2015 Safest Places in Ohio Study

Ohio is the seventh most populous state in America. How does it stack up in terms of safety? We pored over the most recent FBI crime statistics to determine how the towns stack up to each other. Our analysis of nearly 230 municipalities in the Buckeye State left us with some interesting results.Predictably, many of the largest cities in the state ranked low on our list by fairly wide margins (the scores ranged from 67 to 5,381), but the safest town in our study fell into the "midsized" bucket unlike the other 4 small cities that rounded out the Top 5.

Take a look at some of our findings below:

The Top 5 Safest Places in Ohio

Almost all of our five safest cities have populations less than 10,000 with the notable exception being our safest city. Lyndhurst has a population of approximately 14,000 overall. The adjusted crime scores for these towns range by about 30 points overall.

1. Lyndhurst, OH

According to our calculations, Lyndhurst takes first place by a slim margin. The city saw five violent crimes and no property crimes in 2013. The town is in Cuyahoga County, northeastern Ohio. The median Lyndhurst resident earns about $10,000 more than the median Ohio resident.

Lyndhurst, OH
  • Population: 13,769
  • Adjusted Crime Score: 67.63

2. Madeira, OH

The town takes second place with an adjusted crime score of 71.45, 92% more favorable than the average state in Ohio. Businessweek deemed Madeira one of the “Best Places to Raise Kids – For Less” in 2007. Violent crime is negligible and there is remarkably little property crime in proportion to its population. Madeira is located in southwestern Ohio.

Madeira, OH
  • Population: 8,837
  • Adjusted Crime Score: 71.45

3. Bryan, OH

The northwestern town ranks third, losing out to Madeira by two points. Bryan is the seat of Williams County. The city has less property crime in proportion to population than Madeira, but its slightly higher rate of violent crime relegates it to third place on our list.

Bryan, OH
  • Population: 8,512
  • Adjusted Crime Score: 73.87

4. Russell Township, OH

Russell Township is the least populated town in our top five. It takes fourth place with a score of 81.96. Its overall low rates of violent and property crime contribute to its high ranking. The township is located in Geauga County, northeastern Ohio.

Russell Township, OH
  • Population: 5,216
  • Adjusted Crime Score: 81.96

5. Kirtland, OH

Kirtland, OH

Though Kirtland has a slightly higher incidence of property crime in proportion to its population, its lack of violent crime puts it in our top five. The city is located in Lake County, which borders Geauga County. Property values in Kirtland are about double that of the typical Ohio city.

  • Population: 6,851
  • Adjusted Crime Score: 100.78

Ohio's Safest Places by Population

Generally, larger cities tend to have more crime than smaller cities. We broke out three separate population categories (small under 10,000, midsized between 10 and 20,000, and large greater than 20,000) to make fair comparisons between the various municipalities.

Safest Places in Ohio

Featured Small City (under 10,000) - Olmsted Falls

The Cuyahoga County town is our fifth safest small town in Ohio. Its nearly negligible violent crime and relatively little property crime also secures its place as sixth safest town in the state overall. Median income in Olmsted Falls exceeds the state median by about $20,000.

  • Population: 8,910
  • Adjusted Crime Score: 104.18

Featured Midsized City (10,000-20,000) - Broadview Heights

Located in Cuyahoga County, Broadview Heights is the second-safest midsized city on our list. Its adjusted crime score is almost double that of Lyndhurst, our safest midsized city and safest city overall. This can be attributed to its higher rate of violent crime.

  • Population: 19,277
  • Adjusted Crime Score: 110.03

Featured Large City (over 20,000) - Hudson

Hudson ranks as the safest large and 12th-safest town overall in our study, with a crime score that is 83% more favorable than the average city in Ohio. The town is located in northeastern Ohio, in Summit County. The town has very little violent crime proportionate to its population, and a property crime figure that’s on par with many other safe small towns in the state.

  • Population: 22,340
  • Adjusted Crime Score: 154.77

Full List of Cities and Towns in Ohio

Here is a comprehensive chart showing how each city’s crime score ranks relative to the others. Our methodology for obtaining these numbers can be found towards the bottom of the study.

Full List of Cities and Towns in Ohio

Methodology

We collected data from the 2013 FBI crime statistics by city, which provides the most recent crime data available. We excluded towns with populations less than 5,000 because towns with smaller populations than that are much more sensitive to crime score fluctuations. The raw data report included violent crimes (murder/manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) from all law enforcement agencies that participate in the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program.

We standardized the data to reflect violent and property crimes per 100k, to account for population. We then aggregated a "crime score". In order to calculate this, we weighted violent crime at 90% and property crime at 10%; though property crime is far more prevalent, we figured that the violent crime data points are more relevant when calculating the relative safety of these cities. To account for the fact that smaller cities with very slight upticks in crime are penalized more severely, we applied a logarithm to the population and multiplied it by the “crime score” to arrive at an “adjusted crime score.” We then ranked the cities relative to each other based on their adjusted crime scores.

If you're looking for an alphabetical list of the cities in Ohio and how they compare, here is a table so you can look up your town:

Rank

CityPopulationViolent Crime per 100kProperty Crime per 100kCrime Score

65

Ada5,7551221,321454

220

Akron198,4057914,8633,175

202

Alliance22,1443754,4171,692

30

American Township12,318161,193274

74

Amherst12,040751,819508

115

Ashland20,306692,556684

79

Athens23,721721,712516

40

Aurora15,457581,022324

143

Austintown36,1921462,628899

82

Bainbridge Township11,454262,331521

190

Barberton26,2453313,6811,472

41

Bath Township, Summit County9,724211,481332

56

Bazetta Township5,793172,054416

77

Beaver Township6,606762,013515

108

Beavercreek45,971262,484634

165

Bedford12,8582413,0801,079

35

Bellbrook7,061281,317303

192

Bellefontaine13,1473424,427,546

49

Belpre6,429781,229367

68

Berea18,939951,309463

132

Bexley13,3161502,719839

120

Blendon Township7,9601632,249725

126

Blue Ash12,105583,214762

136

Bowling Green31,8441542,453864

8

Brecksville13,4997474112

151

Brimfield Township10,2912142,731934

7

Broadview Heights19,27757-110

200

Brooklyn10,9851826,4541,635

52

Brookville5,867341,721382

32

Brunswick34,40247837285

16

Brunswick Hills Township10,078-863173

3

Bryan8,5121227074

201

Cambridge10,5343515,2021,682

36

Canal Fulton5,486181,458303

24

Canfield7,41127999240

224

Canton72,5989275,8583,452

147

Celina10,3921063,589912

90

Centerville23,954791,816554

101

Champion Township9,480322,795612

93

Chardon5,1721161,991564

214

Chillicothe21,6793378,9632,600

225

Cincinnati296,4919535,8123,937

196

Circleville13,4911706,1371,584

54

Clayton13,211381,590398

13

Clearcreek Township14,64227553166

226

Cleveland389,1811,4785,9535,381

188

Cleveland Heights46,3093113,3601,437

163

Colerain Township58,5781493,0341,042

61

Columbiana6,315631,742439

97

Conneaut12,895782,202596

39

Cortland7,023571,139318

146

Cuyahoga Falls49,1331402,619911

223

Dayton141,1678715,4233,415

87

Deer Park5,6951401,563531

153

Defiance16,7901852,817946

138

Delaware36,2601462,559883

106

Delhi Township29,471582,280626

73

Delphos7,097142,508507

33

Dover12,787109454295

43

Dublin43,387231,291347

113

Eastlake18,423872,345667

171

Eaton8,3071444,4421,125

139

Englewood13,4551113,285885

160

Fairborn32,8201892,8181,020

178

Fairfield42,6772812,5781,183

176

Fairfield Township21,7811154,3251,162

177

Findlay41,6601803,4851,179

133

Forest Park18,6721612,506844

38

Franklin Township9,639521,120316

203

Fremont16,5152545,8071,707

102

Gahanna34,011682,099614

193

Galion10,2022165,7731,546

59

German Township, Clark County7,006431,884436

17

Germantown5,52018761173

180

Girard9,7713582,7741,196

18

Grafton5,71670297174

94

Grandview Heights7,0521131,914565

186

Greenville13,0642604,2181,350

157

Grove City37,2081083,4131,001

109

Groveport5,598542,947643

215

Hamilton62,2686076,3032,821

26

Hamilton Township, Warren County21,70118977248

88

Harrison10,157302,412537

191

Heath10,4101925,754,503

47

Highland Heights8,277721,208364

114

Hilliard31,352832,293683

173

Hillsboro6,4951394,7731,148

20

Hinckley Township7,77726823205

140

Howland Township17,0841293,038888

64

Hubbard7,758641,753454

116

Hubbard Township5,5591262,608701

174

Huber Heights38,1181603,6101,157

11

Hudson22,34013591155

78

Independence7,140562,171515

22

Indian Hill5,78935898227

149

Jackson6,3141113,864924

155

Jackson Township, Stark County40,4361063,363995

137

Kent30,1211862,194866

169

Kenton8,1711594,2591,113

124

Kettering55,907952,302749

5

Kirtland6,851-525101

53

Lawrence Township8,217110998388

103

Lebanon20,480981,987618

107

Liberty Township11,8851771,498629

219

Lima38,2149585,0563,133

164

Logan7,153984,7111,078

127

London9,8671622,554802

207

Lorain63,5824784,3902,088

80

Louisville9,143662,012516

37

Loveland12,236571,030316

1

Lyndhurst13,76936-68

2

Madeira8,837-36271

210

Mansfield46,8323616,7622,338

86

Marietta14,0131361,327528

63

Martins Ferry6,805147985442

84

Marysville22,031541,934526

51

Mason31,204351,349374

170

Massillon32,1592153,0321,118

148

Maumee14,081783,721918

71

Medina26,492721,646507

76

Medina Township8,706462,194514

119

Mentor46,979922,254719

85

Miami Township, Clermont County41,389511,829528

179

Miami Township, Montgomery County29,1281274,1641,185

144

Miamisburg20,151943,335900

221

Middletown48,6916188,1623,217

175

Milford6,671905,2621,161

199

Monroe15,2843994,1021,610

50

Montgomery10,305291,591372

19

Montville Township11,39926719194

217

Moraine6,31747511,3982,978

182

Mount Vernon16,748845,3441,288

129

Napoleon8,663583,578807

168

Nelsonville5,3342443,7681,111

27

New Albany8,772231,129263

14

New Franklin14,23235492168

60

New Philadelphia17,294461,654439

189

Newark47,7021404,9681,458

195

Niles18,9502694,9391,574

91

North Canton17,380692,014559

185

North College Hill9,3402574,4651,345

31

North Ridgeville30,90545861285

161

Northwood5,3701683,9851,025

69

Norton12,012581,881491

142

Norwalk16,9061123,206892

205

Norwood19,0523256,6192,043

117

Oberlin8,3051442,312708

6

Olmsted Falls8,91011426104

23

Olmsted Township13,30338789233

209

Ontario6,13711410,7872,237

167

Oregon20,1881293,8931,088

57

Orrville8,400831,452432

159

Oxford21,3382202,7091,015

156

Painesville19,6552292,590998

105

Parma Heights20,395832,143623

48

Perrysburg21,279231,480366

100

Pierce Township11,360262,782612

187

Piqua20,6561605,0401,398

10

Poland Township12,22725417130

150

Port Clinton6,0462652,531929

213

Portsmouth20,3224387,7652,522

15

Powell12,09317686170

134

Richmond Heights10,4701243,123852

95

Rittman6,5051082,106586

141

Riverside25,1151752,465889

67

Rossford6,426472,007462

4

Russell Township5,2161926882

29

Sagamore Hills10,98873692272

72

Salem12,115502,039507

198

Sandusky25,4013074,5001,600

12

Seven Hills11,69943410162

128

Shaker Heights27,9201472,307807

28

Shawnee Township12,247-1,306267

44

Sheffield Lake9,050551,271350

158

Shelby9,1311203,9971,006

197

Sidney20,9801625,8871,587

34

Solon23,105301,112302

123

South Euclid21,9291412,152743

46

Springboro17,711621,118356

206

Springdale11,1923666,9162,068

222

Springfield60,0127127,4373,307

152

Springfield Township, Hamilton County36,3302042,315946

55

Springfield Township, Mahoning County6,583911,337412

194

Springfield Township, Summit County17,6301306,1711,560

9

St. Clair Township7,83826357114

99

Stow34,625662,051601

21

Streetsboro16,11562434209

81

Strongsville44,583611,673516

75

Struthers10,5221051,587508

135

Sugarcreek Township8,1871103,408860

92

Sylvania Township29,363512,047560

112

Tallmadge17,5011202,028659

89

Tipp City9,799921,929550

212

Toledo283,0351,025-2,515

204

Trotwood24,2824535,1152,015

131

Troy25,424753,111833

25

Twinsburg18,75048704243

58

Uhrichsville5,389192,153433

111

Union6,3931092,456655

125

University Heights13,4161712,087749

45

Upper Arlington34,369291,295353

70

Upper Sandusky6,640602,048495

154

Urbana11,5991723,293985

166

Van Wert10,8521943,6121,080

122

Vandalia15,1811452,233740

66

Vermilion10,4821051,317455

104

Wadsworth21,758832,128623

83

Wapakoneta9,812921,804525

211

Warren40,4746504,7222,435

145

Warren Township5,4502023,009902

184

Washington Court House14,0831704,8431,323

42

Waterville5,496911,019344

121

Wauseon7,3011102,822736

130

Weathersfield8,2411702,682824

181

Wellston5,5772154,6801,239

162

West Carrollton13,0792223,0051,029

118

West Chester Township59,435722,354717

96

Westerville37,363352,264589

216

Whitehall18,4806877,2562,868

98

Willoughby22,374632,199601

172

Wooster26,4681593,7061,135

110

Worthington13,817362,779643

62

Wyoming8,387242,039442

183

Xenia26,0382114,0291,309

218

Youngstown64,9388105,4983,077

208

Zanesville25,3784066,3092,194

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