30 Safest Places To Live In Ohio – 2016

Ohio ranks as the 18th Safest State in the U.S. We explore the top 30 safest cities that helped Ohio earn this ranking.

About the State of Ohio

Named after the Ohio River, the name comes from the Iroquois word ophi-yo (which means “great river”). The state of Ohio is frequently referred to as the Buckeye State thanks to the abundance of Ohio Buckeye Trees.

One of the smaller states in the U.S, Ohio ranks as the 7th most populous and 10th most densely populated in the country. Despite its relatively small size and tightly packed residents, the state does well when compared to the rest of the country in crime statistics. Our researchers identified Ohio as #18 on our list of the Safest Places to Live in the United States 2016 rankings.

As part of our rankings we also look past the state’s total numbers to get a sense of the different cities, towns and communities and how they contribute to the overall safety and quality of life in Ohio. These are the 30 safest places to live in Ohio.


How We Pick the Safest Places to Live

To identify the safest cities and towns in Ohio, our researchers gathered data from multiple sources and compiled them. Using information including the latest crime statistics as reported by the FBI in the Uniform Crime Report, they assessed the number of violent crimes and property crimes that occurred in each location. Researchers then calculated a rate per 1,000 residents based on the total crime and total population to create an overall crime rate. This was then compared among all cities and towns with a minimum population of 2,500 residents. If the town didn’t have a high enough population or we were unable to find complete data, we did not include it in our list.


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Ohio’s Safest Cities

Union, Ohio’s Safest City

Located in both Montgomery and Miami Counties the town of Union is considered part of the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area. It’s ranked as the safest place to live in the state of Ohio with less than one crime committed per 1,000 residents. That’s no real surprise to any of its residents.

Population: 6,373
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.5
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0

Perry Township, Columbiana County

One of eighteen townships in Columbiana County, Perry is located in the northern most portion of the county and is bordered by the townships of Green, Salem, Butler and Goshen. It was named after Matthew C. Perry a hero of the Battle of Lake Erie and was organized in 1832.

Population: 4,477
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.4

Streetsboro

Located in Portage County, the town of Streetsboro was formed from the former township that was also named Streetsboro which was formed from the Connecticut Western Reserve. The land was originally occupied by the Seneca Indians who used the Old Portage Trail to pass from Lake Erie to the Ohio River Basin.

Population: 16,152
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.7
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0

Toronto

The second largest town in the county of Jefferson and located along the Ohio River, Toronto was first settled as Newburg’s Landing in the 1800s. In early 1900’s, the town became an industrial center with many new factories. In the late 1980s and 90s, many closed as manufacturing jobs left the area.

Population: 4,903
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000):  0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.0

Sylvania Township

Located in Lucas County, Sylvania is the 8th most populous township in the state of Ohio. It was named for its woodlands. The word Sylvania being a name derived from Latin meaning “forest land”. It is one of eleven townships in the county and the only of its name in the entire state.

Population: 29,425
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.3
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0

Broadview Heights

A suburb of the greater Cleveland area, Broadview Heights is a city in Cuyahoga County. It was founded in 1811 by Seth Paine who was one of the early settlers of the area. It was officially incorporated as a village in 1926 after a petition and election among residents.

Population: 19,318
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.3

Struthers

Found in Mahoning County to the east, the city of Struthers began as a Marbletown in 1798 when John Struthers purchased 400 acres of Poland Township. The land was owned by Struthers until the War of 1812 when he was forced to sell for financial reasons only to be repurchased years later by his son.

Population: 10,451
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 3.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0

Middleport

A village located in Meigs County along the Ohio River, Middleport was founded in the 1820s during a boom time in the county. This industrial boom was largely thanks to early industries like the cotton mill, which occurred despite the lack of cotton production in the local area.

Population: 2,502
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.6
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.6

Moreland Hills

This village in Cuyahoga County is a suburb of Cleveland and was first settled in 1815 where State Route 87 crosses the Chagrin River. It was the birthplace of James A. Garfield the 20th President of the United States.

Population: 3,320
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 3.3

South Russell

Located in Geauga County, the village of South Russell was incorporated in 1923. As of 2015, it remains the last village to be incorporated in the county. It is located on the southwestern corner of the county in the northeast part of the state.

Population: 3,853
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 3.4

Russell Township

Located in the western part of Geauga County, Russell Township is one of sixteen found in the county. It is also known as Novelty taken from the name of the township’s post office. One of its first inhabitants was Gideon Russell who brought his family to the area in 1818.

Population: 5,238
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.4
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 3.2

Minerva

The village of Minerva is located in three different counties of the state, Carroll, Columbiana and Stark. It was formed when the surveyor, John Whitacre, purchased over one hundred acres of land from Isaac Craig in 1818 to construct a log mill. He named the town after his niece who was born in 1833.

Population: 3,688
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.3
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 4.3

St. Clair Township

Located in Butler County, St. Clair Township is one of thirteen in the county. It is comprised of three separate and unconnected areas located along the Great Miami River in the middle of the county. Created in 1803 St. Clair is one of the original five townships of the county.

Population: 7,793
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 4.7

Brecksville

Found in Cuyahoga County, the city of Brecksville is another suburb of the Greater Cleveland area. It was founded in 1811 just a few years after several settlers, including Colonel John Breck, purchased land in the area.

Population: 13,505
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 4.8

Olmsted Falls

Another suburb of Cleveland, Olmsted Falls is also located in Cuyahoga County. Its business district is located at the corners of Bagley and Columbia Roads and includes a historic and pedestrian friendly shopping district popular among residents and visitors alike.

Population: 8,901
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.3
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 4.6

Brunswick Hills Township

One of seventeen townships in the county of Medina, Brunswick Hills was established under its current name in 1818. It was previously known as Brunswick Township. It is governed by a three-member board of trustees elected on odd-numbered years for a four-year term.

Population: 10,202
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 5.1

Shadyside

The village of Shadyside is located in Belmont County and is part of the West Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located along the Ohio River on the eastern border of the state. The village was first formed in 1879 with the arrival of the railroad line.

Population: 3,723
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.3
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 4.0

Waterville

Found in Lucas County, the city of Waterville is located along the Maumee River in the northwest of Ohio. The city motto is “at the banks of history”. It was platted in 1830 and contains a post office that has been operating since 1828.

Population: 5,506
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.5
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 4.9

Poland Township

One of fourteen townships in the county of Mahoning, Poland Township is located in the eastern part of the county along the border of Pennsylvania. It contains three different municipalities, the village of Lowellville, part of Poland village and part of the city of Struthers.

Population: 12,160
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.3
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 5.2

Grafton

The village of Grafton is found in Lorain County along the Black River. It was platted in 1846 when the railroad line arrived. It is believed the name is taken from the town of the same name located in the state of Massachusetts. Today, there are several prisons located in and around the village.

Population: 5,895
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.5
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 5.1

Whitehouse

The village of Whitehouse is located in Lucas County in the northwestern part of the state. Its post office was established in 1856 with the village itself not being platted until several years later in 1864. It was named after the railroad official, Edward Whitehouse.

Population: 4,397
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.7
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 5.0

Hudson

Found in Summit County, the city of Hudson is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is named after its founder, David Hudson. Hudson, settled the area after moving from Goshen, Connecticut in 1799 when it was part of the Connecticut Western Reserve.

Population: 22,526
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 5.6

New Franklin

New Franklin is located in Summit County in the northeastern part of the state. It is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was not incorporated until 1997 from a section of Franklin Township in an effort to stop annexation attempts from neighboring cities.

Population: 14,328
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.3
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 5.7

Olmsted Township

Located in Cuyahoga County, the township of Olmsted is a suburb of Cleveland found on the west side of the city. It is one of only two remaining civil townships in the county and the only township with its name in the state.

Population: 13,178
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.8
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 5.4

Seven Hills

The city of Seven Hills is located in Cuyahoga County. It was once part of Independence, Ohio until the residents, unhappy with the school location, made the decision to form their own village. Those residents decided to name the new village after the number of hills found in the area.

Population: 11,713
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.5
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 5.7

Kirtland

Found in Lake County, Ohio, the city of Kirtland is best known for being the early headquarters of the Latter Day Saints movement. It is also the site of the very first Mormon temple which was completed in 1836. Kirtland’s location was originally part of the Western Reserve and was owned by the Connecticut Land Company.

Population: 6,841
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 6.3

Minster

Minster is a village located in the county of Auglaize. It is home to the world’s largest yogurt plant which is operated by Dannon. It is one of the largest local employers with over 400 employees from the area. Originally founded in 1832 as Stallostown, after founder, Francis Stallo the towns name changes just 4 years later to Minster.

Population: 2,835
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.4
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 6.0

Dover

The city of Dover is located in Tuscarawas County. It was first platted in 1807 and is believed to have been named after the well-known local family. Incredibly the city’s post office has been in operation since 1815.

Population: 12,862
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.5
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 6.1

Clearcreek Township

Not to be confused with Clearcreek Township in Fairfield County, this Township is located in Warren County and is one of eleven townships. It was originally organized in 1815 and is named after the township’s largest stream, Clear Creek.

Population: 14,809
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.5
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 6.2

Hinckley Township

Located in Medina County, it is one of seventeen townships in the county and is located in the northeast corner of the county. It was established in 1825 and named after the original owner of the land, Samuel Hinckley.

Population: 7,873
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.5
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 6.2

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Your city or town may not have been included in our top thirty rankings of the safest places to live in Ohio or below if the population did not meet our minimum requirement or we were unable to find data in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

1. Union
2. Perry Township, Columbiana County
3. Streetsboro
4. Toronto
5. Sylvania Township
6. Broadview Heights
7. Struthers
8. Middleport
9. Moreland Hills
10. South Russell
11. Russell Township
12. Minerva
13. St. Clair Township
14. Brecksville
15. Olmsted Falls
16. Brunswick Hills Township
17. Shadyside
18. Waterville
19. Poland Township
20. Grafton
21. Whitehouse
22. Hudson
23. New Franklin
24. Olmsted Township
25. Seven Hills
26. Kirtland
27. Minster
28. Dover
29. Clearcreek Township
30. Hinckley Township
31. Hamilton Township, Warren County
32. Sagamore Hills
33. Amelia
34. Twinsburg
35. Baltimore
36. North Ridgeville
37. Ottawa Hills
38. Solon
39. Jackson Township, Montgomery County
40. North Baltimore
41. Walbridge
42. Indian Hill
43. New Bremen
44. Springboro
45. Powell
46. Pepper Pike
47. Vienna Township
48. Newtown
49. Brunswick
50. Bluffton
51. Ashville
52. Greenhills
53. Clay Township, Montgomery County
54. Germantown
55. Marysville
56. Marietta
57. Mentor-on-the-Lake
58. Bellbrook
59. Aurora7
60. Toledo9
61. Dublin
62. Perry Township, Allen County
63. Coldwater
64. Reminderville
65. Perry Township, Franklin County
66. Berea
67. Canfield
68. Cortland
69. Perrysburg7
70. Upper Arlington
71. Loveland
72. Amberley Village
73. Bath Township, Summit County
74. Westlake
75. Mason
76. Covington
77. Columbiana
78. New Albany
79. Highland Heights
80. Shawnee Township
81. Yellow Springs
82. Wells Township
83. Mogadore
84. Madison Township, Franklin County
85. Grandview Heights
86. Newcomerstown
87. Lawrence Township
88. North Canton
89. New Philadelphia
90. Clayton
91. Middlefield
92. Brookville
93. Springfield Township, Mahoning County
94. Ada
95. Lisbon
96. Medina
97. Orrville
98. Belpre
99. Rossford
100. Parma
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