Alaska’s
Safest Cities

2019

Less than 50 miles from Russia, Alaska is by far the coldest and most remote state in the United States. Initially referred to as “Seward’s Folly” after Secretary of State William Seward bought it from Russia, Alaska was found to have tons of oil and currently provides 25% of the oil used in the U.S. Aside from oil, the state is known for its wildlife, weather, and nature, with a lake that’s literally the size of Connecticut.

What is there to do in Alaska? A ton of stuff, including:

  • Head on over to Denali National Park and Preserve, which has the highest mountain peak in North America at 20,310 feet above sea level
  • Visit Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, a gorgeous park west of Juneau, the state’s capital
  • Take a dip in Chena Hot Springs, northeast of Fairbanks
  • Learn about art, history, ecology and science at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city.

The safest city in Alaska is Unalaska, with a population of nearly 4,5000. With a high median income of over $90,000, this city only saw 3.37 violent crimes and 6.52 property crimes per 1,000 residents. Other top cities are Valdez, Sitka, and Nome.

8.29

This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

5.756
This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.
35.421

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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Whether you’re moving to Alaska or just going on a vacation, safety should be your number one concern. The following cities are the safest in Alaska based on data from the FBI. To learn more about our methodology, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Now sit back, relax, and learn about the safest cities in Alaska, where the slogan is “North to the Future”!

1
Unalaska, Alaska
Unalaska
Safety Score: 85.53

Unalaska, AK

Population 4,449
Median Income 91,635
Households 978
Violent Crime 3.37
Violent Crime -0.17
Property Crimes 6.52
Property Crime 0.1

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Sitka, Alaska
Sitka
Safety Score: 78.08

Sitka, AK

Population 8,736
Median Income 70,765
Households 3,545
Violent Crime 1.6
Violent Crime +0.24
Property Crimes 18.66
Property Crime 1.8

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Bethel, Alaska
Bethel
Safety Score: 71.89

Bethel, AK

Population 6,426
Median Income 83,438
Households 1,927
Violent Crime 14.16
Violent Crime -7.46
Property Crimes 11.67
Property Crime -21.6

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North Slope Borough, Alaska
North Slope.
Safety Score: 71.29

North Slope Borough, AK

Population 9,539
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 18.14
Violent Crime +9.59
Property Crimes 9.23
Property Crime -1.69

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Palmer, Alaska
Palmer
Safety Score: 66.61

Palmer, AK

Population 7,184
Median Income 58,389
Households 2,002
Violent Crime 2.78
Violent Crime -0.96
Property Crimes 33.96
Property Crime 9.82

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Homer, Alaska
Homer
Safety Score: 65.37

Homer, AK

Population 5,735
Median Income 59,185
Households 2,176
Violent Crime 1.92
Violent Crime +0.14
Property Crimes 36.79
Property Crime 7.04

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Kodiak, Alaska
Kodiak
Safety Score: 60.79

Kodiak, AK

Population 6,198
Median Income 69,868
Households 1,986
Violent Crime 9.68
Violent Crime -0.2
Property Crimes 34.04
Property Crime -8.36

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Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan
Safety Score: 60.46

Ketchikan, AK

Population 8,230
Median Income 56,372
Households 3,298
Violent Crime 4.13
Violent Crime +0.48
Property Crimes 41.43
Property Crime 9.56

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Wasilla, Alaska
Wasilla
Safety Score: 56.16

Wasilla, AK

Population 10,093
Median Income 60,259
Households 2,986
Violent Crime 5.35
Violent Crime -0.7
Property Crimes 45.97
Property Crime -4.84

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Fairbanks, Alaska
Fairbanks
Safety Score: 55.4

Fairbanks, AK

Population 32,937
Median Income 60,658
Households 11,115
Violent Crime 6.22
Violent Crime -0.65
Property Crimes 45.33
Property Crime 3.74

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Soldotna, Alaska
Soldotna
Safety Score: 52.21

Soldotna, AK

Population 4,693
Median Income 68,662
Households 1,716
Violent Crime 7.03
Violent Crime -0.33
Property Crimes 49.65
Property Crime -1.23

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Kenai, Alaska
Kenai
Safety Score: 49.73

Kenai, AK

Population 7,852
Median Income 58,125
Households 3,206
Violent Crime 4.46
Violent Crime +1.37
Property Crimes 56.16
Property Crime 2.11

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Juneau, Alaska
Juneau
Safety Score: 47.52

Juneau, AK

Population 32,344
Median Income 90,749
Households 12,273
Violent Crime 9.37
Violent Crime +0.82
Property Crimes 52.03
Property Crime 3.64

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Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage
Safety Score: 44.4

Anchorage, AK

Population 296,188
Median Income 82,271
Households 106,012
Violent Crime 12.03
Violent Crime +0.59
Property Crimes 54.16
Property Crime 5.18

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How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.