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.

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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:

  1. Chester Township
  2. Olmsted Township
  3. St. Clair Township
  4. Montville Township
  5. Russell Township
  6. Pepper Pike
  7. Hudson (Photos)
  8. Granville (Photos)
  9. Olmsted Falls (Photos)
  10. Brecksville

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:

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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)
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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.

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1. Chester Township

Source: intro Domain
Population: 10,371
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 173 (1st safest)

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.

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2. Olmsted Township

Source: intro Domain
Population: 13,228
Rank Last Year: 33 (Up 31)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 7 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 325 (4th safest)

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

Source: intro Domain
Population: 7,704
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 519 (17th safest)

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

Source: intro Domain
Population: 11,815
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 389 (8th safest)

You might be surprised to find Montville Township this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Montville Township is surpised.

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

Source: intro Domain
Population: 5,250
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 19 (19th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 285 (3rd safest)

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

Pepper Pike, Ohio
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,247
Rank 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?

7. Hudson

Hudson, Ohio
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,470
Rank 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.

8. Granville

Granville, Ohio
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,762
Rank 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

Olmsted Falls, Ohio
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,859
Rank 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. Brecksville

Population: 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

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Chester Township1110,3710173
Olmsted Township23313,2287325
St. Clair Township3157,7040519
Montville Township4711,81516389
Russell Township545,25019285
Pepper Pike6576,24716512
Hudson7822,47017409
Granville8 -
Olmsted Falls9 -
Brecksville101313,39029403
Powell111713,2730798
Rocky River12 -
Poland Township13212,05224547
Ada14355,78217657
Sagamore Hills151411,18435411
Clearcreek Township162515,32226600
Indian Hill17245,80117758
Canfield18287,32313819
Seven Hills19911,66134548
Marysville202022,95230627
Waterville2155,51136526
Sunbury22275,24201,068
North Ridgeville231033,09536583
Kirtland24396,78044398
Lawrence Township25788,26524859
Mason263433,02618999
Cortland27226,894141,116
Brunswick Hills Township28 -
New Philadelphia292117,526171,072
Highland Heights30508,402111,178
Vermilion316510,404281,028
Campbell32717,93650516
Munroe Falls33415,01239798
Bellbrook34197,07442805
Solon353622,97147761
Goshen Township, Clermont County365915,787381,051
Perrysburg37 -
Springboro383218,37959560
Clayton396413,129451,028
Norton4010512,026411,122
St. Clairsville41 -
Hinckley Township42268,04174348
Loveland43 -
Grafton44616,10565622
Canal Fulton45865,489361,329
Uhrichsville46745,40355832
Pierce Township4710411,559251,574
Carlisle48525,32375469
Dublin494645,860471,127
Springfield Township, Mahoning County50586,446461,179
Berea513118,80558962
Montgomery528510,558371,401
New Franklin53 -
Grandview Heights54737,502131,919
Perrysburg Township557512,813461,264
Worthington56 -
Brunswick572934,77471644
Streetsboro588316,364361,491
Westlake594832,353431,424
Ross Township60998,72068951
Columbiana61516,269471,403
Upper Arlington623835,150451,522
Shawnee Township635512,173571,182
American Township644212,254481,362
Bath Township, Summit County65459,896401,576
Aurora661815,897691,056
Dover671212,90692743
Sugarcreek Township68888,283361,919
Centerville695423,853541,475
Twinsburg707618,888105693
Delphos71697,011282,153
North Canton7210617,435511,554
Miami Township, Clermont County734742,109611,351
New Albany745310,340481,644
Medina Township751029,015551,564
Amherst766812,156571,546
Germantown77165,495109727
Hilliard78 -
Strongsville799344,626421,976
Beaver Township80406,492611,463
St. Marys81 -
Miamisburg827720,0001001,140
Brookville83375,902118999
Harrison847910,81902,828
Wyoming85308,407591,891
Macedonia864911,794671,670
Delhi Township877229,573671,738
Madison Township, Franklin County886718,4661191,137
Lyndhurst896213,6241021,423
Wapakoneta901079,8151011,467
Rittman91566,598602,076
Tipp City92929,941701,820
Gahanna938234,859572,263
Sylvania Township944329,416612,148
Green Township95 -
Clyde961106,233482,374
Mentor-on-the-Lake97807,3751351,233
Westerville986638,808542,409
Chardon99705,1621351,278
Stow1009734,792861,845

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