10 Safest Cities In Florida For 2019

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Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2019. This is our fifth time rankings the safest places to live in Florida.
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Do you love oranges, sunny beaches, and palm trees?

What about sunshine 315 days a year in places so safe no one steals candy from a baby?

Then Florida is your state! And in particular, these ten places in Florida are the safest of the safe. The places to put down roots for retirement or a family.

Some might say it's because of the blue plate specials at Denny's and IHOP, but we're pretty sure that it's all that safety and sunshine. We did the research to determine which places are as safe as they come based on the most recent FBI crime data. So grab yourself a glass of freshly squeezed OJ and some fried gator bites and read on to discover how we determined the safest cities in Florida for 2019.

Here are the 10 safest places to live in Florida for 2019:

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

With so many amazingly safe cities to choose from in Florida, the job of deciding the safest city in Florida had to be left to the numbers.

What city is the safest place to live in Florida for 2019? Well according to the most recent FBI data we crunched, Weston, Florida is the safest place to live in Florida. It's not surprising considering Weston's safety scored a 9/10 and it probably has a lot to do with their 8/10 employment score.

More jobs = less time to be naughty.

Check out the rest of our not so naughty, very safe Florida cities and see how your city ranked.

For more reading on safe places to live in and around Florida, check out:

The 10 Safest Cities In Florida For 2019

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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | 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.

Review Of Weston by HomeSnacks User

Weston is very safe very quiet place to live. All of the neighborhoods associations are strict and keep the communities looking very nice. The schools are good but are overflowing. They used to be great but not anymore. There is a large Venezuelan community that started moving here in the last 10 years. Its almost not necessary to speak English here. There are a lot of restaurants to choose from and businesses. A lot of small parks for kids to play in, activities for kids and also a large dog park at Markham Park. Highways are extremely accessible from both sides of the city and were 10 minutes away from Sawgrass Mills. City buses and 18 wheelers are not allowed through the city so its very quiet. Weston has a lot of restrictions but thats what keeps the city very safe and clean. There is also a large regional park and the YMCA and community center are both inside the park. We have an athletic club and tons of karate schools, music schools, gyms, learning centers etc. Cleaveland Clinic is also here and plenty of spas and doctors offices. All in all it is a very family friendly city and they have done a great job in making sure you dont need to leave Weston, we have everything here.

Schools are very overcrowded because there are so many people who want to live here. Cypress Bay High School is a very good school but its huge. There are two middle schools Falcon Cove and Tequesta Trace and five elementary schools. There are also private schools, Sagemont and Weston Christian Academy and plenty of pre-schools.


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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | 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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | 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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | 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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | 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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | 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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | 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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | 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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | 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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | 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.

Review Of Port St. Lucie by HomeSnacks User

There is crime everywhere you go but Port St. Lucie seemed to be low to moderate. The schools were awful. There are plenty of beaches, restaurants and some fun places to visit nearby.

The schools in Port St. Lucie are terrible. Coming from the north, I am used to schools being extremely helpful when my kids were struggling. Whether it was putting in place an IEP or just extra help. In Port St. Lucie their IEP options are limited. They believe that "pushing a child into their grade level" will help more than pulling them out and slowing down the learning. Pushing in means that a child who struggles to work on grade level work is kept in their grade level instead of working up to their grade level. This way of teaching causes added pressure and stress on a child. It does not help their confidence at all. I actually had to move back up to Pennsylvania because they were unable to help my child.


How we calculated the safest cities in Florida for 2019

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.

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
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Where Are The 10 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

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