These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Florida For 2017
We used data and science to determine the places in Florida 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 Florida, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Florida is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Sunshine State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 195 places in Florida with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Longboat Key
- Marco Island
- Bay Harbor Islands
- Satellite Beach
- Winter Springs
- Cooper City
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 Florida
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 2015). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 30 crimes committed in Longboat Key which had a reported population of 7,072. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00424 which translates into a 1 in 236 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 2014. This left us with a total of 195 places in Florida to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 195 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three 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 population, is Longboat Key. The most dangerous? Florida City, where residents had a 1 in 2 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. Longboat Key
Population: 7,072Property Crime Rank: 29Violent Crime Rank: 1
Population: 27,114Property Crime Rank: 190Violent Crime Rank: 140
Population: 68,423Property Crime Rank: 161Violent Crime Rank: 239
4. Marco Island
Population: 17,148 Property Crime Rank: 254Violent Crime Rank: 511
5. Bay Harbor Islands
Population: 5,921 Property Crime Rank: 468Violent Crime Rank: 339
6. Satellite Beach
Population: 10,351Property Crime Rank: 592Violent Crime Rank: 409
Population: 6,899Property Crime Rank: 611Violent Crime Rank: 410
8. Winter Springs
Population: 33,973Property Crime Rank: 523Violent Crime Rank: 870
Population: 5,069Property Crime Rank: 367Violent Crime Rank: 1,179
10. Cooper City
Population: 33,382Property Crime Rank: 641Violent Crime Rank: 765
There You Have It - The Safest In Florida
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Longboat Key is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Florida residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Florida:3rd Most Dangerous: Lake City 2nd Most Dangerous: Cocoa Most Dangerous: Florida City