The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as it’s officially called, is the sixth most populous state in the country. It’s a state of contrasts: from the beautiful Appalachian Mountains that run right through its center, to the big cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania is full of history too, as one of the 13 original founding states of the U.S., but how safe is the state to live in? Here are the 10 safest cities in Pennsylvania:
1. Edinburg, PA
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The small village of Edinburg is the safest place to live in Pennsylvania though despite its very low crime rates only around 3,064 people actually live here! The Crime Index is 100 – the highest, and hence best, it can be – and the village is right near the state line with Ohio, just west of the city of New Castle.
2. Atlantic, PA
The little community of Atlantic is nowhere near the ocean so don’t expect an oceanside home if you live here! You can expect a very safe community though, with little in the way of crime among the 70 or so people who already call it home. Atlantic is the second safest community in Pennsylvania, and has a Crime Index of 100.
3. Mount Gretna, PA
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Mount Gretna has a year-round population of about 200 people though during the summer this borough in Lebanon County attracts plenty of visitors to its art show and festivals. Mount Gretna’s Crime index is 100 and it is the third safest place to live in Pennsylvania.
4. Smicksburg, PA
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Founded by the Reverend J. George Schmick in 1827, the borough of Smicksburg has a population of just 46 today, who are mainly Amish. As you’d expect from an Amish community, this is a very safe place to live – the Crime Index is 100 and it’s the fourth safest community in Pennsylvania.
5. Lawrence, PA
Lawrence also has a Crime Index of 100. Lawrence is a census-designated place in Cecil Township, Washington County, and it’s actually considered a suburb of Pittsburgh. About 540 people live in this community, which is the fifth safest place in Pennsylvania.
6. Vintondale, PA
Yet another community with a crime Index of 100 – Pennsylvania sure is a safe place to live! Vintondale is a borough in Cambria County and it has a population around 414. The Eliza Furnace is in Vintondale. This hot blast iron furnace is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a stop on the Ghost Town Trail of Pennsylvania.
7. Cornwall, PA
Named for Cornwall in England, the borough of Cornwall in Pennsylvania is in Lebanon County in the south east of the state. Cornwall was settled in 1737 and today has a population around 4,000 people. The crime Index is 99 and Cornwall is the sixth safest place to live in Pennsylvania.
8. Edgeworth, PA
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The little borough of Edgeworth is in Allegheny County in the west of the state, along the Ohio River, and is less than 15 miles north west of Pittsburgh. Edgeworth is home to around 1,680 people and it’s the seventh safest city in the Keystone State, with a Crime Index of 99.
9. Houston, PA
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The borough of Houston is tiny compared to the city of the same name in Texas! Just around 1,300 people call Houston home, living in this little borough in Washington County, in the west of the state. It’s a safe place to live – the Crime Index is nearly the best it can be at 99.
10. King of Prussia, PA
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The 10th safest city in Pennsylvania is the oddly named King of Prussia. This census-designated place is in Montgomery County in the east of the state and took its name from the King of Prussia Inn which dates from 1719. Today nearly 20,000 live in this community and it has a Crime Index of 99. It’s also home to the largest shopping mall in the country, the King of Prussia Mall.
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