Safest Cities in New York

What parts of New York are dangerous? It’s a common question, mostly asked in correlation with New York City. This text will answer it in a slightly different form, by involving the entirety of the Empire State.

But first, some basic information about the state: The state of New York has 19.54 million residents, 40% of whom live in New York City and Long Island. The state was named by the arriving English, after the Duke of York. The capital of the state is not NYC, but rather Albany, a city so unsafe that you won’t see it in this text.

Let’s jump into our list of the safest cities in New York, now that the basics are out of the way. We put this together in order to help you make the right decision when moving to the state. Next to each city entry, we’ve listed the number of property and violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants, which were used as the basis for these rankings.

This list will also teach you more about home security in New York City and other places in the state by giving you an idea of which cities it may be worth considering the purchase of a security system in if you’re moving there. With the crimes rates, you’ll also find information about the population, home prices, and available amenities pertaining to every city listed, as well as more in-depth crime info.

What Are the Safest Places in New York?

Rye, New York - safest cities in new york


(Property: 456; Violent: 31)

Not to be mistaken with the much larger town of Rye, the city of Rye was first incorporated as a village in 1904, and then as a city in 1942. It’s a place where one of the founding fathers, John Jay, was born and later buried.

Here’s what visitors and potential residents can expect in the city in New York that holds the lowest crime rate: those visiting Rye should never miss Playland Park. Located just 27 miles from downtown Manhattan, this is the place where most people from the city bring their kids. Rye is also interesting to history buffs, and it holds dozens of events to celebrate its heritage every year.

Those moving to Rye can expect no difficulties with their job search, as the city has an unemployment rate of just 3.1%. The public schools invest 78.5% more money per student than an average school in the US does.

Rye was one of the safest cities in America last year: 73 property crimes (58 thefts, 5 burglaries, 10 vehicle thefts) were reported, together with 5 violent crimes (3 assaults, 1 robbery, 1 rape).

There are some negatives to living here, most notably the cost of living and real estate prices. Rye has a cost of living that is 264.3% higher than the US average.

Port Washington, New York - safest cities in new york

Port Washington

(Property: 511; Violent: 26)

Port Washington used to be one of the major sand-mining towns in the US. Most of New York’s skyscrapers were built using local sand, until 1998 when the sand mines were redeveloped, so Port Washington became one of the cities near New York City where the rich come to play golf and enjoy yachting.

There are 15,847 people living in the city. The median income is $108,000, the median age is 43.6 years, and an average home can be bought for $885,000.

Golf courses, marinas, and museums are just some of the entertainment options available in Port Washington. Those visiting from the city can find a place to relax and enjoy their day while being just miles away from their home and the rush of New York. One of the best places to live in New York State, Port Washington has an unemployment rate of 3.6%, and it invests even more into public education than the previous city on the list (108.7% above average).

Crime statistics from 2018 show that Port Washington is extremely safe: 99 property (82 thefts, 13 burglaries, 4 vehicle thefts) and 5 violent crimes (3 assaults, 2 robberies) were reported.

Once again, the cost of living is what prevents more people from moving here; Port Washington is 139.1% more expensive to live in than an average American city.

Glen Cove

(Property: 551; Violent: 29)

Glen Cove is a city that drives the Long Island crime rate figures down and is known for being one of the major landing points for immigrants; first from Ireland and Italy, and more recently from Central and South America.

27,400 inhabitants, a median income of $65,000, and a median age of 38.9 years are the numbers that characterize Glen Cove. The real estate prices here are the lowest on the list so far, with an average of $562,000 per house.

Museums, a nature preserve, and plenty of other amenities are available to visitors and residents. Even though it’s not the most entertaining, Glen Cove is one of the most sought-after cities in New York State. The proximity to Queens and the city an