The City of Brotherly Love isn’t exactly well known for its brotherly love when it comes to crime. It’s been ranked among the most dangerous cities in the U.S. over the past decade, and currently only 5.6 percent of cities in the entire country have a worse crime rate than Philadelphia. Even so, some parts of the city are safer than others. So if you’re moving to Philly, which are the five safest neighborhoods? Read on to find out.
Usually a big city’s center would be among the most crime ridden of its neighborhoods, but not here in Philadelphia. The City Center West neighborhood is actually the 5th safest neighborhood in Philadelphia – the crime index is 60 percent below the city average, making this neighborhood safer than 91 percent of all neighborhoods in the city. You have just a 1 in 201 chance of being the victim of violent crime in City Center West.
Set in Northwest Philadelphia, Roxborough is the 4th safest neighborhood in the city. The neighborhood grew up as a township, around the 19th century mills, and today has quite the variety of homes. In terms of crime, you have just a 1 in 201 chance of being the victim of violent crime, and a 1 in 65 chance of being the victim of property crime. The crime index is 60 percent lower than the Philadelphia average.
Mount Airy was named by CNNMoney as one of America’s top 10 best big-city neighborhoods in 2013, and our stats on crime figures back that up. It’s the 3rd safest neighborhood in Philadelphia, with a violent crime rate of 477 per 100,000 residents, and property crime rates of 1,558 per 100,000 residents. You have a 1 in 50 chance of being the victim of a crime in Mount Airy.
Originally part of the German Township, Chestnut Hill is today a neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia. It has some of the most expensive homes of the city, outside of Center City, and it’s the 2nd safest neighborhood in Philadelphia. Safer than 94.6 percent of neighborhoods in the city, the crime index is 2,035, and that’s 60 percent below the city average.
Riverfront is the safest neighborhood in Philadelphia. As you may have guessed from the name, Riverfront is set alongside the Delaware River, just east of central Philly. It is safer than 98.2 percent of the neighborhoods in the city, so there’s just a 1 in 210 chance of being the victim of violent crime living here, and a 1 in 65 chance of being the victim of property crime.