The 10 Safest Philadelphia, PA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Philadelphia are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our second time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Philadelphia.
Safest Neighborhoods In Philadelphia

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Philadelphia are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Philadelphia. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Philadelphia neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Philadelphia in 2021? That would be Bustleton. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood's statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Philadelphia.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Philadelphia neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Philadelphia that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

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How We Determined The Safest Philadelphia Hoods In 2021

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Philadelphia.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 56 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the "Safest City Neighborhood In Philadelphia." We're lookin' at you, Bustleton.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the safest places Philadelphia. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Philadelphia For 2021

Bustleton Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 31,993
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 229
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,097
More on Bustleton: Homes For Sale | Data

Chestnut Hill Philadelphia, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 11,011
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 248
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,305
More on Chestnut Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

Somerton Philadelphia, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 30,102
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 277
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,339
More on Somerton: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 27,044
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 375
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,298
More on Academy Gardens: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,450
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 287
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,367
More on Fox Chase: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 30,358
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 407
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,563
More on Torresdale: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 30,805
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 320
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,677
More on Rhawnhurst: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 29,357
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 462
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,867
More on Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 16,442
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 479
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,992
More on Byberry: Homes For Sale | Data

Roxborough Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 31,063
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 525
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,991
More on Roxborough: Homes For Sale | Data

Summing Up The Safest Places In Philadelphia

Looking at the data, you can tell that Bustleton is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Pennsylvania residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Philadelphia For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Bustleton 1,316
2 Chestnut Hill 1,573
3 Somerton 1,606
4 Academy Gardens 1,643
5 Fox Chase 1,644
6 Torresdale 1,990
7 Rhawnhurst 2,027
8 Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista 2,339
9 Byberry 2,451
10 Roxborough 2,476
11 Manayunk 2,575
12 South Philadelphia 2,541
13 Schuylkill Southwest 2,716
14 Holmesburry-Torresdale 2,535
15 Oak Lane 2,710
16 Mount Airy 2,717
17 Oxford Circle 2,841
18 Cedar Brook 2,768
19 East Falls 2,914
20 Girard Estates 2,947
21 Fairmount-Spring Garden 3,221
22 Mayfield 2,996
23 Summerdale 3,042
24 Pennsport-Whitman-Queen 3,363
25 Juniata Park-Feltonville 3,183
26 Olney 3,252
27 Wissanoning 3,387
28 Marconi Plaza-Packer Park 4,035
29 Point Breeze 4,008
30 Eastwick 4,336
31 Morris Park 3,873
32 Logan-Fern Rock 4,054
33 Fishtown 5,175
34 Wynnefield 4,530
35 Hartranft 4,358
36 Cobbs Creek 4,512
37 Grays Ferry 4,480
38 Richmond 4,710
39 Kensington 5,244
40 Hunting Park 4,663
41 Elmwood 4,929
42 Frankford 5,436
43 City Center West 6,360
44 Brewerytown 5,478
45 Germantown 5,631
46 Belmont 6,220
47 Riverfront 7,247
48 City Center East 7,659
49 Poplar-Ludlow-Yorktowne 6,638
50 Strawberry Mansion 6,115
51 Fairhill 8,467
52 Alleghany West 8,010
53 North Central 8,527
54 Harrowgate 8,637
55 Haddington-Carroll Park 9,321
56 Tioga-Nicetown 9,277

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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