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Safest Cities List in Ohio

We narrowed down the safest cities in Ohio based on the factors that matter most.
  • Population
    11,676,341
  • Avg Annual Rent
    $9,752
  • Avg Household Income
    $58,580
  • Cost of Living
    17.60%
  • Violent Crime Rate
    2.44
  • Property Crime Rate
    105.2
  • Primary Care Ranking
    13
  • Mental Health Provider
    25

Situated directly east of Indiana and south of Michigan in the Midwest, Ohio is home to over 11 million people. The Buckeye State experiences the full range of seasons, from hot summers to cold winters with plenty of snow, especially in the area near Lake Erie. Sports are an important part of Ohio culture, with a range of high profile teams in the state, such as the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League, the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers, and college sports programs such as the Ohio State Buckeyes. Canton is also the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Cleveland hosts the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If you're wondering which of these and other Ohio cities is safest to live in, we have the answers for you.

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Ohio

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

15 Safest Cities in Ohio

  • No. 1 New Albany

    New Albany is home to over 11,000 people. The city focuses on inculcating lifelong learning and building amenities that help the community. Some of the places you can visit in the town are the Hayley Gallery and The Jeanne B. McCoy Center. The total crime rate of New Albany is quite low, and although the annual rent is the highest on our list, so is the average income.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0.893495 (5th)0.893495 (3rd)73.26662 (6th)0.909339 (10th)0.909339 (10th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    21900 (1st)203194 (1st)0.039 (5th)0.017 (14th)0.033 (3rd)0 (14th)
  • No. 2 Upper Arlington

    Located in Franklin County, Upper Arlington city was founded by real estate developers King and Ben Thompson. Also referred to as “UA” for short, the city features 23 parks and three libraries for its residents. UA is also famous for its Labor Day Arts Festival, which draws over 25,000 people each year. The city’s crime, poverty, cost of living and unemployment rates are low, earning it the top spot on our list of safest cities in Ohio.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    2.24896 (7th)0.56224 (1st)109.9179 (10th)0.56224 (6th)0.56224 (6th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    14592 (3rd)115093 (2nd)0.03 (9th)0.015 (15th)0.009 (14th)0.092 (12th)
  • No. 3 Solon

    A suburb located in the southeast corner of Cuyahoga County, Solon is a beautifully developed commercial and residential city. The town also provides several recreational services for people of all age groups. The city’s community center regularly hosts a range of activities and programs for its residents. Most people in Solon are employed, have access to the internet and experience very little crime.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0.871536 (4th)3.486143 (8th)91.51124 (8th)0.435768 (3rd)0.435768 (3rd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    15396 (2nd)104625 (3rd)0.023 (12th)0.032 (11th)0.013 (10th)0.03 (13th)
  • No. 4 Poland

    Founded 150 years ago, Poland is in Mahoning County, just south of Youngstown. A small village with a population of just shy of 12,000, Poland has some attractive places that you can visit. Lanterman’s Mill and Boardman park, a big green space, are among its most popular.

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0.841184 (3rd)0.841184 (2nd)26.07672 (1st)0.841184 (9th)0.841184 (9th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    11520 (5th)71471 (7th)0.037 (6th)0.049 (7th)0.006 (15th)0 (14th)
  • No. 5 Ross

    Ross is situated in Butler County, with the Ohio River running along its border. The public schools of the city have a high rating and it’s a peaceful and beautiful city to live in. If you love splashing around water and enjoying rides, then the Stricker’s Grove is an excellent place to visit in Ross. Despite low overall crime rates and a low cost of living, the total hate crime and poverty rate of Ross is very high, and all its unemployed residents are uninsured. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    2.252506 (8th)2.252506 (7th)70.95394 (5th)1.126253 (12th)1.126253 (12th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    10428 (8th)77500 (5th)0.02 (13th)0.088 (1st)0.013 (10th)1 (1st)
  • No. 6 Tipp

    Situated in Miami Valley and just 15 miles away from Dayton, Tipp City is famous for its shopping and dining experiences. For the foodies, the city offers some of the best places to eat, such as DJ’s Pizza Alley and Harrisons Restaurant. Annual rent, poverty and unemployment rates are all low for Tipp City.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    3.001501 (10th)2.001001 (5th)155.0775 (13th)1.0005 (11th)1.0005 (11th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9564 (14th)67382 (9th)0.02 (13th)0.028 (12th)0.03 (4th)0.122 (11th)
  • No. 7 Brunswick

    Brunswick is the largest city in Medina County and is home to more than 34,000 people. Some of the city’s eye-catching tourist attractions include the Mapleside Farms, Hollow’s Papercraft and the Brunswick Lake Park. The rates of hate crimes and poverty in Brunswick are very high.

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0.572181 (2nd)5.721806 (9th)49.49362 (2nd)0.28609 (1st)0.28609 (1st)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    10380 (9th)68664 (8th)0.032 (8th)0.056 (6th)0.01 (13th)0.169 (8th)
  • No. 8 Pickerington

    Pickerington focuses on offering high-quality life to its residents. The city offers plenty of business opportunities and recreational spaces for its residents. If you’re in Pickerington, make sure to check out the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. The city hosts many festivals throughout the year, including the July 4th Celebration, Haunted Village and Youth Fishing Derby. The household income of people in Pickerington is very high, along with low unemployment and poverty rates across the population.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    7.24078 (15th)6.275343 (11th)127.4377 (11th)0.484707 (4th)0.484707 (4th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    13776 (4th)92783 (4th)0.042 (4th)0.027 (13th)0.012 (12th)0.178 (7th)
  • No. 9 Madison

    Madison Township, a municipality in Middletown, Ohio, received its name after then-president James Madison. With a vibrant community, Madison Township is also famous for its dynamic and colorful nightlife. Eateries like Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House can easily lift your mood. Although Madison scores well on safety, it does have one of the highest hate crime rates on our list of safest cities in Ohio.

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    2.598618 (9th)7.276129 (12th)76.91908 (7th)1.559171 (14th)1.559171 (14th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    10020 (10th)59597 (12th)0.017 (15th)0.067 (3rd)0.036 (2nd)0.286 (5th)
  • No. 10 Medina

    Medina is taking long strides towards the growth of its youth and citizens. Located in Medina County, the city is dotted with parks and offers a wide range of recreational and sports activities. You can take your kids to Castle Noel and even Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park. The household income of people in Medina is less compared to other safest cities in Ohio, but low rent keeps the cost of living down.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    4.210043 (13th)6.123699 (10th)104.1029 (9th)0.765462 (7th)0.765462 (7th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9540 (15th)63888 (11th)0.03 (9th)0.078 (2nd)0.027 (6th)0.625 (2nd)
  • No. 11 Mayfield Heights

    Mayfield is known as Mayfield Village and is only 23 miles from Cleveland. Take a walk or bike to some of Mayfield’s popular attractions including The Grove Amphitheatre, the Metroparks North Chagrin Reservation and the Greenway Trail. Mayfield is also close to the North Chagrin Reservation for hiking and the Squire’s Castle for the view of a 19th century castle.

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0.536251 (1st)2.145002 (6th)60.59631 (3rd)0.536251 (5th)0.536251 (5th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    11064 (7th)53373 (14th)0.066 (1st)0.067 (3rd)0.027 (6th)0.259 (6th)
  • No. 12 North Canton

    Earlier known as New Berlin, North Canton is a city located in Stark County. The city is home to numerous manufacturers in different industries. If you are interested in the history and past of North Canton, then you can also visit the Hoover Historical Center. North Canton scores well for safety in general, but the unemployed population experiences low access to insurance.

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    12out of 100

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    3.475239 (11th)7.529684 (14th)154.6481 (12th)1.158413 (13th)1.158413 (13th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9792 (12th)59389 (13th)0.033 (7th)0.039 (10th)0.03 (4th)0.291 (4th)
  • No. 13 Norton

    Norton city spreads across Summit and Wayne Counties. If you want to bask in the sunlight and spend time around water, visit The Lake Campground & Swim Park, which attracts almost every tourist in the city. Crimes rates run low in Norton, but a smaller number of people have access to the internet compared to other cities on our list.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    1.66625 (6th)7.498125 (13th)179.1219 (14th)0.833403 (8th)0.833403 (8th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    11088 (6th)66748 (10th)0.051 (2nd)0.049 (7th)0.022 (8th)0.161 (9th)
  • No. 14 Sylvania

    From miles of bike trails and acres of parkland to popular restaurants and shopping spots, Sylvania is another city in Ohio that offers everyone something. Located close to Michigan, the city also provides great exposure to arts, history and entertainment. Visit the Historical Village to know everything about Sylvania’s history or get closer to nature with the Toledo Zoo. Crime is low across the board in Sylvania, but poverty and unemployment do run a tad higher than some other cities on our list.

    20out of 100

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    9out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    3.719483 (12th)12.84912 (15th)222.4927 (15th)0.338135 (2nd)0.338135 (2nd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9684 (13th)71563 (6th)0.043 (3rd)0.057 (5th)0.019 (9th)0.135 (10th)
  • No. 15 Johnstown

    Johnstown is only 30 minutes away from Columbus, Ohio’s state capital. This “small-town America” is only run by a seven-person City Council. Johnstown is near Morris Woods State Nature Preserve, Lobdell Reserve and Rocky Fork Metro Park. 

    8out of 100

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    18out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    5.935892 (14th)1.978631 (4th)63.31619 (4th)1.978631 (15th)1.978631 (15th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9960 (11th)49621 (15th)0.026 (11th)0.046 (9th)0.063 (1st)0.292 (3rd)

Ohio State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

Ohio is 41st in the nation for natural disaster risk, making this state one of the safer places in the country when it comes to disasters. Although less prevalent than in many other states, disasters do occur in Ohio, and the most common occurrences are floods, tornadoes, snowstorms and extreme cold. There have been a few major tornado disasters, including a day in 1974 when 148 tornadoes touched down in Ohio and neighboring states. These kinds of occurrences are rare, but it’s best to be prepared for them.

41out of 50

Natural Disaster

Health Safety

Like most of the rest of the United States, heart disease and cancer are the top killers in Ohio, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ohio ranks 49th in drug-related deaths as of 2019 — second to last, meaning there are a high number of drug-related deaths in Ohio. There are 178 primary care physicians and 245 mental health providers per 100,000 Ohio residents, which ranks the state 13th and 25nd in those categories, respectively. Air quality is a health problem in Ohio — the state ranks 45th in the country, one of the worst states for pollution levels.

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Health Safety

Top 50 Safest Cities in Ohio

New Albany10,99793841
Upper Arlington35,57292852
Solon22,94892823
Poland11,88896754
Ross8,87990765
Tipp9,99585796
Brunswick34,95482747
Pickerington20,63177768
Madison19,24182689
Medina26,128816910
Mayfield Heights18,648964711
North Canton17,265776812
Norton11,999816213
Sylvania29,574727314
Johnstown5,054845715
Mentor-on-the-Lake7,399815616
Delaware39,944656917
Austintown35,029775118
Defiance16,620745319
Bellefontaine13,137794520
Napoleon8,236695721
Huber Heights36,964695522
Mount Orab3,485616323
Reynoldsburg28,025635924
Findlay41,351645525
Jackson40,416823226
Newton Falls4,516595527
Massillon32,361635028
Sidney20,537605229
Fairborn33,604623830
Norwood19,976554531
Urbana11,337603932
Marietta13,618574233
Girard9,304494734
Circleville13,993524235
COLUMBUS892,576504236
Barberton26,060533637
Boardman39,121246238
Lockland3,462582039
TOLEDO275,023453040
Mansfield45,941453041
Springfield14,572432942
Hamilton62,059353443
AKRON197,690363144
Trotwood24,380432245
DAYTON140,094342446
Oak Harbor2,716204047
CINCINNATI301,952213148
Mount Healthy6,058213249
Portsmouth20,473242250