Ohio’s 20 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated February 1, 2019

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Ohio for 2019. See if your city made the list.

The good news is that Ohio comes in under the national violent crime rate, but the state is slightly higher when it comes to property crime. The Buckeye State reported 3.60 violent crimes per 1,000 people, compared to 4.49 across the country. But its property crime rate of 29.63 exceeds the national rate of 27.11.

Ohio’s safest cities did even better than the state overall—with each one reporting fewer than 0.35 violent crime incidents per 1,000 people. Plus, each of the top three cities had zero violent crimes. In regard to property crime, 70% of the cities we’ve selected experienced fewer than 10 incidents per 1,000 people.

See if your Ohio city made the cut and learn more details about the top 20 in our full list below.

Ohio's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • Chester Township once again claimed the number one spot as the safest city in Ohio, with zero counts of violent crime reported in 2017.
  • 40% of the cities on the list are being recognized for the second year in a row.
  • Not one murder was reported among Ohio’s safest cities, and more than 50% reported no murder and no rape.
  • Property crime is the state’s top safety concern, and 17% of respondents to our State of Safety study reported a personal experience with property crime in the past year, compared to 16% nationwide.
  • Ohio is less concerned about sexual assault than the rest of country—34% ranked sexual assault by a stranger as a top worry, compared to the national average of 39%. And just 16% are worried about an assault by someone they know, which is 7 percentage points below the national average.

The 20 Safest Cities in Ohio

#1

Chester Township

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Chester Township, Ohio
Population 10,355
Median Income ?
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.77

#2

Sagamore Hills

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Sagamore Hills, Ohio
Population 10,951
Median Income ?
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.20

#3

Montville Township

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Montville Township, Ohio
Population 11,718
Median Income ?
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.21

#4

Broadview Heights

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Broadview Heights, Ohio
Population 19,228
Median Income $85,339
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.05
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.09

#5

Olmsted Township

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Olmsted Township, Ohio
Population 13,157
Median Income $63,750
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.08
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.80

#6

American Township

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American Township, Ohio
Population 12,208
Median Income ?
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.08
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.12

#7

Bainbridge Township

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Bainbridge Township, Ohio
Population 11,528
Median Income $32,132
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.09
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 21.08

#8

Brecksville

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Brecksville, Ohio
Population 13,432
Median Income $101,060
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.15
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.87

#9

Aurora

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Aurora, Ohio
Population 15,932
Median Income $84,657
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.19
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.74

#10

Brunswick Hills Township

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Brunswick Hills Township, Ohio
Population 10,309
Median Income ?
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.19
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.88

#11

Louisville

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Louisville, Ohio
Population 9,373
Median Income $54,827
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.21
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 13.12

#12

Poland Township

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Poland Township, Ohio
Population 11,921
Median Income $72,283
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.25
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.45

#13

Seven Hills

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Seven Hills, Ohio
Population 11,668
Median Income $77,384
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.26
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.29

#14

Madison Township, Lake County

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Madison Township-Lake County, Ohio
Population 15,380
Median Income ?
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.26
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.36

#15

Vermilion

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Vermilion, Ohio
Population 10,381
Median Income $54,730
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.29
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.15

#16

Sylvania

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Sylvania, Ohio
Population 18,908
Median Income $71,889
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.32
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.55

#17

Perrysburg

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Perrysburg, Ohio
Population 21,732
Median Income $87,947
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.32
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.68

#18

Avon Lake

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Avon Lake, Ohio
Population 23,839
Median Income $80,943
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.34
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.20

#19

Olmsted Falls

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Olmsted Falls, Ohio
Population 8,898
Median Income $63,750
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.34
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.48

#20

Upper Arlington

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Upper Arlington, Ohio
Population 35,214
Median Income $110,397
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.34
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 14.54

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

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.

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

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 20?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

Rank City Population Violent Crime (per 1,000) Property Crime (per 1,000)
21 Wyoming 8,531 0.35 9.96
22 Mason 33,406 0.36 10.69
23 Maumee 13,809 0.36 22.09
24 New Albany 10,838 0.37 8.49
25 Montgomery 10,638 0.38 14.29
26 Clayton 13,149 0.38 8.97
27 Perrysburg Township 12,784 0.39 13.06
28 Tipp City 9,957 0.4 14.06
29 Westlake 32,330 0.4 11.32
30 Strongsville 44,758 0.4 19.04
31 Amherst 12,090 0.41 12.99
32 Macedonia 12,027 0.42 17.13
33 Berea 18,871 0.42 7.42
34 Pierce Township 11,623 0.43 12.99
35 Goshen Township, Clermont County 15,860 0.44 10.4
36 Powell 13,029 0.46 7.91
37 Hilliard 36,144 0.47 11.18
38 North Ridgeville 33,586 0.51 4.17
39 Delhi Township 29,619 0.51 14.05
40 New Philadelphia 17,492 0.51 7.95
41 Harrison 11,246 0.53 16.18
42 Springboro 18,632 0.54 6.55
43 Hudson 22,248 0.54 5.12
44 Medina Township 8,940 0.56 12.19
45 Solon 23,023 0.56 7.91
46 Centerville 23,782 0.59 15.68
47 Brunswick 34,838 0.6 5.57
48 Medina 26,199 0.65 12.37
49 Dublin 46,286 0.67 11.62
50 Streetsboro 16,308 0.67 21.03
51 Brimfield Township 10,348 0.68 28.12
52 North Canton 17,348 0.69 16.2
53 Mayfield Heights 18,724 0.69 10.04
54 Dover 12,839 0.7 9.5
55 Miamisburg 19,928 0.7 12.9
56 Clearcreek Township 15,531 0.71 4.76
57 Gahanna 35,243 0.71 22.44
58 Wickliffe 12,679 0.71 11.99
59 Worthington 14,692 0.75 18.17
60 Norton 11,998 0.75 15.5
61 Eastlake 18,056 0.78 18.28
62 Sheffield Lake 8,983 0.78 12.8
63 Oxford6 22,459 0.8 21.73
64 Miami Township, Clermont County 42,352 0.8 14.76
65 Union Township, Clermont County 48,214 0.81 18.48
66 Beavercreek 46,572 0.82 23.86
67 North Olmsted 31,779 0.82 14.79
68 Howland Township 16,608 0.84 23.06
69 Copley Township 17,280 0.87 9.43
70 Green Township 58,853 0.88 21.02
71 Stow 34,692 0.92 19.89
72 Bath Township, Summit County 9,678 0.93 11.99
73 Loveland 12,846 0.93 8.64
74 Twinsburg 18,891 0.95 5.88
75 Miami Township, Montgomery County 28,996 0.97 32.87
76 Cuyahoga Falls 49,145 1 24.6
77 Madison Township, Franklin County 18,661 1.02 10.02
78 Wadsworth 23,388 1.03 14.24
79 West Chester Township 61,386 1.04 21.18
80 New Franklin 14,137 1.06 8.28
81 Bellefontaine 13,144 1.07 25.18
82 Fairview Park 16,307 1.1 10.79
83 Westerville 39,418 1.12 23.97
84 Fairfield Township 22,524 1.15 33.65
85 Shawnee Township 12,096 1.16 11.16
86 Grove City 40,421 1.16 33.77
87 Monroe 16,002 1.19 25.37
88 Galion 10,073 1.19 28.29
89 Ashland 20,485 1.22 18.31
90 Shelby 8,987 1.22 29.15
91 Kettering 55,152 1.27 15.59
92 Bowling Green 31,779 1.29 18.47
93 Blue Ash 12,248 1.31 22.7
94 Sylvania Township 29,536 1.32 23.29
95 Lyndhurst 13,586 1.32 13.25
96 Mount Vernon 16,553 1.33 37.52
97 Athens 25,526 1.33 16.96
98 London 10,202 1.37 24.9
99 Ironton 10,853 1.38 22.94
100 Englewood 13,504 1.41 32.81
101 Wapakoneta 9,809 1.43 16.72
102 Jackson Township, Stark County 40,624 1.43 27.1
103 Bexley 13,773 1.45 30.49
104 Kent 30,270 1.45 14.9
105 Struthers 10,228 1.47 21.12
106 Troy 25,865 1.47 19.41
107 Lakewood 50,151 1.48 23.91
108 Willoughby 22,857 1.49 19.25
109 South Euclid 21,628 1.53 29.82
110 Mentor 46,663 1.54 19.46
111 Defiance 16,594 1.57 27.96
112 Delaware 39,315 1.63 17.73
113 Marietta 13,582 1.69 18.41
114 Colerain Township 58,996 1.7 28.95
115 Vandalia 15,022 1.73 20.64
116 Austintown 35,303 1.76 22.35
117 Salem 11,887 1.77 29.28
118 Parma 79,340 1.78 11.42
119 West Carrollton 12,898 1.78 22.1
120 Oregon 19,991 1.8 38.97
121 Richmond Heights 10,432 1.82 19.75
122 Ross Township 8,755 1.83 9.37
123 Wilmington 12,416 1.85 51.95
124 Pickerington 20,373 1.87 17.28
125 Bedford 12,641 1.98 18.04
126 Springfield Township, Hamilton County 36,571 2 18.43
127 Huber Heights 37,996 2.03 25.03
128 Sidney 20,466 2.05 40.16
129 Van Wert 10,713 2.05 30.8
130 Xenia 26,331 2.09 30.8
131 Fairfield 42,627 2.11 21.86
132 Heath 10,681 2.15 55.99
133 Bucyrus 11,828 2.2 36.86
134 Urbana 11,351 2.2 35.59
135 Springfield Township, Summit County 14,434 2.22 54.11
136 University Heights 13,104 2.29 21.98
137 Fairborn 33,936 2.42 21.3
138 Piqua 20,973 2.57 39.05
139 Liberty Township 11,556 2.6 12.81
140 Reynoldsburg 37,704 2.63 28.17
141 Forest Park 18,665 2.68 23.31
142 Reading 10,307 2.72 28.23
143 Steubenville 17,979 2.73 62.96
144 Marion 36,230 2.76 27.46
145 Sandusky 24,861 2.82 40.02
146 Trotwood 24,308 2.84 36.65
147 Washington Court House 14,136 2.9 38.77
148 Cleveland Heights 44,525 2.94 19.74
149 Findlay 41,474 3.09 31.44
150 Greenville 12,772 3.13 21.45
151 Lancaster 40,026 3.17 42.62
152 Norwood 19,994 3.4 44.76
153 Alliance 21,838 3.43 36.63
154 Elyria 53,586 3.56 21.39
155 Wooster 27,172 3.75 33.71
156 Zanesville 25,457 3.93 45.45
157 Barberton 26,050 3.95 33.82
158 Circleville 13,972 4.08 51.1
159 Chillicothe 21,695 4.29 68.96
160 North College Hill 9,311 4.73 33.29
161 Hamilton 62,094 5.02 42
162 Middletown 48,828 5.1 60.54
163 Columbus 872,205 5.13 39.45
164 Mansfield 46,507 5.33 51.43
165 Warren 39,643 5.73 40.56
166 Portsmouth 20,451 5.77 60.39
167 Lorain 63,672 5.86 31.71
168 Springfield 58,843 6.29 68.39
169 Euclid 47,270 6.41 26.8
170 Whitehall 18,835 6.64 67.37
171 Akron 197,412 6.98 42.35
172 Youngstown 63,889 7 36.97
173 Lima 37,220 7.39 53.25
174 East Cleveland 17,178 7.92 19.73
175 Dayton 140,171 8.79 43.4
176 Cincinnati 299,116 9.47 50.5
177 Canton 71,031 11.77 53.02
178 Cleveland 385,351 15.57 49.16

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 find out about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2019.

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out our “Safest City” winners for each state.

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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  • Giovanni Loreti

    The Bainbridge you have marked on the overview map and the one on your list are two different places. The Village of Bainbridge is in Ross County and famous for the Fall Festival of Leaves, but you have Bainbridge Township on your list.

    Also, townships aren’t cities. Maybe this list should be called “safest townships/cities”?