Safest Cities in New York

  • Population
    19,530,351
  • Avg Annual Rent
    $15,037
  • Avg Household Income
    $71,365
  • Cost of Living
    23.70%
  • Violent Crime Rate
    7.5
  • Property Crime Rate
    144.3
  • Primary Care Ranking
    3
  • Mental Health Provider
    17

With a population of over 19 million people, New York is the fourth-most populous state in the nation. It also boasts the biggest city in the country in New York City, which is home to over 8 million people in the city proper alone. New York City has a wealth of famous attractions including the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and Central Park, but the rest of the state has plenty to offer as well. The Niagara Falls region, for example, is visited by nearly 14 million people every year. Not to mention, upstate New York offers a plethora of beautiful destinations to make any trip to the state of New York worth it.

How We Determined the Safest Cities in New York

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).

  • Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Annual rent – Annualized median rent
  • Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance

15 Safest Cities in New York

  • No. 1 Larchmont

    Larchmont is a quiet suburban town within commuting distance of New York City. The city offers plenty of public parks and open spaces including Larchmont Flint Park and Larchmont Manor Park, which overlooks Horseshoe Harbour. Larchmont is one of the safest cities in New York but it’s also an expensive place to live, with the highest annual rental prices on this list.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    1.612903 (3rd)1.612903 (1st)120.9677 (10th)1.612903 (12th)1.612903 (12th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    22236 (1st)213988 (1st)0.038 (7th)0.012 (13th)0.011 (13th)0 (14th)
  • No. 2 Hastings-on-Hudson

    Hastings on Hudson sits on the east of the Hudson River, overlooking New Jersey and the Palisades Cliffs. Popular things to do in Hastings-on-Hudson include visiting the Jasper F. Cropsey Home and Studio or MacEachron Waterfront Park. While crime rates are low overall, Hastings-on-Hudson does have the highest rate of hate crimes on this list. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0 (1st)2.49066 (4th)95.89041 (4th)7.47198 (15th)7.47198 (15th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    21516 (5th)139118 (2nd)0.036 (8th)0.011 (14th)0.011 (13th)0.138 (8th)
  • No. 3 Hamburg

    Hamburg is a small town located in the west of New York state, south of Buffalo. Despite its small size, the city has a population of over 46,000 residents who benefit from the relatively low cost of rent. Popular places to visit include the Hamburg Gaming casino and the Buffalo Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0 (1st)8.217771 (9th)99.64047 (5th)0.2151 (4th)0.2151 (4th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9864 (14th)78838 (9th)0.019 (14th)0.053 (7th)0.017 (11th)0.049 (13th)
  • No. 4 Monroe

    The town of Monroe is located in Orange County. This town is surrounded by several state parks, which makes it perfect for those who love venturing into the great outdoors. The top nature spots in the Monroe area include Harriman State Park and Goosepond Mountain State Park, which are popular for hiking, fishing and camping.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    2.308136 (4th)2.308136 (3rd)101.558 (6rd)1.154068 (9th)1.154068 (9th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    19044 (7th)110417 (5th)0.033 (12th)0.008 (15th)0.053 (2nd)0.287 (5th)
  • No. 5 Pelham

    Pelham is a small town in Westchester County, just outside of New Rochelle. It’s one of the more expensive places to live on this list based on average annual rental prices, but it also has a high household income average. Visitors and residents can enjoy watching indie films in the historic Picture House or take a trip to the old NYW&B Highbrook Highline.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    2.842524 (5th)5.685048 (6th)85.27572 (2nd)1.421262 (10th)1.421262 (10th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    21228 (6th)130945 (3rd)0.036 (8th)0.034 (8th)0.025 (9th)0.138 (8th)
  • No. 6 Colonie

    Colonie is a district of Albany with a population of almost 80,000 residents. As a part of the Capital District area, Colonie is ideally placed for commuters into Albany and is close to Albany International Airport for transport links. Popular activities include visiting the Colonie Center or The Crossings of Colonie, the city’s largest public park. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    3.506926 (6th)6.512863 (8th)232.4591 (13th)0.250495 (5th)0.250495 (5th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    13764 (10th)84665 (8th)0.035 (11th)0.019 (11th)0.017 (11th)0.052 (12th)
  • No. 7 Tarrytown

    Overlooking the Hudson River, Tarrytown lies in the south of New York. Residents and visitors can visit one of the many historical attractions such as the gothic-style Lyndhurst Mansion or Washington Irving’s Sunnyside estate. Tarrytown has high rental costs on average but also has a high average household income compared to other cities on the list. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    4.304037 (8th)1.721615 (2nd)35.2931 (1st)0.860807 (7th)0.860807 (7th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    21648 (4th)119826 (4th)0.045 (5th)0.019 (11th)0.037 (4th)0.404 (2nd)
  • No. 8 Southampton

    The town of Southampton is located in Suffolk County, on the South Fork of Long Island. Due to its coastal location, Southampton is popular with tourists, particularly on Cooper’s Beach. The city also has the Southampton Arts Center and the Southampton History Museum for visitors to learn more about the area. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    3.708692 (7th)6.441412 (7th)102.0866 (7th)0.195194 (3rd)0.195194 (3rd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    22140 (3rd)101316 (7th)0.018 (15th)0.023 (10th)0.035 (5th)0 (14th)
  • No. 9 Hoosick Falls

    Hoosick Falls sits on the Hoosic River in eastern New York, close to the Vermont state border. Some of the top things to do in Hoosick Falls include visiting the Hoosick River Greenway, the Bennington Battlefield Historic Site or catching a movie at Hathaway’s Drive-In Theatre. Hoosick Falls has a population of just 3,386 residents and low crime rates overall. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    5.906675 (9th)11.81335 (10th)106.3201 (9th)2.953337 (13th)2.953337 (13th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    10356 (13th)53285 (12th)0.027 (13th)0.095 (6th)0.046 (3rd)0.318 (3rd)
  • No. 10 Westhampton Beach

    Westhampton Beach is a small town in Long Island that — at just 1,819 residents — has the lowest population on this list. The city is popular with tourists looking for a beachside getaway. Popular activities include taking a trip to the Cupsogue Beach County Park or watching a show at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    10.99505 (12th)5.497526 (5th)252.8862 (14th)5.497526 (14th)5.497526 (14th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    22164 (2nd)102604 (6th)0.036 (8th)0.03 (9th)0.089 (1st)0.13 (10th)
  • No. 11 Hempstead

    The city with the second-highest population on this list is Hempstead, with a total of 56,059 residents recorded. Hempstead is located in Nassau County in the western half of Long Island. There are plenty of popular sites in this city, including the historic Cooper Field, Hempstead Lake State Park and the African American Museum of Nassau County.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    22.6547 (14th)34.78478 (15th)105.0679 (8th)0.178383 (2nd)0.178383 (2nd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    16836 (8th)62347 (11th)0.043 (6th)0.159 (2nd)0.024 (10th)0.255 (6th)
  • No. 12 Kingston

    Situated along the Hudson River and Rondout Creek, Kingston has plenty of parks and trails for those who love the great outdoors. With tourist attractions including the Hudson River Maritime Museum and the Catskill Mountain Railroad, Kingston is a great place to live in and explore. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    9.966633 (11th)20.3666 (11th)206.6993 (11th)0.433332 (6th)0.433332 (6th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    12648 (11nd)48186 (13th)0.077 (2nd)0.164 (1st)0.028 (7th)0.122 (11th)
  • No. 13 Watervliet

    Watervliet is known as ‘Arsenal City’ and is a small town that is north of Albany. The town is close to Friends of Peebles Island State Park for outdoor attractions. It’s also home to a few museums including the Hart Cluett House and the Burden Iron Works Museum to celebrate the regional iron industry.  

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    7.909046 (10th)27.68166 (13th)222.4419 (12th)0.988631 (8th)0.988631 (8th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    10404 (12nd)43176 (14th)0.049 (4th)0.151 (3rd)0.026 (8th)0.483 (1st)
  • No. 14 YONKERS

    Yonkers is a popular city between New York City and the Hudson Valley. It’s the fourth largest city in New York. Yonkers is best known for its diversity, dining, local shops and entertainment. LEGOLAND Discovery Center is a popular attraction for visitors and residents alike. The Palisades and the Untermyer Park and Gardens are also nearby for over 40 acres of gardens.  

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    12.07926 (13th)22.72873 (12th)87.31579 (3rd)0.098606 (1st)0.098606 (1st)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    16128 (9nd)62380 (10th)0.073 (3rd)0.137 (5th)0.01 (15th)0.163 (7th)
  • No. 15 Endicott

    Sprawling along the Susquehanna River, Endicott is a small town with plenty of public parks and open spaces to pass the time. Endicott also has its own Little Italy district full of impressive restaurants and diners, as well as a historic neighborhood tour just waiting to be explored.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    24.3061 (15th)30.57864 (14th)311.2749 (15th)1.568135 (11th)1.568135 (11th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8616 (15th)37920 (15th)0.099 (1st)0.146 (4th)0.029 (6th)0.3 (4th)

New York State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

New York is 47th in the country when it comes to natural disaster risk, which is to say the state of New York is quite safe from such events in general. Still, no area is completely immune to risk. Some of the common issues that can occur in New York are extreme cold, flooding, damage from northeaster storms, snowstorms, earthquakes and even hurricanes. New Yorkers are encouraged to be diligent when it comes to disaster preparedness.

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Natural Disaster

Health Safety

New York state’s leading causes of death are heart disease and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state ranks 21st in the nation when it comes to drug-related deaths, with 17 per 100,000 residents every year. Primary care physicians are plentiful in New York, which ranks third in the U.S. with over 230 doctors per 100,000 residents. Access to mental health services is also fairly good in New York — there are 291 providers per 100,000 people, ranking the state 17th in the nation.

Air quality is good in New York as well, even though it boasts the biggest and most densely populated city in the country. As a whole, New York state ranks 11th in the country in this key health metric.

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Health Safety

Top 23 Safest Cities in New York

Larchmont6,200411
Hastings-on-Hudson8,030132
Hamburg46,490523
Monroe8,665364
Pelham7,036655
Colonie79,842846
Tarrytown11,6172117
Southampton51,231788
Hoosick Falls3,386979
Westhampton Beach1,819101010
Hempstead56,05913911
Kingston23,077121312
Watervliet10,115142113
YONKERS202,827152014
Endicott12,754161515
NEW YORK8,523181216
Niagara Falls48,225201417
ROCHESTER207,701171818
Binghamton44,876191719
Spring Valley32,909112320
Newburgh28,282211921
BUFFALO258,219221622
SYRACUSE143,129232223