Top 15 Safest Cities In Florida For 2018

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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 Marco Island.

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 201 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 2018:

  1. Marco Island (Photos | Homes)
  2. Longboat Key (Photos | Homes)
  3. Weston (Photos | Homes)
  4. Bay Harbor Islands (Photos | Homes)
  5. Parkland (Photos | Homes)
  6. Key Biscayne (Photos | Homes)
  7. Tequesta (Photos | Homes)
  8. Punta Gorda (Photos | Homes)
  9. Satellite Beach (Photos | Homes)
  10. Sanibel (Photos | Homes)
  11. Edgewater (Homes)
  12. North Palm Beach (Photos | Homes)
  13. Cooper City (Homes)
  14. Palm Beach (Photos | Homes)
  15. West Miami (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

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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 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 96 crimes committed in Marco Island which had a reported population of 17,947. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0053 which translates into a 1 in 186 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 201 of the biggest cities in Florida to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 201 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 Marco Island. The most dangerous city in Florida? Florida City, where residents had a 1 in 8 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. Marco Island

Marco Island, FL

Population: 17,947
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 523 (2nd safest)
More on Marco Island: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. It is a principal city of the Naples-Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 16,413 at the 2010 census.

2. Longboat Key

Longboat Key, FL

Population: 7,343
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 708 (5th safest)
More on Longboat Key: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Longboat Key is a town in Manatee and Sarasota counties along the central west coast of the U.S. state of Florida, located on and coterminous with the barrier island of the same name. Longboat Key is south of Anna Maria Island, between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It is almost equally divided between Manatee and Sarasota counties. The town of Longboat Key was incorporated in 1955 and is part of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice Metropolitan Statistical Area.

3. Weston

Weston, FL

Population: 70,882
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 483 (1st safest)
More on Weston: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Weston is a master planned suburban community in Broward County, Florida, United States. 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.

4. Bay Harbor Islands

Bay Harbor Islands, FL

Population: 6,117
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 637 (4th safest)
More on Bay Harbor Islands: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Bay Harbor Islands is a town in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,628 at the 2010 census. It is separated from the mainland by Biscayne Bay, over which the land masses are connected via the Broad Causeway. On the mainland side, BHI is bordered by the city of North Miami, while to the east it borders the villages of Bal Harbour and Surfside. To the south lies the exclusive village of Indian Creek. BHI is about 20 minutes' driving distance away from Miami International Airport, and it is situated between the larger cities of Aventura and Miami Beach.

5. Parkland

Parkland, FL

Population: 31,571
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 538 (3rd safest)
More on Parkland: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Parkland is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. Parkland is known for its zoning laws, which are designed to protect the "park-like" character of the city. Initially, there were no stores or traffic lights in Parkland, though this began to change in the mid 1990s and early 2000s with the additions of large neighborhood developments including Heron Bay and Parkland Isles.

6. Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne, FL
Source: Public domain

Population: 13,113
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,182 (12th safest)
More on Key Biscayne: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Key Biscayne is an island town in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 12,344 at the 2010 census.

7. Tequesta

Tequesta, FL
Source: Public domain

Population: 6,003
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 66 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,082 (8th safest)
More on Tequesta: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Tequesta is an affluent incorporated village in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,629 at the 2010 Census. It is a suburb of West Palm Beach and the northernmost municipality in the Miami South Florida metropolitan area, which in 2010 had a total population of 5,564,635 according to the U.S. Census.

8. Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda, FL

Population: 18,466
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 64 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,148 (10th safest)
More on Punta Gorda: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census the city had a population of 16,641. It is the county seat of Charlotte County and the only incorporated municipality in the county. Punta Gorda is the principal city of the Punta Gorda, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area and is also in the Sarasota-Bradenton-Punta Gorda Combined Statistical Area.

9. Satellite Beach

Satellite Beach, FL

Population: 10,737
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 987 (7th safest)
More on Satellite Beach: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Satellite Beach is a coastal city situated in Brevard County, Florida. The population was 10,109 at the 2010 United States Census, and it is located with the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Indian River to the west.

10. Sanibel

Sanibel, FL

Population: 7,395
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 81 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,162 (11th safest)
More on Sanibel: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Sanibel is a city in Lee County, Florida, United States, on Sanibel Island. The population was 6,469 at the 2010 census, with an estimated 2012 population of 6,741. It is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. Sanibel is a barrier island - a collection of sand on the leeward side of the more solid coral-rock of Pine Island.

11. Edgewater

Edgewater, FL

Population: 21,729
Rank Last Year: 40 (Up 29)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 96 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,141 (9th safest)
More on Edgewater: Real Estate | Data

Edgewater is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States, situated along the Indian River, adjacent to the Mosquito Lagoon. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 20,750. It is a part of the Deltona--Daytona Beach--Ormond Beach, FL metropolitan statistical area, which was home to 590,289 people in 2010. A settlement in the area was established by John Milton Hawks. It was named Hawks Park until 1924 when the Florida Legislature renamed it.

12. North Palm Beach

North Palm Beach, FL

Population: 13,023
Rank Last Year: 11 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 84 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,320 (16th safest)
More on North Palm Beach: PhotosReal Estate | Data

13. Cooper City

Cooper City, FL

Population: 36,900
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 94 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,186 (13th safest)
More on Cooper City: Real Estate | Data

Cooper City is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. The city is named for Morris Cooper, who founded the community in 1959.

14. Palm Beach

Palm Beach, FL

Population: 8,702
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 45 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,574 (27th safest)
More on Palm Beach: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The Town of Palm Beach is an incorporated town in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The Intracoastal Waterway separates it from the neighboring cities of West Palm Beach and Lake Worth. In 2000, Palm Beach had a year-round population of 10,468, with an estimated seasonal population of 30,000.

15. West Miami

West Miami, FL

Population: 7,163
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 111 (24th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,382 (19th safest)
More on West Miami: PhotosReal Estate | Data

West Miami is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,965 at the 2010 census.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Marco Island 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. Cocoa
  3. Opa Locka
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Florida For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Marco Island, FL 17,947 11 523
2 Longboat Key, FL 7,343 0 708
3 Weston, FL 70,882 50 483
4 Bay Harbor Islands, FL 6,117 16 637
5 Parkland, FL 31,571 57 538
6 Key Biscayne, FL 13,113 15 1,182
7 Tequesta, FL 6,003 66 1,082
8 Punta Gorda, FL 18,466 64 1,148
9 Satellite Beach, FL 10,737 93 987
10 Sanibel, FL 7,395 81 1,162
11 Edgewater, FL 21,729 96 1,141
12 North Palm Beach, FL 13,023 84 1,320
13 Cooper City, FL 36,900 94 1,186
14 Palm Beach, FL 8,702 45 1,574
15 West Miami, FL 7,163 111 1,382
16 Safety Harbor, FL 17,573 113 1,388
17 Lake Alfred, FL 5,568 53 1,760
18 Sunny Isles Beach, FL 22,374 107 1,564
19 Lighthouse Point, FL 11,256 88 1,732
20 Indian Harbour Beach, FL 8,523 129 1,419
21 Venice, FL 22,514 106 1,661
22 North Port, FL 63,386 140 1,358
23 Port St. Lucie, FL 182,365 148 1,326
24 Winter Springs, FL 35,100 153 1,253
25 Naples, FL 21,917 86 1,861
26 Fellsmere, FL 5,572 125 1,597
27 Lady Lake, FL 14,877 147 1,498
28 St. Augustine Beach, FL 6,986 57 1,932
29 Oviedo, FL 39,636 196 910
30 Valparaiso, FL 5,023 99 1,851
31 Gulf Breeze, FL 6,435 139 1,585
32 Cape Coral, FL 179,631 124 1,715
33 Miami Lakes, FL 31,279 99 1,889
34 Southwest Ranches, FL 7,953 113 1,810
35 Niceville, FL 15,142 138 1,697
36 Wellington, FL 63,765 175 1,599
37 Minneola, FL 11,006 208 1,453
38 North Bay Village, FL 8,552 187 1,613
39 Belle Isle, FL 6,835 204 1,565
40 Coconut Creek, FL 60,633 120 2,059
41 Coral Springs, FL 131,159 159 1,838
42 Dunedin, FL 36,334 148 1,912
43 Port Orange, FL 60,546 100 2,439
44 Lake Mary, FL 16,506 175 1,884
45 South Pasadena, FL 5,106 137 2,213
46 Sebastian, FL 24,441 171 1,910
47 Margate, FL 58,030 230 1,657
48 St. Cloud, FL 47,289 283 1,579
49 Mascotte, FL 5,549 306 1,549
50 Clermont, FL 33,158 159 2,171
51 High Springs, FL 5,932 252 1,753
52 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 6,541 214 1,895
53 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 53,811 139 2,640
54 Hialeah Gardens, FL 24,370 160 2,384
55 Tamarac, FL 65,516 203 2,117
56 Haines City, FL 23,278 262 1,864
57 Oldsmar, FL 14,283 119 2,933
58 Jupiter, FL 64,273 228 1,961
59 Village Of Pinecrest, FL 19,692 126 2,899
60 Pembroke Pines, FL 169,156 202 2,216
61 West Melbourne, FL 21,156 151 2,713
62 Maitland, FL 17,824 162 2,664
63 Doral, FL 58,309 137 2,939
64 Fernandina Beach, FL 12,489 272 1,945
65 Rockledge, FL 26,967 307 1,898
66 Neptune Beach, FL 7,316 205 2,405
67 Lynn Haven, FL 20,496 258 2,141
68 Hialeah, FL 239,451 242 2,337
69 Coral Gables, FL 51,980 148 2,981
70 Miramar, FL 140,288 317 1,953
71 Seminole, FL 18,364 185 2,907
72 Surfside, FL 6,077 197 2,797
73 Royal Palm Beach, FL 38,353 328 2,057
74 Boca Raton, FL 94,931 251 2,628
75 Palm Bay, FL 108,823 474 1,691
76 Palmetto Bay, FL 24,878 196 3,006
77 Davie, FL 102,692 222 2,893
78 Milton, FL 9,788 286 2,707
79 Tavares, FL 15,741 406 1,969
80 Mount Dora, FL 13,796 326 2,580
81 Greenacres City, FL 40,088 361 2,359
82 Fort Walton Beach, FL 22,314 300 2,738
83 Atlantic Beach, FL 13,302 345 2,593
84 Miami Springs, FL 14,620 253 3,132
85 Deerfield Beach, FL 80,713 343 2,717
86 Sweetwater, FL 21,007 185 3,484
87 Plantation, FL 94,075 230 3,275
88 Tarpon Springs, FL 24,834 418 2,383
89 North Lauderdale, FL 44,229 472 2,127
90 Marianna, FL 9,464 591 1,785
91 De Funiak Springs, FL 5,927 826 1,299
92 Eustis, FL 20,292 236 3,296
93 Vero Beach, FL 16,589 415 2,567
94 Sunrise, FL 94,400 266 3,258
95 Kenneth City, FL 5,095 372 2,747
96 Auburndale, FL 15,356 188 3,737
97 Tampa, FL 375,904 507 2,074
98 Orange Park, FL 8,763 547 2,031
99 Lake Wales, FL 15,819 309 3,249
100 Temple Terrace, FL 25,972 373 2,918

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