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Safest Cities in Florida

The Top 50 Safest Cities in Florida

Florida’s Safest Cities

 

While Miami may make all the headlines when it comes to crime rates in the Sunshine State, our research indicates that Florida can also claim it is home to some of the of the safest communities in the southeast.  With its warm climate, world-class beaches and theme parks Florida is a thriving vacation destination as well as a popular retirement location.

The state crime ratings are somewhat middle of the pack.

Florida Average Violent Crime

Florida State Average Violent Crimes

(per 100,000 residents)

State of Florida Property Crime Rate

Florida State Average Property Crimes

(per 100,000 residents)

However, Florida is home to a number of communities with outstanding reputations for low crime rates which are well below these numbers.  Following are the top cities with populations above 5,000 which have been recognized as the safest cities in Florida.

Marco Island, FL

Marco Island, FL

Population

17,947

Violent Crimes

2

Property Crimes

94

Weston, FL

Weston, FL

Population

70,882

Violent Crimes

36

Property Crimes

343

Parkland,FL

Parkland, FL

Population

31,571

Violent Crimes

18

Property Crimes

170

Bay Harbor Islands, FL

Bay Harbor Islands, FL

Population

6,117

Violent Crimes

1

Property Crimes

39

Longboat Key, FL

Longboat Key, FL

Population

7,343

Violent Crimes

0

Property Crimes

52

Satellite Beach, FL

Satellite Beach, FL

Population

10,737

Violent Crimes

10

Property Crimes

106

Tequesta, FL

Tequesta, FL

Population

6,003

Violent Crimes

4

Property Crimes

65

Oviedo, FL

Oviedo, FL

Population

39,636

Violent Crimes

78

Property Crimes

361

Sanibel, FL

Sanibel, FL

Population

7,395

Violent Crimes

6

Property Crimes

86

Punta Gorda, FL

Punta Gorda, FL

Population

18,466

Violent Crimes

12

Property Crimes

212

More of the Safest Cities in Florida

 

Whether you are looking at real estate in the state of Florida that borders the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico,  this list of the safest cities can help you locate a community with relatively low crime statistics.  Large city or small town…from Broward County to Boca Raton or Cape Coral there are many areas one would be proud to call home.

11-20

Key Biscayne

Edgewater

Cooper City

North Palm Beach

West Miami

Winter Springs

De Funiak Springs

Safety Harbor

Indian Harbor Beach

Minneola

31-40

Niceville

Lighthouse Point

Lake Alfred

High Springs

Southwest Ranches

Valparaiso

Naples

Wellington

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

St. Augustine Beach

21-30

Lady Lake

Palm Beach

Mascotte

Belle Isle

Gulf Breeze

Fellsmere

North Port

Sunny Isles Beach

North Bay Village

Venice

41-50

Marianna

Lake Mary

St. Cloud

Miami Lakes

Sebastian

Haines City

Fernandina Beach

Margate

Dunedin

Port St. Lucie

Safe Florida Cities with Populations over 50,000

Florida Cities with Populations over 50K and the Lowest Crime Rates

 

Weston makes this list as well….proving that larger cities can be just as safe as smaller communities.  Even though some large metro areas might still have some of the safest neighborhoods in Florida, typically more urban areas will reflect higher crime rates.

Urban neighborhoods often face challenges that smaller towns and communities might not have. For that reason, The Home Security Advisor acknowledges some of the larger cities in Florida that have done a great job keeping their streets safe.

Weston, FL

Weston, FL

Population

70,882

Violent Crimes

36

Property Crimes

343

North Port

North Port, FL

Population

63,386

Violent Crimes

89

Property Crimes

861

Wellington

Wellington, FL

Population

63,765

Violent Crimes

112

Property Crimes

1020

Margate

Margate, FL

Population

58,030

Violent Crimes

134

Property Crimes

962

Port St. Lucie

Port St. Lucie, FL

Population

182,365

Violent Crimes

270

Property Crimes

2419

Coconut Creek

Coconut Creek, FL

Population

60,633

Violent Crimes

73

Property Crimes

1249

Cape Coral

Cape Coral, FL

Population

179,631

Violent Crimes

224

Property Crimes

3081

Jupiter

Jupiter, FL

Population

64,273

Violent Crimes

147

Property Crimes

1261

Coral Springs

Coral Springs, FL

Population

131,159

Violent Crimes

209

Property Crimes

2411

Tamarac

Tamarac, FL

Population

65,516

Violent Crimes

133

Property Crimes

1387

Methodology – How we selected the Top 50 Safest Cities in Florida

To determine the safest cities in Florida, we analyzed the most recent (2016) FBI Uniform Crime Report figures for cities with a population of 5,000 or more, 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 .75 and property crimes by .25.

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 relocating to Florida, 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 communicate with local law enforcement to get a better picture of the safety on a local neighborhood level.

For more tips on keeping your home and family safer, we recommend you take a look at out our Guide to Personal Safety, Tips for Home Security…and consider a top rated professionally monitored home security system.

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