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Safest Places to Live in Ohio 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

Ohio is located in the Midwest region of the United States, within the region of Great Lakes. Its nickname is the Buckeye State, after its well-known Buckeye trees. Ohio is home to over 11 million residents, which makes it the 7th most populous US state.

Even though Cleveland is the best-known city in Ohio, probably due to the fact that it is home to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Cleveland Cavaliers, the capital and the most populous city is Columbus. Cincinnati is another great city in Ohio and it is well-known for ATP Cincinnati World Tour Masters 1000 Tournament, which is played in nearby Mason and gathers the best tennis players on the planet in August each year.

The rate of violent crime in Ohio decreased by 3.0% from 2016 to 2017, or 3.3% per 100,000 residents.

All in all, Ohio is a very safe state and you will be able to conclude this by comparing crime score in the top 30 places in Ohio to that of the safest places in other states. You will see it is considerably lower than in the safest places in some other states.

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 a population under 5,000.

100 Safest Places in Ohio 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Russell Township 5216 0 0,00
2 Waterville 5490 0 0,00
3 Kirtland 6819 0 0,00
4 Olmsted Falls 8912 0 0,00
5 Sagamore Hills 10956 0 0,00
6 Hudson 22242 1 0,04
7 Broadview Heights 19236 2 0,10
8 Tiffin 17492 2 0,11
9 Huron 6893 1 0,15
10 Cortland 6759 1 0,15
11 Rocky River 20253 3 0,15
12 Olmsted Township 13425 2 0,15
13 American Township 12094 2 0,17
14 Poland Township 11888 2 0,17
15 Montville Township 11831 2 0,17
16 Indian Hill 5883 1 0,17
17 Harrison 11513 2 0,17
18 Mason 33583 6 0,18
19 New Albany 11192 2 0,18
20 Ada 5556 1 0,18
21 Munroe Falls 5064 1 0,20
22 Bath Township, Summit County 9689 2 0,21
23 Springboro 18789 4 0,21
24 Macedonia 12056 3 0,25
25 Clearcreek Township 15765 4 0,25
26 Seven Hills 11662 3 0,26
27 North Ridgeville 34025 9 0,26
28 Strongsville 44819 12 0,27
29 Mayfield Heights 18648 5 0,27
30 Upper Arlington 35572 10 0,28
31 New Franklin 14157 4 0,28
32 Beaver Township 6437 2 0,31
33 Grafton 5953 2 0,34
34 Centerville 23757 8 0,34
35 Deer Park 5671 2 0,35
36 Germantown 5499 2 0,36
37 Grandview Heights 7977 3 0,38
38 Clayton 13209 5 0,38
39 Vermilion 10436 4 0,38
40 Brunswick Hills Township 10418 4 0,38
41 Eastlake 18111 7 0,39
42 Loveland 12876 5 0,39
43 New Philadelphia 17445 7 0,40
44 North Olmsted 31653 13 0,41
45 Canfield 7220 3 0,42
46 Perrysburg 21585 9 0,42
47 Solon 22948 10 0,44
48 Powell 13455 6 0,45
49 Ross Township 8879 4 0,45
50 Wyoming 8554 4 0,47
51 Hamilton Township, Warren County 23330 11 0,47
52 Jackson 6231 3 0,48
53 Brimfield Township 10330 5 0,48
54 North Royalton 30324 15 0,49
55 Ontario 6056 3 0,50
56 Hinckley Township 8029 4 0,50
57 Tipp City 9995 5 0,50
58 Berea 18838 10 0,53
59 Bazetta Township 5565 3 0,54
60 Uhrichsville 5343 3 0,56
61 Chardon 5174 3 0,58
62 Dublin 48570 29 0,60
63 Howland Township 16449 10 0,61
64 Streetsboro 16411 10 0,61
65 Perrysburg Township 12935 8 0,62
66 Springfield Township, Mahoning County 6448 4 0,62
67 Aurora 16047 10 0,62
68 Brunswick 34954 22 0,63
69 Twinsburg 18983 12 0,63
70 Pepper Pike 6309 4 0,63
71 Clyde 6182 4 0,65
72 Montgomery 10807 7 0,65
73 Sheffield Lake 8954 6 0,67
74 Goshen Township, Clermont County 16177 11 0,68
75 Granville 5787 4 0,69
76 Madison Township, Lake County 15626 11 0,70
77 Wickliffe 12734 9 0,71
78 Lawrence Township 8273 6 0,73
79 Union Township, Clermont County 48187 35 0,73
80 Brecksville 13652 10 0,73
81 Canal Fulton 5450 4 0,73
82 St. Marys 8127 6 0,74
83 Carlisle 5393 4 0,74
84 Stow 34762 26 0,75
85 Bowling Green 32017 24 0,75
86 Medina Township 9004 7 0,78
87 Belpre 6402 5 0,78
88 Johnstown 5054 4 0,79
89 Miami Township, Clermont County 42493 34 0,80
90 Columbiana 6218 5 0,80
91 Wapakoneta 9771 8 0,82
92 Bellbrook 7256 6 0,83
93 Norwalk 16800 14 0,83
94 Fairfield Township 22789 19 0,83
95 Beavercreek 47203 40 0,85
96 Pierce Township 11669 10 0,86
97 Dover 12752 11 0,86
98 Mentor 47118 41 0,87
99 Gahanna 35596 31 0,87
100 Amherst 12100 11 0,91

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Crime Score in All Cities in Ohio 2020

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

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 Waite Hill 457 0 0,00
2 Kirtland Hills 641 0 0,00
3 Danville 1003 0 0,00
4 Fayette 1246 0 0,00
5 Oak Hill 1512 0 0,00
6 Mechanicsburg 1589 0 0,00
7 Commercial Point 1636 0 0,00
8 Lithopolis 1651 0 0,00
9 Fairfax 1709 0 0,00
10 Bellville 1867 0 0,00
11 South Bloomfield 1998 0 0,00
12 Newtown 2664 0 0,00
13 Covington 2666 0 0,00
14 Sabina 2546 1 0,39
15 Fredericktown 2498 1 0,40
16 Poland Village 2432 1 0,41
17 Gates Mills 2234 1 0,45
18 Oxford Township 2210 1 0,45
19 Windham 2199 1 0,45
20 Somerset 1459 1 0,69
21 Evendale 2863 2 0,70
22 Pioneer 1399 1 0,71
23 Dennison 2607 2 0,77
24 Salineville 1228 1 0,81
25 Milton Township 2446 2 0,82
26 Garrettsville 2315 2 0,86
27 Jamestown 2098 2 0,95
28 McArthur 1646 2 1,22
29 Middleport 2435 3 1,23
30 Utica 2220 3 1,35
31 Lisbon 2653 4 1,51
32 Glouster 1806 3 1,66
33 McConnelsville 1775 3 1,69
34 Bridgeport 1756 3 1,71
35 Batavia 1674 3 1,79
36 Loudonville 2621 5 1,91
37 Navarre 1893 4 2,11
38 Coitsville Township 1331 3 2,25
39 Village of Leesburg 1301 3 2,31
40 Owensville 821 2 2,44
41 Jackson Township, Mahoning County 2026 5 2,47
42 Williamsburg 2564 7 2,73
43 Bethel 2796 10 3,58
44 New Richmond 2683 10 3,73
45 New Boston 2103 10 4,76
46 Holland 1645 8 4,86
47 Geneva-on-the-Lake 1202 8 6,66

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 South Russell 3781 0 0,00
2 Amberley Village 3783 0 0,00
3 Barnesville 4064 0 0,00
4 Perry Township, Columbiana County 4324 0 0,00
5 Ottawa Hills 4472 0 0,00
6 Russell Township 5216 0 0,00
7 Waterville 5490 0 0,00
8 Kirtland 6819 0 0,00
9 Olmsted Falls 8912 0 0,00
10 Huron 6893 1 0,15
11 Cortland 6759 1 0,15
12 Indian Hill 5883 1 0,17
13 Ada 5556 1 0,18
14 Munroe Falls 5064 1 0,20
15 Bath Township, Summit County 9689 2 0,21
16 Lexington 4666 1 0,21
17 Reminderville 4381 1 0,23
18 Ottawa 4346 1 0,23
19 Clay Township, Montgomery County 4238 1 0,24
20 Swanton 3900 1 0,26
21 Perry Township, Franklin County 3773 1 0,27
22 Wintersville 3700 1 0,27
23 Greenhills 3595 1 0,28
24 Carey 3564 1 0,28
25 Lordstown 3252 1 0,31
26 Beaver Township 6437 2 0,31
27 Hartville 3036 1 0,33
28 Grafton 5953 2 0,34
29 Deer Park 5671 2 0,35
30 Germantown 5499 2 0,36
31 Grandview Heights 7977 3 0,38
32 Amelia 4994 2 0,40
33 Canfield 7220 3 0,42
34 Ross Township 8879 4 0,45
35 Wyoming 8554 4 0,47
36 Ashville 4162 2 0,48
37 Jackson 6231 3 0,48
38 Ontario 6056 3 0,50
39 Hinckley Township 8029 4 0,50
40 Tipp City 9995 5 0,50
41 Bazetta Township 5565 3 0,54
42 Uhrichsville 5343 3 0,56
43 Chardon 5174 3 0,58
44 Springfield Township, Mahoning County 6448 4 0,62
45 Pepper Pike 6309 4 0,63
46 Clyde 6182 4 0,65
47 Lakemore 3074 2 0,65
48 Sheffield Lake 8954 6 0,67
49 West Jefferson 4375 3 0,69
50 Granville 5787 4 0,69
51 Archbold 4302 3 0,70
52 Blanchester 4246 3 0,71
53 Lawrence Township 8273 6 0,73
54 Canal Fulton 5450 4 0,73
55 St. Marys 8127 6 0,74
56 Carlisle 5393 4 0,74
57 Chagrin Falls 3973 3 0,76
58 Medina Township 9004 7 0,78
59 Belpre 6402 5 0,78
60 Johnstown 5054 4 0,79
61 Columbiana 6218 5 0,80
62 Wapakoneta 9771 8 0,82
63 Bellbrook 7256 6 0,83
64 Whitehouse 4823 4 0,83
65 Mariemont 3438 3 0,87
66 Crestline 4396 4 0,91
67 Sebring 4217 4 0,95
68 Louisville 9347 9 0,96
69 Bluffton 4117 4 0,97
70 Milford 6914 7 1,01
71 Campbell 7844 8 1,02
72 Upper Sandusky 6497 7 1,08
73 Jackson Township, Montgomery County 3674 4 1,09
74 Waverly 4295 5 1,16
75 Sugarcreek Township 8412 10 1,19
76 Mentor-on-the-Lake 7399 9 1,22
77 Wauseon 7345 9 1,23
78 Toronto 4776 6 1,26
79 West Union 3141 4 1,27
80 Willard 6022 8 1,33
81 Northfield 3668 5 1,36
82 Georgetown 4282 6 1,40
83 Shelby 8984 13 1,45
84 New Lebanon 3983 6 1,51
85 Nelsonville 5278 8 1,52
86 Yellow Springs 3768 6 1,59
87 Goshen Township, Mahoning County 3110 5 1,61
88 Independence 7135 12 1,68
89 Napoleon 8236 14 1,70
90 Galion 9957 17 1,71
91 Coldwater 4515 8 1,77
92 Uniontown 3349 6 1,79
93 Orrville 8472 16 1,89
94 Bellaire 4083 8 1,96
95 Wellston 5506 11 2,00
96 Butler Township 7802 16 2,05
97 Oberlin 8262 17 2,06
98 Woodlawn 3298 7 2,12
99 Port Clinton 5899 13 2,20
100 Northwood 5421 12 2,21
101 Martins Ferry 6624 15 2,26
102 Montpelier 3934 9 2,29
103 Mount Orab 3485 8 2,30
104 Hillsboro 6499 15 2,31
105 Greenfield 4543 13 2,86
106 New Lexington 4697 14 2,98
107 Girard 9304 28 3,01
108 Lockland 3462 11 3,18
109 Newton Falls 4516 15 3,32
110 Kenton 8114 29 3,57
111 Logan 7059 28 3,97
112 Warren Township 5110 21 4,11
113 Groveport 5656 25 4,42
114 Gallipolis 3402 18 5,29
115 Mingo Junction 3236 59 18,23

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Sagamore Hills 10956 0 0,00
2 Hudson 22242 1 0,04
3 Broadview Heights 19236 2 0,10
4 Tiffin 17492 2 0,11
5 Rocky River 20253 3 0,15
6 Olmsted Township 13425 2 0,15
7 American Township 12094 2 0,17
8 Poland Township 11888 2 0,17
9 Montville Township 11831 2 0,17
10 Harrison 11513 2 0,17
11 New Albany 11192 2 0,18
12 Springboro 18789 4 0,21
13 Macedonia 12056 3 0,25
14 Clearcreek Township 15765 4 0,25
15 Seven Hills 11662 3 0,26
16 Mayfield Heights 18648 5 0,27
17 New Franklin 14157 4 0,28
18 Centerville 23757 8 0,34
19 Clayton 13209 5 0,38
20 Vermilion 10436 4 0,38
21 Brunswick Hills Township 10418 4 0,38
22 Eastlake 18111 7 0,39
23 Loveland 12876 5 0,39
24 New Philadelphia 17445 7 0,40
25 Perrysburg 21585 9 0,42
26 Solon 22948 10 0,44
27 Powell 13455 6 0,45
28 Hamilton Township, Warren County 23330 11 0,47
29 Brimfield Township 10330 5 0,48
30 Berea 18838 10 0,53
31 Howland Township 16449 10 0,61
32 Streetsboro 16411 10 0,61
33 Perrysburg Township 12935 8 0,62
34 Aurora 16047 10 0,62
35 Twinsburg 18983 12 0,63
36 Montgomery 10807 7 0,65
37 Goshen Township, Clermont County 16177 11 0,68
38 Madison Township, Lake County 15626 11 0,70
39 Wickliffe 12734 9 0,71
40 Brecksville 13652 10 0,73
41 Norwalk 16800 14 0,83
42 Fairfield Township 22789 19 0,83
43 Pierce Township 11669 10 0,86
44 Dover 12752 11 0,86
45 Amherst 12100 11 0,91
46 Bellefontaine 13137 12 0,91
47 Norton 12003 11 0,92
48 Monroe 16310 15 0,92
49 Bexley 13893 13 0,94
50 Beachwood 11681 11 0,94
51 Ashland 20446 20 0,98
52 Fairview Park 16248 16 0,98
53 Madison Township, Franklin County 19241 19 0,99
54 Shawnee Township 12061 12 0,99
55 Riverside 25083 25 1,00
56 Oxford 23038 23 1,00
57 Medina 26128 27 1,03
58 Lyndhurst 13519 14 1,04
59 Englewood 13474 14 1,04
60 Struthers 10193 11 1,08
61 Wadsworth 23744 26 1,10
62 North Canton 17265 19 1,10
63 Tallmadge 17550 20 1,14
64 Blue Ash 12227 14 1,15
65 Mount Vernon 16607 20 1,20
66 Athens 25356 31 1,22
67 Troy 25960 33 1,27
68 Willoughby 22949 30 1,31
69 Maumee 13720 18 1,31
70 Pickerington 20716 28 1,35
71 Wilmington 12386 17 1,37
72 South Euclid 21539 31 1,44
73 Defiance 16620 25 1,50
74 Conneaut 12616 19 1,51
75 Miami Township, Montgomery County 29065 45 1,55
76 Oregon 19922 31 1,56
77 University Heights 12981 21 1,62
78 Washington Court House 14210 23 1,62
79 Sylvania Township 29574 49 1,66
80 Marietta 13618 25 1,84
81 Salem 11710 22 1,88
82 Bedford Heights 10574 20 1,89
83 Urbana 11337 22 1,94
84 London 10175 20 1,97
85 Alliance 21723 43 1,98
86 Lebanon 20696 41 1,98
87 Vandalia 15023 31 2,06
88 Piqua 21056 45 2,14
89 Bedford 12587 27 2,15
90 Liberty Township 11456 25 2,18
91 Heath 10774 25 2,32
92 Niles 18370 43 2,34
93 Ironton 10666 25 2,34
94 Miamisburg 19954 49 2,46
95 Bucyrus 11741 30 2,56
96 Sidney 20537 54 2,63
97 Xenia 26691 71 2,66
98 Norwood 19976 55 2,75
99 West Carrollton 12893 36 2,79
100 Van Wert 10631 30 2,82
101 Sandusky 24700 71 2,87
102 Steubenville 17913 55 3,07
103 Circleville 13993 43 3,07
104 Springfield Township, Summit County 14572 46 3,16
105 Wooster 26688 87 3,26
106 Richmond Heights 10414 37 3,55
107 Barberton 26060 94 3,61
108 Greenville 12707 48 3,78
109 Zanesville 25371 120 4,73
110 Chillicothe 21441 104 4,85
111 Portsmouth 20473 118 5,76
112 Whitehall 19024 119 6,26
113 East Cleveland 17127 112 6,54
114 Trotwood 24380 165 6,77

30,000 – 100,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Mason 33583 6 0,18
2 North Ridgeville 34025 9 0,26
3 Strongsville 44819 12 0,27
4 Upper Arlington 35572 10 0,28
5 North Olmsted 31653 13 0,41
6 North Royalton 30324 15 0,49
7 Dublin 48570 29 0,60
8 Brunswick 34954 22 0,63
9 Union Township, Clermont County 48187 35 0,73
10 Stow 34762 26 0,75
11 Bowling Green 32017 24 0,75
12 Miami Township, Clermont County 42493 34 0,80
13 Beavercreek 47203 40 0,85
14 Mentor 47118 41 0,87
15 Gahanna 35596 31 0,87
16 Hilliard 37184 35 0,94
17 Kettering 55038 54 0,98
18 Grove City 41833 43 1,03
19 West Chester Township 62063 64 1,03
20 Westerville 40225 46 1,14
21 Lakewood 50078 58 1,16
22 Cuyahoga Falls 49201 57 1,16
23 Kent 30065 36 1,20
24 Austintown 35029 42 1,20
25 Huber Heights 37969 57 1,50
26 Parma 78968 124 1,57
27 Delaware 39944 64 1,60
28 Fairfield 42568 84 1,97
29 Jackson Township, Stark County 40416 84 2,08
30 Cleveland Heights 44413 93 2,09
31 Findlay 41351 90 2,18
32 Reynoldsburg 38126 88 2,31
33 Massillon 32361 75 2,32
34 Marion 35885 101 2,81
35 Lancaster 40498 116 2,86
36 Newark 49687 152 3,06
37 Fairborn 33604 106 3,15
38 Hamilton 62059 315 5,08
39 Mansfield 45941 237 5,16
40 Springfield 59016 336 5,69
41 Euclid 47048 291 6,19
42 Warren 39280 245 6,24
43 Lima 36948 240 6,50
44 Youngstown 64282 428 6,66
45 Canton 70605 845 11,97

Over 100,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Columbus 892576 4416 4,95
2 Cincinnati 301952 2535 8,40
3 Toledo 275023 2333 8,48
4 Akron 197690 1704 8,62
5 Dayton 140094 1291 9,22
6 Cleveland 384666 5576 14,50

How safe do you feel?

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

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