See Which Ohio Cities Made the List

Based on a population of at least 42,000

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

Beautiful Ohio was the birthplace to seven presidents and 24 astronauts. If you’re into sports, you may also know that it’s home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, two Major League Baseball teams, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and of course, the Cincinnati Reds. There is quite a lot to see in this state if you’re into nature. Hocking Hills State Park, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and Cleveland Metroparks are just a few of the best parks and attractions in the state. Ohio is just about as safe as any other state in the US on an average scale, but their safest cities are safer than the national average. Let’s take a closer look at Ohio’s safest cities.

Of the 25 scored cities in Ohio, 7 of them have a Safety Score of at least 80. Dublin is the state’s safest city, with a score of 88.53. It is a suburban area with a population of 44,931. The Dublin Irish Festival, one of the biggest Irish-American festivals, is held here. Since it’s a modern suburb, it’s easy to get around by car here. There are plenty of things to see and do in Dublin. If you enjoy wildlife viewing and interactive exhibits, the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is great for that. If you’re a family looking to cool off at a water park, the Zoombezi Bay is worth taking a look at. Simply looking to take a day off in beautiful nature? Hayden Falls Park and Indian Run Falls are highly recommended in Dublin.

The other cities that made it to the top 5 safest cities in Ohio include Parma (86.93), Miami Township, Clermont (84.37), Strongsville (83.93), and Kettering (82.32). These are all suburban areas with smaller populations, which contributes to their higher rankings. Columbus is Ohio’s capital and largest city with a population of 847,745. Surprisingly, it ranks as the 15th safest city in the state with a Safety Score of 68.27. For a city that has plenty of foot traffic and activity, this is not terrible. Columbus has a diverse economy; whether you’re looking for a career in the education, government, medical, banking, hospitality, or technology sector, you’ll be sure to have a variety of jobs to consider.

Four of the top five safest cities mentioned above are all just a little over 1 hour away from Columbus. Those looking to live in a safer area without completely compromising commute time may consider living in one of the quieter suburbs and commute into busy cities like Columbus when needed.


1 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 88.53

Dublin, OH

44,931 n/a 25 n/a 510 n/a

2 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.93

Parma, OH

79,655 527 79 18.7% 1,027 -13%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.37

Miami, OH

42,029 1050 20 -33.8% 585 -8.4%

4
Safety Score: 83.93

Strongsville, OH

44,638 394 35 n/a 849 n/a

5
Safety Score: 82.32

Kettering, OH

55,574 504 71 34.5% 1,083 0.7%

6
Safety Score: 81.27

Mentor, OH

46,802 421 59 n/a 1,063 n/a

7
Safety Score: 80.77

Cleveland Heights, OH

44,942 n/a 84 -20.3% 1,041 -14.1%

8
Safety Score: 79.86

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

49,124 570 50 n/a 1,182 n/a

9
Safety Score: 79.45

Beavercreek, OH

46,112 743 40 65.7% 1,059 4.5%

10
Safety Score: 79.36

West Chester, OH

60,365 n/a 73 31.1% 1,504 1.8%

11
Safety Score: 78.16

Fairfield, OH

42,824 548 91 -7.5% 1,120 -11.3%

12
Safety Score: 77.24

Union Township, OH

47,835 771 41 7.2% 1,291 -23.4%

13
Safety Score: 75.8

Jackson Township, OH

40,779 831 53 12.4% 1,153 -8.6%

14
Safety Score: 72.2

Colerain, OH

58,974 n/a 114 6.3% 2,110 0.9%

15
Safety Score: 68.27

Columbus, OH

847,745 383 4,631 -0.5% 33,353 -7.5%

16
Safety Score: 67.25

Akron, OH

197,587 407 1,168 -13.9% 8,027 -11.3%

17
Safety Score: 63.61

Youngstown, OH

64,608 317 474 11.9% 2,897 -8.8%

18
Safety Score: 60.61

Toledo, OH

279,552 407 3,156 3.5% 12,510 n/a

19
Safety Score: 58.94

Dayton, OH

140,683 342 1,325 10.1% 7,089 -9.4%

20
Safety Score: 57.24

Mansfield, OH

46,605 401 228 7.5% 2,670 -16.7%

21
Safety Score: 55.55

Cincinnati, OH

298,478 n/a 2,761 2.2% 16,446 -0.9%

22
Safety Score: 55.52

Canton, OH

72,111 360 814 11.9% 3,848 -1.7%

23
Safety Score: 53.95

Springfield, OH

59,804 432 355 -20.9% 3,699 -14.1%

24
Safety Score: 53.27

Middletown, OH

48,809 n/a 235 -24.5% 3,143 -17.2%

25
Safety Score: 41.05

Hamilton, OH

62,526 529 345 3931.6% 3,367 681.7%


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