When choosing an area to make your home, there are many things to consider. Some examples include the schools in the area, employment opportunities, the size and type of community, transport links, the surrounding landscape, the properties, the cost of living, and the local amenities. The priority of each of these factors will depend on a person's age, lifestyle, and family situation. Another important factor to many people is the safety of an area, which is usually measured according to crime rates for both violent and property crimes. Based on FBI data from the last reporting year, here are the 20 safest places to live in Ohio.
20. Deer Park
Deer Park makes it into the list of the safest places to live in Ohio as it has crime rates of 35 violent and 652 property crimes per one hundred thousand residents. A suburb of Cincinnati, Deer Park has fewer than six thousand residents. Despite its small size in terms of population, it has a dense suburban feel. It is a popular area with young professionals as the cost of living is low, there is a vibrant nightlife, there are employment opportunities in various industries, and a good selection of leisure activities. Also, the community is reasonably diverse, the public schools are above average, and it is commutable with good transport links.
19. North Royalton
Violent crimes are especially low in North Royalton, with just 14 violent crimes per one hundred thousand residents in the last reporting year. This area, which has a population of under seven thousand residents, also has low property crime rates, with only 887 reported per one hundred thousand people. North Royalton is a suburb of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, and it has a population of more than 30 thousand people. The residents of this suburb enjoy its dense suburban feel, and the many amenities available in the area. It is popular with families as the public schools are highly-rated. Young professionals also like this area due to the job opportunities, the reasonable cost of living, and the social life.
Cortland has a population of fewer than seven thousand residents, and there are 14 violent and 887 property crimes per one hundred thousand people annually. A suburb in Trumbull County, Cortland has a sparse suburban feel. Some of the advantages of this location, in addition to the low crime rates, are the outstanding schools, the low cost of living, the outdoor activities, and the diverse housing. Cortland's only downside is the poor transport links that pose a challenge for commuters who do not have their own cars.
Not only is Mason one of the safest places to live in Ohio, but The Crazy Tourist says that it is also one of the best places to live in Ohio overall. It is a suburb in Warren County that is home to almost 32 thousand residents. Mason has a diverse economy, highly-rated schools, many events throughout the year, low crime rates, and a reasonable living cost. The combination of these factors means it ranks highly in terms of livability.
16. New Albany
New Albany is a suburb of Columbus in Franklin County, and its population is just under 11 thousand. The only downside to living in this suburb is the lack of nightlife. Other than that, this area offers an amazing lifestyle. Job opportunities are plentiful, there are excellent schools, the cost of living is reasonable, and there are plenty of activities to enjoy. Furthermore, this is a safe place to live, as there are only 17 violent crimes and 732 property crimes per one thousand residents.
15. Mayfield Heights
There are many reasons that Mayfield Heights is a fantastic place to live, not least the low crime rates. For every one hundred thousand people, there were just 26 violent crimes and 602 property crimes in the last year. Its other advantages include excellent public schools, a vibrant nightlife, and various activities for families. Mayfield Heights is a suburb of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, and it has a population of just under 19 thousand people.
Grafton has a population of under six thousand residents, and it is a suburb of Cleveland in Lorain County. It is known as one of the safest places to live in Ohio. There are only 33 violent crimes and 520 property crimes a year per one hundred thousand people. Other than the low crime rates, two of this suburb's best features are the low cost of living and the community's diversity.
13. Village of Indian Hill
A suburb of Cleveland, the Village of Indian Hill is a suburb of Cincinnati in Hamilton County, and it has a population of under six thousand residents. Although it has a rural feel, there are plenty of shops, parks, restaurants, and amenities. There were just 16 violent crimes and 662 property crimes per one hundred thousand people in the last reporting year. Other positives about living in this location include highly-rated public schools, family activities, and affordable living costs. The downsides are the poor transport links and a lack of diversity in the community.
12. Monroe Falls
If safety is one of your highest priorities, then Monroe Falls is a great option as both violent and property crime rates are low. There are plenty more reasons to consider making this suburb of Cleveland your home. It is an area that appeals to everyone from young professionals to families as the public schools are above average, it is an affordable place to live, there are varied activities to enjoy, and employment opportunities in the area are plentiful.
There were 21 violent crimes and 537 property crimes per one thousand residents in the last reporting year. Springboro is a suburb of Dayton in Warren County with a rural feel and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. Its location close to Dayton means that residents also have easy access to the amenities, facilities, and entertainment in the city while having the advantage of living in beautiful surroundings. Other positives about this location include highly-rated schools, diverse housing options, and affordable living costs.
10. Seven Hills
A suburb of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, Seven Hills has a population of under 12 thousand residents. Although it has a rural feel with lots of outdoor space and activities to enjoy, it is close to Cleveland's amenities, facilities, and employment opportunities, and there are good transport links to this city. Not only is this a safe place to live, but it also has some great features that will suit people of all ages. There is a reasonable cost of living, above average schools, and plenty of activities to enjoy. The combination of these factors make this one of Ohio's best locations.
Hudson is a suburb of Akron that has a fantastic sense of community, which is thanks to a 'Community First' program that has created unity and purpose in the town. There is a strong focus on education and creating opportunities for young people, so it is a great option for families. Hudson is the fifth safest place for violent crimes, as only four per one hundred thousand residents were reported in the last year. The violent crime rate is 85 times lower than the national average. It is the 20th safest place to live in terms of property crime. There are just over 22 thousand residents living in Hudson.
8. North Ridgeville
During the 2000s, there was a notable increase in the population of North Ridgeville, and the population is now over 34 thousand. The population increase is an indication of the popularity of this suburb. It is worth noting that no murders or robberies have taken place in this area since 2011. It is the fourth safest place to live in Ohio in terms of property crimes, and the 21st safest place to live regarding violent crime.
Located in Hardin County, Ada is a town with a population of under six thousand residents that has a sparse suburban feel. It is a town with a lot going for it, as the public schools are above average, the cost of living is low, there are good nightlife options and decent transport links. Ada is the fifth safest place to live in Ohio in terms of property crimes, and the tenth safest place to live in terms of property crimes. Overall, it ranks as the seventh safest place to live in the state.
6. Rocky River
Rocky River is a suburb of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County. It has a population of just over 20 thousand people, says Niche. Residents enjoy a suburban urban mixed feel, and there are plenty of parks, restaurants, and coffee shops. Some of this suburb's best features are the highly-rated schools, family activities, reasonable cost of living, and a diverse community. In terms of this area's safety, Rocky River has low crime rates for both violent and property crimes. The violent crime rate is 25 times lower than the national average.
Violent crime in Kirtland is non-existent, while property crime figures are just 410 per year per one hundred thousand people. Kirkland is a suburb of Cleveland, and its population is under seven thousand. The local attractions are another appealing feature of this suburb, and these include The Holden Arboretum and the Garfield National Historic Site. Families are also drawn to living in this area, as there are outstanding public schools. Furthermore, young professionals enjoy Kirkland because of employment opportunities, transport links, and vibrant nightlife.
Waterville is a suburb of Toledo in Lucas County that has a population of over five thousand. It has a sparse suburban feel, and it attracts families because of the highly-rated schools and the wide range of family activities to enjoy in the area. It also offers many employment opportunities, a reasonable cost of living, and diverse housing options. In terms of safety, there were no violent crimes and 382 property crimes per one hundred thousand people in the last reporting year.
3. Broadview Heights
Only In Your State lists Broadview Heights as one of the safest places to live in Ohio. This large suburb with 20 thousand residents boasts top-notch schools, plenty of activities to enjoy, and economic growth. In terms of property crimes, it ranks in the first position as there were just 93 crimes per one hundred thousand people. It is in the sixth position for violent crimes, with 10 per one hundred thousand people. Other appealing features of this area are the outstanding public schools, the wide range of activities to enjoy, the diverse housing, and the many job opportunities.
2. Sagamore Hills
Sagamore Hills is a township in Ohio that has some of the lowest crime rates in the state. It ranks in the second position on the list predominantly because there were zero violent crimes recorded in the last reporting year. However, property crimes are also low, with just 273 per one hundred thousand residents. The low crime rates are just one of the reasons to consider living in this location, as it has excellent schools, various family activities, a reasonable cost of living, and employment opportunities in various sectors. Overall, Sagamore Hills is one of the best places to live in Ohio.
1. Olmsted Falls
According to Home Snacks, the safest place to live in Ohio is Olmsted Falls. Over the last year, the crime rates have reduced significantly, and there were zero violent crimes reported. Property crimes are also low, with just 224 per one thousand residents in the last reporting year. Olmsted Falls is a suburb just outside Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, with a population of around nine thousand people. Other excellent features of this area are highly-rated schools, various family activities, and a reasonable cost of living.
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