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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. Marysville22. Solon23. Canfield
24. Twinsburg25. Berea26. New Philadelphia
27. Orrville28. Lawrence Township29. Shawnee Township
30. Madison Township, Franklin County31. Dublin932. Mason
33. Centerville34. Parma35. Westlake
36. Miamisburg37. New Albany38. American Township
39. Miami Township, Clermont County40. Lyndhurst41. Medina
42. Louisville43. Wyoming44. Upper Arlington
45. Perrysburg Township46. Goshen Township, Clermont County47. Clayton
48. Montgomery49. Vermilion50. Liberty Township
51. Ross Township52. Highland Heights53. Delhi Township
54. Lebanon55. Norton56. Weathersfield
57. North Canton58. Streetsboro59. Tipp City
60. Tiffin61. Bath Township, Summit County62. Kent
63. Wadsworth64. Strongsville65. Macedonia
66. Westerville67. Gahanna68. Medina Township
69. Athens70. Kettering71. Wapakoneta
72. Oregon73. Bowling Green

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74. Amherst
75. Eastlake76. Willoughby77. Springfield Township, Hamilton County
78. Tallmadge79. Brimfield Township80. Stow
81. University Heights82. Beavercreek83. Monroe
84. Mentor85. Vandalia86. Ashland
87. Riverside88. Oxford89. Cleveland Heights
90. Cuyahoga Falls91. Bedford Heights92. Howland Township
93. West Chester Township94. East Cleveland95. Delaware
96. Ironton97. Richmond Heights98. Blue Ash
99. Sugarcreek Township100. Union Township, Clermont County
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