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The 20 Safest Cities in Ohio — 2016

Safest Cities in Ohio 2016

From the serene shores of Lake Erie to the natural rock wonders of Hill Country, Ohio is one of the best recreational playgrounds in the Midwest. It’s also home to the world-renowned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is recognized as the birthplace of seven presidents and numerous astronauts. As if that’s not enough for Buckeyes to brag about, they can also boast that their state is making great strides toward reducing crime.

As a whole, Ohio is about as safe as most states, but its 20 safest cities are much safer than the national average. According to the latest FBI Crime Report, only one of these cities cited more than one violent crime for every 1,000 residents, and one city, Brecksville, reported no violent crimes at all. On top of that, each city on the list reported less than 10 property crimes per 1,000. To compare, the national average for property crime was more than 25 per 1,000. Looking at the FBI data further, we discovered that none of Ohio’s 20 safest cities reported a murder, and five also reported no rapes or robberies.

From larger cities like Brunswick to small towns like Olmsted Falls, the cities on our list range in size — but one thing they have in common is nominal criminal activity. Whether you live in one of these cities or another Ohio community, reference our resource-packed Ohio Safety Directory for more information about ways to stay safe. In addition to tips on crime prevention, emergency preparedness, and more, the directory offers a color-coded map of the state’s most, and least, burglarized counties.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Ohio

To identify the 10 safest cities in Ohio, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 8,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

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You can also see how the cities ranked in the past with the 2014 Safest Cities in Ohio report here.

1. Broadview Heights 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.19 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.35

2. Brecksville 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.81

3. Olmsted Falls 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.34
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.61

4. Brunswick Hills Township 

Previous rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.20
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.10

5. Poland Township ↓

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.33
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.18

6. Hudson ↑

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.18
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.59

7. New Franklin 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.28
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.72

8. Olmsted Township 

Previous rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.76
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.39

9. Seven Hills 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.51
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.72

10. Dover

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.47
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.06

11. Clearcreek Township 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.47
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.21

12. Hamilton Township, Warren County 

Previous rank: 21

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.14
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.89

13. Sagamore Hills 

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.99
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.05

14. Twinsburg 

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.26
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.99

15. North Ridgeville 

Previous rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.13

16. Solon 

Previous rank: 25

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.13

17. Springboro 

Previous rank: 28

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.67
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.07

18. Powell ↓

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.16
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.70

19. Brunswick 

Previous rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.55
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.84

20. Marysville 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.49
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.88

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 20?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Marietta 22. Aurora 23. Dublin
24. Berea 25. Perrysburg 26. Upper Arlington
27. Loveland 28. Bath Township, Summit County 29. Westlake
30. Mason 31. New Albany 32. Highland Heights
33. Shawnee Township 34. Madison Township, Franklin County 35. Lawrence Township
36. North Canton 37. New Philadelphia 38. Clayton
39. Medina 40. Orrville 41. Parma
42. Montgomery 43. Miami Township, Clermont County 44. Lakewood
45. Athens 46. Vermilion 47. Amherst
48. Liberty Township 49. American Township 50. Centerville
51. Goshen Township, Clermont County 52. Wyoming 53. Parma Heights
54. Worthington 55. Gahanna 56. Stow
57. Willoughby 58. Wadsworth 59. Kent
60. Wapakoneta 61. Kettering 62. University Heights
63. Delhi Township 64. Miamisburg 65. Painesville
66. Bowling Green 67. Champion Township 68. Westerville
69. Beavercreek 70. Napoleon 71. Lebanon
72. Oberlin 73. Delaware 74. Weathersfield
75. Louisville 76. Tallmadge 77. Harrison
78. Sugarcreek Township 79. Salem 80. Oxford
81. Eastlake 82. Riverside 83. Vandalia
84. Howland Township 85. Ashland 86. West Chester Township
87. Norwalk 88. Springfield Township, Hamilton County 89. London
90. South Euclid 91. Conneaut 92. Oregon
93. Bedford Heights 94. Greenville 95. Blue Ash
96. Austintown 97. Cleveland Heights 98. East Cleveland
99. Defiance 100. West Carrollton

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