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.
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:
- Bay Village
- Seven Hills
- North Ridgeville
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:
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
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.
Population: 8,109Property Crime Rank: 43Violent Crime Rank: 58
Population: 5,505Property Crime Rank: 119Violent Crime Rank: 1
Population: 22,389Property Crime Rank: 64Violent Crime Rank: 149
Population: 12,869Property Crime Rank: 20Violent Crime Rank: 302
5. Bay Village
Population: 15,469Property Crime Rank: 24Violent Crime Rank: 296
6. Seven Hills
Population: 11,716Property Crime Rank: 93Violent Crime Rank: 204
Population: 13,516Property Crime Rank: 60Violent Crime Rank: 287
8. North Ridgeville
Population: 31,240 Property Crime Rank: 127Violent Crime Rank: 213
Population: 5,521Property Crime Rank: 167Violent Crime Rank: 224
Population: 12,298Property Crime Rank: 117Violent 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