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Ohio’s Safest Cities
Nestled along the southern border of Lake Erie, Ohio is the 7th most populous state in the US. Home of the NFL and Rock’n Roll Hall of Fames, Ohio ranks near the middle of the nations safest states, which is noteworthy, as it is one of the more densely populated states.
Below are the average state numbers for violent and property crimes.
Ohio – State Average Violent Crimes
(per 100,000 residents)
Ohio- State Average Property Crimes
(per 100,000 residents)
Will the state numbers may be middle of the pack, Ohio has many communities which boast outstanding safety records. While all the cities listed in our top 10 safest cities in Ohio had less than 10 violent crimes recorded, Chester township, with a population that exceeds 10,00, gets special recognition for reporting NO violent crimes in 2016.
Following are the top cities with populations above 5,000 which have been recognized as the safest cities in Ohio.
Chester Township, OH
St. Clairsville, OH
Russell Township, OH
Olmsted Township, OH
Olmsted Falls, OH
Hinckley Township, OH
Brunswick Hills, OH
Rocky River, OH
More of the Safest Cities in Ohio
Methodology – How we selected Ohio’s Safest Cities
To determine the safest cities in Ohio, we referenced the most recent (2016) FBI Uniform Crime Report. Our list only includes cities with population greater than 5,000 who reported their crime stats.
We considered both “Violent” (aggravated assault, murder,rape and robbery) and “Property Crimes” (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft). These figures were weighted to reflect the severity of the crime. Violent crimes were factored by .60 and property crimes by .40.
This number was then divided by the population of the community and normalized the statistical finding to weighted crimes per 100,000.
While no rating system is perfect, this provides a strong statistical indicator of the overall safety of the community. If you are considering moving to Ohio, these communities are among the top safest cities in which one could reside.
However, it is important to understand that not all cities report their data…and that certain areas within any city may be much safer than others. This is especially true in larger metropolitan areas. Consequently, one should investigate individual neighborhoods within the community and communicate with local law enforcement to get a better picture of the safety on a local neighborhood level.
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