Safest Cities in Ohio – 2020

Last Updated on January 19, 2020

On a whole, the outlook on crime in Ohio is fairly positive, as the state’s 2018 violent crime rate of 2.8 offenses per 1,000 people was about 24% lower than the national average, while its property crime rate was just a notch lower than nationwide levels. However, Ohio’s safest cities do even better, boasting low crime rates on par with the best of the nation.

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Olmsted Township is Ohio’s safest community. The Cleveland-area suburb of around 13,400 recorded just 2 violent crimes in 2018, for a stunning violent crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000, while its property crime rate is about 10% of the national average.

The 2nd safest community in Ohio is Brecksville, another wealthy Cleveland suburb of similar size to #1 Olmsted Township. Brecksville’s violent and property crime rates resemble those of the first entry on the list, albeit just a notch higher.

#3 North Ridgeville is the 3rd straight Cleveland suburb in the ranking of Ohio’s safest cities. With a population of around 34,000, North Ridgeville is larger than #1 and #2 combined, yet still managed to record less than 10 violent crimes in 2018, for a remarkable violent crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000.

We move away from the Greater Cleveland area for #4 Poland Township, a community in Mahoning County located near the Pennsylvania border. Poland Township’s violent crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 is just a hair higher than that of the top entry in the ranking.

Rounding out the list is Clearcreek Township (#5), a community of 15.7K that logged only 4 violent crimes and less than 50 property crimes in 2018.

Ohio’s Safest Cities

OHCityPopulationViolent
crime
Property
crime
Law enforcement
employees
Total crimesCrime rate per 1,000Violent crimes per 1,000Property crimes per 1,000Law enforcement per 1,000
1Olmsted Township1342522816302.230.152.091.19
2Brecksville13652104437543.960.733.222.71
3North Ridgeville34025997471063.120.262.851.38
4Poland Township1188823112332.780.172.611.01
5Clearcreek Township1576544820523.300.253.041.27
6Seven Hills1166235216554.720.264.461.37
7Springboro187894101291055.590.215.381.54
8Brunswick3495422173521955.580.634.951.49
9Berea1883810116321266.690.536.161.70
10Hilliard3718435242762777.450.946.512.04
11Solon2294810210642209.590.449.152.79
12Dublin48570294131074429.100.608.502.20
13Mason335836264522708.040.187.861.55
14Montgomery10807797241049.620.658.982.22
15Aurora1604710148361589.850.629.222.24
16Powell134556109221158.550.458.101.64
17Perrysburg Township1293581333114110.900.6210.282.40
18Fairview Park1624816140291569.600.988.621.78
19Lyndhurst13519141543716812.431.0411.392.74
20Shawnee Township1206112104181169.620.998.621.49
21Streetsboro16411102153722513.710.6113.102.25
22North Olmsted31653133976241012.950.4112.541.96
23Harrison1151321562515813.720.1713.552.17
24Lakewood500785867411373214.621.1613.462.26
25Bowling Green32017243865541012.810.7512.061.72
26Struthers10193111412215214.911.0813.832.16
27Strongsville44819126429165414.590.2714.322.03
28Kent30065364215645715.201.2014.001.86
29Amherst12100111872619816.360.9115.452.15
30Cleveland Heights444139371111180418.102.0916.012.50
31Blue Ash12227142474026121.351.1520.203.27
32Gahanna35596315887161917.390.8716.521.99
33Bellefontaine13137122823829422.380.9121.472.89
34Wadsworth23744263713839716.721.1015.631.60
35Greenville12707482263227421.563.7817.792.52
36Delaware39944646015866516.651.6015.051.45
37Tallmadge17550202902831017.661.1416.521.60
38Ashland20446203693738919.030.9818.051.81
39Macedonia1205632713127422.730.2522.482.57
40Defiance16620253133333820.341.5018.831.99
41Norwalk16800143113032519.350.8318.511.79
42East Cleveland171271123114442324.706.5418.162.57
43Conneaut12616192562527521.801.5120.291.98
44Norton12003112151722618.830.9217.911.42
45Fairborn336041066737277923.183.1520.032.14
46Austintown35029426675670920.241.2019.041.60
47Monroe16310154074142225.870.9224.952.51
48West Chester Township62063641279109134321.641.0320.611.76
49Troy25960335354656821.881.2720.611.77
50Eastlake1811173993240622.420.3922.031.77
51West Carrollton12893362612429723.042.7920.241.86
52Miamisburg19954494434249224.662.4622.202.10
53Fairfield42568849097899323.331.9721.351.83
54Brimfield Township1033052321823722.940.4822.461.74
55Tiffin1749224583946026.300.1126.182.23
56Union Township, Clermont County48187359516298620.460.7319.741.29
57Bexley13893133983641129.580.9428.652.59
58Huber Heights37969579166897325.631.5024.121.79
59Reynoldsburg381268894275103027.022.3124.711.97
60Findlay4135190104382113327.402.1825.221.98
61Niles18370435054054829.832.3427.492.18
62Van Wert10631303192834932.832.8230.012.63
63Beavercreek4720340114567118525.100.8524.261.42
64Englewood13474144002641430.731.0429.691.93
65Mount Vernon16607205103453031.911.2030.712.05
66Cambridge10369143963241039.541.3538.193.09
67Pierce Township11669103071731727.170.8626.311.46
68Sidney20537546884574236.132.6333.502.19
69Columbus89257644163151222553592840.254.9535.302.53
70Washington Court House14210234892751236.031.6234.411.90
71Urbana11337223631938533.961.9432.021.68
72Cincinnati30195225351371011671624553.808.4045.403.86
73Barberton26060948334492735.573.6131.961.69
74Circleville13993435303157340.953.0737.882.22
75Cleveland38466655761697016752254658.6114.5044.124.35
76Toledo2750232333102226861255545.658.4837.172.49
77Akron19769017047159475886344.838.6236.212.40
78Brooklyn10759185663558454.281.6752.613.25
79Fairfield Township22789196812370030.720.8329.881.01
80Dayton14009412916323424761454.359.2245.133.03
81Mansfield459412372087118232450.595.1645.432.57
82Lancaster40498116168779180344.522.8641.661.95
83Warren39280245150075174544.426.2438.191.91
84Heath10774255462757153.002.3250.682.51
85Steubenville179135595844101356.553.0753.482.46
86Newark49687152216678231846.653.0643.591.57
87Fremont16125208703389055.191.2453.952.05
88Trotwood2438016589331105843.406.7736.631.27
89Springfield590163363141135347758.925.6953.222.29
90Canton706058453790188463565.6511.9753.682.66
91American Township120942144114612.070.1711.910.08

Methodology

To identify the safest cities, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and cities with populations under 10,000. This left 3,381 cities (out of a total of 9,251). 

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and normalized.

Data from 2,831 law enforcement agencies was then collected to determine police adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees).  We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. This variable was also transformed and normalized.

Finally, the two variables were combined to create a safety score for each city.