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Hudson Valley Ranks High In NY's Safest Places Survey

The Hudson Valley was well-represented in ValuePenguin's 2016 rankings of "2016 Safest Places in New York."
The Hudson Valley was well-represented in ValuePenguin's 2016 rankings of "2016 Safest Places in New York." Photo Credit: Contributed

The Hudson Valley is well-represented in ValuePenguin's 2016 rankings of "2016 Safest Places in New York."

Villages and small towns topped the list as the five safest places. They are Lewisboro at No. 1, and Pleasantville at No. 4, said ValuePenguin.

Among "large" places with populations of 20,000 or more, Harrison ranked second, Yorktown third, Carmel fourth, Hyde Park fifth, Ramapo eighth, Orangetown ninth and Haverstraw 10th, according to ValuePenguin.

Following Lewisboro's No. 1 ranking among "medium" places with a population between 10,000 and 20,000, Rye placed second, North Castle fourth, Kent sixth, Suffern seventh, Bedford ninth and Scarsdale 10th.

Among "small" places with a population between 5,000 and 10,000, Pleasantville ranked third, Briarcliff sixth and Irvington eighth.

The report analyzed 210 municipalities.

Where 1 equals "best" and 105 equals "average," New Rochelle ranked 137, according to the analysis.

Over a third of New Yorkers reside in Manhattan, while the rest of its 20 million citizens live in varying locales whose rates of crime also vary greatly, said the report.

The "safest" places are called such because they have a 50 average crime score, 95 percent "lower than their typical peer" in New York, said ValuePenguin.

The five places are ones with some of the "lowest total violent crime rates," the report said.

In the rankings for crime, population adjustments were considered due to the difficulty in comparing a small town to a big city, according to ValuePenguin.

Click here to read the full valuepenguin.com report.

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