safest Small Towns

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On top of a completely clean record for violent crime, 97% of these towns reported fewer than 50 property crimes. The city with the highest property crime rate is Baltimore, Ohio, with 5.38 incidents per 1,000 people (compared to 27.11 nationally). And the top five cities each reported just one property crime.

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Every region of the country is represented by the safest small towns, but just barely. The West had only one town make the top 100—Monte Sereno, California, which sits at number 52 on our list. Nearly half of the country is home to one of America’s safest small towns, with 24 states making a showing. Pennsylvania has the highest number of safe small towns with 19, and New Jersey is a close second with 18.

Key Findings about America’s Safest Small Towns

Cities That Made Last Year’s 100 Safest Cities in America

City, State2019 Ranking2018 Ranking
Lewisboro Town, NY11
Mount Hope Town, NY890
Chester Township, OH106
Brandon, SD4317
Portageville, MO7019
New Providence, NJ8262
  • All 100 towns had zero incidents of violent crime, but there were no towns with zero incidents of property crime.
  • Property crimes ranged from one to 61, with 97 towns reporting fewer than 50.
  • Although the top five cities all reported one property crime, Lewisboro Town had the lowest property crime rate at 0.08 incidents per 1,000 people.
  • Ohio was home to both the highest property crime rate (5.38 in Baltimore) and the highest number of reported property crimes (61 in Montville Township).
  • 91% of the cities had fewer than five property crimes occur per 1,000 people.
  • 31% had fewer than two property crime incidents per 1,000 people.
  • The South is home to 11 of the safest small towns, and the Midwest claims 26.
  • The majority of the cities (72) are above the national median income of $57,652.¹
  • 34 cities have a median household income over $100,00 a year and three are more than $200,000.
  • 14% of the cities have median household incomes below $50,000. Both Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, and Portageville, Missouri, have median household incomes below $30,000.
  • New York is home to the most affluent cities on our list—Bronxville Village, Oyster Bay Cove Village, and Sands Point Village each have median household incomes over $200,000.
  • Fewer people doesn’t always equal less crime—just 7% of the towns on our list come from states with lower population density. On the other hand, 67% come from the top ten states for population density.
  • New Jersey is number one in the country for population density and has the second-highest number of safe small towns.
  • Twelve of the states represented are in the top 50% of the country for high poverty rates. Interestingly, both the most impoverished state (Louisiana) and the least (New Hampshire) are home to some of the nation’s safest small towns.

America’s 100 Safest Towns

#1 Safest Town

Lewisboro Town, New York

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Building in Lewisboro, NY
Population 12,823
Median Income $148,824
Image Source Facebook @TownofLewisboro
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.000
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.08

#2

Norfolk Town, New York

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Norfolk NY
Population 4,447
Median Income $47,137
Image Source Wikipedia, Hepburn Library Norfolk, NY
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.000
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.22

#3

Erie Township, Michigan

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Erie Township Michigan
Population 4,359
Median Income $59,799
Image Source Wikipedia, Erie Township, MI
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.000
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.23

#4

Shade Township, Pennsylvania

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Shade Township PA
Population 2,611
Median Income $46,384
Image Source Wikipedia, Shade Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.38

#5

Derry, Pennsyvlania

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Derry PA
Population 2,551
Median Income $49,950
Image Source Wikipedia, Derry, Pennsylvania
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.39

#6

New Hanover Township, New Jersey

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New Hanover Township
Population 8,264
Median Income $83,646
Image Source New Hanover Twp Pto
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.48

#7

Perry Township, Columbiana County, Ohio

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Perry Township OH
Population 4,381
Median Income $68,403
Image Source Facebook @PerryTownshipSchools
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.68

#8

Mount Hope Town, New York

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Mount Hope Town
Population 6,904
Median Income $81,722
Image Source Facebook @MountHopeNY
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.72

#9

Pawnee, Illinois

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Pawnee IL
Population 2,685
Median Income $63,889
Image Source Facebook @villageofpawnee
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.74

#10

Chester Township, Ohio

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sign and gazebo for chester township, oh
Population 10,355
Median Income N/A
Image Source Facebook @WestChesterOH
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.77

#11

Jefferson Township, Pennsylvania

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Jefferson Township PA
Population 3,659
Median Income $56,204
Image Source Facebook @jefftownshippa
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.82

#12

Fulton, Wisconsin

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Fulton WI
Population 3,348
Median Income $76,815
Image Source Wikipedia, Fulton, WI
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.90

#13

Milton Town, Wisconsin

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Milton WI
Population 3,080
Median Income $73,482
Image Source Facebook @townofmiltonwi
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.97

#14

Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania

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Mahanoy PA
Population 3,981
Median Income $27,295
Image Source Facebook @MC5FD
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.00

#15

Mendham Township, New Jersey

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Mendham NJ
Population 5,883
Median Income $185,882
Image Source Facebook @TownshipofMendham
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.02

#16

Tuxedo Town, New York

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Tuxedo NY
Population 2,927
Median Income $104,625
Image Source Facebook @TuxedoHistorialSociety
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.02

#17

South Pymatuning Township, Pennsylvania

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South Pymatuning Township PA
Population 2,587
Median Income $65,781
Image Source Wikipedia, South Pymatuning Township
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.16

#18

North Beaver, Pennsylvania

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North Beaver
Population 3,957
Median Income $57,143
Image Source Facebook @NorthBeaverVFD
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.26

#19

Easton, Connecticut

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Easton CT
Population 7,570
Median Income $136,786
Image Source Facebook @eastonctpolice
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.32

#20

Ford City, Pennsylvania

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Ford City PA
Population 2,825
Median Income $32,070
Image Source wikimedia commons
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.42

#21

Hamilton Village, New York

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Hamilton Village NY
Population 4,105
Median Income $65,150
Image Source Facebook @ThisIsHamilton, NY
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.46

#22

Grafton, West Virginia

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Grafton WV
Population 5,121
Median Income $31,627
Image Source Grafton, west virginia
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.56

#23

Ryan Township, Pennsylvania

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Ryan Township IL
Population 2,528
Median Income $65,268
Image Source wikimedia commons
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.58

#24

Campton Hills, Illinois

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Campton Hills
Population 11,342
Median Income $131,658
Image Source Facebook @vlgcamptonhills
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.59

#25

Haworth, New Jersey

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Haworth NJ
Population 3,491
Median Income $170,417
Image Source @chief152 Haworth Volunteer Fire Dept, NJ
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.72
RankCityStatePopulationMedian Household IncomeViolent Crime Rate (per 1,000)Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
26Richland Township, Saginaw CountyMI3,934$58,5290.001.78
27ManorPA3,334$64,1020.001.80
28Kingston SpringsTN2,765$70,6520.001.81
29South RussellOH 3,819$104,2190.001.83
30Olive TownNY4,308$64,3520.001.86
31Plumsted TownshipNJ8,604$91,4380.001.98
32LexingtonOH4,686$53,2590.002.13
33KermitTX6,459$47,9030.002.17
34East Marlborough TownshipPA7,310$110,7610.002.19
35O'Hara TownshipPA8,514$87,8060.002.23
36TimbervilleVA2,659$47,1320.002.26
37Old TappanNJ6,069$141,1850.002.31
38Lamar TownshipPA2,562$63,8390.002.34
39Kirkland TownNY8,204$63,5420.002.44
40Homer VillageNY3,120$63,5420.002.56
41Indian River ShoresFL4,286$120,6820.002.57
42Malverne VillageNY8,548$106,2500.002.57
43BrandonSD10,090$80,7270.002.58
44NorthvaleNJ5,003$92,6500.002.60
45BoxfordMA8,333$155,0340.002.64
46GranthamNH2,967$104,9620.002.70
47Chesterfield TownshipNJ7,451$142,4240.002.82
48HartfordKY2,787$36,5380.002.87
49Grosse Ile TownshipMI10,084$100,2780.002.88
50TusculumTN2,672$50,2210.002.99
51CumberlandME7,956$112,6040.003.02
52Monte SerenoCA3,583not available0.003.07
53PenningtonNJ2,576$121,6670.003.11
54MatawanNJ8,838$86,1490.003.17
55Millcreek Township, Lebanon CountyPA5,670$71,1540.003.17
56Sagamore HillsOH10,951not available0.003.20
57Oyster Bay Cove VillageNY4,337$226,6670.003.23
58Jackson Township, Luzerne CountyPA4,631$88,3820.003.24
59Tewksbury TownshipNJ5,809$88,3820.003.27
60HillsdaleNJ10,602$124,8440.003.30
61Adams Township, Cambria CountyPA5,651$57,0880.003.36
62Durham TownNY2,659$52,7380.003.38
63PlainviewMN3,222$86,0830.003.41
64St. Clair TownshipOH7,583not available0.003.43
65Sands Point VillageNY2,903$231,6070.003.44
66ManchesterMD4,820$93,1250.003.53
67Chatham TownshipNJ10,515$176,3640.003.71
68SmithtonIL3,766$72,0630.003.72
69South Buffalo TownshipPA2,583$74,3750.003.87
70PortagevilleMO3,090$29,0040.003.88
71BarnesvilleOH4,096$36,6070.003.91
72Lapeer TownshipMI5,058$64,7400.003.95
73Avon VillageNY3,276$65,5980.003.97
74Montgomery VillageNY4,713$83,2920.004.03
75NorwoodNJ5,904$125,4170.004.07
76South Harrison TownshipNJ3,193$121,4060.004.07
77Willistown TownshipPA10,965$109,6950.004.20
78Fair HavenNJ5,953$158,2640.004.20
79Armagh TownshipPA3,799$49,6090.004.21
80Moreland HillsOH3,315$141,6810.004.22
81Indian Head ParkIL3,799$82,7670.004.47
82New ProvidenceNJ12,904$129,6380.004.49
83Bronxville VillageNY6,420$205,7810.004.52
84HaughtonLA3,301$57,4310.004.54
85Piermont VillageNY2,573$104,5490.004.66
86GreenlandNH3,966$105,6090.004.79
87WolfforthTX4,552$68,1250.004.83
88Old Westbury VillageNY4,747$163,9580.004.85
89ClosterNJ8,788$130,6700.004.89
90NottinghamNH5,046$103,3480.004.95
91BayportMN3,420$75,8150.004.97
92MadawaskaME3,760$39,6840.005.05
93ElonNC10,283$50,5210.005.06
94Luxemburg villageWI2,562$63,7720.005.07
95Bethel Township, Berks CountyPA4,122$59,9110.005.09
96Grosse Pointe ShoresMI2,904not available0.005.17
97Montville TownshipOH11,718not available0.005.21
98WarnerNH2,879$75,1950.005.21
99Franklin Township, Hunterdon CountyNJ3,223$108,3090.005.27
100BaltimoreOH2,973$42,3860.005.38

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How We Picked the Safest Small Towns in America

To kick off our first-ever Safest Small Towns in America ranking, we looked at FBI crime report data and population information for 2017 (the most recent year for which complete data was available).²

We excluded towns with populations below 2,500 and above 15,000. Because cities with populations under 2,500 are considered rural by census definitions, we decided to rule them out of this study. Our maximum threshold was determined by the national median population, which is 15,000. Cities outside those population parameters and those that failed to report complete crime data to the FBI were excluded.

We were a little surprised to find out that every city on this list reported zero incidents of violent crime (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in 2017. So we based our rankings on the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) that occurred per 1,000 people in each town. Although it didn’t impact rankings, we also examined population density, poverty rates, and median income. This data was used to provide insight into why some cities or states may be more likely to land on a safest cities list, and which might be outliers.

For more safe city data, check out our list of the 100 Safest Cities in America, and watch for our ranking of the safest (and most dangerous) metro areas—coming soon. Get all the details about how we rank the safest cities in our full methodology.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

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 2019.

Sources:
1. United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, “Community Facts
2. FBI, Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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