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Safest Places to Live in Alaska ( 2017 Updated ! )

Alaska is a state located at the northwest extremity of the North American continent. It borders Canadian provinces British Columbia and Yukon, as well as Russia (maritime border). It is also bordered by the Arctic ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

Alaska is the largest state by area, but also the least densely populated and the 3rd least populous state, with around 740,000 residents. The capital of this state is Juneau, while the largest city is Anchorage, with a population close to 300,000.

Alaska was a part of the Russian Empire until the United States purchased it in 1867. It officially became a state very late, in 1959. The economy of Alaska heavily relies on fishing, natural gas and oil industry, as well as tourism.

Some might think that Alaska is a safe state, but they would be in the wrong. The crime score in its safest places is considerably higher than in most other states. In addition, the violent crime rate in the period from 2015 to 2016 went up by as much as 10.7%, which is a 10.0% increase per 100,000 people.

 

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2016. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with population under 1,000.

 

10 Safest Places in Alaska 2017

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Wrangell 2,380 0 0.00
2 Sitka 8,836 12 1.36
3 Haines 2,535 4 1.58
4 Craig 1,256 2 1.59
5 Homer 5,613 10 1.78
6 North Pole 2,201 4 1.82
7 Valdez 3,847 7 1.82
8 Cordova 2,186 5 2.29
9 Kenai 7,770 24 3.09
10 Unalaska 4,517 16 3.54

 

 

Crime Score in All Cities in Alaska

In case your city didn’t make it to top 10, you can take a look at our full list of Alaska cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why Elite Personal Finance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

– Under 3,000 Residents
– 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
– Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

 

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Wrangell 2,380 0 0.00
2 Bristol Bay Borough 870 0 0.00
3 Haines 2,535 4 1.58
4 Craig 1,256 2 1.59
5 North Pole 2,201 4 1.82
6 Cordova 2,186 5 2.29
7 Skagway 1,075 4 3.72
8 Seward 2,813 24 8.53
9 Dillingham 2,419 51 21.08

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Sitka 8,836 12 1.36
2 Homer 5,613 10 1.78
3 Valdez 3,847 7 1.82
4 Kenai 7,770 24 3.09
5 Unalaska 4,517 16 3.54
6 Ketchikan 8,221 30 3.65
7 Palmer 6,959 26 3.74
8 Petersburg 3,162 13 4.11
9 Wasilla 9,585 58 6.05
10 Soldotna 4,619 34 7.36
11 North Slope Borough 9,710 83 8.55
12 Kodiak 6,274 62 9.88
13 Nome 3,846 49 12.74
14 Bethel 6,522 141 21.62
15 Kotzebue 3,290 111 33.74

 

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Fairbanks 32,456 223 6.87
2 Juneau 32,964 282 8.55
3 Anchorage 299,097 3,422 11.44

 

 

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

Thank you!

 

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