These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Florida For 2019

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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 Florida, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Weston.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Sunshine State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 205 cities in Florida with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Florida for 2019:

  1. Weston (Photos | Homes)
  2. Longboat Key (Photos | Homes)
  3. Marco Island (Photos | Homes)
  4. Sanibel (Photos | Homes)
  5. Key Biscayne (Photos | Homes)
  6. Parkland (Photos | Homes)
  7. Lake Alfred (Photos | Homes)
  8. Satellite Beach (Photos | Homes)
  9. West Miami (Photos | Homes)
  10. Port St. Lucie (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Florida, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Florida

Safest Cities in Florida Graph

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 2018) in Florida.

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 497 crimes committed in Weston which had a reported population of 70,796. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.007 which translates into a 1 in 142 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 2017. This left us with a total of 205 of the biggest cities in Florida to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 205 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 Florida".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Weston. The most dangerous city in Florida? Florida City, where residents had a 1 in 9 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.

Weston, FL
Source: City Of Weston
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 70,796
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 644 (1st safest)
More on Weston: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Weston ranks as the safest city in Florida for 2019 based on a best in class ranking for property crime in the state.

Weston is a master planned suburban community in Broward County and it doesn't rank so shabby for violent crime either placing as the 7th safest in Florida.

Established as a city in 1996, much of the community was developed by Arvida/JMB Realty and is located near the western developmental boundary of Broward County. It is the most western city in Broward County, and its entire west side is next to the Everglades.

Longboat Key, FL
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 7,400
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 27 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 797 (5th safest)
More on Longboat Key: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Little Longboat Key is a town in Manatee and Sarasota counties along the central west coast of Florida.

It ranks as the 3rd safest for violent crimes and 5th safest for property crime.

It's the kind of place where you can sleep safe and sound on the beach.

Marco Island, FL
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 18,089
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 60 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 674 (2nd safest)
More on Marco Island: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Marco Island has been a mainstay on our rankings for the last five iterations -- this place is just constantly safe.

Property crime isn't a concern here as it ranks 2nd best and violent crime sneaks into the top ten.

It is a principal city of the Naples-Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Sanibel, FL
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 7,505
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 66 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 746 (3rd safest)
More on Sanibel: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Sanibel is a city in Lee County, Florida, on Sanibel Island -- go figure.

There's barely any property crime here, so no one will steal your daiquiri by the pool.

Additionally, it's good to that Sanibel is a barrier island - a collection of sand on the leeward side of the more solid coral-rock of Pine Island - or a barrier to crime.

Key Biscayne, FL
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 13,127
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,165 (15th safest)
More on Key Biscayne: PhotosReal Estate | Data

If you're keen on being safe, maybe you should check out Key Biscayne -- an island town in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

There aren't any hanging chads when it comes to us saying it's the safest city in Florida for Violent Crimes.

Violent crime here is like a million times safer than the most dangerous places in the country. Well maybe not exactly, but real safe.

Parkland, FL
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 32,951
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 66 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 792 (4th safest)
More on Parkland: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Well, if you paid any attention to the news this year, you've heard of Parkland because of the mass shooting at the local high school. So you're probably asking yourself, wtf- Why is this here-

The answer- The data is based on 2017 numbers -- 2018 numbers don't come out until October 2019.

It's also a testament to how much of a surprise the shooting was here -- Parkland is a super safe community with little crime overall.

Parkland is a city in Broward County, Florida.

Lake Alfred, FL
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 5,899
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,169 (16th safest)
More on Lake Alfred: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lake Alfred ranks as the seventh most dangerous city in Florida for 2019 according to the data.

This small city in Polk County ranks second best in Florida for violent crimes per capita and 16th best for property crimes.

So we think it's safe to safe that this is a pretty calm lake town.

Satellite Beach, FL
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 10,954
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 73 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 858 (7th safest)
More on Satellite Beach: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Satellite Beach is a coastal city situated in Brevard County and the 8th place finisher on our list this year.

What the city lacks in property crime it makes up for in canals -- it has three for some reason.

It also scores a 9.5 on our SnackAbility Score -- a feet only accomplished by 10% of towns in America.

West Miami, FL
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 7,742
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 51 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,369 (25th safest)
More on West Miami: PhotosReal Estate | Data

What's not safe- North Miami.

What's safe- West Miami.

The ninth safest place in Florida, West Miami reps the west side proudly in this analysis. There are few violent crimes in the city as it ranks 4th best in Florida.

Port St. Lucie, FL
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 188,652
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 98 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,126 (14th safest)
More on Port St. Lucie: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rounding out the top ten is Port St. Lucia -- as Lucia would have it!

Port St. Lucie is a city in St. Lucie County, Florida and the largest in our list by a long shot -- clocking in at over 188,000 people as of the most recent numbers.

For a city of its size, it has a paltry number of violent and property crimes.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Sunshine State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Weston is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Florida 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 Florida according to the data:

  1. Florida City
  2. Lake City
  3. Lake Park
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Florida For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Weston, FL 70,796 57 644
2 Longboat Key, FL 7,400 27 797
3 Marco Island, FL 18,089 60 674
4 Sanibel, FL 7,505 66 746
5 Key Biscayne, FL 13,127 15 1,165
6 Parkland, FL 32,951 66 792
7 Lake Alfred, FL 5,899 16 1,169
8 Satellite Beach, FL 10,954 73 858
9 West Miami, FL 7,742 51 1,369
10 Port St. Lucie, FL 188,652 98 1,126
11 Tequesta, FL 6,049 66 1,322
12 Cooper City, FL 36,694 59 1,463
13 Punta Gorda, FL 19,181 83 1,282
14 Winter Springs, FL 35,995 125 966
15 Palm Beach, FL 8,779 113 1,173
16 Bay Harbor Islands, FL 6,049 132 810
17 North Palm Beach, FL 13,160 129 1,033
18 Safety Harbor, FL 17,732 107 1,404
19 Sunny Isles Beach, FL 22,290 103 1,543
20 Venice, FL 22,762 123 1,339
21 Valparaiso, FL 5,081 157 1,023
22 Surfside, FL 5,849 102 1,641
23 Niceville, FL 15,380 104 1,625
24 Indian Harbour Beach, FL 8,649 104 1,641
25 Belle Isle, FL 6,973 143 1,319
26 Cape Coral, FL 184,346 127 1,566
27 Southwest Ranches, FL 7,990 125 1,602
28 North Port, FL 65,498 167 1,203
29 St. Cloud, FL 49,791 172 1,188
30 Flagler Beach, FL 5,087 117 1,710
31 Naples, FL 22,244 103 1,748
32 Oviedo, FL 40,391 195 1,010
33 Miami Lakes, FL 31,110 102 1,970
34 Oldsmar, FL 14,527 89 2,030
35 Lady Lake, FL 15,151 138 1,676
36 North Bay Village, FL 8,463 165 1,606
37 High Springs, FL 6,046 231 1,108
38 Sebastian, FL 25,277 189 1,507
39 Port Orange, FL 61,892 51 2,504
40 Fellsmere, FL 5,608 142 1,747
41 Minneola, FL 11,370 237 1,108
42 Lighthouse Point, FL 11,277 124 1,977
43 Neptune Beach, FL 7,388 94 2,368
44 Dunedin, FL 36,559 144 1,772
45 Wellington, FL 65,156 176 1,651
46 Coconut Creek, FL 60,533 133 1,904
47 Haines City, FL 23,968 120 2,161
48 Village Of Pinecrest, FL 19,644 101 2,397
49 Edgewater, FL 22,301 125 2,125
50 Jupiter, FL 65,311 157 1,852
51 Hialeah Gardens, FL 24,192 136 2,046
52 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 6,589 182 1,821
53 St. Augustine Beach, FL 7,117 154 2,121
54 Fruitland Park, FL 6,435 233 1,616
55 South Pasadena, FL 5,137 58 2,900
56 Tavares, FL 16,274 215 1,714
57 Gulf Breeze, FL 6,586 182 1,973
58 Margate, FL 58,649 202 1,783
59 Coral Springs, FL 131,558 189 1,983
60 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 54,677 120 2,677
61 Orange Park, FL 8,848 339 1,254
62 Miramar, FL 141,328 288 1,589
63 Lynn Haven, FL 21,262 188 2,154
64 Pembroke Pines, FL 170,923 187 2,179
65 Royal Palm Beach, FL 38,676 201 2,029
66 Lake Mary, FL 16,636 318 1,532
67 Groveland, FL 13,267 316 1,560
68 Doral, FL 60,239 109 2,915
69 Maitland, FL 17,830 196 2,181
70 Coral Gables, FL 51,487 145 2,637
71 Fernandina Beach, FL 12,606 222 2,062
72 Milton, FL 10,011 239 1,957
73 Hialeah, FL 238,260 198 2,213
74 Rockledge, FL 27,432 295 1,720
75 Tamarac, FL 65,988 207 2,338
76 Sweetwater, FL 20,824 177 2,708
77 Mascotte, FL 5,613 445 1,567
78 De Funiak Springs, FL 6,489 354 1,710
79 West Melbourne, FL 21,808 192 2,714
80 Boca Raton, FL 98,069 227 2,552
81 Davie, FL 103,555 235 2,628
82 Temple Terrace, FL 26,854 286 2,364
83 Clermont, FL 34,412 276 2,391
84 Tampa, FL 384,360 464 1,743
85 Green Cove Springs, FL 7,800 551 1,641
86 St. Pete Beach, FL 9,727 133 3,587
87 Sunrise, FL 95,342 226 2,923
88 Tarpon Springs, FL 25,104 342 2,342
89 Cutler Bay, FL 45,458 252 2,833
90 Okeechobee, FL 5,701 52 5,016
91 Palm Bay, FL 111,275 504 1,905
92 Auburndale, FL 15,903 220 3,156
93 Winter Garden, FL 43,295 337 2,600
94 Vero Beach, FL 17,015 270 2,879
95 Palmetto Bay, FL 24,755 226 3,142
96 Greenacres City, FL 40,417 393 2,370
97 Longwood, FL 15,254 295 2,799
98 Fort Walton Beach, FL 22,413 325 2,752
99 Eustis, FL 21,161 255 3,019
100 Atlantic Beach, FL 13,589 382 2,619

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