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Though Ohio is in the midrange of U.S. states in terms of crime rates, with the 25th lowest property crime rate and 18th lowest violent crime rate, a considerable number of its cities earned very high scores on our Safety Index, which factors in FBI crime stats and law enforcement employment numbers to judge the safety of a community.

In all, 50 Ohio cities earned a Safety Index score of 0.3 or above, meaning they are very safe communities to live in, while 13 recorded a 0.6 or above, placing them in the upper echelon of U.S. cities in terms of safety. Let’s look at Ohio’s five safest cities to see the best the Buckeye State has to offer.

Maumee is Ohio’s safest city, earning a remarkably high 0.98 Safety Index score. The cozy community of around 14K logged a violent crime rate of 0.36 per 1,000, which is less than a tenth of the national average.

Similarly sized Brecksville recorded even more impressive crime rates, including a 0.15 per 1,000 rate of violent crime and 3.87 per 1,000 rate of property crime. Brecksville is in the #2 position because its ratio of law enforcement officers to residents is lower than #1 Maumee’s.

Ranking third, Cleveland suburb Solon continues Ohio’s streak of low-crime communities, managing a very low 0.56 violent crimes per 1,000 residents. At number four, Wickliffe is not far behind: the city of 12.6K recorded just 9 violent crimes in 2017 for a 0.77 Safety Index score.

New Albany rounds out Ohio’s top five safest communities. The Columbus area suburb recorded less than fifteen violent and property crimes combined in 2017.

Safest Cities in Ohio, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Maumee0.98
2Brecksville0.97
3Solon0.83
4Wickliffe0.82
5New Albany0.79
6Sylvania0.76
7Worthington0.68
8Macedonia0.67
9Aurora0.66
10Bedford Heights0.65
11Blue Ash0.61
12Lyndhurst0.6
13Perrysburg Township0.6
14Amherst0.59
15Centerville0.55
16Tiffin0.54
17Seven Hills0.53
18Avon Lake0.51
19Springboro0.51
20Powell0.5
21North Ridgeville0.5
22Clayton0.5
23Hilliard0.49
24Miamisburg0.49
25Harrison0.49
26Brunswick0.49
27Berea0.48
28Bedford0.44
29Streetsboro0.43
30Strongsville0.42
31Poland Township0.42
32Mason0.42
33North Olmsted0.41
34Upper Arlington0.39
35Pierce Township0.38
36Richmond Heights0.38
37Tallmadge0.38
38Mentor0.36
39Kettering0.36
40Monroe0.35
41Gahanna0.35
42Clearcreek Township0.35
43Vandalia0.35
44Cambridge0.34
45Eastlake0.33
46Copley Township0.33
47Wadsworth0.33
48Toledo0.31
49Shawnee Township0.31
50Kent0.3
51Norton0.28
52Delhi Township0.27
53Lakewood0.26
54Ashland0.26
55Bowling Green0.24
56Bexley0.23
57Parma0.23
58Van Wert0.2
59Troy0.2
60Cuyahoga Falls0.19
61Union Township, Clermont County0.19
62Stow0.18
63Cleveland Heights0.18
64Xenia0.17
65Miami Township, Clermont County0.17
66West Carrollton0.14
67Delaware0.14
68Beavercreek0.12
69Defiance0.12
70Forest Park0.09
71Fairfield0.08
72Greenville0.08
73Fairborn0.07
74Springfield Township, Hamilton County0.05
75Englewood0.05
76Austintown0.04
77Huber Heights0.04
78Reading0.03
79Salem0.02
80Mount Vernon-0.02
81American Township-0.03
82Zanesville-0.07
83Reynoldsburg-0.09
84Sidney-0.1
85Elyria-0.16
86Findlay-0.18
87Wilmington-0.19
88Colerain Township-0.22
89Urbana-0.22
90Fairfield Township-0.23
91Alliance-0.23
92Piqua-0.27
93Sandusky-0.28
94Washington Court House-0.31
95Heath-0.32
96Lancaster-0.34
97Wooster-0.43
98Barberton-0.44
99Steubenville-0.51
100Columbus-0.56
101Youngstown-0.59
102Hamilton-0.62
103Circleville-0.63
104Lorain-0.66
105Cincinnati-0.83
106Warren-0.85
107Akron-0.86
108Whitehall-0.94
109Middletown-0.94
110Lima-1.01
111Springfield-1.26

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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