Alaska’s 5 Safest Cities of 2022

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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the eighth annual Safest Cities report.

Here are the 5 Safest Cities in Alaska for 2022

See if your city made the full list.

Alaska’s five safest cities include three newcomers for 2022, while repeat-performers Palmer and Homer have risen to the top of the list thanks to decreasing violent and property crime rates.

However, Alaska's violent and property crime rates are above the national average and top the charts for the Pacific region.

In this report

2022 Alaska crime rates

Alaska has the highest violent crime rate and the thirteenth-highest property crime rate in the US. With that said, crime rates declined in The Last Frontier compared to the previous year.

Bar chart of violent and property crime rates per 1,000 people where the national average is 4.0 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 19.6 property crimes per 1,000 people.

Image: SafeWise

Level of concern and experience with crime in Alaska

According to our State of Safety survey, Alaskans’ level of concern about their daily safety has returned to 2019 levels (34%) after a spike in 2020 (42%).

Alaska’s one of the top five states where residents feel the least concerned about property crime, gun violence, and the COVID-19 pandemic compared to the national sentiment. When it comes to violent crime and package theft, Alaska ranks among the top ten states with the least concern.

Despite low levels of concern, 52% of Alaskans feel safe in their state, which is lower than the national average of 55%. And while most Alaskans (63%) believe crime is on the rise, this state’s residents are more likely to think that crime is decreasing overall compared to the national sentiment.

Pictogram showing the percentage of state residents that are concerned about their safety on a daily basis, as well as which type of crime they are concerned about the most, and which crimes they have experienced within the past 12 months. Crimes include violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise. Past 12 months=12 months prior to survey.

Crime concerns in Alaska

We asked Alaskans which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if Alaskans are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.

Bar chart showing percentages of how concerned state residents are about crime compared to the national averages for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

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View the complete 2022 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in Alaska: Fear vs. reality

Alaska is one of just 15 states where violent crime decreased compared to the previous year. Still, Alaska’s violent crime rate is more than double that of the Pacific region and is the highest of all 50 states. So Alaskans’ low concern about violent crime is out of sync with the amount of violent crime happening.

  • Alaska’s violent crime rate is 8.4 per 1,000 people, more than double the national average (US 4.0).
  • Rape accounts for 18% of all violent crime in Alaska, which is the seventh-highest in the nation and 8 percentage points above the national average.
  • 47% of Alaska residents use some form of personal protection (US 34%) with pocket knives leading the way (25%).
  • 26% of Alaska residents say their personal safety has been affected by the pandemic (US 44%).
  • 48% of Alaskans feel confident in law enforcement’s approach to crime prevention (US 56%).

Attitudes about gun violence in Alaska

  • In our latest State of Safety survey, Alaskans told us that daily safety/security was their number-one safety concern. On a national scale, the most common safety concern is gun violence (53%), but only 30% of Alaskans named gun violence their top safety concern.
  • 6% of Alaskans have experienced a gun violence incident—2 percentage points lower than the national average.
  • During the past reporting year, 4 people were injured and 1 person was killed in a mass shooting event in Alaska.
Line graph of violent and property crime rates over the past three years in the state compared to national crime rates per 1,000 residents for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

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Property crime in Alaska: Fear vs. reality

Property crime in Alaska has decreased year over year, which follows regional and national trends. Results from our State of Safety survey mirror that decline: 28% of Alaskan respondents said they had experienced a property crime in the 12 months prior to the survey, which is 16 percentage points lower than last year’s survey results.

  • 27% of Alaska residents reported experiencing package theft in our latest survey, which is 7 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • 72% of Alaskans use some form of property protection (US 60%) with firearms leading the way at 49% (US 26%).
  • 17% of Alaskans say the security of their property has been affected by the pandemic (US 29%).

A closer look at the safest cities in Alaska

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • 10 Alaskan cities met the criteria to be considered for ranking.
  • 2 of the top 5 cities are repeats from last year: Palmer and Homer.
  • Palmer moved up 3 spots to land at the top of the list this year.
  • Kenai moved up an impressive 11 spots to land in third position this year.

Violent crime in Alaska's safest cities

  • The top 2 safest cities in Alaska—Palmer and Homer—reported 0 murders during the 2022 reporting year.
  • Each of the top 5 cities reported fewer than 40 total violent crimes, with the exception of North Slope Borough, which saw 126.
  • Aggravated assault was the most common violent crime reported in each of Alaska’s safest cities. The second was rape.
  • Kenai’s violent crime rate decreased by around half year over year.
  • Homer and North Slope Burough are the only 2 safest cities with violent crime increases year over year.

Property crime in Alaska's safest cities

  • Each of Alaska’s safest cities experienced a decrease in property crime year over year.
  • All cities but one (Ketchikan) reported property crimes below state, regional, and US rates.
  • Compared to the previous year, burglaries increased in Alaska’s safest cities while larceny-theft and motor vehicle thefts decreased.
  • North Slope Burough has a surprisingly low property crime rate of 5.4 per 1,000 people. That’s about half of the next-lowest property crime rate—11.0 in Homer.
Map of state with markers and labels highlighting the cities with the lowest crime rates.

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The 5 safest cities in Alaska

map image of Palmer, AK
#1
Palmer
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,641
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $62,339
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.4, 2.8, 3.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    11.0, 27.2, 33.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
map image of Homer, AK
#2
Homer
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,028
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $60,993
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.8, 2.0, 2.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    16.8, 24.7, 37.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Kenai, Alaska
#3
Kenai
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,885
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $61,348
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.4, 9.5, 7.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    18.8, 56.7, 71.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
map image of Ketchikan, Ak
#4
Ketchikan
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,307
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $61,419
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.5, 4.8, 3.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    30.1, 50.6, 49.4
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
North Slope Burough, Alaska
#5
North Slope Borough
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,836
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $79,306
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    12.8, 12.5, 15.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    5.4, 7.3, 9.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime

How we determined the safest cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

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Didn't find your city in the top 5?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, based on the state’s median population. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2020.

2022 Rank
City
Population
2022 VC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
2022 PC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
2021 Rank
6Wasilla11,2286.930.410
7Bethel6,64214.010.712
8Juneau31,9259.329.611
9Fairbanks30,8328.441.49
10Anchorage286,38812.134.513
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Sources

FBI: Crime Data Explorer, Accessed March 8, 2022.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed January 24, 2022.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 8, 2022.

For definitions and more on data sources, see our methodology page.

Cathy Habas
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Cathy Habas
With over seven years of experience as a content writer, Cathy has a knack for untangling complex information. Her natural curiosity and ability to empathize help Cathy offer insightful, friendly advice. She believes in empowering readers who may not feel confident about a purchase, project, or topic. Cathy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Indiana University Southeast and began her professional writing career immediately after graduation. She has contributed to sites like Safety.com, Reviews.com, Hunker, and Thumbtack. Cathy’s pride and joy is her Appaloosa “Chacos.” She also likes to crochet while watching stand-up comedy specials on Netflix.

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