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.
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:
- Marco Island
- Longboat Key
- Bay Harbor Islands
- Key Biscayne
- Cooper City
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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
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.
Population: 27,164Property Crime Rank: 9Violent Crime Rank: 19
2. Marco Island
Population: 17,343Property Crime Rank: 10Violent Crime Rank: 20
Population: 69,129Property Crime Rank: 5Violent Crime Rank: 34
4. Longboat Key
Population: 7,129Property Crime Rank: 33Violent Crime Rank: 8
Population: 5,844Property Crime Rank: 22Violent Crime Rank: 27
6. Bay Harbor Islands
Population: 5,907Property Crime Rank: 14Violent Crime Rank: 43
Population: 5,275Property Crime Rank: 12Violent Crime Rank: 75
Population: 14,407Property Crime Rank: 32Violent Crime Rank: 49
9. Key Biscayne
Population: 12,946Property Crime Rank: 55Violent Crime Rank: 17
10. Cooper City
Population: 35,676Property Crime Rank: 35Violent 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