If you're looking for the safest places to live in New York State with the lowest violent crime rates, you might want to choose one of these ten places. The list is based on the violent crime rates for 2021, which is the most up-to-date data.

New York State and the FBI use seven Index crime categories as indicators of overall crime trends: murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, are classified as violent crimes.

10. Schoharie County

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Violent Crime Rate: 116.4
Property Crime Rate: 792.7
Population: 31,790

Schoharie County is located west of Albany and southeast of Utica, with the Village of Schoharie as its county seat and Cobleskill as its largest town. The name of the county and the county seat come from a Mohawk word meaning 'floating driftwood'.

 

9. Saratoga County

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Violent Crime Rate: 114.6
Property Crime Rate: 935.2
Population: 237,381

Saratoga County is in the northeastern part of New York State, north of Albany, northwest of Troy, and east of Utica. Ballston Spa is the county seat. It is largely known for the Saratoga Race Course, which hosts thoroughbred racing each year in July and August, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, an outdoor amphitheatre entertainment venue.

 

8. Washington County

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Violent Crime Rate: 106.6
Property Crime Rate: 423.2
Population: 61,913

Washington County is a long narrow county located in the northeastern section of the State with Fort Edward as its county seat. It is known for its rich valley farm land and is part of the Great Appalachian Valley.

 

7. Warren County

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Violent Crime Rate: 101.2
Property Crime Rate: 1,309.30
Population: 65,227

Warren County was named in honor of General Joseph Warren, an American Revolutionary War hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill. It includes the magnificent Lake George Area, in addition to the cultural hub of the City of Glens Falls and the hometown flair of surrounding Southern Adirondack towns and villages.

 

6. Rockland County

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Violent Crime Rate: 97.9
Property Crime Rate: 583.9
Population: 336,184

Located 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Manhattan, Rockland County is designated as a Preserve America Community, and roughly one-third of the county is parkland. The county has the largest Jewish population per capita of any U.S. county, with 31.4%, or 90,000 residents, being Jewish.

 

5. Suffolk County

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Violent Crime Rate: 96.3
Property Crime Rate: 1,036.20
Population: 1,510,715

Suffolk County is the easternmost county in New York State and is divided into 10 towns: Babylon, Brookhaven, East Hampton, Huntington, Islip, Riverhead (county seat), Shelter Island, Smithtown, Southampton and Southold.

 

4. Lewis County

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Violent Crime Rate: 78.4
Property Crime Rate: 418.2
Population: 26,781

Lewis County is located in northwestern New York State, slightly east of due north from Syracuse. The eastern part of the county is in the Adirondack Park. A good portion of the Tug Hill Plateau is in the western part of the county. The county is home to the Black River Valley.

 

3. Livingston County

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Violent Crime Rate: 72.2
Property Crime Rate: 759.3
Population: 63,744

Livingston County has been home to many prominent persons, among them two presidents – Millard Fillmore and Chester Arthur, Revolutionary War patriot Daniel Shays and pioneer Nathaniel Rochester. Clara Barton organized the First Chapter of the American Red Cross in 1881 in Dansville, and native son Francis Bellamy authored the Pledge of Allegiance in 1892.

 

2. Schuyler County

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Violent Crime Rate: 55.3
Property Crime Rate: 221.2
Population: 18,081

Schuyler County is in the western part of New York State, west of Ithaca at the south end of Seneca Lake. Watkins Glen serves as its county seat.

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1. Putnam County

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Violent Crime Rate: 48.5
Property Crime Rate: 412.9
Population: 100,991

Putnam County is increasingly considered part of Downstate New York, as it is a 45 to 50 minute drive to Times Square and Grand Central Terminal is a one hour train ride away.

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