Top 15 Safest Cities In Ohio For 2018

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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:

  1. Pepper Pike (Photos | Homes)
  2. Hudson (Photos | Homes)
  3. Olmsted Falls (Photos | Homes)
  4. Brecksville (Photos | Homes)
  5. Granville (Photos | Homes)
  6. Rocky River (Photos | Homes)
  7. Powell (Photos | Homes)
  8. Sagamore Hills (Homes)
  9. Ada (Photos | Homes)
  10. Seven Hills (Photos | Homes)
  11. Marysville (Photos | Homes)
  12. Indian Hill (Homes)
  13. Waterville (Photos | Homes)
  14. Canfield (Photos | Homes)
  15. North Ridgeville (Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Ohio, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Ohio

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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)
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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.

Pepper Pike, OH
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 6,247
Rank Last Year: 41 (Up 40)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 512 (9th safest)
More on Pepper Pike: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Pepper Pike is an affluent eastern suburb of the Greater Cleveland area in the US state of Ohio. The population was 5,979 at the 2010 census. Hudson, OH
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 22,470
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 409 (6th safest)
More on Hudson: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Coordinates: 411423N 812627W 41.2398397; -81.4407840 Olmsted Falls, OH
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 8,859
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (19th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 338 (2nd safest)
More on Olmsted Falls: PhotosReal 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. Brecksville, OH
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Brecksville is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, and a suburb in the Greater Cleveland area. The city's population was 13,656 at the 2010 census. Granville, OH
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 5,762
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 711 (20th safest)
More on Granville: PhotosReal 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.
Rocky River, OH
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 20,400
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 34 (22nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 397 (3rd safest)
More on Rocky River: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rocky River is a city in western Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. A suburb of Cleveland, it is located along the shore of Lake Erie approximately 9 miles west of downtown Cleveland. The city is named for the Rocky River that forms its eastern border. The population was 20,213 at the time of the 2010 census. Powell, OH
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 13,273
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 798 (27th safest)
More on Powell: PhotosReal Estate | Data

owell is an affluent city in Delaware County, Ohio, United States. The population was 11,500 at the 2010 census. The community was first settled around 1801, two years before Ohio became a state. It was named "Middlebury" at the time, because the first settlers came from the Middlebury, Connecticut area. In 1857, Judge Thomas Powell established the first post office in the community, and the residents decided to adopt his name. The town of Powell had its start in the building of the railroad through that territory. Powell was finally incorporated as a municipality in 1947. The population remained small until the late 1980s, when residential development expanding from the northern Columbus metropolitan area reached Powell. In twenty years, the population rose from less than 400 to over 6,000.

8. Sagamore Hills

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 11,184
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (23rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 411 (7th safest)
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Ada, OH
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 5,782
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 17)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 657 (18th safest)
More on Ada: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Ada ; AY-d; is a village in Hardin County, Ohio, United States. The population was 5,952 at the 2010 census. It is the home of Ohio Northern University. Seven Hills, OH
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 11,661
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 34 (21st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 548 (12th safest)
More on Seven Hills: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Seven Hills is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 11,804 at the 2010 census.
Marysville, OH
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 22,952
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 30 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 627 (16th safest)
More on Marysville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Marysville is a city in and the county seat of Union County, Ohio, United States. The population was 22,094 at the 2010 census. This marks a 38.59% increase from 2000.

12. Indian Hill

Indian Hill, OH
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 5,801
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 758 (23rd safest)
More on Indian Hill: 

Waterville, OH
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 5,511
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 36 (25th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 526 (11th safest)
More on Waterville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Waterville is a city in Lucas County, Ohio, United States, along the Maumee River, a suburb of Toledo. The population was 5,523 at the 2010 census. Canfield, OH
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 7,323
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 819 (29th safest)
More on Canfield: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Canfield is a suburban city located in Mahoning County, Ohio, United States, at the intersection of U.S. Route 224 and State Route 46/U.S. Route 62, about ten miles southwest of Youngstown. The population was 7,515 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 2005 Canfield was rated the 82nd best place to live in the United States by Money magazine.
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 33,095
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 36 (24th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 583 (14th safest)
More on North Ridgeville: Real Estate | Data

North Ridgeville is a city located along the eastern border of Lorain County, Ohio, United States. The city's population was 29,465 at the 2010 census. A west side suburb of Cleveland, North Ridgeville was the fastest-growing city in the entire Greater Cleveland area.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Buckeye State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Pepper Pike 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.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Ohio according to the data:

  1. Springfield
  2. Cleveland
  3. Lima
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Ohio For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Pepper Pike, OH 6,247 16 512
2 Hudson, OH 22,470 17 409
3 Olmsted Falls, OH 8,859 33 338
4 Brecksville, OH 13,390 29 403
5 Granville, OH 5,762 0 711
6 Rocky River, OH 20,400 34 397
7 Powell, OH 13,273 0 798
8 Sagamore Hills, OH 11,184 35 411
9 Ada, OH 5,782 17 657
10 Seven Hills, OH 11,661 34 548
11 Marysville, OH 22,952 30 627
12 Indian Hill, OH 5,801 17 758
13 Waterville, OH 5,511 36 526
14 Canfield, OH 7,323 13 819
15 North Ridgeville, OH 33,095 36 583
16 Kirtland, OH 6,780 44 398
17 Sunbury, OH 5,242 0 1,068
18 Mason, OH 33,026 18 999
19 Cortland, OH 6,894 14 1,116
20 New Philadelphia, OH 17,526 17 1,072
21 Highland Heights, OH 8,402 11 1,178
22 Vermilion, OH 10,404 28 1,028
23 Campbell, OH 7,936 50 516
24 Munroe Falls, OH 5,012 39 798
25 Bellbrook, OH 7,074 42 805
26 Solon, OH 22,971 47 761
27 Springboro, OH 18,379 59 560
28 St. Clairsville, OH 5,090 78 176
29 Perrysburg, OH 21,548 37 1,132
30 Clayton, OH 13,129 45 1,028
31 Norton, OH 12,026 41 1,122
32 Grafton, OH 6,105 65 622
33 Loveland, OH 12,691 47 1,040
34 Carlisle, OH 5,323 75 469
35 Canal Fulton, OH 5,489 36 1,329
36 Uhrichsville, OH 5,403 55 832
37 Brunswick, OH 34,774 71 644
38 New Franklin, OH 14,285 63 770
39 Berea, OH 18,805 58 962
40 Dublin, OH 45,860 47 1,127
41 Montgomery, OH 10,558 37 1,401
42 Worthington, OH 14,689 34 1,586
43 Streetsboro, OH 16,364 36 1,491
44 Grandview Heights, OH 7,502 13 1,919
45 Westlake, OH 32,353 43 1,424
46 Columbiana, OH 6,269 47 1,403
47 Upper Arlington, OH 35,150 45 1,522
48 Dover, OH 12,906 92 743
49 Aurora, OH 15,897 69 1,056
50 Twinsburg, OH 18,888 105 693
51 Centerville, OH 23,853 54 1,475
52 Delphos, OH 7,011 28 2,153
53 North Canton, OH 17,435 51 1,554
54 New Albany, OH 10,340 48 1,644
55 Hilliard, OH 34,832 94 987
56 Germantown, OH 5,495 109 727
57 Amherst, OH 12,156 57 1,546
58 Strongsville, OH 44,626 42 1,976
59 St. Marys, OH 8,256 60 1,574
60 Miamisburg, OH 20,000 100 1,140
61 Brookville, OH 5,902 118 999
62 Macedonia, OH 11,794 67 1,670
63 Wyoming, OH 8,407 59 1,891
64 Harrison, OH 10,819 0 2,828
65 Wapakoneta, OH 9,815 101 1,467
66 Lyndhurst, OH 13,624 102 1,423
67 Tipp City, OH 9,941 70 1,820
68 Rittman, OH 6,598 60 2,076
69 Gahanna, OH 34,859 57 2,263
70 Clyde, OH 6,233 48 2,374
71 Mentor-On-The-Lake, OH 7,375 135 1,233
72 Stow, OH 34,792 86 1,845
73 Westerville, OH 38,808 54 2,409
74 Chardon, OH 5,162 135 1,278
75 Beavercreek, OH 46,490 68 2,290
76 Lebanon, OH 20,726 106 1,741
77 Eastlake, OH 18,166 55 2,438
78 Pickerington, OH 20,040 79 2,145
79 Parma, OH 79,576 135 1,384
80 Louisville, OH 9,115 153 1,250
81 Athens, OH 25,203 107 1,833
82 Deer Park, OH 5,672 158 1,304
83 Vandalia, OH 15,073 92 2,176
84 Lakewood, OH 50,349 125 1,739
85 Tiffin, OH 17,637 73 2,370
86 Norwalk, OH 16,792 59 2,620
87 Hubbard, OH 7,609 131 1,747
88 Orrville, OH 8,514 187 1,303
89 Ashland, OH 20,278 118 1,997
90 Bowling Green, OH 31,404 133 1,783
91 Kettering, OH 55,384 131 1,820
92 Mentor, OH 46,852 108 2,206
93 Wadsworth, OH 21,910 109 2,186
94 Salem, OH 11,943 75 2,595
95 Independence, OH 7,132 154 1,682
96 Fairview Park, OH 16,318 196 1,391
97 Belpre, OH 6,484 169 1,650
98 Wickliffe, OH 12,506 135 1,863
99 Martins Ferry, OH 6,761 177 1,626
100 London, OH 10,092 69 2,814

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