Florida’s 20 Safest Cities of 2018

Jun 11, 2018 |

The 2018 Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left the state’s fourth-safest city—and the nation—in disbelief. While it was a heartbreaking reminder that even traditionally low-crime areas aren’t immune to tragedy, we admire how Parkland’s citizens are embracing the future while honoring the seventeen people who perished. Comedian Jimmy Fallon echoed the community’s resolve in his commencement speech to the high school’s graduating class, encouraging students to keep changing the world and saying, “Don’t let anything stop you.”

Like Parkland, every city on our list reported commendably few incidents of crime in 2016, according to the latest FBI crime report. In fact, the twenty safest cities in the Sunshine State cited an average of less than one violent crime for every 1,000 people—that’s 80% lower than the US average. And in all, violent crime accounted for only 6% of all crime reported among these cities.

Incidents of property crime were also few and far between, with some cities—including first-ranked Marco Island and third-ranked Weston—reporting fewer than six crimes of this type per 1,000 people. For perspective, the Florida average was thirty-four property crimes for every 1,000 people.

Our list of the safest cities in Florida includes smaller towns like Key Biscayne and Oldsmar as well as much larger cities such as Port Orange and Cape Coral. So whether you dream of living in a quaint seaside community or in a bustling urban setting, Florida boasts plenty of low-crime cities to choose from.

Take a look at our National Safety Directory for a wealth of crime prevention and home security resources, and learn more about staying safe wherever you call home.

The 20 Safest Cities in Florida

  1. Marco Island
    Population: 17,947
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.11
    Property crimes per 1,000: 5.24
    Total crime: 2.13% violent, 97.87% property
  2. Key Biscayne
    Population: 13,113
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.15
    Property crimes per 1,000: 11.82
    Total crime: 1.29% violent, 98.71% property
  3. Weston
    Population: 70,882
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.51
    Property crimes per 1,000: 4.84
    Total crime: 10.50% violent, 89.50% property
  4. Parkland
    Population: 31,571
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.57
    Property crimes per 1,000: 5.38
    Total crime: 10.59% violent, 89.41% property
  5. Punta Gorda
    Population: 18,466
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.65
    Property crimes per 1,000: 11.48
    Total crime: 5.66% violent, 94.34% property
  6. North Palm Beach
    Population: 13,023
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.84
    Property crimes per 1,000: 13.21
    Total crime: 6.40% violent, 93.60% property
  7. Naples
    Population: 21,917
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.87
    Property crimes per 1,000: 18.62
    Total crime: 4.66% violent, 95.34% property
  8. Cooper City
    Population: 36,900
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.95
    Property crimes per 1,000: 11.87
    Total crime: 7.99% violent, 92.01% property
  9. Edgewater
    Population: 21,729
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.97
    Property crimes per 1,000: 11.41
    Total crime: 8.47% violent, 91.53% property
  10. Miami Lakes
    Population: 31,279
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.99
    Property crimes per 1,000: 18.89
    Total crime: 5.25% violent, 94.75% property
  11. Port Orange
    Population: 60,546
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.01
    Property crimes per 1,000: 24.39
    Total crime: 4.13% violent, 95.87% property
  12. Venice
    Population: 22,514
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.07
    Property crimes per 1,000: 16.61
    Total crime: 6.42% violent, 93.58% property
  13. Sunny Isles Beach
    Population: 22,374
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.07
    Property crimes per 1,000: 15.64
    Total crime: 6.86% violent, 93.14% property
  14. Safety Harbor
    Population: 17,573
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.14
    Property crimes per 1,000: 13.88
    Total crime: 8.20% violent, 91.80% property
  15. Oldsmar
    Population: 14,283
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.19
    Property crimes per 1,000: 29.34
    Total crime: 4.06% violent, 95.94% property
  16. Coconut Creek
    Population: 60,633
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.20
    Property crimes per 1,000: 20.60
    Total crime: 5.84% violent, 94.16% property
  17. Cape Coral
    Population: 179,631
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.25
    Property crimes per 1,000: 17.15
    Total crime: 7.27% violent, 92.73% property
  18. Pinecrest
    Population: 19,692
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.27
    Property crimes per 1,000: 29.00
    Total crime: 4.38% violent, 95.62% property
  19. Doral
    Population: 58,309
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.37
    Property crimes per 1,000: 29.40
    Total crime: 4.67% violent, 95.33% property
  20. Niceville
    Population: 15,142
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.39
    Property crimes per 1,000: 16.97
    Total crime: 8.17% violent, 91.83% property

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Florida

To identify the twenty safest cities in Florida, we reviewed the 2016 FBI crime report statistics and population data. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system.

Our evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). To level the playing field, we calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. This makes it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for  Best Home Security Systems of 2018.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

Written by Alexia Chianis

Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more

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