The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Columbus For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Columbus are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Columbus.
Safest Neighborhoods In Columbus

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Columbus are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Columbus. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Columbus neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Columbus in 2020? That would be Harrison West. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Columbus.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Columbus neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Columbus that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Columbus.

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How We Determined The Safest Columbus Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Columbus.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 39 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Columbus.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Harrison West.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Columbus. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Columbus For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,347
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 205
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,578
More on Harrison West: Homes For Sale | Data

Harrison West is a historic, urban neighborhood located northwest of downtown Columbus, Ohio. It sits on several-blocks along the Olentangy River, and is the western part of the Near Northside Historic District. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The character of the neighborhood is similar to Victorian Village, which sits just to the east and is a little more well-known.

The violent crime per 100K people in Harrison West comes in at 205 and the property crime per capita is 1,578 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 43,520
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 205
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,578
More on Upper Arlington: Homes For Sale | Data

Upper Arlington was founded by the real estate developers Ben and King Thompson, who purchased most of the farmland that was to become Upper Arlington in 1913. This land was directly adjacent to the Marble Cliff Quarry Co. They originally wanted to call it the ‘Country Club District’ after the Country Club development in Kansas City, but by 1917, the community became known as ‘Upper Arlington’, in reference to its southern neighbor of Arlington. The Upper Arlington Company was incorporated that year and operated out of a field office built on the former Miller farm; that building is presently the Miller Park branch of the Upper Arlington Library.

The violent crime per 100K people in Upper Arlington comes in at 205 and the property crime per capita is 1,578 for 2020.

Clintonville Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 30,675
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 205
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,578
More on Clintonville: Homes For Sale | Data

Clintonville is a neighborhood in north-central Columbus, Ohio, United States with around 30,000 residents. Clintonville is an informal neighborhood. The southern border is loosely defined as the center of the Glen Echo Ravine. To the east, either Interstate 71 or the adjacent railroad tracks are commonly accepted. The western boundary is the Olentangy River. The northern border of Clintonville is the most ambiguous, with definitions anywhere in the 3 mi stretch from Cooke Road to the southern border of Worthington. The Clintonville Area Commission boundaries, as established by Columbus City Code, are ‘bounded on the south by the centerline of the Glen Echo Ravine; on the east by the centerline of the railroad right-of-way immediately east of Indianola Avenue; on the north by the Worthington city limits and on the west by the Olentangy River; each line extended as necessary so as to intersect with adjacent boundaries’.

The violent crime per 100K people in Clintonville comes in at 205 and the property crime per capita is 1,578 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 14,074
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 205
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,578
More on Worthington: Homes For Sale | Data

Worthington is an affluent city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States, and is a northern suburb of the larger Columbus. The population was 13,575 at the 2010 census. The city was founded in 1803 by the Scioto Company led by James Kilbourne, who was later elected to the United States House of Representatives, and named in honor of Thomas Worthington, who later became governor of Ohio.

The violent crime per 100K people in Worthington comes in at 205 and the property crime per capita is 1,578 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,760
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 205
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,578
More on Downtown: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Downtown comes in at 205 and the property crime per capita is 1,578 for 2020.

Southside Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 5,487
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 205
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,578
More on Southside: Homes For Sale | Data

South Columbus also referred to as the ‘South Side’ or the ‘South End’, consists of numerous urban and suburban areas south of Downtown Columbus, Ohio, United States. It is part of the native Columbus geographical terminology of the large residential urban communities outside Downtown, including German Village and the Brewery District. South Columbus is defined as the entire southeastern portion of Columbus, bordered by the Scioto River to the west, bounded by Interstate 70 to the north, and includes the southern city limit municipalities beyond the I-270 outerbelt, such as Groveport, Lockbourne, Obetz,and the Rickenbacker International Airport.

The violent crime per 100K people in Southside comes in at 205 and the property crime per capita is 1,578 for 2020.

Victorican Village Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,989
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 205
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,578
More on Victorican Village: Homes For Sale | Data

Victorian Village is a neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, United States, north and near west of downtown. It is an older area with a fair number of established trees for an urban setting. To preserve, protect and enhance the unique architectural and historical features, the Victorian Village Historic District was established in 1973. Columbus Monthly named this neighborhood the top place to live for Arts and Entertainment, with fun right around the corner in the Short North as its neighborhood hangout.

The violent crime per 100K people in Victorican Village comes in at 205 and the property crime per capita is 1,578 for 2020.

Bexley Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,485
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 205
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,578
More on Bexley: Homes For Sale | Data

Bexley is a suburban city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States. The population was 13,057 at the 2010 census. Founded as a village over a hundred years ago, the city of Bexley is an old, tree-lined suburb of Columbus, the Ohio state capital, situated on the banks of Alum Creek next to Driving Park and Wolfe Park, just east of the Franklin Park Conservatory. It is horizontally bisected by the National Road, serving as a reminder of Bexley’s origins as a merger between the prestigious Bullitt Park neighborhood to the north, and the Lutheran college community of Pleasant Ridge to the south.

The violent crime per 100K people in Bexley comes in at 205 and the property crime per capita is 1,578 for 2020.

Brewery Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,967
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 205
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,578
More on Brewery: Homes For Sale | Data

The Brewery District, traditionally known as the Old German Brewing District., is a neighborhood located in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Located just south of the central business district and west of German Village, it is bounded by Interstate 70 on the north, South Pearl Street on the east, Greenlawn Avenue on the south, and the Scioto River on the west.

The violent crime per 100K people in Brewery comes in at 205 and the property crime per capita is 1,578 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,937
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 205
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,578
More on Italian Village: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Italian Village comes in at 205 and the property crime per capita is 1,578 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Columbus

Looking at the data, you can tell that Harrison West 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.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Columbus For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Harrison West 1,783
2 Upper Arlington 1,783
3 Clintonville 1,783
4 Worthington 1,783
5 Downtown 1,783
6 Southside 1,783
7 Victorican Village 1,783
8 Bexley 1,783
9 Brewery 1,783
10 Italian Village 1,783
11 Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord 1,808
12 Far North 2,388
13 Northwest 2,868
14 West Columbus Interim 3,494
15 Mckinley Avenue Corridor 3,780
16 Northland 4,532
17 South Central Accord 4,788
18 Southeast 4,902
19 Brice-Tussing 5,040
20 Westland 5,078
21 Near East 5,540
22 South Alum Creek 5,574
23 North Linden 5,803
24 Whitehall 5,878
25 Northeast 6,015
26 Tri-South 6,019
27 South Side 6,030
28 Far South 6,050
29 Greater Hilltop 6,179
30 University 6,247
31 Southwest 6,257
32 North Central 6,446
33 Milo Grogan 6,532
34 Near Southside 6,535
35 Weinland Park 6,628
36 South Linden 6,959
37 Olentangy River Road 7,063
38 Fort Columbus Airport 7,082
39 Franklinton 7,133

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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