If you’re shopping for a new home, be it in the city, in the suburbs, or someplace that’s a little of both, there is one thing that you’ll need to consider over the rest: the area’s safety. Of course in some cities, like Philadelphia, each neighborhood is so distinct, it may as well be its own world.

These Are The 10 Safest Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Source: Flickr user Elvert Barnes

And because the crime rates vary so much from one Philadelphia neighborhood to another, we’ve decided to take some of the research work out of it for you by creating this list. Here are the 10 safest neighborhoods in Philadelphia:

1. Chestnut Hill
2. Fairmount-Spring Garden
3. East Falls
4. Roxborough
5. Manayunk
6. Mount Airy
7. Bustleton
8. Somerton
9. Fishtown
10. Pennsport-Whitman-Queen


In order to create this list, we looked at all of Philly’s largest neighborhoods in terms of the following criteria:

  • Number of violent crimes per person (estimate)
  • Number of property crimes per person (estimate)
  • Number of total crimes per person (estimate)

After a whole lot of number crunching and some very careful analysis (which we will discuss at the end of this post), we were left with these top 10. Let’s take a closer look at just what makes them so safe.

1. Chestnut Hill

These Are The 10 Safest Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Source: Chestnut Hill Pa via Facebook

When it comes to a lack of violence and property crime, you can’t beat Chestnut Hill—at least not in Philadelphia. According to AreaVibes’ crime estimates, Chestnut Hill tied for both the fewest crimes per 100,000 people in each of these categories. That means that Chestnut Hill’s violent crime rate was 60 percent lower than the Philadelphia average, and the property crime was 59 percent lower. Of course, that being said, it’s important to remember that overall Philadelphia’s crime index is 89 percent higher than the Pennsylvania average.

2. Fairmount-Spring Hill

These Are The 10 Safest Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Source: Fairmount CDC via Facebook

For both its total number of crimes and violent crimes per person, Fairmount-Spring Hill was rivaled only by Chestnut Hill—they both came in at first place in these categories. Fairmont Hill also had the third fewest property crimes per person. To put this into perspective for you, this means that Fairmount-Spring Hill had about 60 percent fewer crimes than Philadelphia, and specifically, about 60 percent fewer violent crimes and 59 percent fewer property crimes.

3. East Falls

These Are The 10 Safest Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Source: East Falls Local via Facebook

This neighborhood in northwest Philadelphia had just 0.02135 total crimes per person! Or, in terms that actually make sense, it had the third fewest crimes per person in the city. It also had the third fewest violent crimes, and the fourth fewest property crimes per person, all adding up to one low likelihood for residents to be the victims of any type of crime—just a 1 in 47 chance.

4. Roxborough

These Are The 10 Safest Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Source: The Roxborough Review via Facebook

There were many reasons this neighborhood recently ranked as one of our best for Philadelphia families—and one big one was safety. Roxborough had approximately 51 percent fewer crimes than the rest of the city—in every single category! That means it had 51 percent fewer total crimes, property crimes, and violent crimes, making Roxborough almost twice as safe as most areas of Philadelphia, and almost seven times safer than the least safe neighborhood we ranked, Haddington-Carroll Park.

5. Manayunk

These Are The 10 Safest Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Source: Flickr user Joseph Wingenfeld

Of all the neighborhoods we looked at, Manayunk had the fifth fewest crimes per person—in every category. More specifically, it had about .02 total crimes per person, .02 property crimes per person, and .006 violent crimes per person. Of course this doesn’t really tell you much, so think of it this way: it had about 45 percent fewer crimes per person than the rest of the city in each category.

6. Mount Airy

These Are The 10 Safest Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Source: Mt Airy Village via Facebook

Mount Airy ranked sixth safest overall, because, simply put, it was the sixth safest in each category. It had the sixth fewest violent crimes, property crimes, and total crimes per person in the state. It’s about 44 percent safer than the Philadelphia average, giving residents approximately a 1 in 40 chance of being the victim of any crime.

7. Bustleton

These Are The 10 Safest Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Source: Bustleton Branch-Free Library of Philadelphia via Facebook

This bustling, family-friendly neighborhood had 38 percent fewer crimes than the Philadelphia average, giving it the seventh fewest crimes per person. This included both the seventh fewest property crimes and violent crimes per person, in a city where the total number of crimes is 89 percent higher than the rest of the state. So Bustleton—much safer than Philadelphia, but still, not quite as safe as other parts of the state.

8. Somerton

These Are The 10 Safest Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Source: Somerton Youth Organization via Facebook

With approximately 36 percent fewer crimes than the Philadelphia average, Somerton comes in as our eighth safest neighborhood. To be specific, it had approximately .03 total crimes per person, .02 property crimes, and .007 violent crimes per person. In other words, it had the eighth fewest crimes per person in all categories.

9. Fishtown

These Are The 10 Safest Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Source: Fishtown Playschool via Facebook

Not only is Fishtown one of the best neighborhoods in Philly for young professionals, it’s also one of the safest. It had the ninth fewest crimes per person in each category—that’s violent crimes, property crimes, and total crimes. Overall, residents had a 1 in 35 chance of being the victim of a crime.

10. Pennsport-Whitman-Queen

These Are The 10 Safest Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Source: Pennsport Civic via Facebook

Last but certainly not least is the Pennsport-Whitman-Queen area. This sleepy neighborhood came in with about 31 percent fewer total crimes than Philadelphia’s average. That’s the 10th fewest per person. It also had about 31 percent fewer property crimes and violent crimes than Philadelphia’s average, where the city itself had approximately 227 percent more violent crimes and 66 percent more property crimes than the Pennsylvania average.

In Conclusion

If you’re not packing up to move to one of these 10 Philadelphia neighborhoods after reading this list, well, maybe take a look at the table at the end of the post. It’ll give you a better idea of just how safe these areas really are—in comparison to the rest of the city’s neighborhoods. The good news is, we can help you move to someplace a little safer! Chestnut Hill, anyone? When we create any Big Deal List at Movoto, we rely solely on the facts, and this ranking of Philadelphia’s safest places was no different. We used the estimated crime numbers at AreaVibes to research Philadelphia’s largest neighborhoods in terms of the following:

  • Number of violent crimes (estimate)
  • Number of property crimes (estimate)
  • Number of total crimes (estimate)

Any neighborhoods that didn’t have complete data weren’t included in our analysis, which left us with a total of 27 neighborhoods. We calculated the number of crimes per person in each, and then gave them all a score from one to 27 in the above categories. Then, we weighted the violent crimes to make up 60 percent of the overall score, property crimes to make up 30 percent, and total crimes to make up just 10 percent, in order to account for the varying severity of crimes. Finally, we averaged all of these weighted scores into one overall Big Deal Score for each place, and the lowest scores went to our safest places. Safest Neighborhoods in Philadelphia Know Philadelphia? Tell us your favorite neighborhood in the comments below!