See Which Pennsylvania Cities Made the List

Based on a population of at least 39,000

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

Pennsylvania has played a major role in the shaping of the United States. Both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written and signed here. One of the biggest battles of the Civil War took place at Gettysburg. Pennsylvania is one of the swing states during elections, playing a significant role on the outcome. The beautiful Susquehanna River runs through the state, and some of the most beautiful fall foliage can be seen at the expansive forests here. Pennsylvania is the 6th most productive state in the country, with a total gross product of $644 billion. The insurance and financial industries are big here, with six Fortune 500 companies located in Philadelphia. On top of all this, Pennsylvania has dozens of cities with high safety ratings.

Four of the 100 safest cities in the nation are within Pennsylvania, with another 9 in the top 500 safest cities. Of the 25 safest cities in the state, the highest rated one has a safety score of 90.97 and the lowest is 68.13. This is actually a very good range for such a heavily populated state. Several of the cities have seen a decrease in their property crime rates, with some of the safest cities staying at their already low levels of incidences.

Of the 25 safest cities, Northampton Township came out on top with a safety rating of 90.97. With a population of 39,541, the median income for families is $91,477. This puts it much higher than the national average, which explains part of the reason why it's such a safe town. Being located a good distance, but not too far, from a major city attracts affluent residents who need to commute into Philadelphia for work.

As for Philadelphia, it has a safety rating of 70.98. With a population of 1.5 million, that is quite impressive, as larger cities tend to have higher crime rates. Pittsburg is the next largest city in the state, with a safety score of 71.51. These two cities are on opposite ends of the state, so no matter where you need to live, you will have plenty of safe options all over the state to choose from.


1 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 90.97

Northampton Township, PA

39,541 759 7 17.1% 240 46.9%

2 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.73

Haverford Township, PA

49,011 597 25 -4.1% 591 1.6%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.6

State College, PA

57,710 801 27 1.8% 640 -0.8%

4 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.47

York Area Regional, PA

55,020 1145 76 -10.2% 479 -21.2%

5 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.57

Lower Merion Township, PA

58,369 388 32 -8.7% 990 6.3%

6 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.49

Northern York Regional, PA

68,470 1291 71 40.5% 647 -18.9%

7 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.41

Manheim Township, PA

39,614 520 24 39.5% 599 -12.9%

8 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.39

Abington Township, Montgomery County, PA

55,753 488 42 -30.2% 930 -17.7%

9 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.9

Pocono Mountain Regional, PA

38,308 814 68 12.1% 783 -13.6%

10 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.18

Millcreek Township, Erie County, PA

54,123 721 50 2.6% 834 -9.1%

11
Safety Score: 82.7

Lower Paxton Township, PA

48,265 730 113 37.4% 773 -19%

12
Safety Score: 81.97

Upper Darby Township, PA

82,962 571 353 -0.4% 1,467 -10.2%

13
Safety Score: 81.01

Middletown Township, PA

45,306 780 41 0.4% 998 -0.4%

14
Safety Score: 80.31

Altoona, PA

45,379 676 137 -13.3% 894 1.1%

15
Safety Score: 79.42

Bristol Township, PA

54,059 844 94 -2.6% 1,242 -2.6%

16
Safety Score: 77.41

Penn Hills, PA

42,055 792 150 -7.5% 982 6.8%

17
Safety Score: 76.67

Erie, PA

98,887 506 430 7.5% 2,499 -3.9%

18
Safety Score: 76.62

Scranton, PA

75,087 441 206 -3.8% 2,087 0.2%

19
Safety Score: 76.09

Allentown, PA

119,335 511 525 -14.5% 3,198 -16.7%

20
Safety Score: 76.03

Bensalem Township, PA

60,420 494 109 34.8% 1,846 4.1%

21
Safety Score: 72.28

Reading, PA

87,744 471 700 -7.8% 2,551 0.1%

22
Safety Score: 71.51

Pittsburgh, PA

306,870 323 2,167 -11.5% 9,895 0.4%

23
Safety Score: 71.4

York, PA

43,864 371 325 -16.1% 1,399 -2.9%

24
Safety Score: 70.98

Philadelphia, PA

1,567,810 216 16,132 0.7% 49,345 -7.1%

25
Safety Score: 68.13

Lancaster, PA

59,295 367 472 17.2% 2,168 -5.3%


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