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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Weston.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Sunshine State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 205 cities in Florida with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
So what's the safest place to live in Florida for 2019? According to the most recent FBI UCR data, Weston ranks as the safest place to live on a violent crime and property crime rate basis.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|2||Longboat Key, FL||7,400||27||797|
|3||Marco Island, FL||18,089||60||674|
|5||Key Biscayne, FL||13,127||15||1,165|
|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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