Safest Cities in Florida

Florida is a state known for its long coastline and sandy beaches. It earns its nickname of “The Sunshine State” due to an average of 128 clear, sunny days each year (in some cities). Nearly 87 million visitors take a yearly trip to Florida, making it the #1 vacation destination in the world. The draw? Disney World and Universal Studios, of course, are major attractions, along with Sea World in Orlando, Busch Gardens in Tampa, and so much more. Nature enthusiasts love the Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and the 11,000 miles of rivers, streams, and waterways. Art lovers flock to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg and golfers find themselves at home with over 1,250 golf courses; more than any other state. The Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral delights visitors with a rich history and the occasional rocket launch. Those who crave a vibrant nightlife are not disappointed when visiting Duval Street in Key West, with shops, historic buildings, unique restaurants, and a lively club scene. Miami Beach offers a long stretch of sandy shoreline, but it’s only a small part of the 1,800 miles of coastline, of which 1,200 miles are (more) sandy beaches. The state flower is, not surprisingly, an orange blossom because the state produces 75% of the U.S. domestic orange crop. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that it’s the 4th most populous state in the union.

6.25% of U.S. population
4.95 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
19% above average U.S. property crime rate

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  PARKLAND

This city, tucked alongside the Everglade Wildlife Management Area on the east coast of Florida, is an affluent one that’s intentionally designed to mimic a park. With tons of character and charm, it has been an increasingly popular place to live, experiencing a population boom of over 821% in 25 years. The city offers impressive cuisine choices, an extravagant Chinese Lantern Festival each year, and visitors can see the everglades by taking an Airboat Tour in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. There were only seven reported violent crimes last year and 186 property crimes.

29,242 Population
7 Violent Crimes
186 Property Crimes

2. WESTON

The city of Weston is a beautifully planned city in the southern part of Florida and part of the Miami Metropolitan area. The city is one of the wealthiest in Florida, with a median household income of $93,553, and their schools are some of the best in the area. They host all sorts of community events, including children’s performances, a “Totally 80’s Concert” and the Weston World Fest, where 20 different countries’ food and cultures are represented. It works hard to provide a family-oriented community where people feel connected and safe. Weston has over 70,000 people in 27 square miles. Last year, there were only 26 reported violent crimes and 435 property crimes. Those numbers defy the odds, as it’s generally the case that bigger cities struggle with higher crime rates..

70,022 Population
26 Violent Crimes
435 Property Crimes

3. MARCO ISLAND

Known for its tropical sandy beaches and playful dolphins, Marco Island is Florida’s biggest island. It’s in the Gulf of Mexico, on Florida’s southwest shore, just south of Naples. It’s home to 17,719 people and is a haven for anyone who loves the water. In the 1960’s, the island was redeveloped and given the ability to host tourists, which provided a huge boost to their economy and made the city a popular destination. Cabanas sprinkle the shoreline as people enjoy various water sports including parasailing, jet-skiing, and kayaking. With so much to do, there’s no time for crime. Last year, there were only 12 reported violent crimes and 136 property crimes.

17,719 Population
12 Violent Crimes
136 Property Crimes

4. BAY HARBOR ISLANDS

On the opposite side of the state you’ll find the Bay Harbor Islands. This city is comprised of two islands just off the coast of North Miami, making it a vibrant and fun place to be. It’s densely populated with 6,100 people in just 0.6 square miles. However, despite the population density and proximity to Miami it remains a very safe place with only 3 reported violent crimes and 63 property crimes. It is well-connected - a quick jaunt over the bridge takes you to the buzz of the big city. It also has its own collection of restaurants, coffee shops, bistros, boutique shops, and so much more. If you love mid-century modern architecture be sure to drive through the beautiful East Island, comprised of single-family homes built by famous architects of the time.

6,100 Population
3 Violent Crimes
63 Property Crimes

5. VALPARAISO

On the northwest edge of Florida lies Choctawhatchee Bay and Valparaiso. Compared to the Bay Harbor Islands, it’s sparsely populated, with only 5,230 people living within its 12.7 square miles. It’s a comfortable, small town with kind people and a relaxed atmosphere. Like most small towns, it offers events like Saturday in the Park, Mulletfestival, and an annual Christmas parade. There are numerous well-groomed parks and plenty of water sports. Only seven instances of violent crime and 48 property crimes were reported.

5,230 Population
7 Violent Crimes
48 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Florida, 2017

1. Parkland

11. Minneola

21. West Miami

31. Port Orange

41. Miami Lakes

2. Weston

12. Indian Harbour Beach

22. Gulf Breeze

32. Sunny Isles Beach

42. Coconut Creek

3. Marco Island

13. Oviedo

23. Lady Lake

33. Wellington

43. Lighthouse Point

4. Bay Harbor Islands

14. Punta Gorda 

24. Belle Isle

34. Edgewater

44. Surfside

5. Valparaiso

15. North Palm Beach

25. Cape Coral

35. Margate

45. St. Cloud

6. Tequesta

16. Port St. Lucie

26. Southwest Ranches

36. Jupiter

46. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

7. Sanibel

17. North Port

27. Safety Harbor

37. North Bay Village

47. Sebastian

8. Satellite Beach

18. Niceville

28. Venice

38. Coral Springs

48. Pembroke Pines

9. Cooper City

19. Key Biscayne

29. Fellsmere

39. Dunedin

49. Naples

10. Winter Springs

20. Palm Beach

30. Fernandina Beach

40. Lake Mary

50. Tamarac

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Florida, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.


The remaining cities were ranked 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) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

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Richard Cosola - February 26, 2017 Reply

Lets make Wellington #1 !!!

Rich and Randi Cosola
Coventry Green
Wellington, Fl.

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