These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Ohio
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 226 places in Ohio with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- St. Clair Township
- Brunswick Hills Township
- Russell Township
- Olmsted Falls
- New Franklin
- Poland Township
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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 (2014). 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 24 crimes committed in St. Clair Township which had a reported population of 7,793. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00308 which translates into a 1 in 325 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 226 places in Ohio to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 226 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 St. Clair Township. The most dangerous? Springfield, where residents had a 1 in 88 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.
1. St. Clair Township
Population: 7,793Property Crime Rank: 18Violent Crime Rank: 6
Population: 13,505Property Crime Rank: 19Violent Crime Rank: 7
Population: 6,841Property Crime Rank: 35Violent Crime Rank: 8
4. Brunswick Hills Township
Population: 10,202Property Crime Rank: 23Violent Crime Rank: 39
Population: 6,373Property Crime Rank: 2Violent Crime Rank: 81
Population: 22,526Property Crime Rank: 26Violent Crime Rank: 35
7. Russell Township
Population: 5,238Property Crime Rank: 11Violent Crime Rank: 70
8. Olmsted Falls
Population: 8,901Property Crime Rank: 17Violent Crime Rank: 61
9. New Franklin
Population: 14,328Property Crime Rank: 28Violent Crime Rank: 49
10. Poland Township
Population: 12,160Property Crime Rank: 24Violent Crime Rank: 58
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of St. Clair Township 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: Whitehall 2nd Most Dangerous: Middletown Most Dangerous: Springfield