30 Safest Places To Live In Pennsylvania – 2016

We analyzed FBI data to bring you The 30 Safest Places to Live in Pennsylvania for 2016. Did your city rank as one of the safest in the Keystone State?

About the State of Pennsylvania

Famous for more than just cheesesteaks, Pennsylvania was home to some of the most important and defining moments of our nation’s history including both the Declaration of Independence but also the United States Constitution. Both of which were drafted and signed at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

A state of many firsts, Pennsylvania has the first baseball stadium, located in Pittsburgh and also hosted the first World Series between the Boston Pilgrims (later the Red Sox) and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1903. One of the original thirteen founding states of America, Pennsylvania is the 33rd largest state and the sixth most populated, making it the 9th most densely populated state in the country.

Despite being one of the more densely populated states in the country, Pennsylvania landed in the fourteenth spot for our 2016 rankings of the Safest Places to Live in the United States.

To learn more about the Keystone state’s cities, towns and communities we dug into the numbers to identify the safest places to live in Pennsylvania. Here’s what we found.


How We Pick the Safest Places to Live

Using data from national sources, including the most recent complete annual Uniform Crime Report from the FBI, our research team compiled and analyzed their findings to determine the safest places to live in Pennsylvania with a minimum population of 2,500 residents and with complete data reported to the FBI. Combining the total number of violent and property crimes divided by reported population, our team calculated the overall crime rate per 1,000 residents for each community in our list.

Some cities and towns may not have been included in our final report because it did not meet our minimum population requirement or provide complete data to the FBI.


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Pennsylvania’s Safest Cities

Kennett Township, Pennsylvania’s Safest City

Originally part of the 30,000 acre tract of land known as Stenning Manor passed from William Penn to his children, Kennett Township is located in Chester County and was once home to the Lenape Indians. The fertile soil brought many farmers as early settlers to the area and eventually established a specialty of growing flowers and vegetables in greenhouses providing year-round crops and revenue.

Population: 7,899
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0

Manor Township, Armstrong County

Found in Lancaster County, Manor Township is named after the Manor of Conestoga. In 1690, William Penn visited the area when it was still American Indian territory. In the early 1730s, Penn’s sons took control of the area after his death. Noted for its fertile land, the Manor Township remains primarily rural with agricultural industries.

Population: 4,240
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0

Mahanoy Township

Not to be confused with North Mahanoy or South Mahanoy, this township is located in Schuylkill County. Formed from the Rush Township in 1849, Mahoney Township is bound by five other townships. Coal mining was the dominant industry of the area with over 400,000 tons of coal mined and shipped from the area between 1859 and 1884.

Population: 3,217
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.3

Paint Township

Paint Township is located in Somerset County in northern Pennsylvania and boasts both the largest and most diverse population in the county. The township was originally part of Shade Township until 1836 and was so named after the Paint Creek which reflected color from shale and iron deposits. Mining for coal became the dominant industry in the area for many years.

Population: 5,196
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.4
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0

Scott Township, Lackawanna County

This Scott Township is found in north central Lackawanna County and is one of five municipalities that make up the Lakeland School District. Not to be confused with any of the other Scott Townships (of which there are five in the state of Pennsylvania), Scott Township is bordered by the neighborhood of East Carnegie and the borough of Green Tree to the north and Upper St Clair Township to the south.

Population: 4,950
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.4

Cornwall

Part of Lebanon County, Cornwall was founded by Chester County stonemason Peter Grubb in 1737. Who settled in the area after visiting in 1734 and discovering magnetite iron ore which he began to mine after acquiring over 1,000 acres of land and building the Cornwall Iron Mines which were also known as the Cornwall Banks and was the largest iron deposit east of Lake Superior.

Population: 4,197
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.2

Parks Township

The Parks Township is located in Armstrong County and is bordered by the Kiskiminetas River to the south. This bucolic rural community is made up of five small villages and features over five miles of river frontage where residents and visitors enjoy canoeing, kayaking, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities.

Population: 2,683
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.7
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0

North Buffalo

There are four North Buffalo Townships in the state of Pennsylvania. This one is located in Armstrong County along the western edge of the state of Pennsylvania and borders the Allegheny River to its east. The Buffalo Creek flows south through the western part of the township which also features Cogley Island located in the Allegheny River.

Population: 2,996
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.0

Derry

While there are four Townships with the name of Derry, this listing refers to the borough of Derry located in Westmoreland County, just under fifty miles east of Pittsburgh. The borough is surrounded by Derry Township which is a separate municipality. Originally, the area was known as Derry Station and was created to serve the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1852.

Population: 2,629
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.9
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.4

West Mead Township

Not to be confused with East Mead Township or Mead Township, West Mead Township is found in Crawford County and borders the city of Meadville to the north, east and south. French Creek forms the western border of the township with Tamarack Lake in the southeast.

Population: 5,163
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.4
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.3

North Beaver

In addition to there being an actual Beaver, Pennsylvania there are no less than eight Beaver Townships, including North Beaver Township which is located in Lawrence County. Because the township restricts the sale of alcohol, the Slovene National Benefit Society had their 500-acre center established as a separate municipality so they could acquire their own liquor license.

Population: 4,052
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.7

Oley Township

Located in Berks County, Oley Township was originally part of Philadelphia County in 1740 and became part of Berks County over ten years later. In 1983, the National Register of Historic Places listed the entire Township as a historic district.

Population: 3,676
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.9

Turtle Creek

A borough in Allegheny County, Turtle Creek is 12 miles south of Pittsburgh and is bordered by Wilkins Township to the west and north and Monroeville to the east. Originally a small village of Indians from the Turtle Clan of the Iroquois Nation, the area was settled by George Westinghouse who constructed a manufacturing plant.

Population: 5,315
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.9
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.1

Jackson Township, Luzerne County

Found in Luzerne County, Jackson Township is a scenic rural area and is comprised of two communities, Chase and Huntsville. The township has a volunteer fire department that’s been operating since 1848 after being incorporated as a non-profit organization.

Population: 4,605
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 2.2

Mansfield

Located in Tioga County in the Tioga River valley, the borough of Mansfield was settled by Asa Mann in 1800 after he cleared a large swath of forest and laid out plans for a town. It was incorporated in 1857 and is located about 36 miles south of Elmira, New York. Mansfield claims to have held the first night football game with electric lighting in 1892.

Population: 3,601
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.3
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.9

East Taylor Township

East Taylor Township is located in Cambria County and is bordered by the city of Johnsontown to the south along with the Little Conemaugh River. The town is bisected by Pennsylvania Route 271 and is still an active coal mining community.

Population: 2,633
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.8
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.5

Lower Milford Township

Found in Lehigh County, Lower Milford Township is a suburb of Allentown. With acres of preserved farms and undeveloped woodlands, the area is a showcase of Pennsylvania’s fertile soil and fields and idyllic natural scenery. The township was established in 1853 when the area was separated from Upper Milford Township.

Population: 3,836
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 2.3

Jefferson Township, Lackawanna County

Located about 10 minutes outside of Scranton, the area of Jefferson Township in Lackawanna County is only 34 square miles and is mostly made up of rural terrain and residential areas. The township employs a part-time police force with the Pennsylvania State Police responsible for providing any additionally needed coverage.

Population: 3,776
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 2.4

Butler Township, Schuylkill County

Not to be confused with the other three Butler Townships in Pennsylvania, this one is located to the east in Schuylkill County. It was formed in 1848 from part of Barry Township and is named after war hero William Orlando Butler.

Population: 6,077
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.3
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 2.1

Redstone Township

Located in Fayette County, Redstone Township contains several communities, including: Rowes Run, Republic, Allison and several others. The township’s northern border is formed by Redstone Creek, a tributary of the Monongahela River.

Population: 5,493
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 2.4

Cresson Township

Cresson Township is located in Cambria County and surrounds the boroughs of Cresson and Sankertown but is a separate municipality and is considered part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Benjamin Franklin Jones Cottage, also known as Braemar Cottage is located in the township.

Population: 4,195
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 2.2

Upper Providence Township, Delaware County

Found to the north of the Media Borough in Delaware County, Upper Providence Township is about 15 miles west of Philadelphia. The area was originally settled in 1683 as part of Providence Township and was later split in 1687 into Upper and Nether Providence townships with the borough of Media being formed from pieces of both.

Population: 10,354
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 2.5

Millcreek Township, Lebanon County

Located in Lebanon County, the township of Millcreek is considered part of the Lebanon, PA Metropolitan Statistical area. It contains the House of Miller at Millbach and the Heinrich Zeller House, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Population: 5,519
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 2.7

Ryan Township

Ryan Township is located in Schuylkill County and takes up an estimated eighteen square miles west of the center of the state of Pennsylvania. The township is serviced by the Fire District 26 Fire and Rescue which was chartered in November of 1940.

Population: 2,556
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 2.7

East Penn Township

One of the most common township names in the state, East Penn Township is located in the eastern Mahoning Hills area of Carbon County. The township is between two ridge lines of the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians but unlike other valley floors nearby, the township has multiple hilltops in its topography.

Population: 2,838
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 2.8

Jackson Township, Cambria County

Jackson Township is located on the west side of Cambria County and is bordered on its western edge by Inidana County. To the north it is bordered by the South Branch of Blacklick Creek, a westerly-flowing tributary of the Conemaugh River.

Population: 4,257
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 2.8

South Centre Township

Found near the center of Columbia County, South Centre Township is located along the northside of the Susquehanna River and is bordered to the west by Scott Township. The town is an industry and economic hub for the county and boasts several large manufacturing plants employing a workforce of more than 10,000 workers.

Population: 4,200
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.7

Luzerne Township

Located in north Fayette County, Luzerne Township is found along the Monongahela River. The predominantly rural character of the area is on display with many small patches of homes. Remnant of the now gone coal industry can be seen throughout the township.

Population: 5,947
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 2.9

South Buffalo Township

Located at the junction of the Allegheny River, Kiskiminetas River, and Buffalo Creek, South Buffalo Township was a center of trade for farmers and merchants throughout the area and the early river town gave rise to multiple industries including gristmills and sawmills.

Population: 2,626
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 3.0

North Braddock

The borough of North Braddock is located in Alleghany County and was organized from part of Braddock Township in 1897. East of Pittsburgh, North Braddock is the “Birth Place of Steel” and home of Andrew Carnegie’s Edgar Thomson Steel Works which first began operating in 1875.

Population: 4,830
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.6
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 2.5

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Don’t See Your City?

Your community may not have been included in our top 30 list or our more complete list of safest places to live in Pennsylvania provided below because the population is too small or we were unable to find complete data as reported in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

1. Kennett Township
2. Manor Township, Armstrong County
3. Mahanoy Township
4. Paint Township
5. Scott Township, Lackawanna County
6. Cornwall
7. Parks Township
8. North Buffalo
9. Derry
10. West Mead Township
11. North Beaver
12. Oley Township
13. Turtle Creek
14. Jackson Township, Luzerne County
15. Mansfield
16. East Taylor Township
17. Lower Milford Township
18. Jefferson Township, Lackawanna County
19. Butler Township, Schuykill County
20. Redstone Township
21. Cresson Township
22. Upper Providence Township, Delaware County
23. Millcreek Township, Lebanon County
24. Ryan Township
25. East Penn Township
26. Jackson Township, Cambria County
27. South Centre Township
28. Luzerne Township
29. South Buffalo Township
30. North Braddock
31. Lamar Township
32. Cambridge Springs
33. Coudersport
34. Clarks Summit
35. South Park Township
36. Indiana Township
37. Birmingham Township
38. Smith Township
39. Overfield Township
40. Wayne Township
41. New Bethlehem
42. Dallas
43. Upper Yoder Township
44. North Hopewell Township
45. Chalfont
46. Ralpho Township
47. Jessup
48. Vandergrift
49. Narberth
50. Eastern Adams Regional
51. West Vincent Township
52. Buckingham Township
53. Douglass Township, Berks County
54. Pine Creek Township
55. Whitehall
56. Plainfield Township
57. Fox Chapel
58. Northampton Township
59. Spring Township, Centre County
60. Armagh Township
61. Old Forge
62. Warwick Township, Bucks County
63. Southwest Regional, Washington County
64. Lower Heidelberg Township
65. Earl Township
66. Lower Salford Township
67. Mahoning Township, Montour County
68. Franklin Park
69. Adams Township, Butler County
70. Olyphant
71. West Cocalico Township
72. Tinicum Township, Bucks County
73. Reading Township
74. Jenkintown
75. Solebury Township
76. Willistown Township
77. Franconia Township
78. Jackson Township, Butler County
79. East Coventry Township
80. Buffalo Township
81. Upper Nazareth Township
82. Bedminster Township
83. Mifflinburg
84. Baldwin Borough
85. Ligonier Township
86. New Britain Township
87. Upper St. Clair Township
88. Canonsburg
89. Dallas Township
90. South Fayette Township
91. East Fallowfield Township
92. Pennridge Regional
93. Bushkill Township
94. Peters Township
95. Tulpehocken Township
96. Latimore Township
97. West Earl Township
98. Morris-Cooper Regional
99. Liberty
100. Resa Regional
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