These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Ohio For 2018
We used data and science to determine the places in Ohio where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Ohio, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Ohio is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Buckeye State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 239 places in Ohio with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Chester Township
- Olmsted Township
- St. Clair Township
- Montville Township
- Russell Township
- Pepper Pike
- Hudson (Photos)
- Granville (Photos)
- Olmsted Falls (Photos)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in Ohio
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 18 crimes committed in Chester Township which had a reported population of 10,371. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00174 which translates into a 1 in 576 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 239 places in Ohio to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 239 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Ohio".
The safest city, based on population, is Chester Township. The most dangerous? Springfield, where residents had a 1 in 13 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
1. Chester Township
Taking the crown as the safest city in Ohio for 2018 is Chester Township -- a classic example of everything that makes Ohio great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 576.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,500+ chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
2. Olmsted Township
If you're thinking of moving to Ohio and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Olmsted Township -- the 2nd safest in the Buckeye State.
Olmsted Township is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 307.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Olmsted Township.
3. St. Clair Township
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that St. Clair Township ranks as the 3rd safest city in Ohio.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for St. Clair Township.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
4. Montville Township
This gem of a place in the Buckeye State boasts the 8th best property crime rate and 13th best violent crime rate for 2018.
5. Russell Township
Finishing just inside the top five is Russell Township, OH.
You get what you pay for in Russell Township -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 5,250 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Russell Township residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Russell Township in heartbeat.
6. Pepper Pike
Population: 6,247Rank Last Year: 57 (Up 51) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (12th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 512 (15th safest)
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Pepper Pike, the 6th safest city in Ohio.
The town of some 6,247 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Pepper Pike a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Pepper Pike?
Population: 22,470Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (17th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 409 (12th safest)
Hudson is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Ohio.
It has 1 in 244.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 5,617 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Ohio.
Population: 5,762Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 711 (29th safest)
The eighth safest city in Ohio for 2018 goes to Granville. Let's see why.
There were only 0 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 41 property crimes to boot.
9. Olmsted Falls
Population: 8,859Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (28th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 338 (5th safest)
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Ohio, may we present Olmsted Falls as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Ohio, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
30 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 5th best in Ohio on a rate basis.
10. BrecksvillePopulation: 13,390 Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (26th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 403 (11th safest)
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Brecksville.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Brecksville residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 4 violent crimes and 54 property crimes in Brecksville; that's really good for a place of 13,390 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
There You Have It - The Safest In Ohio
Looking at the data, you can tell that Chester Township is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Ohio residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.Most dangerous cities in Ohio:3rd Most Dangerous: Moraine 2nd Most Dangerous: Lima Most Dangerous: Springfield
Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Ohio For 2018
|St. Clair Township||3||15||7,704|
|Brunswick Hills Township||28||-|
|Goshen Township, Clermont County||36||59||15,787|
|Springfield Township, Mahoning County||50||58||6,446|
|Bath Township, Summit County||65||45||9,896|
|Miami Township, Clermont County||73||47||42,109|
|Madison Township, Franklin County||88||67||18,466|