These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Ohio For 2019

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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 Broadview Heights.

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 203 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 2019:

  1. Broadview Heights (Photos | Homes)
  2. Sagamore Hills (Homes)
  3. Kirtland (Photos | Homes)
  4. St. Clairsville (Photos | Homes)
  5. Brecksville (Photos | Homes)
  6. Waterville (Photos | Homes)
  7. Seven Hills (Photos | Homes)
  8. Olmsted Falls (Photos | Homes)
  9. Granville (Photos | Homes)
  10. Sylvania (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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 2018) 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 22 crimes committed in Broadview Heights which had a reported population of 19,228. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0011 which translates into a 1 in 874 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 2017. This left us with a total of 203 of the biggest cities in Ohio to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 203 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 Broadview Heights. The most dangerous city in Ohio? Whitehall, 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.

Broadview Heights, OH
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 19,228
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 5 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 109 (1st safest)
More on Broadview Heights: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The safest place to live in Ohio for 2019 goes to Broadview Heights. A cleveland suburb, this year is the first 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 fourth 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.

2. Sagamore Hills

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 10,951
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 319 (4th safest)
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Sagamore Hills moved up the list a good bit 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 fourth 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.

Kirtland, OH
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 6,759
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 266 (3rd safest)
More on Kirtland: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Another Cleveland suburb, Kirtland breaks into the top ten for the first time this year in a very strong number three position.

The city had the sixth lowest violent crime rate and third 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 include 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.

St. Clairsville, OH
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 5,096
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 24)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 19 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 176 (2nd safest)
More on St. Clairsville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

St. Clairsville holds up to the saintly moniker it its name -- it's about as safe as they come in Ohio.

Nicknamed "Paradise on the Hilltop", this place has everything paradise should like an almost complete lack of property crime. So you don't have to worry about someone stealing your drink next to the pool as you take in rays. Because what else could they mean by paradise?

St. Clairsville is a city in and the county seat of Belmont County.

Brecksville, OH
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 13,432
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 387 (6th safest)
More on Brecksville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

It's easy to see why Brecksville is such a safe town -- it scores a 10 / 10 on our SnackAbility score, a feet only achieved by the top five percent of places in America. So everyone that lives here is too busy living the good life to commit any crimes.

Brecksville scored in top seven lowest for both violent crime and property crime in the Buckeye State.

Located to the west of Cleveland, the city boasts a fantastic economy and home prices that push over a quarter million dollars -- another sign that people really want to live here.

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

Population: 5,518
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 453 (9th safest)
More on Waterville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Another newcomer to the top ten, Waterville places in a solid sixth for 2019'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.

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

Population: 11,668
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 428 (8th safest)
More on Seven Hills: PhotosReal Estate | Data

This list should make it obvious that the seventh hill is the best hill as Seven Hills is the seventh 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.

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

Population: 8,898
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 348 (5th safest)
More on Olmsted Falls: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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

This is the fifth 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 on the list.

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.

Granville, OH
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 5,787
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 673 (24th safest)
More on Granville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Granville dropped a couple of spots this year thanks to some newcomers and big gainers more so than an increase in crime around town.

The city laid a big, ole golden goose egg on the violent crime side of things -- no violent crime in the last reporting year-- and property crime rates in the lowest 30% of cities in Ohio.

To make matters interesting, this is really the only city that's in the heart of Ohio to make the list. The vast majority of the top ten are suburbs of Cleveland, but Granville is almost in the dead center of Ohio.

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

Population: 18,908
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 31 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 454 (10th safest)
More on Sylvania: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rounding out the top ten safest places to live in Ohio for 2019 goes to Sylvania.

Sly like a fox, cool like Transylvania -- admittedly not my best pun work -- the city is another newcomer to the list that has a really low property crime rate.

Sylvania is a suburb of Toledo. Its northern border is the southern border of the State of Michigan. And it's a safe place to raise a family in an affordable area.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Broadview Heights 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. Whitehall
  2. Springfield
  3. Canton
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List Of Safest Cities In Ohio For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Broadview Heights, OH 19,228 5 109
2 Sagamore Hills, OH 10,951 0 319
3 Kirtland, OH 6,759 14 266
4 St. Clairsville, OH 5,096 19 176
5 Brecksville, OH 13,432 14 387
6 Waterville, OH 5,518 18 453
7 Seven Hills, OH 11,668 25 428
8 Olmsted Falls, OH 8,898 33 348
9 Granville, OH 5,787 0 673
10 Sylvania, OH 18,908 31 454
11 Grafton, OH 6,182 16 647
12 Cortland, OH 6,844 14 672
13 Avon Lake, OH 23,839 33 520
14 Ada, OH 5,551 36 540
15 Munroe Falls, OH 5,051 19 772
16 Indian Hill, OH 5,830 34 737
17 North Ridgeville, OH 33,586 50 416
18 Vermilion, OH 10,381 28 915
19 Canfield, OH 7,246 41 634
20 Hudson, OH 22,248 53 512
21 Perrysburg, OH 21,732 32 1,067
22 Columbiana, OH 6,233 48 593
23 New Albany, OH 10,838 36 848
24 Aurora, OH 15,932 18 1,173
25 Wyoming, OH 8,531 35 996
26 Pepper Pike, OH 6,256 47 671
27 Berea, OH 18,871 42 741
28 Clayton, OH 13,149 38 897
29 Mason, OH 33,406 35 1,068
30 Belpre, OH 6,466 30 1,175
31 Springboro, OH 18,632 53 654
32 Brunswick, OH 34,838 60 556
33 Powell, OH 13,029 46 790
34 Louisville, OH 9,373 21 1,312
35 New Philadelphia, OH 17,492 51 794
36 Bellbrook, OH 7,159 69 544
37 Solon, OH 23,023 56 790
38 Carlisle, OH 5,395 55 815
39 Westlake, OH 32,330 40 1,132
40 Upper Arlington, OH 35,214 34 1,453
41 Hilliard, OH 36,144 47 1,117
42 Johnstown, OH 5,025 39 1,253
43 Canal Fulton, OH 5,428 36 1,381
44 Brookville, OH 5,896 50 1,136
45 Montgomery, OH 10,638 37 1,428
46 Amherst, OH 12,090 41 1,298
47 Tipp City, OH 9,957 40 1,406
48 Twinsburg, OH 18,891 95 587
49 St. Marys, OH 8,215 36 1,570
50 Dover, OH 12,839 70 950
51 Mayfield Heights, OH 18,724 69 1,004
52 Dublin, OH 46,286 66 1,162
53 Campbell, OH 7,875 114 634
54 Medina, OH 26,199 64 1,236
55 Uhrichsville, OH 5,372 93 893
56 Loveland, OH 12,846 93 864
57 New Franklin, OH 14,137 106 827
58 Deer Park, OH 5,665 105 900
59 Wickliffe, OH 12,679 70 1,198
60 Macedonia, OH 12,027 41 1,712
61 Delphos, OH 6,979 0 2,278
62 Harrison, OH 11,246 53 1,618
63 Miamisburg, OH 19,928 70 1,289
64 Germantown, OH 5,477 73 1,241
65 Independence, OH 7,135 42 1,807
66 Centerville, OH 23,782 58 1,568
67 Strongsville, OH 44,758 40 1,903
68 Sheffield Lake, OH 8,983 77 1,280
69 Huron, OH 6,950 57 1,669
70 Fairview Park, OH 16,307 110 1,079
71 North Canton, OH 17,348 69 1,619
72 Maumee, OH 13,809 36 2,208
73 Highland Heights, OH 8,434 71 1,565
74 Norton, OH 11,998 75 1,550
75 Mentor-On-The-Lake, OH 7,359 122 1,100
76 North Olmsted, OH 31,779 81 1,478
77 Wadsworth, OH 23,388 102 1,423
78 Clyde, OH 6,191 64 1,873
79 Hubbard, OH 7,533 106 1,460
80 Tallmadge, OH 17,529 68 1,905
81 Worthington, OH 14,692 74 1,817
82 Eastlake, OH 18,056 77 1,827
83 Lyndhurst, OH 13,586 132 1,324
84 Streetsboro, OH 16,308 67 2,103
85 Kettering, OH 55,152 126 1,559
86 Stow, OH 34,692 92 1,988
87 Martins Ferry, OH 6,731 193 1,039
88 Parma, OH 79,340 177 1,141
89 Kent, OH 30,270 145 1,489
90 Rittman, OH 6,610 136 1,649
91 Oxford, OH 22,459 80 2,172
92 Ashland, OH 20,485 122 1,830
93 Gahanna, OH 35,243 70 2,244
94 Athens, OH 25,526 133 1,696
95 Orrville, OH 8,527 175 1,254
96 Wapakoneta, OH 9,809 142 1,671
97 Bowling Green, OH 31,779 129 1,847
98 Tiffin, OH 17,481 91 2,230
99 Beavercreek, OH 46,572 81 2,385
100 Delaware, OH 39,315 162 1,772

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