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Safest Places to Live in Alaska 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

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.

In Alaska, the violent crime rate in the period from 2016 to 2017 went up by as much as 2.8%, which is a 3.0% increase per 100,000 people.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. 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 a population under 3,000.

10 Safest Places in Alaska 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Valdez 3845 5 1,30
2 Homer 5797 12 2,07
3 Sitka 8588 21 2,45
4 Ketchikan 8300 25 3,01
5 Petersburg 3262 10 3,07
6 Palmer 7403 26 3,51
7 Unalaska 4546 17 3,74
8 Soldotna 4731 18 3,80
9 Wasilla 10522 61 5,80
10 Fairbanks 31635 193 6,10

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Crime Score in All Cities in Alaska 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, 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 ElitePersonalFinance 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 Bristol Bay Borough 843 0 0,00
2 Skagway 1177 0 0,00
3 Wrangell 2521 1 0,40
4 Haines 2508 3 1,20
5 Seward 2850 6 2,11
6 Cordova 2179 6 2,75
7 North Pole 2096 11 5,25
8 Craig 1285 8 6,23
9 Dillingham 2365 32 13,53

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Valdez 3845 5 1,30
2 Homer 5797 12 2,07
3 Sitka 8588 21 2,45
4 Ketchikan 8300 25 3,01
5 Petersburg 3262 10 3,07
6 Palmer 7403 26 3,51
7 Unalaska 4546 17 3,74
8 Soldotna 4731 18 3,80
9 Kenai 7888 62 7,86
10 Kodiak 5995 48 8,01
11 North Slope Borough 9743 148 15,19
12 Bethel 6509 99 15,21
13 Nome 3874 103 26,59
14 Kotzebue 3273 106 32,39

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Wasilla 10522 61 5,80
2 Fairbanks 31635 193 6,10
3 Juneau 31922 264 8,27
4 Anchorage 291992 3824 13,10

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

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

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