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.

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

  1. Longboat Key
  2. Parkland
  3. Weston
  4. Marco Island
  5. Bay Harbor Islands
  6. Satellite Beach
  7. Sanibel
  8. Winter Springs
  9. Valparaiso
  10. 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:

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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 (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
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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.

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1. Longboat Key

Longboat Key - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,072
Property Crime Rank: 29
Violent Crime Rank: 1

2. Parkland

Parkland - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,114
Property Crime Rank: 190
Violent Crime Rank: 140

3. Weston

Weston - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 68,423
Property Crime Rank: 161
Violent Crime Rank: 239

4. Marco Island

Population: 17,148
Property Crime Rank: 254
Violent Crime Rank: 511

5. Bay Harbor Islands

Population: 5,921
Property Crime Rank: 468
Violent Crime Rank: 339

6. Satellite Beach

Satellite Beach - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,351
Property Crime Rank: 592
Violent Crime Rank: 409

7. Sanibel

Sanibel - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,899
Property Crime Rank: 611
Violent Crime Rank: 410

8. Winter Springs

Winter Springs - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,973
Property Crime Rank: 523
Violent Crime Rank: 870

9. Valparaiso

Valparaiso - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,069
Property Crime Rank: 367
Violent Crime Rank: 1,179

10. Cooper City

Cooper City - Safest Places In Florida
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,382
Property Crime Rank: 641
Violent 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

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Florida

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Longboat Key17,072291
Marco Island417,148254511
Bay Harbor Islands55,921468339
Satellite Beach610,351592409
Winter Springs833,973523870
Cooper City1033,382641765
Indian Harbour Beach138,315643894
North Palm Beach1412,425909679
Key Biscayne1512,8881,174249
Punta Gorda1617,2887491,076
Palm Beach188,4181,023881
Port St. Lucie19172,0548221,300
West Miami216,4009181,344
North Port2259,5558591,460
Gulf Breeze236,0921,214956
Cape Coral24165,8431,3251,024
Port Orange2557,8581,510717
Lady Lake2614,3121,0171,631
Belle Isle276,4031,1601,482
Southwest Ranches287,6761,2581,345
Safety Harbor3017,1421,1041,826
Fernandina Beach3111,9901,2601,586
Miami Lakes3330,7281,5751,198
Sunny Isles Beach3421,8371,2421,755
Coral Springs37126,6731,4131,537
Lighthouse Point4210,8421,5571,427
Coconut Creek4356,8161,6801,238
North Bay Village447,6891,2522,107
St. Augustine Beach466,5642,356436
Lake Mary4715,0381,1422,597
St. Cloud4941,5021,4912,187
Pembroke Pines50162,2431,7011,912
Palm Beach Gardens5250,9772,3201,045
Haines City5421,6241,7782,169
Neptune Beach556,6832,0681,685
Boca Raton5689,7931,9471,900
Atlantic Beach5912,9611,5542,581
South Pasadena605,0092,0381,985
Palm Bay61105,2121,4102,989
Royal Palm Beach6236,1751,8952,269
Orange Park648,5451,6032,802
West Melbourne6719,6672,4751,445
Coral Gables6850,0592,6501,283
High Springs695,5911,6892,881
Lynn Haven7019,3552,1862,121
Lake Alfred735,2132,2832,254
Deerfield Beach7478,2271,9212,824
Hialeah Gardens7723,0922,6441,652
Miami Springs8014,3972,7981,721
Palmetto Bay8324,4432,6672,047
North Lauderdale8542,8531,9443,179
Tarpon Springs8624,0032,2602,735
Winter Garden8737,9552,1092,975
South Daytona8812,3432,2422,774
Temple Terrace9125,3542,4482,534
Kenneth City935,0132,3532,732
Lake Wales9414,9292,7452,111
Fort Walton Beach9620,7672,6472,461
Winter Park9729,1822,7442,297
Live Oak996,9201,9033,510

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