SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 50 Safest Cities in Florida for 2019. See if your city made the list.
This year we expanded our Florida list from 20 safe cities to 50, and every city that made our list last year is included again. But four did fall out of the top 20—Edgewater, Cape Coral, North Palm Beach, and Coconut Creek. Even so, all 50 cities limited violent crime to fewer than 2.5 incidents per 1,000 people, which is nearly half the national violent crime rate of 4.49. And these cities can be extra proud because Florida overall is a bit over the national rate, coming in at 4.81 incidents per 1,000 people.
Among the cities we’ve recognized, 78% reported fewer than 90 total violent crimes, and 58% had no counts of murder in 2017. Since the most recent FBI data available is from 2017, these numbers don’t take into account the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which is the sixth safest city on our list.
In regard to property crime, the state’s rate is 31.88, which is higher than the national rate of 27.11. But only 14% of the cities on our list had rates higher than the national average. Did your city make the cut? Find out in our full list below.
Key Biscayne, the number one city, only had two violent crimes reported in 2017, and neither was murder, robbery, or rape.
The city with the fewest property crimes was Marco Island, with 122 reported in 2017.
67% of respondents to our State of Safety study rated digital security ar top safety concern, with 59% worried about violent crime, and 55% rating property crime a high concern.
22% experienced a digital security issue in the past year, which is two percentage points under the national average of 24%.
15% reported having a personal experience with violent crime in the past year—that’s 50% higher than the national average of 10%.
Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?
Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.
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