These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Ohio For 2017

We used data and science to determine the places in Ohio 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 Ohio, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Ohio is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Buckeye State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 176 places in Ohio with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Bellevue
  2. Waterville
  3. Hudson
  4. Dover
  5. Bay Village
  6. Seven Hills
  7. Brecksville
  8. North Ridgeville
  9. Germantown
  10. Powell

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 Ohio

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 101 crimes committed in Bellevue which had a reported population of 8,109. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0125 which translates into a 1 in 80 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 176 places in Ohio to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 176 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 Ohio".

The safest city, based on population, is Bellevue. The most dangerous? Whitehall, where residents had a 1 in 3 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. Bellevue

Bellevue - Safest Places In Ohio
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,109
Property Crime Rank: 43
Violent Crime Rank: 58

2. Waterville

Waterville - Safest Places In Ohio
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,505
Property Crime Rank: 119
Violent Crime Rank: 1

3. Hudson

Hudson - Safest Places In Ohio
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,389
Property Crime Rank: 64
Violent Crime Rank: 149

4. Dover

Dover - Safest Places In Ohio
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,869
Property Crime Rank: 20
Violent Crime Rank: 302

5. Bay Village

Bay Village - Safest Places In Ohio
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,469
Property Crime Rank: 24
Violent Crime Rank: 296

6. Seven Hills

Seven Hills - Safest Places In Ohio
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,716
Property Crime Rank: 93
Violent Crime Rank: 204

7. Brecksville

Brecksville - Safest Places In Ohio
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,516
Property Crime Rank: 60
Violent Crime Rank: 287

8. North Ridgeville

Population: 31,240
Property Crime Rank: 127
Violent Crime Rank: 213

9. Germantown

Germantown - Safest Places In Ohio
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,521
Property Crime Rank: 167
Violent Crime Rank: 224

10. Powell

Powell - Safest Places In Ohio
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,298
Property Crime Rank: 117
Violent Crime Rank: 317

There You Have It - The Safest In Ohio

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Bellevue is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Ohio residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in Ohio:
3rd Most Dangerous: Moraine
2nd Most Dangerous: Canton
Most Dangerous: Whitehall

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Ohio

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Bellevue18,1094358
Waterville25,5051191
Hudson322,38964149
Dover412,86920302
Bay Village515,46924296
Seven Hills611,71693204
Brecksville713,51660287
North Ridgeville831,240127213
Germantown95,521167224
Powell1012,298117317
Aurora1115,663197244
Independence127,144203270
Marysville1322,732241212
Ada146,05099483
Brunswick1534,512218321
New Philadelphia1617,397336118
Cortland177,001337162
Springboro1817,585215397
Kirtland196,836144536
Solon2023,114227392
Bellbrook217,06342870
Brookville226,077298325
Berea2319,001309310
Munroe Falls245,025257426
Amelia255,319129746
Carlisle265,024107813
Canfield277,424354370
Pepper Pike286,115138797
Orrville298,329349429
Grafton306,090140801
Fostoria3113,187169802
Campbell328,075280807
Twinsburg3318,820259973
Mason3431,654679264
Rittman356,520645441
Wyoming368,40787653
Mentor-on-the-Lake377,432402887
Centerville3823,952691417
Westlake3932,469765322
Uhrichsville405,410530728
Upper Arlington4134,465879165
Columbiana426,393801306
Lyndhurst4313,792792475
New Albany449,136851381
Chardon455,170776584
Clayton4613,196872432
Miamisburg4720,119729691
Parma4880,380692798
Martins Ferry496,829586974
Highland Heights508,3371,050221
Vermilion5110,462981404
Canal Fulton525,483831712
Lebanon5320,4501,032368
Medina5426,529764904
Montgomery5510,363907664
Belpre566,4481,030587
Louisville579,1327351,224
Hubbard587,745949847
Streetsboro5916,2221,135548
Norton6012,054968890
Westerville6137,5401,326297
Tipp City629,8121,157625
Macedonia6311,4691,48087
North Canton6417,4311,056846
Tiffin6517,7931,122876
Wadsworth6621,7771,299592
Grandview Heights677,0141,417400
Deer Park685,7016971,671
Strongsville6944,6491,336598
Gahanna7034,0951,436443
Athens7124,2201,426513
Amherst7212,1141,587266
Wapakoneta739,7761,444723
Eastlake7418,3801,621428
Delphos757,2611,795154
Stow7634,7651,699484
Kettering7755,9441,3701,073
Tallmadge7817,4591,671786
Wauseon797,1791,4381,191
Kent8029,5631,0791,855
Beavercreek8145,9991,781667
Oregon8220,2071,3381,492
Willoughby8322,4331,6351,006
Bowling Green8431,5061,4761,314
Ashland8520,3921,834795
Mentor8646,9521,7431,060
Cuyahoga Falls8749,2871,871830
University Heights8813,3311,6001,359
Harrison8910,3662,330100
Monroe9013,6662,149673
Vandalia9115,1681,7071,473
Shelby928,9102,493201
Upper Sandusky936,7901,5251,962
Napoleon948,8512,253700
Cleveland Heights9545,3881,7751,598
Clyde966,3052,519312
Richmond Heights9710,4852,0981,135
Maumee9814,0832,421593
Norwalk9916,8922,447578
Riverside10025,0751,7311,883

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