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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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Pepper Pike.
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 198 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 2018:
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 2017) 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 33 crimes committed in Pepper Pike which had a reported population of 6,247. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0053 which translates into a 1 in 189 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 2016. This left us with a total of 198 of the biggest cities in Ohio to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 198 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 Pepper Pike. The most dangerous city in Ohio? Springfield, 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: 8,859 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (19th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 338 (2nd safest) More on Olmsted Falls:Photos | Real Estate | Data
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Population: 13,390 Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (17th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 403 (5th safest) More on Brecksville:Photos | Real Estate | Data
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Population: 20,400 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 34 (22nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 397 (3rd safest) More on Rocky River:Photos | Real Estate | Data