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Find the Safest Cities to Live in Florida

Jun 08, 2023|

As the fastest-growing state in the U.S., Florida is a place with a lot of exciting opportunities. However, all this growth has also led to some changes in Florida's neighborhoods. Areas that were once crime-ridden are now filled with cozy family homes, and once-calm suburbs are now bustling cities. What are the safest cities in Florida? Even if you've been a Florida resident for years, it can be tricky to figure out which cities are safe places to live today.

Luckily, our updated guide makes it easy to see which Florida neighborhoods are safe. We'll explore the latest crime statistics and help you find the safest cities in Florida to call home.

Sunset at Naples Beach Florida

Palm Coast

Palm Coast is routinely ranked as one of the safest cities in Florida. Its violent crime rate is just 2.37 per 1,000 residents, and it has access to stunning beaches and beautiful natural parks. As the largest city in Flagler County, it's also home to many interesting attractions and events.

Check out these extremely safe neighborhoods in Palm Coast:

  • Palm Harbor North
  • Grand Haven
  • Woodlands
  • Seminole Woods
  • Dupont

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If you're looking for a low-key, affordable place to live, it's hard to beat Lakeland. This mid-sized town is situated right between Orlando and Tampa, but it has its own unique culture. With plenty of suburbs, parks, and lakes, Lakeland is a popular spot to raise a family. Not only does it have a low crime rate of just 3.68 crimes per 1,000 residents, but Lakeland is also fairly safe from natural disasters. Unlike coastal towns, Lakeland is far inland, so it has little risk of dangerous flooding during a hurricane.

Here are a few of Lakeland's safest and most popular neighborhoods:

  • Medulla
  • Willow Oak
  • Branchborough
  • Edgewood
  • Fox Town
  • Lakeland Highlands
Lakeland Florida gardens at dusk


Tampa stands out from some of Florida's other towns because it manages to be a fairly large city while also being unusually safe. Tampa only has 1.476 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, which is far below the national average. This region is known for its historic homes, vibrant culture, and beautiful outdoor environment.

Here are a few especially safe neighborhoods and suburbs in Tampa to consider:

  • Seminole Heights
  • Belmar Shore
  • Westchase
  • Egypt Lake
  • Town 'n' Country
  • Wesley Chapel


As one of the biggest cities in Florida, Miami itself doesn't tend to rank among the highest cities for safety. However, this sunny beach town known for its shopping and real estate still has some very promising regions. For example, ritzy Fisher Island is 97% safer than Florida's average crime rate. If you want to live in Miami but still have a safe environment, consider one of these options:

  • Fisher Island
  • Coral Way
  • Brickell
  • Sunny Isles Beach
  • Key Biscayne
  • Kendall
Miami skyline and palm trees

Port St. Lucie

This peaceful town in southern Florida has an impressively low violent crime rate of just 1.31 per 1,000 residents. In addition to being safe and having an oceanside location, Port St. Lucie is known for its many nature preserves and shopping opportunities.

The entire town is very safe, but these neighborhoods are particularly secure:

  • Hidden River Estates
  • Fountainview
  • Newport Isles
  • Woodland Trails
  • Portofino Court


As home to Disney World, Orlando is the premier destination in Florida. In addition to being a fun spot to visit, Orlando is also a sprawling metropolis known for its great job opportunities. When it comes to crime in Orlando, location matters. Central, touristy areas tend to have moderate levels of crime. However, many of the suburbs around Orlando are incredibly safe, including:

  • Celebration
  • Winter Park
  • Milk District
  • Thornton Park
  • College Park
  • Park Lake Highland
Welcome to downtown Orlando skyline view

Benefits of a home security system and home automation in Florida

No matter where you live, it's smart to have a high-quality home security system. Even in the safest Florida neighborhoods, home security systems provide these benefits:

  • Protect your valuables: If someone does try to steal from you, a home security system is invaluable. Our monitoring team is here 24/7 to respond to alarms and dispatch the proper authorities when needed.
  • Simplify your life: Smart security systems are a helpful addition to your home. You can do things like check to see if the door is locked or communicate with a delivery person without having to go to the door.
  • Deter crime: Surveys of convicted burglars found that home security systems were one of the biggest deterrents when it came to choosing a home to target. Former burglars said that they often chose easier targets if they noticed a home had a security system.
  • Prevent home disasters: Home security systems protect from more than just crime. They can also let you know about things like water leaks, smoke and fire, and carbon monoxide so you can take action before your home is damaged.

Florida home security system FAQs

Thinking about installing a home security system in your Florida home? Here are the answers to some common homeowner questions.

What makes a smart home system "smart?"

Smart home systems are connected into a single, easily automated system. You can use the Vivint app or Smart Hub to control everything from smart locks to smart lighting.

How many security devices do I need?

You'll need essentials like door and window sensors, motion detectors, glass-break sensors, combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and security cameras, but the exact number of devices you need will depend on your home's size and layout. We offer helpful consultations with our Smart Home Pros so that you can figure out which products you need.

What are the benefits of 24/7 monitoring?

Our experts are available to check on your home if any sensors or alarms are triggered at any time of day or night. This ensures that you get notified if anything happens while you're away from home.

A Vivint home security system for your Florida home

There are a lot of great places to live in Florida. Whether you're in one of the safest neighborhoods in Florida or not, installing a security system from Vivint gives you peace of mind. We make it simple to get a smart home security system, from professional installation and a wide range of products that lets you easily customize your system to suit your needs. Contact our team at 855.822.1220 to learn more about our Florida home security installation services.

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