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The 50 Safest Cities in Ohio – 2015

50 Safest Cities in Ohio

Affordable housing, excellent educational opportunities, and a rich history combine to make Ohio a great place to put down roots. People who call the Buckeye State home enjoy verdant, natural spaces, and an abundance of rivers and lakes for recreation. You’ll find both thriving cities and quaint, agricultural communities throughout this state that embraces Midwestern values and the importance of family and friends.
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In addition to offering an outstanding quality of life, Ohio also shines when it comes to keeping crime rates low and citizens safe. Ohio saw a steady decrease in violent crime starting in 2000 and property crime rates have decreased since 2001. Mirroring that trend are the 50 cities we’re recognizing as the safest in the state.

Our list features 16 cities that are being recognized for the second time. There are three cities that had no reports of violent crime in 2013, and three that reported no incidents of property crime. Overall, there were only four cities that reported a murder during the latest reporting year.

Ohio is a state committed to creating safe communities where families and businesses can grow and thrive. If you’re thinking of making a move to the Buckeye State, or simply want to see how your town ranked, be sure to check out the 50 cities we’ve identified as the safest in the state. Help keep your family safe and sound no matter where you live in Ohio with our Ohio Safety Directory.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Ohio

In order to determine the 50 safest cities in Ohio, we looked at cities with populations above 8,000 as well as those that provided complete crime statistics to the FBI. To identify the top 50, we considered each city’s most recent FBI Crime Report Statistics from 2013, including property crime (arson, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny-theft) and violent crime (robbery, murder, aggravated assault, rape). Finally, we determined the chance of these crimes happening out of 1,000 people in order to level the playing field for each city.

To find out which cities are making their second appearance on our list, or to see how your city ranked before, take a look at last year’s report.

1. Bryan

Our safest city is a perfect combination of old-world charm and modern progress. At the city center, the Williams County Courthouse, built in 1888, is the perfect picture of old meets new. And the people who call Bryan home take pride in the beauty and friendliness of their city.

Bryan made it through 2013 with only one reported violent crime, and zero reports of murder, rape, or aggravated assault. In addition, there were no counts of arson or motor vehicle theft reported in the city’s 2013 FBI crime statistics. If you’re looking for a place with character, where you know your home and loved ones will be safe, then Bryan deserves to be on your list.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.11
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.70
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2. Madeira

Madeira made waves across the country as a great place to live. Recently nominated as one of Ohio’s top five hometowns by “Ohio Magazine” and the third best suburb in the country by Businessinsider.com, Madeira can now add being the fourth safest city on the SafeWise list to their impressive resume.

This charming city has a number of community tips and programs aimed at crime prevention, from a vacation checklist to their Police Explorers program and Gun Lock program, Madeira is dedicated to giving their residents the tools they need to stay safe. Madeira reported zero incidents of violent crime in 2013 and reduced reports of property crime from 43 overall incidents to 32 in 2013, according to the FBI Crime Data. With all of the praise Madeira is getting, their small community of just over 8,800 residents always makes this enchanting town feel like home.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.62

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3. Olmsted Falls

The residents of this southwestern Cleveland suburb have definitely made safety and security a top town priority. Our third safest city in Ohio reduced their total reported crimes from 104 in 2012, to just 39 total crimes reported in 2013. And those impressive numbers include zero reports of arson, rape, murder, robbery, and motor vehicle theft in 2013.

With less crime to worry about, visitors and residents can relax and enjoy Olmstead Falls’ Grand Pacific Junction historic shopping district. Walking into this quaint downtown area is like stepping back 100 years. There is an abundance of Victorian and 19th century architecture to enjoy while browsing eclectic boutiques and grabbing a bite at a tasty, local eatery.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.11
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.26

Olmstead Falls is the third safest city in Ohio

4. Poland Township

This colonial township maintained its strong New England heritage and cultural connection to Poland over the years, largely through its preservation of historical buildings. A stroll through quaint Poland Township will take you through a small European-style village, and the friendly town residents will make you feel right at home.

From 2012 to 2013, Poland Township reduced reports of property crime from 112 to only 51 incidents, with the largest drop seen in reports of larceny, which dropped from 77 to 29 incidents in one year. Police programs such as Bicycle Patrol and the House Watch Program have helped the police department become more engaged with the community, and consequentially better able to provide crime prevention and protection. For a nostalgic walk through New England’s past in a safe community, visit Poland Township.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.24
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.17

Poland Township is the fourth safest city in Ohio
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5. Seven Hills

Seven Hills prides itself on being a place people love to call home. And with a reputation for long-standing residents, the town has plenty to be proud of. Nabbing the number seven spot on our safe cities list is one more thing for these caring residents to celebrate.

In 2013, Seven Hills had no reported murders, rapes or arsons according to the FBI’s 2013 crime report. It’s clear that this city’s dedicated police department, which grew from just one officer in 1927, to a thriving, modern police force is looking out for their residents. And their impressive, low rate of crime is another reason these citizens love calling Seven Hills home.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.42
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.10

Seven Hills is the fifth safest city in Ohio
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6. Brecksville

Located just 15 miles south of Cleveland, Brecksville provides its community with the small town charm of the rolling Ohio woodlands, and the convenience of metropolitan resources. Sports fans are only a short drive away from the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians stadiums, as well as the city’s world-class entertainment and shopping centers. But, at the end of the day, residents get to return to the safe, quiet streets of Brecksville and enjoy the town’s many parks and beautiful reservoir.

This wooded community saw a reduction in both violent and property crime between 2012 and 2013. From four reports of violent crime to only one and 84 reports of property crime to 64, Brecksville is making significant efforts to reduce crime in their picturesque suburb.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.07
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.74
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7. Broadview Heights

Broadview Heights is a centrally located suburban city that knows crime prevention and community safety starts early. Broadview Heights’ Safety Town program is a 10-day camp designed to teach children local safety laws and what to do in an emergency. This early education helped Broadview Heights become one of the safest cities in Ohio.

Combine Broadview Heights’ safe streets with their excellent public education and neighborly atmosphere, and it’s easy to see why Broadview Heights is an ideal city for young adults and families to put down roots.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.67
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.15

Broadview Hights is the seventh safest city in Ohio
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8. Streetsboro

Despite booming growth over the past several years, Streetsboro is well-equipped to keep its residents and visitors safe. In fact, this is the second year in a row this centrally-located city landed a spot on the SafeWise safe cities list.

Between 2012 and 2013, Streetsboro reduced their total number of reported crimes by 16 incidents, and maintained their record of zero reported murders, rapes, and arsons. Their stellar safety record, combined with thriving business and a community of caring neighbors, makes Streetsboro a great place to put down roots.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.62
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.34

Streetsboro is the 8th safest city in Ohio

9. New Franklin

New Franklin is full of natural beauty. Home to Portage Lakes State Park, people come from across the country to explore the natural wildlife and recreation that Portage provides. From boating to hunting, to observing waterfowl and shorebirds in the Portage wetlands, New Franklin provides premier recreation opportunities for residents and visitors alike.

New Franklin started a Community Policing Program that was very well received by the community. Because New Franklin is broken up into many unique neighborhoods, the Community Policing Program dedicates an individual officer to an area, so that they can get to know the neighborhood and provide specific services to fulfill that community’s needs. This, along with other programs, helped reduce reports of property crime across the board, with 15 fewer reports of property crime over all, eight fewer reports of burglary, and seven fewer reports of larceny between 2012 and 2013.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.91

New Franklin is the 9th safest city in Ohio
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10. Dover

What started as a little rail stop in 1854, grew into the thriving community of Dover where nearly 13,000 people live, work, and play. Dover loves to celebrate, and this safe city is host to a cadre of lively events and festivals each year, including the Canal Days Festival and the Italian-American Festival that celebrates the areas rich, Italian heritage.

Thanks to diligence by citizens and law enforcement everyone is able to enjoy the festivities without worrying about falling victim to a crime. In 2013, this active community only had 14 reports of violent crime, and none of those were for murder or robbery. Overall, Dover had fewer than 75 reported crimes, which helped them secure their place on our safe cities list.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.09
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.53

11. Clearcreek Township, Warren County

Despite Clearcreek Township’s over 400-person jump in residency between 2012 and 2013, this delightful city managed to reduce reports of property crime by 29 incidents. The biggest difference is seen in reports of larceny dropping from 84 incidents to only 55.

Clearcreek Township made the safety of their streets a huge priority in the last year. From cracking down on DUIs and seatbelt laws to winning $41,000 in traffic safety grants, this growing city is making street safety a priority. For an up-and-coming community that has its resident’s best interest at heart, visit Clearcreek Township.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.27
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.53

12. Hudson

Our thirteenth safest city in Ohio is a charming community rich in history and civic pride. Hudson was recognized on the National Register of Historic Places and as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise. Now, they’re being noticed for the second year in a row as one of the safest places to live in the Buckeye State.

Hudson maintained their status as a safe community in 2013, with only three reported violent crimes – which is especially impressive given the city’s population of more than 22,000. In addition, this safe community reported no murders or rapes. Hudson offers residents and visitors a safe, secure place to live, work, and thrive.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.13
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.90
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13. Powell

This colorful city loves to engage the community and bring families together. The city of Powell offers over 270 parks and recreation camps and programs for children and families to participate in, as well as a vibrant downtown often filled with music or annual festivities.

When the Powell Police Department isn’t participating in a kids camp program or city festival, they are actively leading crime prevention initiatives and monitoring the community for dangerous activity. This energetic policing philosophy resulted in zero reports of murder, rape, and robbery, and only two reports of motor vehicle theft in 2013. If you’re looking for an engaging community that loves to get the community involved, Powell is the place.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.16
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.86

14. Montville Township, Medina County

Nestled in the midst of babbling brooks, rolling farmlands, and expansive woods, Montville Township offers the best of both worlds for those who love natural beauty and an active business community. This safe city doesn’t leave much to chance, with intelligently planned communities, top-ranked schools, and acres of vibrant park space.

It’s not hard to see how such an intentional community caught our attention for their low crime rates. In fact, in 2013 there were just three violent crimes reported for this community of more than 11,000 residents. And this township lowered their reported incidents of both violent and property crime from 2012 to 2013. Founded on the honest, hardworking values of farmers, Montville Township continues to be a desirable, safe place to put down roots.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.26
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.19

15. Twinsburg

Twinsburg joins the SafeWise safe cities list for the second year in a row, snagging the number 16 spot. This picturesque town was also recently ranked by NerdWallet.com as one of the best cities for young families in Ohio. Quality schools, a median home value of over $200,000, and excellent recreation opportunities make Twinsburg a great place to live.

According to FBI crime data, Twinsburg reduced both violent and property crime between 2012 and 2013. With partnerships between the community and the police department, Twinsburg reduced reports of robbery, larceny, and motor vehicle theft in a single year. This delightful community has a lot to offer. With safe streets, the best recreation facilities, and quality education, Twinsburg truly is a great place raise a family.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.48
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.04

16. Sagamore Hills

Surrounded by abundant wildlife and home to a historic, scenic railway, this safe city offers both nature and nurture to its residents and visitors. Sagamore Hills takes protecting its wildlife and its citizens seriously. The city’s many animal residents live in safety and peace thanks to a Nature Work Grant that helped establish the 53-acre Sagamore Hills Township Park as a refuge where people and nature could thrive side-by-side.

When it comes to taking care of their residents, Sagamore Hills does a good job. According to the FBI’s latest crime reports, this city reported no rapes, murders, or arsons in 2013. And the overall number of violent crimes reported was fewer than 10.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.72
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.91

17. Olmsted Township

Olmstead Township is located just west of Cleveland and consequentially enjoys the conveniences of a big city while maintaining a small town atmosphere. The township is rich in recreation, from community yoga classes to a number of library programs.

The 23-person police department receives extensive training each year to keep the police force educated and ready for anything. In 2014, the police department received a combined total of 768 hours of professional education, which ranged from physical trainings to seminars on current resources. This well-trained police force helped Olmsted Township achieve only five reports of violent crime, with zero reports of murder and rape, and only four reports of motor vehicle theft in 2013. For a city of over 13,000 residents, the police department is doing a wonderful job of serving and protecting Olmsted Township citizens.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.37
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.89

18. Brunswick Hills Township

An active police force helped Brunswick Hills Township land a spot as one of our safest Ohio cities. From sponsoring Easter Egg Hunts to regular Community Watch Meetings and representation at events like city-wide health fairs, the Brunswick Hills Police Department takes a proactive approach to keep their residents safe.

Their efforts have paid off. Thanks to the diligence of both law enforcement and citizens, Brunswick Hills Township had zero reports of violent crime in 2013. That means there were no reported aggravated assaults, rapes, murders, or robberies. Awareness, combined with assertive outreach, makes this one of the safest, most secure places to live in the state of Ohio.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.63

19. Brunswick

The third largest city on our SafeWise safe cities list, Brunswick is a picturesque suburb of Cleveland made up of an engaged community. The Brunswick government promotes transparency and communication and works tirelessly to educate and involve residents.

The Brunswick Police Department is no different. With programs like F.A.C.T. (Family Assistance Coalition Team) that work on multiple levels to ensure the security of the community, it’s no surprise that this big city snagged the number 20 spot on the SafeWise safe cities list this year. According to the 2013 FBI crime data, Brunswick reported only 16 violent crimes and just 288 property crimes. For a city of almost 34,500 residents, these low crime rates are impressive.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.46
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.37

20. North Ridgeville

Founded in 1810, North Ridgeville is known for its inviting, hometown feeling and friendly citizens. This picturesque town is also on its way to being known for a strong safety record. This marks the second time North Ridgeville was recognized by SafeWise as one of Ohio’s safest cities.

Keeping crime low is something of a trend in this caring community. Between 2012 and 2013, North Ridgeville saw a reduction in reported violent crimes across the board. The most significant change was just over 30% fewer aggravated assaults reported year-over-year.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.45
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.60

21. Hamilton Township, Warren County

The captivating community of Hamilton Township lives in a well-manicured area that enjoys the comforts of a metropolitan city as well as the closeness of a small town. With over 600 acres of accessible parkland, growing commerce, and active small business community, Hamilton Township is a great place to plant your roots and grow a family.

The wonderful town of Hamilton is no secret, as over 700 new residents decided to call Hamilton Township home in 2013. The city’s recognizable improvements in community safety have been an important factor in that population increase. Reducing violent crime from 12 reported incidents to only four and reducing reports of property crime by 30 incidents doesn’t go unnoticed. Active families and hopeful business owners can count on Hamilton Township to be a safe city full of opportunity.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.18
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.76

22. Aurora

Home to a noted Ohio winery, world-class spas, gourmet restaurants, and high-end shopping, Aurora is a thriving, modern community committed to the safety and welfare of every citizen. But it’s not all razzle-dazzle in Aurora. This thriving city does an outstanding job at keeping both residents and visitors safe.

In 2013, this city of more than 15,000 limited violent crime to just nine reported incidents, including zero murders. It’s reassuring to know that while citizens are busy enjoying the many amenities of this vibrant community, they don’t have to be concerned with the criminal element.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.58
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.22
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23. Loveland

Located just 15 miles northeast of Cincinnati, Loveland is a charming community located on the Little Miami River. Due to its premier location, Loveland has a number of river and biking recreational activities that are considered some of the best in the state, such as the nationally recognized Little Miami bike trail.

The Loveland Police Department recognizes the importance of working with other entities and departments across the state to provide the best security possible to Loveland residents. Because of this philosophy, Loveland partners with numerous groups, such as the Enquirer for additional drug drop boxes and BAIR Analytics to stay up-to-date on local information. Because of these and many other great partnerships and initiatives, Loveland reported zero robberies, and only one motor vehicle theft and one incident of arson in 2013.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.57
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.29

24. Lawrence Township, Stark County

Lawrence Township is situated in the heart of Ohio’s Canal Corridor. In 1825, a canal was created between Lake Erie and the Ohio River in order to help open up commerce with big cities like New Orleans and New York City. The canal brought prosperity to Lawrence Township, but this safe city was able to preserve its intimate atmosphere, which continues to this day.

In addition to a small, tight-knit community, Lawrence Township also offers a respectable safety record to its residents. In 2013, violent crimes in this quaint community were limited to just nine reported incidents. And there were zero reports of murder, robbery, and arson during 2013. For those looking to enjoy small-town values, picturesque scenery, and the comfort of living in a safe community, Lawrence Township offers everything you want.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.09
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.79

25. Solon

The inviting community of Solon cares about its town. From new recycling initiatives to a shop local campaign, Solon knows how great this town is and not only wants to preserve it, but share that greatness with the world.

The Solon Police Department feels passionately about educating residents on crime prevention. Covering everything from identity theft to burglary, the police department works tirelessly to educate the Solon community on daily habits that will help keep them safe. For a city of over 23,000 residents, Solon still managed to report zero murders, just 13 motor vehicle thefts, and only 43 burglaries in 2013. For a safe city that focuses on crime prevention, you’ll love Solon.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.30
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.12
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26. New Albany

This engaging community is passionate about creating an outstanding quality of life for its residents. New Albany is a planned, pedestrian-friendly community that emphasizes the importance of recreation, education, culture, and wellness. Safety is another primary concern for this city, and one that they have well in hand because this is New Albany’s second time on our list of safe cities.

According to the FBI’s most recent crime data, New Albany reported just two violent crimes in 2013, and had zero reports of robbery, murder, or rape. In addition, incidents of property crime were reduced from 110 in 2012, to 99 in 2013. It’s clear that offering a safe, secure city to call home is one more way that New Albany makes their city one of the most desired in the Buckeye State.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.22
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.28
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27. Franklin Township, Franklin County

The communities that make up Franklin Township aren’t new to the idea of teamwork. Neighborhoods throughout Franklin Township work together to provide the best services to the entire community. From creating awareness about texting and driving to tornado safety, the residents and government of Franklin Township care about keeping citizens informed.

The Fire Department of Franklin Township is an impressive staff of almost 40 people. Together, the fire department personnel completed over 2,283 man-hours of training in 2013 in an effort to stay sharp and prepared for anything. The police department also does a wonderful job of preparing and keeping the community safe, as evidenced by zero reports of murder, rape, or arson received in 2013. Franklin Township is the place to go for a quaint community that puts an emphasis on togetherness.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.51
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.20

28. Springboro

This safe city is conveniently located between the bustling cities of Cincinnati and Dayton, and offers residents a peaceful respite from the pressures of city life without sacrificing cosmopolitan conveniences. Named the Best City in Ohio for Young Families by NerdWallet, Springboro is a town to watch when it comes to quality education, affordable cost of living, and keeping your family safe.

With a highly educated population – over half the residents over age 25 have bachelor’s degrees – Springboro residents know how to keep their neighborhoods safe. In fact, this community of nearly 18,000 people only reported 11 incidents of violent crime in 2013. In addition to keeping their streets safe this town also knows how to throw a party. The historic, three-day Christmas festival is reported to be the largest festival in Ohio as well as neighboring states Kentucky an Indiana.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.62
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.17
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29. American Township

The community of American Township includes the friendly Village of Elida. American Township provides great schools and endless recreation opportunities to each neighborhood.

The police department of American Township is made up of a Chief, Lieutenant and Sergeant, who work closely with the departments in Elida and Lima to provide citizens with a number of crime prevention programs and an active presence in the community. The combined efforts resulted in only two reports of violent crime, five reports of motor vehicle theft, and zero reports of murder, rape and arson in 2013.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.16
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.93

30. Highland Heights

Rich with natural beauty from the Chagrin River, acres of parks, and lush golf courses, Highland Heights is an ideal community to live and play. This safe community offers easy access to downtown Cleveland and provides the best of small-town living with the benefits of a bigger city.

This city made progress year-over-year in reducing criminal activity. Between 2012 and 2013, the combined reports of both violent and property crime reduced from 117 to 106, according to FBI crime reports. And this city of caring neighbors also had zero reports of arson and no reports of murder in 2013, making this one of the safest, most desirable communities in Ohio.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.72
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.08

31. Shawnee Township

Historical Shawnee Township is a small, rural community located 97 miles northwest of Columbus. This delightful township sports one park and the scenic Rotary River Walk biking trail that immerse visitors and residents alike in the pictorial, wooded landscape.

With a community of over 12,000 residents, Shawnee Township lowered reports of property crime from four reported incidents to zero, and only had three motor vehicle thefts and two incidents of arson reported in 2013. The Shawnee Township is a growing community of caring individuals. This scenic township offers small town charm with the conveniences of an up-and-coming city.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.06
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32. Dublin

Dublin has a colorful history including a legend about how the town lost out on becoming the state capital in a poker game. But the lively spirit of this city keeps a sensible balance between frivolity and safety. According the FBI’s most recent crime data, there just 10 reported violent crimes in 2013, which is astounding for a city of more than 43,000 people.

Historic Dublin is a charming downtown district that combines unique boutiques, active nightlife, and trendy restaurants. The town also puts on a number of family-friendly events all year long, including the Dublin Irish Festival, which is the largest three-day Irish festival in the world. Dublin combines a colorful past with a vibrant present to make it one of the most unique communities in Ohio.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.90

33. Upper Arlington

Located near Columbus and Ohio State University, Upper Arlington is a bustling city of over 34,000 residents. This enchanting community boasts world-class golf courses and a beautiful historic district that shows off the town’s numerous, well-manicured colonial homes.

With such a scenic community, the police department is serious about serving and protecting Upper Arlington. The department runs a number of crime prevention programs, from D.A.R.E. to Neighborhood Watch to the Citizen’s Police Academy. These active programs helped reduce property crime from 471 reported incidents in 2012 to 445 in 2013, the biggest differences seen with 33 fewer reports of larceny, and reports of motor vehicle theft dropping from 17 to only 3 in 2013.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.29
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.94

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34. Sheffield Lake

Situated on the southern shore of Lake Erie, Sheffield Lake is a lovely community of caring neighbors who come together regularly to celebrate holidays and each other. This is the second year in a row this charming town made our list as one of the safest cities in Ohio, giving them one more thing to celebrate as a community.

Sheffield Lake saw 20 fewer reports of crime overall from 2012 to 2013. The biggest downward trends were in burglaries, which went from 40 to 32, and larceny-theft which showed 14 fewer reported incidents in 2013. Whether it’s putting on a city-wide Easter Egg Hunt or smart crime prevention measures, Sheffield Lake citizens know how to make their community welcoming, fun, and safe.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.55
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.70

35. Mason

Known as the heart of “Ohio’s Largest Playground,” Mason is full of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Home to Kings Island amusement park and the annual Western and Southern Open, Mason attracts a lot of visitors throughout the year. But there’s even more fun to be had for residents, who look forward to the annual Mason Heritage Festival and Christmas in Mason activities.

Since 1997, the Mason Police Department has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, which helped the department establish fair practices and boost police engagement with the community. The FBI crime data between 2012 and 2013 shows that this program is helping the department make progress, as reports of property crime were reduced by 183 incidents. Most notably, the police force received 24 fewer reports of burglary and 162 fewer reports of larceny in 2013. For a fun and safe community to call home, check out Mason.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.49
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36. Berea

The volunteer-centric city of Berea makes its second appearance on our safe cities list. Berea is a community that values volunteerism and awards both individuals and businesses every year with the Spirit of Community Awards. Because these citizens know how important it is to care for one another, they’ve also made keeping their streets safe a top priority.

Berea’s crime prevention efforts made it possible to keep reports of violent crime to just 18 in 2013, which is impressive for a city of almost 19,000 people. The local police force is hyper-aware of their responsibility and officers conform to a code of behavior both on and off duty, leading by example when it comes to crime prevention and awareness.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.95
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.09

37. Vermilion

Located on the south shore of Lake Erie, Vermilion is a quaint lake town known for charming boutiques and amazing fishing. The rustic boardwalk and cool beach filled with fine eateries, arts, and entertainment engage visitors and the town’s almost 10,500 residents every day.

To protect the enchanting streets of Vermilion, the police department practices community-oriented policing. This method helped the police force reduce reports of property crime by 66 incidents between 2012 and 2013. The city saw 30 fewer reports of burglary, 27 fewer reports of larceny, and reduced motor vehicle theft from 12 reports to only 3. The Vermilion community values peace and leisure, and their efforts to protect the city’s calming streets are paying off as Vermilion garners the 38th spot on our SafeWise safe cities list.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.04
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.16
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38. Marietta

Marietta was the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory, and it grew into a quaint town with a beautiful, river-front setting. Streets paved with brick, heritage homes and city buildings, and a charming downtown business district are some of the things that give Marietta its distinctive character.

While visitors and residents enjoy the historic monuments and delightful shops, they can rest easy knowing that Marietta is one of the safest cities in Ohio. They earned their spot by reducing the total number of property crimes by 22 reports between 2012 and 2013. This conscientious city also came out of 2013 with zero reports of murder and no reported arsons.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.27
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39. Bath Township, Summit County

The small neighborhoods that make up Bath Township love to engage in community activities. From taking a rain barrel workshop to caring for a plot in the community garden, Bath Township has a number of fun, unique activities for residents to get involved in.

Bath Township is just as creative with their police force outreach as they are with their community programs. “Hidden in Plain Sight” is a new traveling exhibit hosted by the police department that is designed to show parents what high-risk signs they could be missing from their adolescent child. Programs like this have helped reduce violent crime from six reported incidents to only two, and have zero reported cases of murder, rape, robbery or arson in 2013.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.20
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.80
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40. Perrysburg

Perrysburg prides itself on being known for a strong, Midwestern work ethic and its rich character. That work ethic is evident on the police force, which was able to limit reports of violent crime to just five in this community of over 21,000. The city also had no reports of murder and zero counts of arson reported in 2013.

This friendly community has a thriving historic district and an active preservation movement that works hard to make sure Perrysburg’s heritage will be enjoyed for years to come. If you want to experience a glimpse into America’s history – including one of the battles of the War of 1812 – then Perrysburg is the perfect place to visit or live.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.80

41. Orrville

Although Orrville is a town of only 8,400 residents, don’t be fooled by the city’s small size. In 2003, the city established the Office of Economic Development and has been booming ever since. With continued improvements in education, growing incentives for business owners, and the construction of a new business park, Orrville is quickly becoming one of the most desirable cities for families to live in Ohio.

In conjunction with other city-wide improvements, Orrville also managed to reduce both violent and property crime between 2012 and 2013. Reports of violent crime dropped from 12 to seven, and reports of property crime decreased by 21 incidents, with zero reports of murder, motor vehicle theft, or arson. If you’re looking to become part of a strong, growing community, without sacrificing small town charm, Orrville is the place to be.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.83
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.52
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42. Montgomery

The city of Montgomery made our safe cities list due to their excellent safety record in 2013. According to the FBI’s most recent crime data, there were only three violent crimes reported in 2013, and there were zero murders and rapes. In addition to being a safe place to live, Montgomery also offers plenty of culture, family activities, and a focus on health and wellness.

Some of the ways Montgomery keeps its residents active is through a full calendar of community fitness classes. Everything from karate to yoga is offered to help citizens stay fit and healthy. There are also community efforts to help keep the city safe, including a summer program called Safety Village where children aged five and six get an early start on crime awareness and prevention.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.29
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.91
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43. Clayton

A suburb of Dayton, Clayton is an idyllic community whose mission is to continually improve the city for the betterment of the residents. With that mission in mind, Clayton started a number of green initiatives to encourage recycling and educate residents on how they can reduce their carbon footprint.

The Clayton Police Department has a few initiatives of their own, including Text-A-Tip, which makes it easy for community members to send in crime tips, and a Vacation Watch program. Through these initiatives and many more, the police department helped reduce reports of violent crime from nine incidents in 2012 to only five in 2013. The city reported zero murders, rapes, aggravated assaults or arsons in 2013.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.37
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.89

44. Lyndhurst

With only six motor vehicle thefts reported in 2013, and zero murders, it’s easy to see Lyndhurst is a community that is committed to health, wellness, and pitching in to help out your neighbors.

Long Live Lyndhurst is a city-wide wellness program focused on healthy eating and helping residents maintain an active lifestyle. There are also regular community classes offered in CPR and First Aid, and the local Fire Department does regular inspections of fire alarms for residents – they even offer free replacements to citizens who qualify.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.89
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.45

45. Liberty Township

This semi-rural city is a tranquil community that offers great schools, miles of walking and biking paths, and the well-known Olentangy Caverns. Liberty Township also boasts an excellent safety record that included just 21 reports of violent crime in 2013.

Between 2012 and 2013, the city reduced overall crime numbers by 37 overall reported incidents. Most notably, there were 31 fewer reports of larceny-theft and 12 less counts of motor vehicle theft reported. Between abundant recreation and safe neighborhoods, Liberty Township is one of Ohio’s most outstanding communities to call home.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.76
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.97

46. Struthers

Once a rural steel town, Struthers grew into an urban community with everything from quaint residential neighborhoods to commercial and industrial opportunities. This delightful town boasts being one of the most affordable housing markets in the area, with a relative cost of only 92.3, below the national average set at 100.

As the community of Struthers grows and develops, so does the local police department. With the recent additions of a K-9 patrol dog and a bicycle patrol unit, the police department is able to expand their reach and better protect the residents of Struthers. With zero reports of murder and arson, one report of robbery, and only three motor vehicle thefts reported in 2013, this secure community can only get safer as the city expands and develops.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.04
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.87

47. New Philadelphia

This safe city is rich in both history and safety initiatives, which helped them land a spot as one of the safest places to live and play in Ohio. New Philadelphia debuts on our list because they limited reports of violent crime to just eight in 2013, which is impressive considering their population of more than 17,000 residents.

The security that comes from knowing you live in a safe city, helps New Philadelphia citizens and visitors enjoy local events such as the opening of Historic Zoar Village. The village brings the 19th century to life with a museum, 10 historic buildings, and costumed performers who act out the daily life of the city’s forbears.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.46
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.53
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48. Medina

Medina is a dynamic community with great schools, low sales tax, and a lovely historic downtown square that sports regular famer’s markets and summer concerts. With all of these qualities and more, it’s no surprise that “CNN Money Magazine” named Medina the 40th best place to live in the United States.

Adding to Medina’s long list of advantages, the city also enjoys low crime rates. The police department recently implemented a new, comprehensive strategy to provide more efficient services to the community. From reallocating resources to the areas that need them most and donating tools that can help save lives, the police force is doing their part in improving the quality of life for every resident in Medina. In 2013, the city reported zero incidents of motor vehicle theft, two reports of arson and only five reports of robbery.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.71
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.45

49. Strongsville

Families and businesses thrive in the bustling community of Strongsville. This vibrant Cleveland suburb is home to top-notch schools, friendly neighborhoods, and more than 2,400 acres of green space. Strongsville also offers low crime rates and a dedicated police force that work round the clock to make their city a desirable place to work and live.

From 2012 to 2013, Strongsville reported 50 fewer property crimes and zero reports of murder for two years in a row. In the Mayor’s State-of-the-City address for 2015, the police force was a focal point. The Mayor praised the Strongsville police department for being trained, educated, and prepared to handle anything that comes their way. All officers are required to have a four-year college degree and pass the Ohio Highway Patrol Police Academy.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.60
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.73
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50. Athens

Home to Ohio University, Athens is a youthful community that engages in numerous arts programs and city celebrations. From the Kennedy Museum of Art to the annual Halloween Bash, which attracts over 40,000 attendees each year, there is never a shortage of creative exploration and frivolity in Athens.

The Athens Police Department is adamant about encouraging the community to reach out to them at any time. The police force is always available to help in any situation and works to educate the community on crime prevention and how to react in emergency situations. The city of Athens lowered reports of property crime between 2012 and 2013. The city reduced overall reports of property crime drop by 48 incidents, with the largest decrease seen in reports of burglary, which dropped from 89 in 2012 to 49 in 2013.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.71
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.11

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