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Safest Cities List in Florida

  • Population

    21,244,317

  • Avg Annual Rent

    $15,261

  • Avg Household Income

    57,066

  • Cost of Living

    27.70%

  • Violent Crime Rate

    4.86

  • Property Crime Rate

    83.04

  • Primary Care Ranking

    35

  • Mental Health Provider

    41

The third-most populous state in the country, Florida is home to over 21 million people. Known for its year-round warm temperatures and abundance of sunny days, Florida’s nickname is the Sunshine State. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the nation, seeing well over 100 million visitors per year most years. Florida attractions include Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, Epcot Center and countless beaches and natural attractions, which boast some of the country’s most diverse and unique wildlife. Florida is also home to a number of professional sports teams, including three National Football League teams, two Major League Baseball teams, two National Basketball Association teams, two National Hockey League teams, and four Major League Soccer teams.

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Florida

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).

  • Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Annual rent – Annualized median rent
  • Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance

10 Safest Cities in Florida

No. 1 Parkland

Parkland borders wildlife management areas to the west and north, which may be one of the reasons why this little corner of the Metro Fort Lauderdale area stays relatively quiet. Or perhaps it’s because Parkland was designed to be quiet, as it initially had just homes and parks, with no traffic lights or stores. According to our data, the residents of Parkland earn the highest average annual household income but also pay the highest average annual rent compared to all the other cities on our list. Despite its unfortunate reputation as the recent location of a major mass shooting, Parkland has a long history as one of the safest cities in Florida.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

84 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
5.92 (6th)5.33 (2nd)71.09 (2nd)0.3 (8th)0.3 (8th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
18996 (4th)100000 (3rd)0.038 (8th)0.043 (9th)0.017 (10th)0.183 (8th)

No. 2 Coral Gables

Coral Gables is a planned community founded in the early 20th century and goes by the nickname/motto The City Beautiful. One look at its Mediterranean inspired architecture and park like streets makes it clear that this name is well earned. Coral Gables is home to the University of Miami, which is this community’s largest employer, and to the Biltmore Golf Course, which is known around the world for hosting PGA tour events. Coral Gables tops our list of the safest cities in Florida thanks to its low cost of living, low unemployment and low poverty rate.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

82 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
6.77 (7th)6.38 (3rd)236.87 (10th)0.19 (6th)0.19 (6th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
30420 (1st)146094 (1st)0.04 (6th)0.034 (10th)0.019 (7th)0.172 (9th)

No. 3 Weston

Like Parkland, Weston is bordered on two sides by a wildlife management area, making this a relatively quiet community. It’s also a young development, with the first homes being built in 1984. Canals thread throughout this residential suburb, which also features numerous parks and golf courses. Of all the cities on our list, Weston has the highest percentage of household internet access and one of the lowest hate crime indices. 

96 out of 100

Public Safety

71 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
2.65 (1st)3.07 (1st)52.13 (1st)0.14 (4th)0.14 (4th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
13092 (9th)60908 (7th)0.039 (7th)0.123 (1st)0.023 (4th)0.321 (4th)

No. 4 Port St Lucie

Port St. Lucie is Florida’s eighth largest city and sits along the Treasure Coast. Despite there being no actual port in the city, the name was derived from the General Development Corp which named all of its communities with the word “Port.” Residents can hike nature preserves, enjoy horseback riding, or even see the lovely peacocks that roam the city.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

65 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
3.05 (2nd)8.23 (4th)95.84 (3rd)0.16 (5th)0.16 (5th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
24612 (2nd)100110 (2nd)0.062 (2nd)0.069 (7th)0.018 (9th)0.192 (7th)

No. 5 Cape Coral

Cape Coral is a paradise with over 400 miles of canals, making boating, fishing, and water sports quite popular in the area. History has it that Leonard and Jack Rosen flew over the area that was once known as Redfish Point and later purchased the land. As a perk for families, Walt Disney World is only about three hours away, making Cape Coral a great spot if you’d like to take a weekend trip.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

66 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
3.78 (3rd)10.43 (6th)143.77 (5th)0.05 (2nd)0.05 (2nd)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
15912 (8th)64531 (6th)0.035 (9th)0.094 (3rd)0.047 (2nd)0.167 (10th)

No. 6 Pembroke Pines

Pembroke Pines is the 10th largest city in Florida but still has a small town feel. Named an All America City by the National Civic League, Pembroke Pines is home to sunny and warm weather year round. The city sits about 25 miles north of Miami and is not far from Fort Lauderdale as well. Pembroke Pines is home to over 25 parks and beautiful landscaping.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

56 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
5.84 (5th)12.31 (8th)192.6 (7th)0.06 (3rd)0.06 (3rd)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
21516 (3rd)67712 (5th)0.026 (10th)0.08 (6th)0.034 (3rd)0.462 (1st)

No. 7 Minneola

The name Minneola reportedly stems from an indigenous description of the area: “many waters.”  With lakes of all sizes dotting the Minneola area — including Lake Minneola itself — it’s clearly been aptly named. Notably, this Orlando suburb has one of the highest rates of household internet access on our list. It also has the smallest population and a relatively low poverty rate.

95 out of 100

Public Safety

55 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
5.06 (4th)10.96 (7th)96.13 (4th)0.84 (10th)0.84 (10th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
16092 (6th)56961 (8th)0.072 (1st)0.051 (8th)0.048 (1st)0.299 (5th)

No. 8 Boca Raton

Get a glimpse of beautiful Mediterranean architecture in Boca Raton. Originally named “Boca de Ratones”, the city was given the name because of the sharp rocks that were capable of scraping the cabling on ships. Boca Raton is home to lots of things to do, like visiting the coastal marine refuge, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, and shopping at Mizner Park.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

50 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
11.39 (10th)9.48 (5th)235.72 (9th)0.2 (7th)0.2 (7th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
12228 (10th)42416 (10th)0.062 (2nd)0.088 (4th)0.022 (5th)0.295 (6th)

No. 9 Temple Terrace

Once a vast hunting ground owned by a socialite from Chicago, Temple Terrace — a suburb of Tampa — is now nestled between the University of South Florida and the Tampa Executive Airport. With a relatively low cost of living, low unemployment, and a high rate of household internet access, Temple Terrace has a lot to be proud of. However, there’s room for improvement in terms of poverty. 

95 out of 100

Public Safety

53 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
9.71 (9th)15.31 (10th)213.24 (8th)0.75 (9th)0.75 (9th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
16056 (7th)53348 (9th)0.041 (5th)0.1 (2nd)0.02 (6th)0.431 (2nd)

No. 10 Miramar

Part of the Miami metropolitan area, Miramar is home to lots of things to do. The city was founded by A. L. Mailman who named it after a city where his vacation home resided in Cuba. Miramar translates to “Look at the Sea” and is a beautiful town. Residents can visit the Big Cypress National Preserve, home to marine life and mammals, or take a stroll through Flamingo Gardens to view the graceful birds.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

47 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
9.01 (8th)14.53 (9th)148.7 (6th)0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
17448 (5th)70005 (4th)0.055 (4th)0.086 (5th)0.019 (7th)0.425 (3rd)

Florida State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

Florida is the U.S. state with the highest risk of natural disasters, according to the Insurance Journal. In fact, at 94.51, Florida’s hazard risk score is nearly 15 points higher than the second-riskiest state in the country. Florida’s No.1 danger is hurricanes, and every year the state experiences at least one. Hurricanes are not the only natural danger in Florida, though. Other risks include wildfires, flooding, tornados, tsunamis and extreme heat. Because of these risks, Florida residents need to take extra care to remain prepared.

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Natural Disaster


Health Safety

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida’s top killers are heart disease and cancer. Drug-related deaths are relatively high in Florida as well — the state ranks in the bottom half among other states in this category. Florida ranks 35th in access to primary care physicians, with only 131 doctors per 100,000 residents. Similarly, Florida is ranked low — 41st — in access to mental health services. There are only 160 mental health providers for every 100,000 Florida residents. When it comes to air quality, Florida is right in the middle at 25th in the U.S for clean air.

29 out of 100

Health Safety

Top 40 Safest Cities in Florida

City Population Public Safety Ranking Financial Safety Ranking Rank