See Which New York Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 45k

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

With so many great attractions that New York has to offer, it’s no doubt that the state is a desirable place to be for many. The Empire State is home to wonderful locales including Broadway, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls, and four mountain ranges. Talk about the diversity in terrains! Whether you thrive on the hustle and bustle of the City that Never Sleeps or prefers the peace and quiet of Upstate, you can be assured that New York has many safe communities. In fact, 5 of New York’s cities made it to our list of top 100 safest cities in the United States.

Of the 25 scored cities in New York, 15 of them have a Safety Score above 80. Ramapo Town is ranked as the #1 safest city in the state, with a score of 91.25. Runner-up cities include Yonkers (88.61), Greenburgh Town (88.24), New Rochelle (86.41), and White Plains (86.09), to name a few.

Taking a closer look at the metropolitan areas, New York City scored 85.09 in safety. This is pretty incredible considering how heavily populated it is. It is reported that in 2014, it had a population of well over 8 million people! Not only is the city considered safe, it is home to many iconic landmarks. Additionally, the job market in NYC is booming in a plethora of sectors, including the tech, hospitality, management, and media/marketing fields. As of 2016, the city had the second-highest number of billionaires of any city in the world, and the highest density of millionaires per capita among major U.S. cities in 2014. Regardless of your interests and skills, finding a job here will likely be more lucrative than many other regions in the state or country.


1 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 91.25

Ramapo Town, NY

90,683 736 78 19.5% 620 -5.5%

2 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 88.61

Yonkers, NY

201,753 286 950 -3% 2,008 -0.6%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 88.24

Greenburgh Town, NY

45,362 n/a 48 -21.7% 628 3.8%

4 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.41

New Rochelle, NY

80,270 369 171 -4.8% 1,283 5.5%

5 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.09

White Plains, NY

58,315 288 102 -3.2% 1,017 -3.1%

6 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.7

Clarkstown Town, NY

82,156 438 109 48% 1,417 -3.7%

7 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.63

West Seneca Town, NY

45,352 580 45 17.2% 648 -16.1%

8 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.09

New York, NY

8,550,861 169 50,088 -1.8% 129,860 -5.2%

9 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.99

Hempstead Village, NY

55,929 360 403 -15.8% 717 -26%

10 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.41

Amherst Town, NY

120,207 671 116 -10.4% 1,916 -8.3%

11
Safety Score: 83.44

Hamburg Town, NY

45,942 n/a 27 -47.4% 908 -13.4%

12
Safety Score: 83.31

Mount Vernon, NY

68,734 254 476 -3.3% 1,128 8.9%

13
Safety Score: 82.36

Tonawanda Town, NY

58,016 386 141 48.6% 1,104 8.9%

14
Safety Score: 79.1

Colonie Town, NY

79,374 539 74 1.9% 1,983 -2.2%

15
Safety Score: 76.98

Greece Town, NY

97,336 935 169 -0.2% 2,443 0.3%

16
Safety Score: 76.41

Irondequoit Town, NY

51,412 842 99 33.7% 1,346 -4.8%

17
Safety Score: 75.53

Cheektowaga Town, NY

78,438 474 191 -5.7% 2,376 -12.2%

18
Safety Score: 70.95

Albany, NY

98,772 227 793 -1.3% 3,211 -17.6%

19
Safety Score: 69.87

Utica, NY

61,109 344 349 -12.3% 2,196 -6.3%

20
Safety Score: 69.03

Syracuse, NY

144,027 298 1,142 -1.5% 5,087 -11.3%

21
Safety Score: 66.36

Rochester, NY

209,922 251 1,839 4.4% 8,266 -6.5%

22
Safety Score: 64.9

Troy, NY

49,872 n/a 428 22.5% 2,013 -7.6%

23
Safety Score: 63.47

Binghamton, NY

46,048 317 310 2% 2,092 2.5%

24
Safety Score: 62.51

Buffalo, NY

258,096 283 2,887 -8.9% 11,176 -10.1%

25
Safety Score: 57.25

Niagara Falls, NY

48,989 284 555 -3.9% 2,526 -3.7%


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