These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Florida

We used data and science to determine the places in Florida where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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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 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 201 places in Florida with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Parkland
  2. Marco Island
  3. Weston
  4. Longboat Key
  5. Tequesta
  6. Bay Harbor Islands
  7. Valparaiso
  8. Niceville
  9. Key Biscayne
  10. Cooper City

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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 (2014). 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
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For example, there were a total of 28 crimes committed in Parkland which had a reported population of 27,164. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00103 which translates into a 1 in 970 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 201 places in Florida to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 201 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 Parkland. The most dangerous? Florida City, where residents had a 1 in 21 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.

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1. Parkland

Parkland - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,164
Property Crime Rank: 9
Violent Crime Rank: 19

2. Marco Island

Marco Island - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,343
Property Crime Rank: 10
Violent Crime Rank: 20

3. Weston

Weston - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 69,129
Property Crime Rank: 5
Violent Crime Rank: 34

4. Longboat Key

Longboat Key - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,129
Property Crime Rank: 33
Violent Crime Rank: 8

5. Tequesta

Tequesta - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,844
Property Crime Rank: 22
Violent Crime Rank: 27

6. Bay Harbor Islands

Bay Harbor Islands - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,907
Property Crime Rank: 14
Violent Crime Rank: 43

7. Valparaiso

Valparaiso - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,275
Property Crime Rank: 12
Violent Crime Rank: 75

8. Niceville

Niceville - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,407
Property Crime Rank: 32
Violent Crime Rank: 49

9. Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,946
Property Crime Rank: 55
Violent Crime Rank: 17

10. Cooper City

Cooper City - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,676
Property Crime Rank: 35
Violent Crime Rank: 58

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Parkland 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: Opa Locka
2nd Most Dangerous: Lake Park
Most Dangerous: Florida City

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Florida

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Parkland127,164919
Marco Island217,3431020
Weston369,129534
Longboat Key47,129338
Tequesta55,8442227
Bay Harbor Islands65,9071443
Valparaiso75,2751275
Niceville814,4073249
Key Biscayne912,9465517
Cooper City1035,6763558
Indian Harbour Beach118,3085030
Satellite Beach1210,3843657
Sanibel137,0234938
Oviedo1437,4673473
Punta Gorda1517,3055926
Winter Springs1634,0212494
Palm Beach178,7066725
Port St. Lucie18172,4534567
Southwest Ranches197,7575648
Lady Lake2014,3233991
Port Orange2157,3598429
North Port2259,6684887
Lighthouse Point2310,9438146
Sunny Isles Beach2421,9317463
Gulf Breeze256,19710123
Miami Lakes2630,8549436
South Pasadena275,0328947
Cape Coral28168,7127668
Fellsmere295,3706395
Margate3055,98254113
Coral Springs31127,9397779
Safety Harbor3217,20461111
Jupiter3359,03964107
Venice3421,3787098
North Bay Village357,4639951
Wellington3661,0698582
Minneola3710,18365116
Edgewater3820,98672103
Sebastian3922,8898684
Coconut Creek4057,7669671
Lake Mary4115,06780104
Surfside426,00312235
Rockledge4325,78582106
Lake Alfred445,21910077
Naples4520,77912740
North Palm Beach4612,42810676
West Miami476,30691105
Pembroke Pines48164,37210483
Dunedin4935,77978129
Boca Raton5090,49610393
Tamarac5163,79683133
High Springs525,58292121
St. Augustine Beach536,69379152
Belle Isle546,507117100
St. Cloud5542,11387151
Miramar56132,35288148
Palm Beach Gardens5751,21013872
Village Of Pinecrest5819,24115742
Maitland5916,64312696
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea606,38593147
Fernandina Beach6112,062102134
Royal Palm Beach6236,846111130
Lynn Haven6319,565119123
Oldsmar6413,84217252
Mascotte655,28497176
Alachua669,456110157
Marianna679,84266222
Milton689,442128136
Clermont6930,337144112
Neptune Beach707,145123145
Atlantic Beach7112,955115160
West Melbourne7219,988150114
Kenneth City735,031145125
Haines City7421,717149117
Sweetwater7520,719151115
Palm Bay76105,28790206
North Lauderdale7743,167121171
Hialeah78235,446135153
Palmetto Bay7924,55817488
Seminole8018,009137159
Deerfield Beach8178,773129187
Orange Park828,605108214
Plantation8391,549147155
Tampa84357,124113210
Tarpon Springs8523,965136178
Davie8698,010166126
Arcadia877,621125196
Winter Garden8838,454142169
Temple Terrace8925,335155149
Longwood9013,864139182
Tavares9114,518134194
Treasure Island926,816148170
Coral Gables9350,31620974
New Smyrna Beach9423,391154164
Starke955,387146180
South Daytona9612,288186118
Springfield979,249143189
Doral9851,35021866
Altamonte Springs9942,301159162
Sunrise10091,544169144
Hialeah Gardens10122,855188120
Apopka10246,572162161
Fort Walton Beach10320,881168154
Miami Springs10414,435193127
Wildwood1056,592124241
Winter Park10629,526196132
Ocoee10740,029183156
Eustis10819,370187150
Crestview10923,251158204
Green Cove Springs1107,062141233
Mount Dora11113,067182186
Largo11278,502189174
Titusville11344,310165213
Cutler Bay11444,080224140
Vero Beach11515,876198177
Perry1167,087130274
Stuart11716,199212165
Pahokee1186,010132280
Ormond Beach11938,782214173
Dania12030,996201190
Lauderhill12170,506180229
Plant City12236,425211185
Gainesville123128,185185223
Aventura12437,537261102
Jacksonville Beach12521,935192217
Okeechobee1265,592243138
Winter Haven12735,935197219
Clearwater128110,075204209
Live Oak1297,003161268
Fort Myers13069,718152275
Boynton Beach13171,801215201
West Park13214,904179252
St. Pete Beach1339,503231175
Hallandale13439,000207216
Dade City1356,624221198
Bradenton13652,350200225
Quincy1377,911219202
Casselberry13826,645223192
Auburndale13914,447263124
Palmetto14013,040178260
Oakland Park14143,745222199
Lake Wales14215,092232179
Sebring14310,312239167
Hollywood144147,918228191
Brooksville1457,708220207
Gulfport14612,199267139
Deland14728,551233193
Greenacres City14838,957206238
North Miami Beach14943,657194257
Jacksonville150856,021208239
Miami Gardens151112,373217230
Delray Beach15264,917225232
Melbourne15377,797213249
Lakeland154101,428257181
Miami Shores15510,729249200
South Miami15612,189271158
Kissimmee15766,623226236
Wilton Manors15812,223248211
Lantana15910,926247215
Pensacola16052,873234240
Lauderdale Lakes16134,403230248
Sarasota16253,620242234
Zephyrhills16314,178276166
Leesburg16421,315251221
Pompano Beach165105,523229255
Pinellas Park16650,213273183
New Port Richey16715,132235253
Ocala16857,740256220
Holly Hill16911,686253227
West Palm Beach170103,028240256
Clewiston1717,141246244
Palatka17210,469259224
North Miami17361,501236266
Bartow17418,167258235
St. Augustine17513,847255243
Key West17625,772252250
De Funiak Springs1775,689265228
Palm Springs17821,011264231
Tallahassee179187,573245265
Fort Lauderdale180174,056254247
Orange City18110,940282203
Riviera Beach18233,446241279
Miami183421,996244272
Sanford18456,601260254
Homestead18564,938237284
Fort Pierce18643,347250273
Cocoa Beach18711,347269258
St. Petersburg188250,772272259
Pembroke Park1896,208270264
Orlando190259,675277261
Lake Worth19136,258266276
Panama City19237,204279262
Belle Glade19317,927268287
Daytona Beach19462,629275283
Panama City Beach19512,186285271
Cocoa19617,289274288
Miami Beach19791,771287269
Lake City19812,121283286
Opa Locka19916,146280289
Lake Park2008,409286281
Florida City20112,158284290

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