Ohio’s 20 Safest Cities of 2020

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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Ohio for 2020. See if your city made the list.

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Ohio has higher levels of concern about safety than most of the United States—despite lower crime rates. The state’s safest cities of 2020 exemplify why many residents of the Buckeye State should feel safer than they do.

See which towns made Ohio’s 20 safest cities of 2020.

With 56% reporting high concern about their safety on a daily basis, Ohio comes in 10 points above the national average of 46% compared to other states in our State of Safety Survey 2020. Ohio respondents also reported higher personal experiences with crime, which could explain why concern is so high.

Ohio crime stats infographic

Ohio has the highest number of people who’ve experienced violent crime in the past year (24% compared to 12% nationally) and the second-highest number to ever experience a mass shooting (13% versus 7% nationwide). Ohio respondents’ experience with property crime is just one point higher than the national average.

Ohio's reported experience with violent crime is double the national average.

Although reports of personal experience with crime rose year over year, both violent and property crime rates dropped statewide. Violent crime went from 3.0 incidents per 1,000 to 2.8, and property crime fell from 24.1 last year to 21.8.

Violent Crime in Ohio: Fear vs. Reality

It’s not surprising that mass shootings are the top violent crime fear in Ohio, especially with such high reports of people who’ve been affected by one during their lifetime. Residents diverge when it comes to which crime they think is most likely to happen, naming robbery.

  • 42% said they have the highest concern about becoming the victim of a mass shooting, compared to 38% nationally.  
  • Between 2014 and 2019 Ohio has had 78 mass shootings, resulting in 97 dead and 318 injured.
  • The 30-second mass shooting in downtown Dayton in August 2019 was one of the deadliest ever in the state. 
  • As of July 15, 2020, there have been nine mass shootings in Ohio this year, resulting in five deaths and 47 injured. The largest incident was the motorcycle club shooting in Cleveland that killed one and injured 18.
  • 28% said they felt that being robbed on the street is the violent crime that’s most likely to happen, versus 27% nationwide. 
  • There were only 11 robberies reported among the safest cities. Robbery accounted for 9% of all violent crime in those cities and 28% statewide.
Ohio crime stats infographic
Ohio crime stats infographic

Property Crime in Ohio: Fear vs. Reality

Having a break-in when there’s no one home is the primary property crime concern in Ohio. It’s also the crime thought most likely to occur.

  • 65% are most worried about a break-in when the residents are away, versus 62% nationally. 
  • 39% also named a break-in while away from home as the property crime that is most likely to happen to them. Nationwide, 38% agree.  
  • Burglary was the second most prevalent property crime, making up 13% of all incidents in the safest cities and 19% across the state.
  • Regardless of high concern, just 17% of Ohio respondents have a home security system. The national average is 24%. 
  • Firearms and guard animals are the most common security methods employed in Ohio, with 32% of respondents claiming those security measures. Nationwide, 33% use a guard animal and 28% rely on firearms. 
  • A whopping 37% don’t use anything to protect or secure their home, compared to 29% across the US. 
Ohio crime stats infographic
Ohio crime stats infographic

A Closer Look at Ohio’s Safest Cities of 2020

For the purposes of this report, the terms “safest” and “dangerous” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • This year, three new cities joined the lists: Rocky River, Hamilton Township, and North Royalton.
  • Fourteen cities (70%) improved in rank year over year, with Clearcreek Township leading the way—jumping 49 places to number seven.
  • Two cities dropped in rank this year, Montville Township and Brecksville, but they still held onto a place in the state’s top 20 safest cities.
  • Every city on the list beat both state (2.8) and national (3.7) crime rates and every city kept violent crime to fewer than one incident per 1,000.
  • Sagamore Hills had the fewest violent crimes reported, with zero.
  • Seventeen cities (85%) reported 10 or fewer total violent crimes. 
  • All cities did better than state (21.8) and national (22.0) property crime rates, with no city exceeding eight incidents per 1,000 people. 
  • Broadview Heights had the lowest property crime rate, at 0.9 incidents per 1,000 and a total of 18 property crimes reported.
  • Eight cities (40%) reported fewer than 50 total property crimes and 13 (65%) reported less than 100.
Ohio safest cities heat map showing population and crime score

The 20 Safest Cities in Ohio

VC = Violent Crime
PC = Property Crime

Broadview Heights, Ohio
#1
Broadview Heights
(
+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    19,236
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $85,339
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, 0.1, Not available
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.9, 1.1, Not available
Sagamore Hills, Ohio
#2
Sagamore Hills
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,956
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $69,496
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.0, Not available
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.7, 3.2, Not available
Olmsted Township, Ohio
#3
Olmsted Township
(
+2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,425
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $64,740
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, 0.1, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.1, 3.8, 3.3
Poland Township, Ohio
#4
Poland Township
(
+8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,888
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $66,793
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.3, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.6, 4.4, 5.5
Rocky River, Ohio
#5
Rocky River
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    20,253
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $69,989
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, Not available, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.2, Not available, 4.0
#6
North Ridgeville
(
+32
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    34,025
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $69,848
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.5, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.9, 4.2, 5.8
Clearcreek Township, Ohio
#7
Clearcreek Township
(
+49
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,765
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $93,769
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.7, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.0, 4.8, 6.0
Brunswick Hills Township, Ohio
#8
Brunswick Hills Township
(
+2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,418
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $78,608
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.4, 0.2, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.9, 3.9, 3.7
Montville Township, Ohio
#9
Montville Township
(
-6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,831
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $103,264
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.0, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.1, 5.2, 3.9
Seven Hills, Ohio
#10
Seven Hills
(
+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,662
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $77,384
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.3, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.5, 4.3, 5.5
Hudson, Massachusetts
#11
Hudson
(
+36
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,242
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $128,324
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.5, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.7, 5.1, 4.1
#12
Hamilton Township, Warren County
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    23,330
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $84,882
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.5, Not available, Not available
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.9, Not available, Not available
Springboro, Ohio
#13
Springboro
(
+29
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,789
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $104,063
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.5, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.4, 6.5, 5.6
North Royalton, Ohio
#14
North Royalton
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    30,324
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $69,236
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.5, Not available, Not available
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.0, Not available, Not available
Brecksville, Ohio
#15
Brecksville
(
-7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,652
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $101,060
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.7, 0.1, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.2, 3.9, 4.0
Mayfield Heights, Ohio
#16
Mayfield Heights
(
+37
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,648
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $48,936
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.7, Not available
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    6.1, 10.0, Not available
Brunswick, Ohio
#17
Brunswick
(
+30
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    34,954
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $68,087
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.6, 0.6, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.9, 5.6, 6.4
New Albany, Ohio
#18
New Albany
(
+6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,192
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $187,200
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.4, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    7.3, 8.5, 16.4
Mason, Ohio
#19
Mason
(
+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    33,583
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $93,872
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.4, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    7.9, 10.7, 10.0
#20
Berea
(
+13
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,838
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $57,416
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.5, 0.4, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    6.2, 7.4, 9.6

How We Determined the Safest Cities

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

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 20?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, which is based on the median population of the state. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2018.

2020 RankingCity Population Violent Crime (per 1,000) Property Crime (per 1,000)
21

Twinsburg

18,983

0.6

5.7

22

Loveland

12,876

0.4

7.9

23

New Franklin

14,157

0.3

8.5

24

Powell

13,455

0.4

8.1

25

Hilliard

37,184

0.9

6.5

26

Solon

22,948

0.4

9.2

27

Dublin

48,570

0.6

8.5

28

Dover

12,752

0.9

7.6

29

Clayton

13,209

0.4

10.2

30

Montgomery

10,807

0.6

9

31

Aurora

16,047

0.6

9.2

32

Upper Arlington

35,572

0.3

11

33

American Township

12,094

0.2

11.9

34

Madison Township, Franklin County

19,241

1

7.7

35

Goshen Township, Clermont County

16,177

0.7

9.5

36

Perrysburg

21,585

0.4

11.1

37

Perrysburg Township

12,935

0.6

10.3

38

Fairview Park

16,248

1

8.6

39

Shawnee Township

12,061

1

8.6

40

Centerville

23,757

0.3

12.3

41

New Philadelphia

17,445

0.4

12.2

42

Harrison

11,513

0.2

13.5

43

Vermilion

10,436

0.4

12.6

44

North Olmsted

31,653

0.4

12.5

45

Miami Township, Clermont County

42,493

0.8

10.5

46

Strongsville

44,819

0.3

14.3

47

Medina

26,128

1

10.4

48

Wickliffe

12,734

0.7

12.2

49

Bowling Green

32,017

0.7

12.1

50

Streetsboro

16,411

0.6

13.1

51

Riverside

25,083

1

11.4

52

Lyndhurst

13,519

1

11.4

53

Madison Township, Lake County

15,626

0.7

14.3

54

Stow

34,762

0.7

14.7

55

Parma

78,968

1.6

10.7

56

Struthers

10,193

1.1

13.8

57

Lakewood

50,078

1.2

13.5

58

Mentor

47,118

0.9

15

59

Pickerington

20,716

1.4

12.7

60

Amherst

12,100

0.9

15.5

61

Kent

30,065

1.2

14

62

Kettering

55,038

1

15.2

63

Gahanna

35,596

0.9

16.5

64

North Canton

17,265

1.1

15.5

65

Wadsworth

23,744

1.1

15.6

66

Tallmadge

17,550

1.1

16.5

67

Norton

12,003

0.9

17.9

68

Norwalk

16,800

0.8

18.5

69

Ashland

20,446

1

18

70

Delaware

39,944

1.6

15

71

Union Township, Clermont County

48,187

0.7

19.7

72

Willoughby

22,949

1.3

16.8

73

Westerville

40,225

1.1

17.8

74

Macedonia

12,056

0.2

22.5

75

Eastlake

18,111

0.4

22

76

Athens

25,356

1.2

17.9

77

Howland Township

16,449

0.6

21.3

78

Brimfield Township

10,330

0.5

22.5

79

University Heights

12,981

1.6

16.7

80

Austintown

35,029

1.2

19

81

Oxford

23,038

1

20.1

82

Bedford

12,587

2.1

14.5

83

West Chester Township

62,063

1

20.6

84

Blue Ash

12,227

1.1

20.2

85

Bellefontaine

13,137

0.9

21.5

86

Defiance

16,620

1.5

18.8

87

Tiffin

17,492

0.1

26.2

88

Cleveland Heights

44,413

2.1

16

89

Cuyahoga Falls

49,201

1.2

21.1

90

Troy

25,960

1.3

20.6

91

Lebanon

20,696

2

17.6

92

Conneaut

12,616

1.5

20.3

93

Beavercreek

47,203

0.8

24.3

94

Liberty Township

11,456

2.2

17.5

95

Marietta

13,618

1.8

19.5

96

Beachwood

11,681

0.9

24.7

97

Vandalia

15,023

2.1

19

98

Monroe

16,310

0.9

25

99

Pierce Township

11,669

0.9

26.3

100

Sylvania Township

29,574

1.7

22.2

101

Bedford Heights

10,574

1.9

21.1

102

South Euclid

21,539

1.4

24

103

Fairfield

42,568

2

21.4

104

Maumee

13,720

1.3

24.8

105

Huber Heights

37,969

1.5

24.1

106

Grove City

41,833

1

27.6

107

Bexley

13,893

0.9

28.6

108

Alliance

21,723

2

23.7

109

Fairfield Township

22,789

0.8

29.9

110

West Carrollton

12,893

2.8

20.2

111

Miamisburg

19,954

2.5

22.2

112

Massillon

32,361

2.3

23.1

113

Englewood

13,474

1

29.7

114

Richmond Heights

10,414

3.6

17.2

115

Fairborn

33,604

3.2

20

116

Findlay

41,351

2.2

25.2

117

Reynoldsburg

38,126

2.3

24.7

118

Mount Vernon

16,607

1.2

30.7

119

Greenville

12,707

3.8

17.8

120

Cambridge

10,369

0

38.2

121

Jackson Township, Stark County

40,416

2.1

27.5

122

Miami Township, Montgomery County

29,065

1.5

30.9

123

Niles

18,370

2.3

27.5

124

Oregon

19,922

1.6

31.6

125

Marion

35,885

2.8

26.2

126

Urbana

11,337

1.9

32

127

Washington Court House

14,210

1.6

34.4

128

Xenia

26,691

2.7

29.6

129

Bucyrus

11,741

2.6

30.2

130

Ironton

10,666

2.3

31.9

131

Van Wert

10,631

2.8

30

132

Salem

11,710

1.9

35.4

133

Wooster

26,688

3.3

29.9

134

Sidney

20,537

2.6

33.5

135

Piqua

21,056

2.1

38.3

136

Barberton

26,060

3.6

32

137

Norwood

19,976

2.8

36.9

138

East Cleveland

17,127

6.5

18.2

139

Sandusky

24,700

2.9

37.2

140

Brooklyn

10,759

0

52.6

141

Circleville

13,993

3.1

37.9

142

Fremont

16,125

0

54

143

Lancaster

40,498

2.9

41.7

144

Euclid

47,048

6.2

26

145

Newark

49,687

3.1

43.6

146

Columbus

892,576

4.9

35.3

147

Zanesville

25,371

4.7

37.3

148

Springfield Township, Summit County

14,572

3.2

45.8

149

Heath

10,774

2.3

50.7

150

Wilmington

12,386

1.4

56.8

151

Steubenville

17,913

3.1

53.5

152

Hamilton

62,059

5.1

43.3

153

Youngstown

64,282

6.7

35.5

154

Warren

39,280

6.2

38.2

155

Trotwood

24,380

6.8

36.6

156

Mansfield

45,941

5.2

45.4

157

Lima

36,948

6.5

45

158

Portsmouth

20,473

5.8

49.9

159

Akron

197,690

8.6

36.2

160

Toledo

275,023

8.5

37.2

161

Springfield

59,016

5.7

53.2

162

Cincinnati

301,952

8.4

45.4

163

Whitehall

19,024

6.3

56.5

164

Dayton

140,094

9.2

45.1

165

Chillicothe

21,441

4.9

75.6

166

Canton

70,605

12

53.7

167

Cleveland

384,666

14.5

44.1

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

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Sources

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2018 Crime in the United States
SafeWise, “2020 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “American Fact Finder
BestPlaces, “Find a Place Search Tool
Gun Violence Archive (GVA), “Mass Shootings Reports

Mass Shooting Definition

SafeWise uses the GVA definition of a mass shooting: “If four or more people are shot or killed in a single incident, not involving the shooter, that incident is categorized as a mass shooting based purely on that numerical threshold.”

Rebecca Edwards
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Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips.
  • 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”?