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Safest Cities in Ohio

Safest Cities in Ohio

Using data published by the FBI, AdvisorSmith examined crime statistics from Ohio to find the safest cities and communities in the state. We used the levels of reported crimes, which include burglary, rape, robbery, assault, motor vehicle theft, larceny, and murder, to calculate a crime score in each city. This crime score reflects the overall level of crime in a city, which is adjusted for crime severity and population. The average crime score in Ohio was 38, while the range of scores spanned a low of 2 up to a high of 355.

In this study, we examined three categories of cities in Ohio, with cities grouped according to their population sizes. Cities with populations exceeding 50,000 residents were categorized as large cities. Midsize cities had between 10,000 and 50,000 residents, and small cities had populations below 10,000. Overall, we studied 473 cities in the state of Ohio, which included 284 small cities, 171 midsize cities, and 18 large cities.

Discover the safest large, midsize, and small cities in Ohio below.

Safest Large Cities in Ohio

We examined 18 large cities in Ohio that had populations exceeding 50,000 residents. The average crime score in these large cities was 84, with the lowest score being 17 and the highest score being 183.

The safest large city in Ohio was Elyria, a western suburb in the Cleveland metropolitan area. With a population of approximately 55,000 residents, Elyria is a residential, bedroom community for Cleveland. The city is host to several major corporations, including Invacare and Ridge Tool Company. Health care and education are other major employers in the city.

Cleveland, located on the southern shore of Lake Erie, was the large city in Ohio with the highest crime rate. Cleveland is a city with a history of major manufacturing enterprises, and the city also has numerous major cultural institutions. Today, the city has a diversified economy that includes financial services, health care, and the arts.

RankCityViolent Crimes per 1,000 ResidentsProperty Crimes per 1,000 ResidentsCrime Score
1Elyria5.66.716.9
2Kettering3.215.424.9
3Green Township4.316.525.5
4Parma4.810.725.5
5Lakewood6.113.626.1
6Colerain Township4.821.935.2
7West Chester Township9.020.836.7
8Lorain14.215.345.1
9Columbus23.536.891.1
10Youngstown27.235.599.1
11Hamilton27.843.6100.4
12Springfield26.153.2110.1
13Cincinnati27.645.6120.5
14Akron38.536.6124.0
15Dayton35.545.2132.7
16Toledo55.837.4143.5
17Canton47.153.7166.4
18Cleveland55.144.5183.1

Safest Midsize Cities in Ohio

Among midsize cities in Ohio with populations between 10,000 and 50,000 residents, Broadview Heights was the safest city in the state. The city is located just south of the city of Cleveland and is home to two golf courses, a community theater, and numerous local restaurants.

Crime scores for midsize cities in Ohio ranged from 2 up to as high as 137, while averaging 40. The table below lists the midsize cities in Ohio ranked by their crime score. Additionally, the rates of property and violent crime per 1,000 residents is also listed in the table. In total, we studied 171 midsize cities in the state of Ohio.

RankCityViolent Crimes per 1,000 ResidentsProperty Crimes per 1,000 ResidentsCrime Score
1Broadview Heights0.40.92.2
2Chester Township1.20.52.2
3Olmsted Township0.52.13.6
4Sagamore Hills0.92.73.7
5Rocky River1.83.25.7
6Avon Lake1.03.66.2
7Clearcreek Township2.03.26.4
8North Ridgeville2.22.96.6
9Montville Township2.24.27.3
10Hudson1.65.77.5
11Poland Township4.02.67.7
12Seven Hills2.34.58.4
13Brunswick Hills Township3.22.98.7
14Painesville0.50.78.8
15Bay Village2.24.29.6
16Springboro2.95.710.0
17Brecksville2.03.210.0
18Hamilton Township2.53.910.2
19Westlake0.22.611.1
20North Royalton3.74.011.3
21Brunswick3.44.911.7
22New Albany3.17.612.0
23Mason3.47.912.3
24Sharonville1.22.212.6
25Berea3.76.213.0
26Powell1.98.213.2
27Mayfield Heights1.76.113.6
28Clayton1.910.214.0
29Twinsburg4.85.714.2
30Solon2.69.214.2
31American Township1.611.914.3
32Upper Arlington1.511.014.3
33New Franklin5.78.515.8
34Aurora2.99.216.0
35Montgomery2.59.216.1
36Harrison1.913.516.3
37Centerville2.412.316.8
38Perrysburg2.711.117.0
39Fairview Park3.58.617.5
40Bainbridge Township1.914.717.9
41Strongsville2.514.318.1
42Perrysburg Township3.610.318.2
43Copley Township4.411.218.4
44Sylvania5.88.818.5
45Dublin3.810.218.9
46Madison Township5.28.119.4
47Delhi Township3.910.519.5
48Miami Township3.810.819.8
49Dover6.57.819.8
50New Philadelphia5.312.419.9
51Hilliard6.86.820.0
52Wickliffe4.812.220.5
53Streetsboro4.613.121.0
54North Olmsted6.112.521.1
55Lyndhurst6.311.422.9
56Goshen Township9.59.623.7
57Bowling Green7.012.123.9
58Medina8.110.424.9
59Shawnee Township9.59.025.1
60Amherst4.915.525.5
61Stow6.214.725.9
62Kent5.814.026.2
63Eastlake2.722.026.6
64Pickerington5.912.826.7
65Macedonia3.422.527.1
66Mentor6.815.228.1
67Wadsworth6.415.628.2
68Madison Township9.014.828.2
69Marysville6.015.528.6
70Springfield Township6.714.628.9
71Bedford3.614.529.1
72Riverside8.713.429.5
73Worthington6.620.730.1
74Tiffin3.126.230.1
75Athens6.017.930.2
76Brimfield Township5.422.530.7
77University Heights5.016.730.7
78North Canton8.215.631.0
79Tallmadge6.716.831.6
80Struthers11.213.831.6
81Gahanna9.316.631.6
82Norton8.817.932.0
83Howland Township6.921.332.0
84Union Township7.519.732.1
85Austintown7.819.033.3
86Ashland9.418.034.1
87Norwalk10.918.534.3
88Oxford5.321.334.3
89Beachwood3.524.734.3
90Cleveland Heights6.616.034.3
91Delaware8.715.035.1
92Blue Ash6.220.635.8
93Bedford Heights4.421.136.0
94Beavercreek5.624.536.1
95Cuyahoga Falls7.821.136.2
96Willoughby12.616.836.8
97Pierce Township5.126.737.4
98Vandalia4.919.037.5
99Bellefontaine11.221.537.8
100Fairfield6.621.439.0
101South Euclid7.024.039.1
102Bexley5.028.639.4
103Richmond Heights3.717.239.5
104Defiance9.518.839.5
105Forest Park7.221.339.5
106Liberty Township10.217.539.6
107Perkins Township4.222.639.7
108Lebanon8.417.640.0
109Troy10.921.141.0
110Fairfield Township6.130.141.0
111Sylvania Township10.122.441.5
112Monroe10.825.941.7
113Englewood5.329.842.0
114Conneaut12.720.542.2
115Perry Township16.714.943.0
116Reading6.825.843.6
117Marietta9.721.643.8
118Grove City9.627.844.0
119Westerville9.123.144.0
120West Carrollton6.720.244.1
121Maumee10.526.745.0
122Huber Heights11.725.247.5
123Miamisburg11.722.649.1
124Jackson Township10.627.651.2
125Mount Vernon13.130.851.5
126Greenville9.517.851.5
127Alliance17.623.752.9
128Miami Township9.132.853.4
129Findlay13.325.554.0
130Oregon11.232.054.1
131Massillon17.623.156.0
132Fairborn16.520.257.2
133London23.823.559.1
134Ironton11.832.059.3
135Salem13.235.459.6
136East Cleveland7.018.260.4
137Bucyrus15.230.260.6
138Niles20.427.962.2
139Washington Court House15.535.962.4
140Urbana16.632.463.4
141Xenia19.129.966.5
142Marion22.026.266.7
143Norwood13.537.467.2
144Wooster16.729.968.3
145Boardman16.432.169.2
146Brooklyn7.052.671.3
147Fremont9.954.071.7
148Reynoldsburg18.633.671.8
149Van Wert24.230.072.1
150Middletown13.435.473.0
151Circleville21.038.480.8
152Sandusky27.037.281.7
153Wilmington14.259.381.9
154Cambridge22.038.282.1
155Sidney28.133.782.2
156Barberton29.832.082.3
157Newark20.143.882.5
158Heath15.950.983.0
159Euclid24.926.084.7
160Springfield Township21.346.787.8
161Zanesville22.738.090.5
162Piqua36.638.390.9
163Lancaster30.642.091.7
164Steubenville23.953.593.4
165Trotwood22.837.299.6
166Portsmouth21.349.9102.9
167Warren38.338.3112.6
168Lima33.245.0116.1
169Chillicothe19.875.7121.9
170Whitehall33.456.5124.7
171Mansfield59.145.9137.4

Safest Small Cities in Ohio

Among small cities in Ohio, the average crime score was 34. The lowest crime score in small cities was 3, and the highest score was 355. Our analysis included 284 small cities in Ohio, which included cities with fewer than 10,000 residents.

The safest small city in Ohio was Olmsted Falls. This city of about 9,000 residents is located in the southwest portion of the Cleveland metropolitan area. The city is home to the headquarters of the Vitamix corporation.

RankCityViolent Crimes per 1,000 ResidentsProperty Crimes per 1,000 ResidentsCrime Score
1Olmsted Falls0.02.22.7
2Russell Township0.61.03.1
3South Russell0.31.13.2
4Amberley Village0.04.04.3
5St. Clairsville1.40.24.8
6Crooksville1.20.44.8
7Kirtland0.74.14.8
8Lexington1.71.95.1
9Glendale0.01.45.5
10Camden0.50.56.1
11New Miami1.30.46.8
12Hinckley Township1.42.67.0
13Reminderville0.25.77.1
14Waterville3.33.87.1
15Ada2.33.47.3
16New Bremen0.03.07.3
17Kalida0.01.97.6
18Genoa2.21.87.9
19Perry Township3.52.58.0
20Pomeroy2.80.68.1
21St. Clair Township2.43.78.1
22Greenhills2.23.98.2
23Deer Park0.56.58.8
24Munroe Falls2.05.98.9
25Strasburg4.11.18.9
26Ottawa6.21.69.0
27Grafton1.85.29.5
28Indian Hill0.76.69.6
29Bethesda0.80.89.7
30South Zanesville3.55.59.8
31Enon1.70.010.1
32German Township1.06.610.2
33Cedarville2.73.910.5
34Shadyside2.50.810.5
35Waterville Township3.51.810.6
36St. Henry1.25.910.9
37Chagrin Falls1.53.810.9
38Elmwood Place1.40.910.9
39Maineville0.90.911.1
40Poland Village4.54.511.1
41Arcanum3.93.511.1
42Brewster4.22.311.1
43Pepper Pike2.55.211.6
44Columbus Grove2.90.011.6
45Carey6.52.011.8
46Barnesville8.63.211.8
47Winchester2.01.012.0
48Thornville0.04.012.0
49.5Beach City2.00.012.0
49.5Baltimore2.75.712.0
51Granville2.24.012.1
52Highland Heights0.710.512.4
53Clay Township3.35.012.5
54Carlisle3.74.413.0
55Gates Mills1.34.013.0
56Newtown0.810.113.1
57Byesville2.51.313.1
58Catawba Island Township3.11.713.1
59West Liberty2.24.513.5
60Wyoming2.38.913.6
61Walton Hills1.35.713.7
62Perry Township2.410.113.8
63Cleves6.42.314.0
64Saline Township1.63.114.2
65New Concord6.34.514.2
66Coal Grove1.90.514.4
67New Middletown4.53.914.4
68Columbiana4.35.914.7
69West Lafayette4.82.614.8
70Syracuse1.22.514.8
71Canfield4.76.914.8
72Cortland5.58.915.1
73Ottawa Hills3.68.315.1
74Mariemont1.28.715.5
75Sharon Township3.710.015.8
76Payne2.62.615.8
77Ripley4.77.115.8
78Campbell5.54.715.8
79Covington8.36.416.0
80Lowellville1.80.916.4
81Ross Township5.07.416.6
82Elida1.73.916.6
83Forest0.77.716.8
84Minerva Park2.39.016.9
85East Canton1.34.417.1
86Craig Beach4.52.717.4
87Somerset4.14.117.5
88Bath Township2.614.017.6
89Monroeville3.74.417.7
90Creston5.75.217.8
91Bellbrook4.07.218.1
92Spencerville10.13.718.4
93Junction City0.06.218.6
94Whitehouse7.54.618.7
95Apple Creek3.49.318.9
96Sheffield Lake5.28.019.0
97Lawrence Township6.48.119.1
98West Union5.14.819.1
99South Bloomfield6.011.519.1
100Beaver Township8.49.319.3
101Middleport6.66.619.3
102Leipsic4.53.519.3
103Piketon8.33.219.3
104Johnstown6.76.319.4
105Grandview Heights2.914.219.4
106Medina Township3.610.719.4
107St. Paris4.02.019.5
108Jackson Township5.44.919.6
109Northfield3.09.819.6
110Germantown8.09.819.6
111Valley View3.06.019.7
112Amelia5.012.019.8
113Fort Recovery4.29.119.9
114Millersport0.95.719.9
115Wintersville6.512.220.0
116Bluffton2.89.120.0
117Brookville2.72.520.1
118Gratis3.58.220.1
119Archbold8.19.120.7
120Yorkville5.20.020.8
121Hartville0.317.821.1
122Port Washington0.03.521.1
123Carroll0.03.521.2
124Loveland6.410.321.4
125Cardington6.84.921.5
126Mentor-On-The-Lake7.77.721.5
127Fayette12.09.621.7
128Garrettsville4.39.521.7
129New Waterford5.17.621.7
130Windham7.78.221.8
131Huron10.79.921.9
132Liverpool Township3.21.122.1
133Toronto10.52.922.2
134Clyde2.115.922.5
135New Straitsville2.82.822.6
136Lordstown8.612.622.8
137Springfield Township6.811.022.8
138Canal Fulton10.18.422.9
139New Knoxville0.011.623.2
140Crestline8.210.523.3
141Ashville4.612.023.3
142Uhrichsville12.47.523.4
143Laurelville2.05.923.6
144Middlefield1.119.624.0
145Chardon1.018.224.0
146Oxford Township8.111.824.2
147Bellville4.813.424.3
148Aberdeen5.05.624.4
149Oak Hill10.613.924.5
150Lynchburg3.410.924.5
151Mogadore0.714.824.6
152Milton Township10.610.224.9
153Weathersfield2.32.825.0
154Tipp City5.915.525.1
155St. Marys11.111.025.7
156Lisbon9.47.526.0
157Louisville6.415.226.4
158Mechanicsburg13.812.626.4
159Pioneer8.614.326.4
160Seaman3.37.826.8
161Commercial Point11.09.226.9
162Belpre7.214.227.3
163Lithopolis11.211.827.6
164Utica12.78.227.7
165Peebles7.03.527.8
166Shawnee Hills5.013.728.0
167West Jefferson12.311.428.1
168Fredericktown12.414.028.4
169Dennison20.73.129.2
170Swanton13.613.129.4
171North Baltimore7.112.129.9
172Frazeysburg3.11.530.6
173Rittman5.417.530.8
174Navarre7.912.731.2
175Coldwater8.67.831.5
176New Vienna9.013.131.5
177Smithville7.15.531.6
178Eaton5.325.531.9
179Bazetta Township5.024.632.3
180South Charleston11.818.032.8
181Botkins13.911.333.7
182Independence6.917.533.9
183Hubbard Township12.213.534.1
184West Farmington4.34.334.3
185Rio Grande12.612.634.3
186Jackson5.926.034.3
187Orrville13.68.034.3
188Bay View3.38.334.9
189Oak Harbor10.314.734.9
190Milan9.24.135.3
191Danville6.023.935.9
192Albany10.913.136.0
193Vermilion10.022.736.8
194Pandora0.90.937.2
195Washingtonville4.74.737.7
196Bridgeport8.013.737.9
197Waverly13.517.238.4
198Hubbard18.613.538.6
199Wapakoneta16.416.739.2
200Glouster11.617.739.9
201Mccomb1.20.040.2
202Spencer2.51.340.8
203Upper Sandusky13.221.241.1
204Sabina13.424.741.6
205Milford7.827.741.8
206Loudonville11.314.842.2
207Mcconnelsville15.214.142.3
208Martins Ferry15.512.542.4
209Goshen Township16.418.042.4
210Mcarthur11.522.542.5
211Peninsula3.624.942.7
212Sugarcreek Township8.627.342.8
213Salineville20.418.743.2
214Sebring19.018.744.3
215East Palestine13.211.944.4
216Newcomerstown12.813.344.5
217Oberlin7.922.344.8
218Yellow Springs14.620.445.1
219Bellaire20.613.545.8
220New Lebanon12.326.145.9
221Shelby12.623.946.4
222Jackson Township10.422.246.9
223Owensville12.211.047.1
224Galion14.922.147.5
225Williamsburg10.520.748.0
226Uniontown12.524.248.4
227Blanchester15.529.748.8
228Coitsville Township17.320.348.8
229New Richmond11.215.349.6
230Hillsboro14.521.249.7
231Batavia13.725.150.2
232Georgetown16.625.750.2
233Wauseon14.729.151.1
234Woodsfield8.02.251.7
235Magnolia14.115.552.4
236Northwood12.528.252.6
237Lockland16.520.552.9
238Cheviot8.723.853.0
239Bolivar3.10.053.3
240Millersburg12.526.253.7
241Jamestown27.621.453.9
242Carroll Township4.88.153.9
243North College Hill11.621.954.6
244Warren Township16.215.354.6
245Lakemore18.233.555.0
246Nelsonville14.635.858.0
247Russells Point16.819.758.3
248Wellston18.328.358.8
249Woodlawn14.327.658.9
250Napoleon31.616.459.0
251Bethel13.922.959.4
252Mount Orab15.530.459.7
253New Lexington17.023.860.0
254Newton Falls19.919.360.2
255Shawnee4.77.860.8
256Village Of Leesburg23.127.762.3
257Greenfield13.429.962.3
258Ontario6.953.763.1
259Willard14.940.463.9
260Rockford1.81.865.0
261Groveport18.624.066.1
262Girard28.424.969.2
263Port Clinton25.129.869.3
264Fairport Harbor12.012.471.4
265Evendale1.767.172.3
266South Vienna10.220.573.7
267Hiram2.70.074.9
268Addyston6.43.276.3
269Felicity11.822.577.0
270Butler Township12.356.179.7
271Kenton18.439.181.3
272Sugar Grove11.72.384.5
273Geneva-On-The-Lake30.027.590.7
274Montpelier30.043.593.3
275Logan24.854.7105.7
276Mount Healthy45.435.7108.0
277Delphos41.837.0116.0
278Mingo Junction18.98.0118.0
279Moraine23.860.7123.5
280Roseville13.1102.9166.1
281Gallipolis37.696.4167.8
282Fairfax4.7180.8185.5
283New Boston35.7162.1223.5
284Holland17.0313.7355.0

Methodology

We studied the safest small, midsize, and large cities in Ohio using data from the Uniform Crime Reporting Data Set. Cities, municipalities, and law enforcement agencies use Return A to report the levels of reported crimes in their communities to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This report includes counts of reported crimes in cities and jurisdictions across the country. In the state of Ohio, we studied the reported crime levels in 473 cities across the state.

In order to compare cities of comparable size, we sorted Ohio cities into one of three population buckets. Small cities with less than 10,000 residents were compared with one another, while midsize cities were those with between 10,000 and 50,000 residents. Large cities were considered separately—these cities had populations exceeding 50,000.

Cities that reported fewer than two months of data out of the calendar year were excluded from this study to avoid skewing the results based on a single month’s reported data. Additionally, for cities that reported fewer than 12 full months of data, we adjusted their crime levels to reflect a proportionate full year’s equivalent of crime.

We assigned a weighting to each of the types of crimes reported in the data set, which included rape, murder, robbery, assault, larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. The weighting was based upon the severity of the crimes, with more serious crimes receiving a higher weighting. We then calculated the weighted crime levels in each city and scaled the crime levels by each city’s population to create a crime score for each city. The cities were then ranked by their crime scores within their population cohorts to determine the safest cities in Ohio.

Sources

1. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reporting, Return A, 2018

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