20 Safest Cities in Florida: Safest Places to Live in FL
6. Niceville, FL
With a population of 13,000, Niceville, FL is a northwest Florida town located on Choctawhatchee Bay. Only 20 minutes from white sandy beaches in Destin, Niceville offers the security of a small town, with low crime, minimal traffic and proximity to amenities like great shopping, cultural centers, recreation, restaurants and more. It is the only north Florida city to make our list.
CRIME INDEX: 55
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.07
Property Crimes per 1000: 15.1
7. Sanibel, FL
Sanibel, FL, the smallest town on our list has about inhabitants and is located in the southwest portion of the state. This barrier island is in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area and is connected to the mainland via a causeway and a bridge. Island residents are crucial in the determination of how the ecology of the island is used. Over half of the island is comprised of wildlife refuges and it is a major tourist destination on the west coast of the state.
CRIME INDEX: 53
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.45
Property Crimes per 1000: 16.59
8. Punta Gorda, FL
Located on the southwest coast of the state has a population of roughly 17,000. Hard hit by Hurricane Charley, it has rallied and re-grown. Now it is a seaside oasis with trails for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as a marina, park and a Harborwalk. With an array of historic addresses on the National Register of Historic Places, Punta Gorda attracts many tourists each year. For residents, an array of community resources and an emergency call-out system are in place to keep townspeople safe and healthy.
CRIME INDEX: 52
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.65
Property Crimes per 1000: 16.43
9. Oviedo, FL
Oviedo, FL has 35,000 residents and is in the heart of Florida in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area. It was named the top place to raise children in Florida by Businessweek in 2013. A convenient drive to the beach or central Florida’s attractions, its location is ideal. With a variety of programs in place to encourage citizen involvement in keeping the city safe, helps to keep Oviedo one of the safest places in Florida.
CRIME INDEX: 51
Violent Crimes per 1000: 2.24
Property Crimes per 1000: 15.45
10. Longboat Key, FL
Longboat Key, FL is another small southwest Florida city to make our list, helping to make the region the safest in the state. Only 7000 residents live in this town straddling the counties of Manatee and Sarasota. It is a barrier island community on the island with the same name. Fantastic beaches are a hallmark of Longboat Key, making it a favorite with snowbirds, as well as homesteaders. Its Code Red communication system goes above and beyond to keep citizens safe.
CRIME INDEX: 51
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.28
Property Crimes per 1000: 17.45
That concludes our list of the top 10 safest cities and towns in FL. Let’s see what places made it into the top 20…
11. Port St. Lucie, FL
Port St. Lucie, FL is the biggest city on our list with a whopping 168,000 residents. It is astounding to feature a city of this size on a listing of safer cities in Florida. Located on the east coast of Florida, it is a newer planned community, with very affordable housing. It was recently listed in the top 10 cities for job growth in the United States. With a focus on environmental and community concerns, the city of Port St. Lucie does a great job of taking care of its residents.
CRIME INDEX: 44
Violent Crimes per 1000: 2.3
Property Crimes per 1000: 18.0
12. Indian Harbour Beach
Indian Harbour Beach, FL is the ocean front home to 8,000 residents in Brevard County. Its low crime rate and proximity to the ocean makes it an exciting choice for those looking for a small town feel, while being close to Palm Bay, Melbourne and Titusville. A convenient drive to central Florida attractions or south Florida hotspots, it is off the beaten track enough so residents can easily avoid the congestion of more populated parts of the state. This tiny city is only 2 miles square but with its own fire and police department, residents can rest assured that help is minutes away when needed, making Indian Harbour Beach one of the safest places to live along the Atlantic Coast of Florida.
CRIME INDEX: 43
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.2
Property Crimes per 1000: 19.42
13. North Port, FL
North Port, FL is a more inland city of 58,000 people in Sarasota County on the southwest coast of Florida. This largely residential community has a larger than average number of families with children, likely in part due to the fact that it is such a secure city in which to live. The City of North Port also takes safety seriously with a focus on emergency preparedness, as well as top quality fire and police protection.
CRIME INDEX: 43
Violent Crimes per 1000: 2.22
Property Crimes per 1000:18.34
14. Satellite Beach, FL
Satellite Beach, FL is home to 10,000 residents on the east coast of Florida. Situated in southern Brevard County, Satellite Beach has 7.7 miles of shoreline, despite being only 4.3 square miles in area. With waterfront property on the ocean, the Banana River and navigable canals, it is a dream for anyone who wants to see the water from their home and enjoy a safe hometown.
CRIME INDEX: 42
Violent Crimes per 1000: 4.29
Property Crimes per 1000: 16.78
15. Safety Harbor, FL
Safety Harbor, FL with its population of 16,000, lives up to its name by providing a safe refuge for residents of this small city. Nestled along the western side of Tampa Bay, it is located adjacent to the harbor of the same name and is almost landlocked. Safety Harbor is a small town for heavily populated Pinellas County on the west coast of Florida. The city focuses on its citizens and does a great job of keeping them safer than most other cities in Florida.
CRIME INDEX: 42
Violent Crimes per 1000: 2.39
Property Crimes per 1000: 18.39
16. North Palm Beach, FL
North Palm Beach, FL has a population of 12,000 and lies on the ocean in busy Palm Beach County in southeast Florida. This small community offers an exciting lifestyle to those who love the outdoors and the seaside life. The town has its own police force and is proactive in keeping citizens safe. Very low crime rates make it appealing to both young and old.
CRIME INDEX: 42
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.54
Property Crimes per 1000:19.40
17. Venice, FL
Venice, FL is centrally located on the southwest coast of the state and is home to 21,000 individuals. Another Sarasota County town to be featured on our list of safe cities, it boasts of a large population of snowbirds. Miles of beautiful beach, a breathtaking pier, recreation, shopping, dining, entertainment and more are all at your fingertips in Venice. With its attention to health, safety, the environment and emergency preparedness, it is no surprise that it is one of the safest cities in Florida.
CRIME INDEX: 40
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.89
Property Crimes per 1000: 19.73
18. Lake Mary, FL
Lake Mary, FL, with 14,000 residents, is located in the central part of the state. A part of the busy Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area, it has made Money magazine’s top 5 listing of places to live. In addition to its commitment to emergency preparedness, the city also has a public safety initiative to help deter crime and encourage citizen reporting of anything that could impact public safety. Such initiatives have likely contributed to the low crime rate Lake Mary enjoys.
CRIME INDEX: 39
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.49
Property Crimes per 1000: 20.65
19. Margate, FL
Margate, FL is a bigger-than-average city amongst the safer locations in Florida with 55,000 residents. It is a surprising to see yet another city of this size so close to Miami on our list of safest cities in Florida. Located in the interior of Broward County, this city has a small-town feel and programs to keep every age safe and sound. It also ensures the safety of citizens with extreme weather preparation.
CRIME INDEX: 38
Violent Crimes per 1000: 2.62
Property Crimes per 1000: 20.23
20. Key Biscayne, FL
Key Biscayne, FL is a town of 12,000 residents located on the island of the same name off the southern tip of the Florida mainland. Just off the coast of Miami, its connection to the city is via causeway. The city also shares its island with two large parks. With a rich history, and lush hotel complexes, Key Biscayne is an exciting place to call home. An elaborate safety program spearheaded by the local police and the emergency notification system the city offers help to keep the small town safer than the average Florida address.
CRIME INDEX: 38
Violent Crimes per 1000: .23
Property Crimes per 1000: 22.25
Our analysis of the safest places to live in Florida has proven that there safe cities throughout Florida, some inland and some right on the water. Families and homeowners searching for a safe place to live or work can easily find great options in practically every area of the state.
Notes: To improve the accuracy and usefulness of our list, we chose to exclude small communities with populations below 5,000 in our rankings.
Our rankings are determined by national crime statistics published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Our rankings are only as accurate as the local population and crime statistics officially released by the FBI.
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