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.