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Safest Places to Live in Florida 2020

EPF Last Update: March 6, 2020

Spring break student parties, sunbathing on Miami beaches, tropical climate and palms, surfing… These are the most common images that we associate with Florida. But this state in the southeast of the US is so much more than that.

With over 20 million residents, Florida (the land of flowers) is the 3rd most populous US state, right after California and Texas. A great part of its territory is a peninsula, which is why Florida has the longest coastline of all the states. The Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean surround it and are the main factors influencing its climate, which can be both wonderful and severe. You can see amazing animal species in Florida, such as the American alligator, American crocodile, Florida panther, and manatee, which you can’t find anywhere else in their natural habitat in the United States.

The capital of Florida is Tallahassee, the most populous city is Jacksonville, while the most populous urban area is the Miami metropolitan area. Multiculturalism is extremely prominent in Florida, largely due to the fact that it is home to many people originating from Cuba. There are also other influences, like European, African and indigenous people’s culture, which, along with all the aforementioned factors, give Florida a truly unique place among all US states.

On top of all that, Florida saw a considerable decrease in violent crime in 2017, which dropped by 3.5% (5.0% per 100,000 people) compared to 2016. This is rather promising data and gives us right to name Florida one of the most attractive US states by all criteria.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with population under 5,000.

100 Safest Places in Florida 2020

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Indian Harbour Beach861720,23
2Sanibel749820,27
3Satellite Beach1119730,27
4Longboat Key735120,27
5Tequesta616120,32
6Marco Island1812260,33
7Southwest Ranches804630,37
8Key Biscayne1329950,38
9Port Orange64208250,39
10Naples2230890,40
11Bay Harbor Islands607430,49
12Punta Gorda20170110,55
13Weston71744410,57
14Flagler Beach515230,58
15Sweetwater21181170,80
16North Palm Beach13214120,91
17Cooper City36896360,98
18Surfside587861,02
19Lady Lake15517161,03
20Miami Lakes31323331,05
21Lighthouse Point11372121,06
22Venice23362251,07
23Edgewater22643251,10
24Parkland33760381,13
25Port St. Lucie1931372181,13
26West Melbourne22665271,19
27Gulf Breeze664281,20
28Gulfport12424151,21
29Sebastian25672311,21
30Doral63680771,21
31Hialeah Gardens24510301,22
32Wellington66080811,23
33Belle Isle715191,26
34Seminole18795241,28
35North Bay Village8499111,29
36West Miami8486111,30
37Village of Pinecrest19854261,31
38Coral Gables51716681,31
39Lynn Haven21285281,32
40Safety Harbor17985241,33
41South Pasadena514171,36
42Dunedin36723521,42
43St. Cloud53560761,42
44Cape Coral1878692671,42
45Coconut Creek62237891,43
46Haines City24887361,45
47Palm Beach8837131,47
48Niceville15621231,47
49Lake Alfred608491,48
50Palm Beach Gardens55999831,48
51Sunny Isles Beach22563341,51
52Fernandina Beach12411191,53
53Winter Springs37137571,53
54Coral Springs1346402091,55
55Royal Palm Beach39253611,55
56Oviedo41937661,57
57Treasure Island6972111,58
58Clermont36233581,60
59Minneola11859191,60
60Margate59186981,66
61Groveland14342241,67
62Palmetto Bay24890421,69
63North Port676821171,73
64Milton10158181,77
65Neptune Beach7317131,78
66Pembroke Pines1730533141,81
67Eustis21182391,84
68Winter Park31323601,92
69Sunrise958121861,94
70Kenneth City5111101,96
71Vero Beach17172341,98
72Jupiter664571321,99
73Tarpon Springs25603511,99
74Boca Raton1001622052,05
75Maitland17846372,07
76Oldsmar14763312,10
77High Springs6147132,11
78Cutler Bay45807972,12
79Aventura38544822,13
80Lake Mary16896362,13
81Atlantic Beach13750302,18
82Rockledge27852612,19
83Auburndale16358362,20
84Hialeah2417785332,20
85Lauderdale-by-the-Sea6615152,27
86Hollywood1555033632,33
87Miramar1431033372,35
88St. Pete Beach9693232,37
89Fellsmere5803142,41
90Temple Terrace26777672,50
91Plantation952042392,51
92Davie1071202702,52
93St. Augustine Beach7120182,53
94Fruitland Park9093232,53
95DeFuniak Springs6646172,56
96Orange Park8750232,63
97Tavares17318482,77
98Stuart16689503,00
99Longwood15273463,01
100Ormond Beach433151313,02

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Crime Score in All Cities in Florida 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of cities in Florida.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • 30,000 – 100,000 Residents
  • Over 100,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Indian Creek Village9300,00
2Jupiter Inlet Colony45900,00
3Melbourne Village70300,00
4Sea Ranch Lakes74900,00
5Key Colony Beach83700,00
6Gulf Stream88800,00
7Golden Beach97200,00
8South Palm Beach145300,00
9North Redington Beach148600,00
10Sewall’s Point222100,00
11Madison277510,36
12Belleair Bluffs212310,47
13Belleair Beach161710,62
14Redington Beaches148710,67
15Indialantic292020,68
16Howey-in-the-Hills117610,85
17Hillsboro Beach203820,98
18Hypoluxo279931,07
19Jupiter Island92211,08
20Jennings87211,15
21El Portal250331,20
22Virginia Gardens248631,21
23Edgewood299641,34
24Welaka70111,43
25Ocean Ridge196631,53
26Bradenton Beach128421,56
27Cross City171431,75
28Graceville218841,83
29Chiefland217241,84
30Bowling Green291862,06
31Center Hill143532,09
32Manalapan46912,13
33Apalachicola230652,17
34Atlantis215152,32
35Havana165942,41
36Lake Helen280272,50
37Bonifay271272,58
38Dunnellon180852,77
39Lawtey72222,77
40Trenton210662,85
41Monticello238072,94
42Mexico Beach121743,29
43Crescent City154074,55
44Palm Beach Shores126064,76
45Port Richey2855155,25
46Blountstown2446145,72
47Lake Placid2282146,13
48Lake Hamilton1418107,05
49Williston2702207,40
50White Springs76867,81
51Bunnell29394314,63
52Medley8981718,93
53Eatonville22894519,66
54Mangonia Park20264522,21

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Indian River Shores428000,00
2Indian Harbour Beach861720,23
3Belleair412110,24
4Sanibel749820,27
5Longboat Key735120,27
6Midway336810,30
7Melbourne Beach330410,30
8Tequesta616120,32
9Southwest Ranches804630,37
10Bay Harbor Islands607430,49
11Windermere347820,58
12Flagler Beach515230,58
13Holmes Beach432530,69
14Highland Beach383830,78
15Bal Harbour Village311630,96
16Surfside587861,02
17Jasper389441,03
18Gulf Breeze664281,20
19Davenport484961,24
20Belle Isle715191,26
21North Bay Village8499111,29
22West Miami8486111,30
23Umatilla378651,32
24Juno Beach368251,36
25South Pasadena514171,36
26Indian Rocks Beach430861,39
27Palm Beach8837131,47
28Lake Alfred608491,48
29Biscayne Park319951,56
30Indian Shores380961,58
31Treasure Island6972111,58
32Valparaiso493681,62
33Neptune Beach7317131,78
34Lake Clarke Shores363271,93
35Kenneth City5111101,96
36Daytona Beach Shores454991,98
37High Springs6147132,11
38Port St. Joe359382,23
39Lauderdale-by-the-Sea6615152,27
40St. Pete Beach9693232,37
41Fellsmere5803142,41
42Wauchula4927122,44
43Ponce Inlet327282,44
44St. Augustine Beach7120182,53
45Fruitland Park9093232,53
46DeFuniak Springs6646172,56
47Oakland306682,61
48Orange Park8750232,63
49Chipley3516102,84
50Parker4614153,25
51Okeechobee5740213,66
52Springfield9514373,89
53Green Cove Springs8130323,94
54South Bay5198214,04
55Wildwood7120334,63
56Clewiston7807374,74
57Belleview5026244,78
58Chattahoochee3039154,94
59Dade City7238375,11
60Live Oak6902385,51
61Arcadia8082465,69
62Madeira Beach4427265,87
63Mascotte5693376,50
64Pahokee6305497,77
65Pembroke Park6674548,09
66Starke5361448,21
67Lake Park8716758,60
68Quincy7476749,90
69Marianna72518511,72
70Perry69269012,99

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Satellite Beach1119730,27
2Marco Island1812260,33
3Key Biscayne1329950,38
4Naples2230890,40
5Punta Gorda20170110,55
6Sweetwater21181170,80
7North Palm Beach13214120,91
8Lady Lake15517161,03
9Lighthouse Point11372121,06
10Venice23362251,07
11Edgewater22643251,10
12West Melbourne22665271,19
13Gulfport12424151,21
14Sebastian25672311,21
15Hialeah Gardens24510301,22
16Seminole18795241,28
17Village of Pinecrest19854261,31
18Lynn Haven21285281,32
19Safety Harbor17985241,33
20Haines City24887361,45
21Niceville15621231,47
22Sunny Isles Beach22563341,51
23Fernandina Beach12411191,53
24Minneola11859191,60
25Groveland14342241,67
26Palmetto Bay24890421,69
27Milton10158181,77
28Eustis21182391,84
29Vero Beach17172341,98
30Tarpon Springs25603511,99
31Maitland17846372,07
32Oldsmar14763312,10
33Lake Mary16896362,13
34Atlantic Beach13750302,18
35Rockledge27852612,19
36Auburndale16358362,20
37Temple Terrace26777672,50
38Tavares17318482,77
39Stuart16689503,00
40Longwood15273463,01
41Zephyrhills15504473,03
42Fort Walton Beach22263693,10
43Miami Shores10673343,19
44Miami Springs14508483,31
45South Miami12365413,32
46Cocoa Beach11807413,47
47Lake Wales16349573,49
48Crestview24293863,54
49New Smyrna Beach26937963,56
50Orange City11805453,81
51Key West252861003,95
52Wilton Manors12941544,17
53South Daytona13038564,30
54Mount Dora14179674,73
55Palm Springs251461265,01
56Holly Hill12302635,12
57Palmetto13807725,21
58Casselberry287441525,29
59Alachua10123545,33
60Bartow199541145,71
61Jacksonville Beach238421436,00
62St. Augustine14427936,45
63West Park152971097,13
64Sebring10741807,45
65Cocoa187391417,52
66Lantana12006917,58
67Leesburg230291757,60
68Panama City Beach129351108,50
69New Port Richey164591609,72
70Belle Glade1987720610,36
71Palatka1036511010,61
72Lake City1218214812,15
73Opa Locka1666339123,47
74Florida City1228437530,53

30,000 – 100,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Port Orange64208250,39
2Weston71744410,57
3Cooper City36896360,98
4Miami Lakes31323331,05
5Parkland33760381,13
6Doral63680771,21
7Wellington66080811,23
8Coral Gables51716681,31
9Dunedin36723521,42
10St. Cloud53560761,42
11Coconut Creek62237891,43
12Palm Beach Gardens55999831,48
13Winter Springs37137571,53
14Royal Palm Beach39253611,55
15Oviedo41937661,57
16Clermont36233581,60
17Margate59186981,66
18North Port676821171,73
19Winter Park31323601,92
20Sunrise958121861,94
21Jupiter664571321,99
22Cutler Bay45807972,12
23Aventura38544822,13
24Plantation952042392,51
25Ormond Beach433151313,02
26Altamonte Springs446641363,04
27Tamarac664542063,10
28Ocoee481281623,37
29Winter Garden449211553,45
30Largo855683223,76
31Greenacres City411741593,86
32Kissimmee728942883,95
33Deerfield Beach813713294,04
34Apopka531062184,10
35Pinellas Park533832244,20
36Plant City393051864,73
37Hallandale Beach402222175,40
38Pensacola526722855,41
39DeLand333841825,45
40North Lauderdale446502465,51
41Winter Haven422682365,58
42Sarasota577183375,84
43Delray Beach699704095,85
44Boynton Beach791424776,03
45Oakland Park455642776,08
46Fort Pierce461092836,14
47Titusville466502896,20
48Panama City373182346,27
49Dania Beach323762096,46
50Bradenton576473886,73
51Ocala595054056,81
52Sanford601544217,00
53Fort Myers828055827,03
54Melbourne828446017,25
55North Miami Beach444853237,26
56Lauderhill726945517,58
57North Miami625855248,37
58Lauderdale Lakes365753128,53
59Miami Beach929288719,37
60Lake Worth385773699,57
61Homestead7131471410,01
62Daytona Beach6903076411,07
63Riviera Beach3499141311,80

Over 100,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Port St. Lucie1931372181,13
2Cape Coral1878692671,42
3Coral Springs1346402091,55
4Pembroke Pines1730533141,81
5Boca Raton1001622052,05
6Hialeah2417785332,20
7Hollywood1555033632,33
8Miramar1431033372,35
9Davie1071202702,52
10Lakeland1096163613,29
11Palm Bay1129024043,58
12Tampa39294515984,07
13Clearwater1165045104,38
14Fort Lauderdale18215010065,52
15Jacksonville90321353815,96
16St. Petersburg26594216606,24
17Miami47304729786,30
18Miami Gardens1146708167,12
19Tallahassee19244314047,30
20Gainesville1334009897,41
21Pompano Beach1120458767,82
22Orlando28667922827,96
23West Palm Beach11165910269,19

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Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your city? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

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