Public Safety

Public safety affects the emotional and physical well-being of residents and contributes to quality of life for individuals at home, at work, and in the community. In all cases, comparisons to state statistics reflect the state excluding New York City.

Violent crime rates have decreased across the region. In 2021, the Mid-Hudson Valley region had 17 violent crimes reported per 10,000 residents, below the state rate of 20 violent crimes per 10,000 residents. This was a 30% decrease in the rate of violent crimes since 2000, compared to a 23% decrease statewide. Greene (42) and Orange (19) had the highest rates in the region, while Putnam (5) had the lowest. All counties, except Greene, experienced a rate decrease since 2000.

The rate of domestic violence decreased in the Mid-Hudson Valley region. The region had a 10% decrease in the rate of reported domestic violence between 2009 and 2021. In 2021, there were 33 reports of domestic violence per 10,000 residents in the region, down from 36 in 2009 and below the state rate (43). The rate grew the most in Orange County, increasing 35%, in contrast to Greene and Putnam counties, which had decreases of 69% and 68%, respectively, since 2009.