Ever wondered where the safest places to live in Ohio are? The following are what we consider to be some of the safest places in Ohio, based on SafeWise Report data and 2011 FBI crime data. These small towns and suburbs are some of the most peaceful places you can live in the Buckeye State.

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Safest Places in Ohio

Which cities and towns in Ohio have the lowest crime rate?

According to the current SafeWise data for Ohio cities and towns, the following cities and towns have the lowest violent crime rate and property crime rate per 1,000 people: Chester Township, Sagamore Hills, Montville Township, Broadview Heights, Olmsted Township, American Township, Bainbridge Township, Brecksville, Aurora, Brunswick Hills Township, Louisville, Poland Township, Seven Hills, Madison Township (Lake County), Vermilion, Sylvania, Perrysburg, Avon Lake, Olmsted Falls and Upper Arlington. These towns are arguably some of the best places to live in Ohio. (And it’s interesting to find that some of the safest towns in Ohio are surprisingly located near larger cities.) To view a current list of rankings for the safest cities and towns in Ohio, click here. 

Is Columbus in Ohio a safe place to live?

Yes. In spite of its large population, Columbus is fairly safe compared to other larger cities, such as Cincinnati and Cleveland. In fact, SafeWise ranks Columbus (population 872,205) as 163, while Cincinnati (population 299,116) is ranked as 176 and Cleveland (population 385,351) is ranked as 178. The violent crime (per 1,000) in Columbus is 5.13 and the property crime (per 1,000) is 39.45. Some areas around Columbus are even ranked as some of the safest places to live in Ohio, such as Upper Arlington. 

What are some of the most dangerous places to live in Ohio?

According to the current SafeWise data for Ohio cities and towns, the following cities and towns have the highest violent crime rate and property crime rate per 1,000 people: Cleveland, Canton, Cincinnati, Dayton, East Cleveland, Lima, Youngstown, Akron, Whitehall, Euclid, Springfield, Lorain, Portsmouth, Warren, Mansfield, Columbus, Middletown, Hamilton, North College Hill and Chillicothe.