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 Ohio, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Broadview Heights.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Buckeye State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 203 cities in Ohio with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Ohio for 2019:
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 Ohio.
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)
For example, there were a total of 22 crimes committed in Broadview Heights which had a reported population of 19,228. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0011 which translates into a 1 in 874 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 203 of the biggest cities in Ohio to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 203 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 Ohio".
The safest city, based on our criteria, is Broadview Heights. The most dangerous city in Ohio? Whitehall, where residents had a 1 in 13 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: 5,096 Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 24) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 19 (11th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 176 (2nd safest) More on St. Clairsville:Photos | Real Estate | Data
St. Clairsville is a city in and the county seat of Belmont County, Ohio, United States. Nicknamed "Paradise on the Hilltop", it is part of the Wheeling, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,184 at the 2010 census.
Population: 8,898 Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (20th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 348 (5th safest) More on Olmsted Falls:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Olmsted Falls is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, and a southwestern suburb of Cleveland. The population was 9,024 at the 2010 census. The city-s main business district is located at the corners of Bagley and Columbia Roads, and contains the Grand Pacific Junction, a historic and pedestrian friendly shopping district.
Population: 5,787 Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 673 (24th safest) More on Granville:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Granville is a village in Licking County, Ohio, United States. The population was 5,646 at the 2010 census. The village is located in a rural area of rolling hills in central Ohio. It is 35 miles east of Columbus, the state capital, and 7 miles west of Newark, the county seat.
Population: 18,908 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 31 (17th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 454 (10th safest) More on Sylvania:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Sylvania is a city in Lucas County, Ohio, United States. The population was 18,965 at the 2010 census. Sylvania is a suburb of Toledo. Its northern border is the southern border of the State of Michigan.
There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Buckeye State
Looking at the data, you can tell that Broadview Heights is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Ohio residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.