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Safest Places to Live in Florida 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 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

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Indian Harbour Beach 8617 2 0,23
2 Sanibel 7498 2 0,27
3 Satellite Beach 11197 3 0,27
4 Longboat Key 7351 2 0,27
5 Tequesta 6161 2 0,32
6 Marco Island 18122 6 0,33
7 Southwest Ranches 8046 3 0,37
8 Key Biscayne 13299 5 0,38
9 Port Orange 64208 25 0,39
10 Naples 22308 9 0,40
11 Bay Harbor Islands 6074 3 0,49
12 Punta Gorda 20170 11 0,55
13 Weston 71744 41 0,57
14 Flagler Beach 5152 3 0,58
15 Sweetwater 21181 17 0,80
16 North Palm Beach 13214 12 0,91
17 Cooper City 36896 36 0,98
18 Surfside 5878 6 1,02
19 Lady Lake 15517 16 1,03
20 Miami Lakes 31323 33 1,05
21 Lighthouse Point 11372 12 1,06
22 Venice 23362 25 1,07
23 Edgewater 22643 25 1,10
24 Parkland 33760 38 1,13
25 Port St. Lucie 193137 218 1,13
26 West Melbourne 22665 27 1,19
27 Gulf Breeze 6642 8 1,20
28 Gulfport 12424 15 1,21
29 Sebastian 25672 31 1,21
30 Doral 63680 77 1,21
31 Hialeah Gardens 24510 30 1,22
32 Wellington 66080 81 1,23
33 Belle Isle 7151 9 1,26
34 Seminole 18795 24 1,28
35 North Bay Village 8499 11 1,29
36 West Miami 8486 11 1,30
37 Village of Pinecrest 19854 26 1,31
38 Coral Gables 51716 68 1,31
39 Lynn Haven 21285 28 1,32
40 Safety Harbor 17985 24 1,33
41 South Pasadena 5141 7 1,36
42 Dunedin 36723 52 1,42
43 St. Cloud 53560 76 1,42
44 Cape Coral 187869 267 1,42
45 Coconut Creek 62237 89 1,43
46 Haines City 24887 36 1,45
47 Palm Beach 8837 13 1,47
48 Niceville 15621 23 1,47
49 Lake Alfred 6084 9 1,48
50 Palm Beach Gardens 55999 83 1,48
51 Sunny Isles Beach 22563 34 1,51
52 Fernandina Beach 12411 19 1,53
53 Winter Springs 37137 57 1,53
54 Coral Springs 134640 209 1,55
55 Royal Palm Beach 39253 61 1,55
56 Oviedo 41937 66 1,57
57 Treasure Island 6972 11 1,58
58 Clermont 36233 58 1,60
59 Minneola 11859 19 1,60
60 Margate 59186 98 1,66
61 Groveland 14342 24 1,67
62 Palmetto Bay 24890 42 1,69
63 North Port 67682 117 1,73
64 Milton 10158 18 1,77
65 Neptune Beach 7317 13 1,78
66 Pembroke Pines 173053 314 1,81
67 Eustis 21182 39 1,84
68 Winter Park 31323 60 1,92
69 Sunrise 95812 186 1,94
70 Kenneth City 5111 10 1,96
71 Vero Beach 17172 34 1,98
72 Jupiter 66457 132 1,99
73 Tarpon Springs 25603 51 1,99
74 Boca Raton 100162 205 2,05
75 Maitland 17846 37 2,07
76 Oldsmar 14763 31 2,10
77 High Springs 6147 13 2,11
78 Cutler Bay 45807 97 2,12
79 Aventura 38544 82 2,13
80 Lake Mary 16896 36 2,13
81 Atlantic Beach 13750 30 2,18
82 Rockledge 27852 61 2,19
83 Auburndale 16358 36 2,20
84 Hialeah 241778 533 2,20
85 Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 6615 15 2,27
86 Hollywood 155503 363 2,33
87 Miramar 143103 337 2,35
88 St. Pete Beach 9693 23 2,37
89 Fellsmere 5803 14 2,41
90 Temple Terrace 26777 67 2,50
91 Plantation 95204 239 2,51
92 Davie 107120 270 2,52
93 St. Augustine Beach 7120 18 2,53
94 Fruitland Park 9093 23 2,53
95 DeFuniak Springs 6646 17 2,56
96 Orange Park 8750 23 2,63
97 Tavares 17318 48 2,77
98 Stuart 16689 50 3,00
99 Longwood 15273 46 3,01
100 Ormond Beach 43315 131 3,02

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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

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Indian Creek Village 93 0 0,00
2 Jupiter Inlet Colony 459 0 0,00
3 Melbourne Village 703 0 0,00
4 Sea Ranch Lakes 749 0 0,00
5 Key Colony Beach 837 0 0,00
6 Gulf Stream 888 0 0,00
7 Golden Beach 972 0 0,00
8 South Palm Beach 1453 0 0,00
9 North Redington Beach 1486 0 0,00
10 Sewall’s Point 2221 0 0,00
11 Madison 2775 1 0,36
12 Belleair Bluffs 2123 1 0,47
13 Belleair Beach 1617 1 0,62
14 Redington Beaches 1487 1 0,67
15 Indialantic 2920 2 0,68
16 Howey-in-the-Hills 1176 1 0,85
17 Hillsboro Beach 2038 2 0,98
18 Hypoluxo 2799 3 1,07
19 Jupiter Island 922 1 1,08
20 Jennings 872 1 1,15
21 El Portal 2503 3 1,20
22 Virginia Gardens 2486 3 1,21
23 Edgewood 2996 4 1,34
24 Welaka 701 1 1,43
25 Ocean Ridge 1966 3 1,53
26 Bradenton Beach 1284 2 1,56
27 Cross City 1714 3 1,75
28 Graceville 2188 4 1,83
29 Chiefland 2172 4 1,84
30 Bowling Green 2918 6 2,06
31 Center Hill 1435 3 2,09
32 Manalapan 469 1 2,13
33 Apalachicola 2306 5 2,17
34 Atlantis 2151 5 2,32
35 Havana 1659 4 2,41
36 Lake Helen 2802 7 2,50
37 Bonifay 2712 7 2,58
38 Dunnellon 1808 5 2,77
39 Lawtey 722 2 2,77
40 Trenton 2106 6 2,85
41 Monticello 2380 7 2,94
42 Mexico Beach 1217 4 3,29
43 Crescent City 1540 7 4,55
44 Palm Beach Shores 1260 6 4,76
45 Port Richey 2855 15 5,25
46 Blountstown 2446 14 5,72
47 Lake Placid 2282 14 6,13
48 Lake Hamilton 1418 10 7,05
49 Williston 2702 20 7,40
50 White Springs 768 6 7,81
51 Bunnell 2939 43 14,63
52 Medley 898 17 18,93
53 Eatonville 2289 45 19,66
54 Mangonia Park 2026 45 22,21

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Indian River Shores 4280 0 0,00
2 Indian Harbour Beach 8617 2 0,23
3 Belleair 4121 1 0,24
4 Sanibel 7498 2 0,27
5 Longboat Key 7351 2 0,27
6 Midway 3368 1 0,30
7 Melbourne Beach 3304 1 0,30
8 Tequesta 6161 2 0,32
9 Southwest Ranches 8046 3 0,37
10 Bay Harbor Islands 6074 3 0,49
11 Windermere 3478 2 0,58
12 Flagler Beach 5152 3 0,58
13 Holmes Beach 4325 3 0,69
14 Highland Beach 3838 3 0,78
15 Bal Harbour Village 3116 3 0,96
16 Surfside 5878 6 1,02
17 Jasper 3894 4 1,03
18 Gulf Breeze 6642 8 1,20
19 Davenport 4849 6 1,24
20 Belle Isle 7151 9 1,26
21 North Bay Village 8499 11 1,29
22 West Miami 8486 11 1,30
23 Umatilla 3786 5 1,32
24 Juno Beach 3682 5 1,36
25 South Pasadena 5141 7 1,36
26 Indian Rocks Beach 4308 6 1,39
27 Palm Beach 8837 13 1,47
28 Lake Alfred 6084 9 1,48
29 Biscayne Park 3199 5 1,56
30 Indian Shores 3809 6 1,58
31 Treasure Island 6972 11 1,58
32 Valparaiso 4936 8 1,62
33 Neptune Beach 7317 13 1,78
34 Lake Clarke Shores 3632 7 1,93
35 Kenneth City 5111 10 1,96
36 Daytona Beach Shores 4549 9 1,98
37 High Springs 6147 13 2,11
38 Port St. Joe 3593 8 2,23
39 Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 6615 15 2,27
40 St. Pete Beach 9693 23 2,37
41 Fellsmere 5803 14 2,41
42 Wauchula 4927 12 2,44
43 Ponce Inlet 3272 8 2,44
44 St. Augustine Beach 7120 18 2,53
45 Fruitland Park 9093 23 2,53
46 DeFuniak Springs 6646 17 2,56
47 Oakland 3066 8 2,61
48 Orange Park 8750 23 2,63
49 Chipley 3516 10 2,84
50 Parker 4614 15 3,25
51 Okeechobee 5740 21 3,66
52 Springfield 9514 37 3,89
53 Green Cove Springs 8130 32 3,94
54 South Bay 5198 21 4,04
55 Wildwood 7120 33 4,63
56 Clewiston 7807 37 4,74
57 Belleview 5026 24 4,78
58 Chattahoochee 3039 15 4,94
59 Dade City 7238 37 5,11
60 Live Oak 6902 38 5,51
61 Arcadia 8082 46 5,69
62 Madeira Beach 4427 26 5,87
63 Mascotte 5693 37 6,50
64 Pahokee 6305 49 7,77
65 Pembroke Park 6674 54 8,09
66 Starke 5361 44 8,21
67 Lake Park 8716 75 8,60
68 Quincy 7476 74 9,90
69 Marianna 7251 85 11,72
70 Perry 6926 90 12,99

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Satellite Beach 11197 3 0,27
2 Marco Island 18122 6 0,33
3 Key Biscayne 13299 5 0,38
4 Naples 22308 9 0,40
5 Punta Gorda 20170 11 0,55
6 Sweetwater 21181 17 0,80
7 North Palm Beach 13214 12 0,91
8 Lady Lake 15517 16 1,03
9 Lighthouse Point 11372 12 1,06
10 Venice 23362 25 1,07
11 Edgewater 22643 25 1,10
12 West Melbourne 22665 27 1,19
13 Gulfport 12424 15 1,21
14 Sebastian 25672 31 1,21
15 Hialeah Gardens 24510 30 1,22
16 Seminole 18795 24 1,28
17 Village of Pinecrest 19854 26 1,31
18 Lynn Haven 21285 28 1,32
19 Safety Harbor 17985 24 1,33
20 Haines City 24887 36 1,45
21 Niceville 15621 23 1,47
22 Sunny Isles Beach 22563 34 1,51
23 Fernandina Beach 12411 19 1,53
24 Minneola 11859 19 1,60
25 Groveland 14342 24 1,67
26 Palmetto Bay 24890 42 1,69
27 Milton 10158 18 1,77
28 Eustis 21182 39 1,84
29 Vero Beach 17172 34 1,98
30 Tarpon Springs 25603 51 1,99
31 Maitland 17846 37 2,07
32 Oldsmar 14763 31 2,10
33 Lake Mary 16896 36 2,13
34 Atlantic Beach 13750 30 2,18
35 Rockledge 27852 61 2,19
36 Auburndale 16358 36 2,20
37 Temple Terrace 26777 67 2,50
38 Tavares 17318 48 2,77
39 Stuart 16689 50 3,00
40 Longwood 15273 46 3,01
41 Zephyrhills 15504 47 3,03
42 Fort Walton Beach 22263 69 3,10
43 Miami Shores 10673 34 3,19
44 Miami Springs 14508 48 3,31
45 South Miami 12365 41 3,32
46 Cocoa Beach 11807 41 3,47
47 Lake Wales 16349 57 3,49
48 Crestview 24293 86 3,54
49 New Smyrna Beach 26937 96 3,56
50 Orange City 11805 45 3,81
51 Key West 25286 100 3,95
52 Wilton Manors 12941 54 4,17
53 South Daytona 13038 56 4,30
54 Mount Dora 14179 67 4,73
55 Palm Springs 25146 126 5,01
56 Holly Hill 12302 63 5,12
57 Palmetto 13807 72 5,21
58 Casselberry 28744 152 5,29
59 Alachua 10123 54 5,33
60 Bartow 19954 114 5,71
61 Jacksonville Beach 23842 143 6,00
62 St. Augustine 14427 93 6,45
63 West Park 15297 109 7,13
64 Sebring 10741 80 7,45
65 Cocoa 18739 141 7,52
66 Lantana 12006 91 7,58
67 Leesburg 23029 175 7,60
68 Panama City Beach 12935 110 8,50
69 New Port Richey 16459 160 9,72
70 Belle Glade 19877 206 10,36
71 Palatka 10365 110 10,61
72 Lake City 12182 148 12,15
73 Opa Locka 16663 391 23,47
74 Florida City 12284 375 30,53

30,000 – 100,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Port Orange 64208 25 0,39
2 Weston 71744 41 0,57
3 Cooper City 36896 36 0,98
4 Miami Lakes 31323 33 1,05
5 Parkland 33760 38 1,13
6 Doral 63680 77 1,21
7 Wellington 66080 81 1,23
8 Coral Gables 51716 68 1,31
9 Dunedin 36723 52 1,42
10 St. Cloud 53560 76 1,42
11 Coconut Creek 62237 89 1,43
12 Palm Beach Gardens 55999 83 1,48
13 Winter Springs 37137 57 1,53
14 Royal Palm Beach 39253 61 1,55
15 Oviedo 41937 66 1,57
16 Clermont 36233 58 1,60
17 Margate 59186 98 1,66
18 North Port 67682 117 1,73
19 Winter Park 31323 60 1,92
20 Sunrise 95812 186 1,94
21 Jupiter 66457 132 1,99
22 Cutler Bay 45807 97 2,12
23 Aventura 38544 82 2,13
24 Plantation 95204 239 2,51
25 Ormond Beach 43315 131 3,02
26 Altamonte Springs 44664 136 3,04
27 Tamarac 66454 206 3,10
28 Ocoee 48128 162 3,37
29 Winter Garden 44921 155 3,45
30 Largo 85568 322 3,76
31 Greenacres City 41174 159 3,86
32 Kissimmee 72894 288 3,95
33 Deerfield Beach 81371 329 4,04
34 Apopka 53106 218 4,10
35 Pinellas Park 53383 224 4,20
36 Plant City 39305 186 4,73
37 Hallandale Beach 40222 217 5,40
38 Pensacola 52672 285 5,41
39 DeLand 33384 182 5,45
40 North Lauderdale 44650 246 5,51
41 Winter Haven 42268 236 5,58
42 Sarasota 57718 337 5,84
43 Delray Beach 69970 409 5,85
44 Boynton Beach 79142 477 6,03
45 Oakland Park 45564 277 6,08
46 Fort Pierce 46109 283 6,14
47 Titusville 46650 289 6,20
48 Panama City 37318 234 6,27
49 Dania Beach 32376 209 6,46
50 Bradenton 57647 388 6,73
51 Ocala 59505 405 6,81
52 Sanford 60154 421 7,00
53 Fort Myers 82805 582 7,03
54 Melbourne 82844 601 7,25
55 North Miami Beach 44485 323 7,26
56 Lauderhill 72694 551 7,58
57 North Miami 62585 524 8,37
58 Lauderdale Lakes 36575 312 8,53
59 Miami Beach 92928 871 9,37
60 Lake Worth 38577 369 9,57
61 Homestead 71314 714 10,01
62 Daytona Beach 69030 764 11,07
63 Riviera Beach 34991 413 11,80

Over 100,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Port St. Lucie 193137 218 1,13
2 Cape Coral 187869 267 1,42
3 Coral Springs 134640 209 1,55
4 Pembroke Pines 173053 314 1,81
5 Boca Raton 100162 205 2,05
6 Hialeah 241778 533 2,20
7 Hollywood 155503 363 2,33
8 Miramar 143103 337 2,35
9 Davie 107120 270 2,52
10 Lakeland 109616 361 3,29
11 Palm Bay 112902 404 3,58
12 Tampa 392945 1598 4,07
13 Clearwater 116504 510 4,38
14 Fort Lauderdale 182150 1006 5,52
15 Jacksonville 903213 5381 5,96
16 St. Petersburg 265942 1660 6,24
17 Miami 473047 2978 6,30
18 Miami Gardens 114670 816 7,12
19 Tallahassee 192443 1404 7,30
20 Gainesville 133400 989 7,41
21 Pompano Beach 112045 876 7,82
22 Orlando 286679 2282 7,96
23 West Palm Beach 111659 1026 9,19

How safe do you feel?

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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