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.

    97out of 100

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    84out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty 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.

    96out of 100

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    82out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty 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. 

    96out of 100

    Public Safety

    71out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty 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.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty 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.

    96out of 100

    Public Safety

    66out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty 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.

    96out of 100

    Public Safety

    56out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty 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.

    95out of 100

    Public Safety

    55out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty 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.

    98out of 100

    Public Safety

    50out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty 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. 

    95out of 100

    Public Safety

    53out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty 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.

    98out of 100

    Public Safety

    47out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty 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.

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Health Safety

Top 40 Safest Cities in Florida

Parkland33,760611
Coral Gables51,716922
Weston71,7441233
Port St Lucie193,137364
Cape Coral187,8691355
Pembroke Pines173,05310136
Minneola11,85915157
Boca Raton100,1621208
Temple Terrace26,77716179
Miramar143,10322310
Coral Springs134,640112511
Davie107,12053112
Sebastian25,67273213
Groveland14,342171814
Hollywood155,50383415
Sunrise95,81243916
Palm Bay112,902144017
Wilton Manors12,941191218
Key West25,28622419
Largo85,568181620
St Petersburg265,94220921
HIALEAH241,778211022
LAKELAND109,61624823
TAMPA392,94525724
CLEARWATER116,504232125
Deerfield Beach81,371281126
Fort Myers82,805261927
JACKSONVILLE903,213292628
Fort Lauderdale182,150302429
Ocala59,505273630
Gainesville133,400312231
Miami Beach92,928332932
Miami Gardens114,670351433
Pompano Beach112,045343034
Tallahassee192,443323835
North Miami62,585373336
West Palm Beach111,659392837
Orlando286,679363538
Miami473,047402739
Lauderdale Lakes36,575383740