We’ve analyzed other states for safety before, and next on our list was the Buckeye State. Ohio is definitely a proud state
, and it’s a pretty safe one, too, as it turned out. To show you exactly how safe, the Movoto Real Estate
Blog has put together a list of the 10 most secure spots, and many of them might come as a bit of a surprise.
The safest places in Ohio were:
1. City of Hudson
2. City of Solon
3. City of Upper Arlington
4. City of Strongsville
5. City of North Ridgeville
6. City of Parma
7. City of Mason
8. City of Athens
9. City of Stow
10. City of Centerville
You might notice that all these places are pretty small, proving that little places frequently offer big safety. Still, you might be wondering how exactly we got these results. To find that out, you can read our next section about the methodology we used.
To find out what the top 50 safest places in the state were, you can scroll to the end of the article.
As with all our other safety-focused rankings, we first turned to the Uniform Crime Report from the FBI (2012)
to gather data. We looked at all locations over 20,000 people in size, and any place that did not have reported crime data was omitted from our list. The types of crime we looked at were:
After we got that data, we divided the crimes into four categories:
- Violent crimes
- Property crimes
- Total crimes
From there, we had a total of 67 places that reported data, and we looked at the crime per 100,000 people in order to fairly compare big and small places. We then ranked each place in each of the four crime types from one to 67, with rankings closer to one being safer.
Because certain crimes are more serious than others, such as murder, the categories were weighted so that murders, violent crimes, and property crimes would be worth 30 percent of the overall score, where the total number of crimes would be worth 10 percent.
From there, we averaged each place’s scores into one Big Deal Score
. The location with the number closest to one there became our safest place in the nation. Let’s take a moment with each of our top 10 to examine why they placed where they did.
Source: City of Hudson
If you’re looking for a place that’s violence-free, safe for your stuff, and incredibly welcoming, you couldn’t do better than Hudson. Seriously, any place that offers locals a 1 in 154 chance of being the victim of a crime is worth a second glance if you want someplace safe to call home.
Remember how we said violence-free? We meant it. Hudson had no rapes, no murders, and no assaults reported in 2012. In fact, it only had nine robberies per 100,000 people, making this easily the least violent location on our list.
The property crime was the second lowest on our list, with no vehicle thefts reported and merely 104 burglaries per 100,000 people. This city also had the second lowest total crime, which is pretty impressive for a place with a population of merely 22,181.
For personal safety, property safety, and just all around security, it really has to be Hudson.
Source: Flickr user K.M. Klemencic
Solon locals are probably not surprised to see their city in the top 10, and for good reason.
For starters, there were no murders and no rapes here in 2012, and only four robberies and 26 assaults per 100,000 people. That resulted in this city having the third lowest violent crime rate overall.
Of course, there were more good safety scores than just those. This city had the third lowest property crime as well, with merely 833 crimes per 100,000 people of that type being reported. All in all, Solon had the third lowest total crime as well.
What does this mean for those proud locals? It means that people who live there had a very small 1 in 116 chance of being the victim of a crime.
3. Upper Arlington
Source: Flickr user Andrew Blight
Anyone worried about their physical safety should definitely give Upper Arlington a look.
Home to 34,221 people, this city had the second lowest crime, with no murders or rapes reported in 2012. In fact, none of our top three cities had any rapes or murders reported in 2012, so that’s a happy statistic.
Besides the mere 26 violent crime per 100,000 people here in 2012, Upper arlington had only 1,377 property crimes per 100,000 people that year, the sixth lowest on our list. All that came out to the total crime ranking sixth on our list.
It also meant that locals had a 1 in 71 chance of being the victim of a crime, with it being very unlikely that it would be the violent sort.
Source: Flickr user Andrew Bardwell
While most places on this list are small, Strongsville was a bit bigger at 44,397 people. It was the second biggest, only to Parma, in our top 10, and still managed to offer locals a very small 1 in 55 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Like the others in our top 10, Strongsville had no murders reported in 2012, which helped make it the third least violent spot in Ohio. Of course, the mere t30 violent crimes per 100,000 people helped a lot, too.
For property crime and total crime, this city ranked seventh in both categories. So besides being a lively little community, this is definitely a safe place to consider in a home search.
5. North Ridgeville
Source: City of North Ridgeville
Back to smaller places, North Ridgeville is home to 29,490 people, as well as the fourth lowest total crime on our list. But how did this place fare in other categories?
For violent crime, this city had 10 rapes, 14 robberies, and 31 assault per 100,000 people reported in 2012. Those numbers were good enough to make North Ridgeville the ninth least violent place in Ohio.
This place also had the fourth lowest property crime and the fourth lowest total crime on our list, making this a safe spot across the board. In addition, locals here had a low 1 in 85 chance of being the victim of a crime, which is definitely something for North Ridgeville natives to smile about.
Source: Flickr user Raymond Wambsgans
This city was easily the largest on our top 10 list at 80,963 people, but it still offered all the safety you’d get from a cozy little small town.
To demonstrate this point, just keep in mind that this big city offered residents a mere 1 in 160 chance of being the victim of any sort of crime. Now that’s definitely wow-worthy.
More specifically, this place had no murders, and low violent crime in general, landing it 14th on our list. Of course, that isn’t the very lowest, but compared to other cities its size,that ranking is pretty spectacular.
The standout here, though, was the very low property crime, with only 557 crimes of that type per 100,000 people being reported in 2012. That gave Parma the lowest property crime on our entire list, as well as the lowest total crime.
See, even big cities can still be safe for all sort of people.
Source: Flickr user Hubert K
Mason’s 31,037 locals are probably smiling to see their city here, and it ranked seventh for good reason.
For one thing, this place gave folks a 1 in 50 chance of being the victim of a crime and had the 11th lowest total crime, with simply 1,981 crimes per 100,000 people reported in 2012. Sounds pretty safe, right?
More specifically, this place was safe from violence. There were were only 35 violent crimes per 100,000 people, with no murders, six rapes, 19 robberies, and 10 assaults in 2012. That was good enough to make Mason the fifth least violent place on our list.
The property crime here was also low, with 1,946 crimes per 100,000 of that type reported in 2012. That number gave Mason the 12th lowest property crime on our list, and kept this in the top 10 as a very safe place to live.
Source: Flickr user Barack Obama
Safety is definitely a priority in the little city of Athens, as evidenced by some strong crime numbers in every category.
Like the rest of the places in the top 10, Athens had no murders reported in 2012, and that’s only the first of this place’s very secure stats.
Another thing that this place had going for it was the low violent crime, ranking 12th. In particular, this place has four rapes, 34 robberies, and 25 assaults per 100,000 people during the year we surveyed.
More than that, Athens had the 10th lowest property crime and the 10th lowest total crime. All those great stats combined gave locals a 1 in 51 chance of being the victim of a crime, with an even lower chance of folks being the victim of a violent crime.
Source: Flickr user Raymond Wambsgans
Safety comes in spades in Stow, and the numbers seriously support that statement.
Like Athens, this city had a 1 in 51 chance of being the victim of a crime, making certain that residents can sleep easy at night.
More specifically, this place had no murders in 2012, and also had a very low number of assaults. This lead to Stow having the 16th lowest violent crime, with only 75 crimes per 100,000 people being reported the year of our analysis.
The other standout scores were probably the ninth lowest property crime, at 1,867 crimes per 100,000 of that type, and the ninth lowest total crime as well. Those stats were enough to rank this city as the ninth safest on our list, and to make sure that crime is just one less thing that locals have to be concerned about.
Source: City of Centerville
In the small city of Centerville, safety is absolutely a priority for locals. If you don’t want to take our word for it, just keep in mind that residents here had a 1 in 53 chance of being the victim of a crime, with it being very unlikely to be the violent sort.
It’s true that Centreville had slightly higher crime than the other places in our top 10, but the number here were still nothing to scoff at. There were no murders here, and only 79 violent crimes per 100,000 people in total for 2012. So, really, compared to most other places on our full list, this was a pretty non-violent place.
What’s more is that the other scores here were superb. This city had the eighth lowest property crime, the eighth lowest total crime, and a lovely community of 24,107 people to enjoy.
Oh How Safe Ohio Is
While home searches can be stressful—and we’re doing our best to make them less so here at Movoto—safety should still be a factor. And, of course, some places are definitely safer than others, as we demonstrated above.
If you’re considering moving to the Buckeye state, you might want to keep this list in mind. And if you happen to already live in one of our 10 safest spots, remember to hold your head high and walk without fear. You’ve got a great community and a great city watching your back.