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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Pepper Pike.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Buckeye State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 198 cities in Ohio with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:
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) in Ohio.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:
For example, there were a total of 33 crimes committed in Pepper Pike which had a reported population of 6,247. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0053 which translates into a 1 in 189 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 198 of the biggest cities in Ohio to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 198 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 our criteria, is Pepper Pike. The most dangerous city in Ohio? 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.
Taking the crown as the safest city in Ohio for 2018 is Pepper Pike -- a classic example of everything that makes Ohio great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 195.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 6,247 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
If you're thinking of moving to Ohio and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Hudson -- the 2nd safest in the Buckeye State.
Hudson 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 244.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Hudson.
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Olmsted Falls 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 Olmsted Falls.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
This gem of a place in the Buckeye State boasts the 5th best property crime rate and 17th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Finishing just inside the top five is Granville, OH.
You get what you pay for in Granville -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 5,000 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Granville residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Granville in a heartbeat.
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Rocky River, the 6th safest city in Ohio.
The town of some 20400 people will have to try and continue to keep Rocky River a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Rocky River?
Powell is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Ohio.
It has 1 in 125.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 5,000 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Ohio.
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (23rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 411 (7th safest)
More on Sagamore Hills:
The eighth safest city in Ohio for 2018 goes to Sagamore Hills. Let's see why.
There were only 4 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 46 property crimes to boot.
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Ohio, may we present Ada 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.
38 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 18th best in Ohio on a rate basis.
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Seven Hills.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Seven Hills residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 4 violent crimes and 64 property crimes in Seven Hills; that's really good for a place of 11661 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Pepper Pike 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.
Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Ohio according to the data:
|City||Rank||Previous Rank||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|Pepper Pike, OH||1||41||6,247||16||512|
|Olmsted Falls, OH||3||-||8,859||33||338|
|Rocky River, OH||6||-||20,400||34||397|
|Sagamore Hills, OH||8||9||11,184||35||411|
|Seven Hills, OH||10||4||11,661||34||548|
|Indian Hill, OH||12||18||5,801||17||758|
|North Ridgeville, OH||15||5||33,095||36||583|
|New Philadelphia, OH||20||14||17,526||17||1,072|
|Highland Heights, OH||21||34||8,402||11||1,178|
|Munroe Falls, OH||24||31||5,012||39||798|
|St. Clairsville, OH||28||-||5,090||78||176|
|Canal Fulton, OH||35||60||5,489||36||1,329|
|New Franklin, OH||38||-||14,285||63||770|
|Grandview Heights, OH||44||54||7,502||13||1,919|
|Upper Arlington, OH||47||28||35,150||45||1,522|
|North Canton, OH||53||80||17,435||51||1,554|
|New Albany, OH||54||40||10,340||48||1,644|
|St. Marys, OH||59||-||8,256||60||1,574|
|Tipp City, OH||67||69||9,941||70||1,820|
|Deer Park, OH||82||84||5,672||158||1,304|
|Bowling Green, OH||90||91||31,404||133||1,783|
|Fairview Park, OH||96||-||16,318||196||1,391|
|Martins Ferry, OH||99||68||6,761||177||1,626|
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