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Bedminster, Buckingham among top 20 Safewise Safest Cities


Two Bucks County towns made the top 20 in the Safewise annual Safest Cities report for Pennsylvania.

Bedminster Township, with a population of 7,241 and a median income of $76,333, came in number 16. Buckingham Township, with a population of 20,311 and a median income of $119,620, came in number 19.

Every city that made the Pennsylvania’s Safest Cities of 2020 list this year beat both state (3.1) and national (3.7) violent crime rates, and every city kept violent crime to 0.5 or fewer incidents per 1,000.

Six cities (30%) reported a violent crime rate of 0.0 incidents per 1,000, although only five cities reported zero violent crimes: Luzerne Township, Adams Township, East Marlborough Township, Fox Chapel, and Butler Township.

Buckingham Township reported one violent crime, but due to a population over 20,000, it works out that one’s odds of falling victim to a violent crime in Buckingham Township are zero in 1,000.

Only 34 total violent crimes were reported by the 20 safest cities.

All cities did better than the state’s property crime rate (14.9) and beat the national rate (22.0). No city reported more than 3.4 incidents per 1,000.

The top three cities (Luzerne Township, Scott Township, and Cornwall) all reported zero property crimes, which is very unusual.

In all, 16 cities (80%) reported fewer than 20 property crimes.

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