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The 20 Safest Cities in Ohio—2017




If you live in Ohio, or you’re thinking of moving there, you’ll be glad to hear that the Buckeye state’s overall crime rate decreased from 2014 to 2015, making it the twenty-fourth safest state. But these twenty Ohio communities boast crime rates far below the state—and national—averages.

According to the most recent FBI Crime Report, Ohioans living in any of the cities on our list had less than one out of 1,000 chance of experiencing a violent crime in 2015—almost 75% less than the national average. Equally impressive is the fact that only one of these safe cities reported more than seventeen violent crimes, and Montville Township reported none. We also applaud Bellevue, Poland Township, Hudson, and Hamilton Township in Warren County for having zero reports of murder, rape, or robbery.

Ohio’s top twenty safest cities didn’t report much property crime either, and the occurrence of burglaries was especially low. On average, they cited about twenty break-ins over the course of the year, and Chester Township reported less than five. This is remarkably few burglaries considering one takes place every twenty seconds in the United States.1

With thirteen of the cities on this list having appeared in last year’s top twenty, we think it’s safe to say that the leaders, law enforcement officers, and citizens of these communities continue to work together to keep crime under control. That certainly seems to be the case in Brunswick, where Chief of Police Carl S. DeForest encourages police officers and citizensto “develop partnerships” to help solve community problems—whether they collaborate through initiatives like the Brunswick Citizens Police Academy, the ride-along program, or block watches.

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Even if you live in a city where crime isn’t much of a concern, it’s important to learn as much as you can about personal safety and home security. A great resource is our Ohio Safety Directory, where you’ll find a variety of crime prevention information along with a color-coded map noting the most and least burglarized counties in the state.

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How We Chose the Safest Cities in Ohio

To identify the safest cities in Ohio, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 2,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

1. Dover ↑

Previous Rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.47
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.95

2. Chester Township

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.10
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.37

3. Bay Village

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.45
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.05

4. Bellevue

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.12
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.86

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5. Poland Township

Previous Rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.08
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.38 

6. Hudson

Previous Rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.27
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.36

7. Brecksville ↓

Previous Rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.45
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.32 

8. Olmsted Township

Previous Rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.68
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.53

9. Seven Hills

Previous Rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.34
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.14

10. Powell ↑

Previous Rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.47
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.41

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11. North Ridgeville ↑

Previous Rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.34
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.57

12. Hamilton Township, Warren County

Previous Rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.09
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.88

13. Sagamore Hills

Previous Rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.36
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.01

14. Montville Township

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.47

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15. Sylvania Township

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.75
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.48

16. Aurora ↑

Previous Rank: 22

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.38
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.97

17. Clearcreek Township ↓

Previous Rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.46
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.04

18. Springboro ↓

Previous Rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.55
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.98

19. Fostoria

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.99
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.55

20. Brunswick ↓

Previous Rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.49
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.24

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 20?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Marysville 22. Solon 23. Canfield
24. Twinsburg 25. Berea 26. New Philadelphia
27. Orrville 28. Lawrence Township 29. Shawnee Township
30. Madison Township, Franklin County 31. Dublin9 32. Mason
33. Centerville 34. Parma 35. Westlake
36. Miamisburg 37. New Albany 38. American Township
39. Miami Township, Clermont County 40. Lyndhurst 41. Medina
42. Louisville 43. Wyoming 44. Upper Arlington
45. Perrysburg Township 46. Goshen Township, Clermont County 47. Clayton
48. Montgomery 49. Vermilion 50. Liberty Township
51. Ross Township 52. Highland Heights 53. Delhi Township
54. Lebanon 55. Norton 56. Weathersfield
57. North Canton 58. Streetsboro 59. Tipp City
60. Tiffin 61. Bath Township, Summit County 62. Kent
63. Wadsworth 64. Strongsville 65. Macedonia
66. Westerville 67. Gahanna 68. Medina Township
69. Athens 70. Kettering 71. Wapakoneta
72. Oregon 73. Bowling Green

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74. Amherst
75. Eastlake 76. Willoughby 77. Springfield Township, Hamilton County
78. Tallmadge 79. Brimfield Township 80. Stow
81. University Heights 82. Beavercreek 83. Monroe
84. Mentor 85. Vandalia 86. Ashland
87. Riverside 88. Oxford 89. Cleveland Heights
90. Cuyahoga Falls 91. Bedford Heights 92. Howland Township
93. West Chester Township 94. East Cleveland 95. Delaware
96. Ironton 97. Richmond Heights 98. Blue Ash
99. Sugarcreek Township 100. Union Township, Clermont County
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