Based on the most recent FBI crime report, Alaska was determined to be the most dangerous state in the country, while Anchorage was called its most dangerous city; Monday, an analysis of the same report offered some sunnier news by naming the 49th State's five safest cities. 

Safewise Monday released their annual findings, naming Sitka Alaska's safest city. Homer, Kenai, Unalaska and Ketchikan finish out the top five slots. 

The average violent crime rate of Alaska's five safest cities was 42 percent less than the national average, Safewise reports; the majority of the crime reported in those five cities were property crimes, not violent crimes. In Sitka, Homer and Kenai, violent offenses represented less than 10 percent of all crimes reported. 

Here's a brief breakdown of each city's stats:

1. Sitka

  • Population: 8,836
  • Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.36
  • Property crimes per 1,000: 16.86
  • Total crime: 8.07% violent, 91.93% property

2. Homer

  • Population: 5,613
  • Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.78
  • Property crimes per 1,000: 29.75
  • Total crime: 5.98% violent, 94.02% property


3. Kenai

  • Population: 7,770
  • Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.09
  • Property crimes per 1,000: 54.05
  • Total crime: 5.72% violent, 94.28% property

4. Unalaska

  • Population: 4,517
  • Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.54
  • Property crimes per 1,000: 6.42
  • Total crime: 55.14% violent, 54.86% property


5. Ketchikan

  • Population: 8,221
  • Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.65
  • Property crimes per 1,000: 31.87
  • Total crime: 11.45% violent, 88.55% property

The cities were identified by reviewing the 2016 FBI crime report and latest population data, Safewise says. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit complete crime reports to the FBI were excluded from Safewise's ranking. 

Violent crimes are defined as aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery; property crimes are defined as burglary, arson, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft. 

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