The 10 Safest Cities In Ohio For 2020

We used data and science to determine the places in Ohio where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our sixth time rankings the safest places to live in Ohio.
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Yes, there is more to Ohio than Cincinnati and cornfields.

And if you are from the Buckeye State you know that there are a ton of fun facts that keep this flyover state ranked as one of the safest places to live in the headlines. More importantly, it has some of the safest cities to call home.

Ohio residents love their Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. When the Bengals and Browns play each other, it's more like a flag football. Fights never break out between the two teams' fans or players because the good people of Ohio are so nice and so safe. #friends'tiltheend Ohio is so safe that they made a law that dogs have to ride in safety seats, like kids. And don't get stuck at a 4-way stop in Ohio, it takes forever because the people are so nice and safe that everyone wants to let everyone go first.

When Ohioans aren't busy reviewing their car safety manuals, they can be found practicing their CPR. Now if that doesn't say safe, we don't know what does. We could all learn a little somethin' from Ohio.

We took a look at the FBI crime data for 200 Ohio cities with a population of more than 5,000 to determine which cities are the safest to call home.

Here are the 10 safest cities to live in Ohio for 2020:

  1. Olmsted Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Sagamore Hills (Homes For Sale)
  3. Broadview Heights (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Waterville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Kirtland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Rocky River (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Ada (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. North Ridgeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Hudson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Seven Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)

How did we determine the safest cities to call home in the Buckeye State? We looked at crime, education levels, and job opportunities in each city. (We all know that busy people are less likely to be naughty people, right?)

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What the safest place in Ohio? Olmsted Falls came out on top as the safest place to live in Ohio. Kudos to Olmsted Falls!

Read on to learn how Olmsted Falls brought home the gold and how your city ranked:

For more reading on safe places to live in and around Ohio, check out:

The 10 Safest Cities In Ohio For 2020

Olmsted Falls, OH
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 8,912
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 224 (2nd safest)
More on Olmsted Falls: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Olmsted Falls Crime Report & Statistics

Oh my gosh, Olmsted Falls makes another appearance in our rankings of the safest cities in Ohio.

This is the sixth time we've done these rankings and we see Olmsted Falls every year -- it's becoming basically a tradition of sorts to see them somewhere in the top ten.

This year violent crime was up a tick, but property crime stayed low to secure its spot as the safest in Ohio.

Olmsted Falls is located, like most cities on the list, outside of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County. So it seems that Cuyahoga would take the mantle if we ranked the safest counties in Ohio. Hmm... that's not a bad idea.

2. Sagamore Hills
Sagamore Hills, OH
Source: Public domain

Population: 10,956
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 273 (3rd safest)
More on Sagamore Hills: 

Sagamore Hills moved up the list a good bit over the years to claim the second overall spot on our list of the safest cities in Ohio.

There were a grand total of NO violent crimes here in the last reporting year and the property crime rate is third lowest. So you were more likely to get hit by lightning that murdered last year -- which is actually true for all cities in America, but it's really true here.

Sagamore Hills Township is one of the nine townships of Summit County, Ohio, United States.

Broadview Heights, OH
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 19,236
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 10 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 93 (1st safest)
More on Broadview Heights: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Broadview Heights Crime Report & Statistics

The third safest place to live in Ohio for 2020 goes to Broadview Heights. A cleveland suburb, this year is the second time Broadview Heights reported their data to the FBI. Usually you'd think a city would have something to hide by not reporting, but they should have been all over this from day one.

The city of some 20,000 people has the lowest property crime rate in the state and the sixth lowest violent crime rate.

That means that you can leave the door unlocked at your house when you take a stroll down to main street.

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

Population: 5,490
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 382 (9th safest)
More on Waterville: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Waterville Crime Report & Statistics

After being a newcomer to the top ten last year, Waterville places in a solid third for 2020's safest places in Ohio.

There's very little property and violent crime here -- it probably gets swept away from by the Maumee river nextdoor. It's safe enough here that you could leave the keys in your car by accident and someone would bring them to you instead of taking of the car. Located in Lucas County, the towns has some solid parks to take your kids and a school system that will get you into college no problemo.

Kirtland, OH
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 6,819
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 410 (11th safest)
More on Kirtland: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Kirtland Crime Report & Statistics

Another Cleveland suburb, Kirtland breaks into the top ten for the second time this year in a very strong number five position, down a bit from last year.

The city had the second lowest violent crime rate and 11th lowest property crime rate. Those are the kinds of statistics that would make your grandma feel safe at midnight in the middle of a dark alley.

Another sign this place is super safe? The biggest attractions in town according to TripAdvisor includes the James A. Garfield National Historic Site and The Holden Arboretum. If those don't scream safe to you, I don't know what does.

Rocky River, OH
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 20,253
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 320 (5th safest)
More on Rocky River: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Rocky River Crime Report & Statistics

There's nothing rocky about living in Rocky River, Ohio. Located on Lake Eerie, just 10 miles west of downtown Cleveland, Rocky River achieved a perfect 10/10 on our overall snackability scale, so you know it's got all the makings of an excellent place to call home.

Although Rocky River only had the tenth lowest rate of violent crime in the state, that's more a testament to just how safe Ohio is in general. The violent crime rate in Rocky River is still 25 times lower than the national average. Rocky River also experienced just over one property crime per week, which is pretty dang impressive for a city of this size. Your valuables aren't the only things that are protected here; at Rocky River Reservation, the wildlife is kept just as safe.

Ada, OH
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 5,556
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 341 (7th safest)
More on Ada: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Ada Crime Report & Statistics

Good news for the parents of Ohio Northern University students: your kids are going to school in the seventh safest place in the state. There was only one violent crime reported in Ada in 2018, which, unfortunately, keeps Ada out of the top five safest cities in Ohio for the year. I hope that criminal feels extra bad for that. Ada averaged just one property crime every three weeks, meaning it's pretty unlikely that you'll have to contend with any Amazon package filchers.

North Ridgeville, OH
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 34,025
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 26 (21st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 285 (4th safest)
More on North Ridgeville: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | North Ridgeville Crime Report & Statistics

As the most populous city on this list, North Ridgeville proves that you don't need to live in a teeny town to enjoy a low crime rate. North Ridgeville had the fourth lowest rate of property crime in Ohio, with about eight times less property crime than the average American city. So don't fret if you can't find your wallet after a day at Sandy Ridge Reservation; it's doubtful that a pickpocket was involved. North Ridgeville also only saw nine total violent crimes in 2018, so it's not exactly Gotham based on this category either.

North Ridgeville is a west side suburb of Cleveland.

Hudson, OH
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 22,242
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 4 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 566 (20th safest)
More on Hudson: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Hudson Crime Report & Statistics

Located just 30 miles southeast of Cleveland, Hudson ranks as the ninth safest city in Ohio overall. But if you're especially keen to get far away from violent crime, then Hudson is the place to be. Why? Well, having experienced just one violent crime in a city of over 20,000 people, Hudson has a violent crime rate 85 times lower than the national average. Meaning your more than safe to go jogging alone at Hudson Spring Park.

Hudson also ranked as the eighth best city in Ohio to raise a family on our list and received a 10/10 on our overall snackability scale. No matter what you're looking for, it's a safe bet Hudson's got it.

Seven Hills, OH
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 11,662
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 445 (13th safest)
More on Seven Hills: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Seven Hills Crime Report & Statistics

This list should make it obvious that the seventh hill is the best hill as Seven Hills is the tenth safest city in Ohio. Too bad it's not located in South Carolina or South Dakota and I could have kept an alliteration going for days.

As is, we'll have to settle for another incredibly safe spot in Ohio with a property crime rate in the top ten and a violent crime rate in the top ten percent of places in Ohio.

Seven Hills is a city in Cuyahoga County outside of Cleveland. You're probably also incredibly smart if you live here or are thinking about it -- over 35% of the population has at least a bachelor's degree.

How we calculated the safest cities in Ohio for 2020

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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 (Published Sept 2019) 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 20 crimes committed in Olmsted Falls which had a reported population of 8,912. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0022 which translates into a 1 in 445 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 2018, the last reporting year. This left us with a total of 200 of the biggest cities in Ohio to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 200 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" with any ties going to the bigger city. You can download the data here.

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Olmsted Falls. The most dangerous city in Ohio? Canton, where residents had a 1 in 15 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.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Olmsted Falls 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. Canton
  2. Whitehall
  3. Dayton
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Where Are The 10 Safest Cities In Ohio For 2020?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Olmsted Falls, OH 8,912 0 224
2 Sagamore Hills, OH 10,956 0 273
3 Broadview Heights, OH 19,236 10 93
4 Waterville, OH 5,490 0 382
5 Kirtland, OH 6,819 0 410
6 Rocky River, OH 20,253 14 320
7 Ada, OH 5,556 17 341
8 North Ridgeville, OH 34,025 26 285
9 Hudson, OH 22,242 4 566
10 Seven Hills, OH 11,662 25 445
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