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Living in Ohio: The Safest Places

Aug 07, 2023|

With a low cost of living and affordable home prices, Ohio is attracting new residents. Groceries, dining out, and transportation costs are less expensive in Ohio than in most states. The three main cities in Ohio are Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.

Many passionate sports fans call The Buckeye State home. Popular sports here include baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. Ohio is well-known for its friendly people and its craft beer scene: There are over 360 breweries throughout the state. Also known as America’s Test Market, Columbus is a hot spot for companies testing new products because the city is considered to best reflect the nation’s population.

Ohio's crime rate is slightly below the nation's average, with a property crime rate of 18.46 per 1,000 residents. As you might expect, the crime rate is higher than average in the three biggest Ohio cities. However, the chance of becoming a victim is still low, and if you take a proactive approach to staying safe, you can further reduce your risk. Plenty of safe neighborhoods and cities in Ohio have lower-than-average crime rates.

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A Look at the Safest Cities and Neighborhoods in Ohio

New Philadelphia

New Philadelphia, named for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is one of the safest cities in Ohio. It has a low crime rate of 1.25 per 1,000 and a population of 17,432. New Philadelphia sits on the Tuscarawas River, where you can catch smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, and channel catfish. This city is family-friendly, peaceful, and has a strong sense of community.


Conveniently located less than 16 miles from Cleveland, Brecksville is an attractive spot to consider if you want to be close to a major city. Nature lovers are also drawn to this city because one-third of the city is park land. You can go horseback riding, golfing, cross-country skiing, and hiking at Brecksville Reservation. This 2,500-acre park also has picnic facilities and softball fields.

Around 13.6% of the city's population works from home. Brecksville has more workers in computer technology and math than 95% of the United States. Other community-oriented families live here and the area has good schools, making Brecksville an excellent place for raising a family. The overall crime rate in Brecksville is 1.85 per 1,000.

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Avon Lake

On the shore of Lake Erie, Avon Lake is a beautiful place to live. This medium-size city has a population of around 25,000 and proximity to Cleveland. Like Brecksville, Avon Lake has a high percentage of residents who work in computers and math. Just over 10% of its workforce works remotely. Featuring good public schools, low crime, and a serene atmosphere, Avon Lake is an ideal place for raising a family.


Springboro is 12.6 miles from Caesar Creek State Park and Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve. Other nearby nature attractions include Fort Ancient, Oak Grove Park, and Cowan Lake State Park. The overall crime rate in Springboro is 3.84 per 1,000. Some of the residents work in computers and math, and 11.81% of the residents work from home. Just as with many of the other safest neighborhoods in Ohio, Springboro is family-friendly.

What are the safest neighborhoods in Columbus?

If you want to live in a big city in Ohio, then Columbus is the safest major city. Columbus has an overall crime rate of 39.13 per 1,000. Safe neighborhoods include Blacklick North, Lake Darby, and Worthington Hills. As one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, Blacklick North has low crime and an affluent atmosphere. Some families in the neighborhood send their kids to private preparatory schools.

Many homes in Lake Darby are detached single-family homes that were built between 1970 to 1999, giving the neighborhood a cohesive look. Lake Darby has top public schools and is among the most family-friendly areas in Ohio.

Many of the residents in Worthington Hills are executives. The neighborhood boasts both a country club and the Wetlands Preservation Area. York Golf Club is also close to Worthington Hills. Families find Worthington Hills to be a lovely neighborhood for raising children.

Single adults just starting their careers often choose Columbus as a place to live. With just over 915,000 people living in Columbus, there are many opportunities to socialize, eat out, and enjoy all that the city has to offer.

Smale riverfront park in Cincinnati Ohio

What can a home security system do for you in Ohio?

A Vivint home security system has cutting-edge technology that can increase the safety of your home.

  • Check on your home from your smartphone: Vivint's smart home automation system isn't just for convenience. It also helps keep your home more secure. You can use the Vivint app to turn on the lights in your house if one of our security cameras alerts you to someone on your property. With our smart home automation system, you can manage Kwikset smart locks and a smart garage door controller, too.
  • Record who's at the door: Vivint’s home security systems include a Doorbell Camera Pro that can automatically record footage, making it a major deterrent for criminals. You have access to the recording from Vivint’s mobile app, and the device can record even if your Wi-Fi goes down. Built-in infrared vision makes a person visible at night and Smart Deter enhanced with computer vision chip technology alerts you when someone is on your property, letting you observe in real time if anything fishy happens.
  • Never worry about getting locked out. It's not safe to store a spare key on your property, as criminals know to search for one. smart locks provide keyless entry to your home. You can unlock the door with a number that you remember or through Vivint’s mobile app. In situations where a maintenance crew needs access to your home while you're away, you can give them a temporary code or unlock the door for them with the app when they arrive.
  • Deter lurkers: Vivint's outdoor security cameras can sound an alarm that warns people it detects on your property that they're being recorded. These alerts are usually enough to scare off criminals. Our smart outdoor cameras know the difference between people and pets, so you'll only receive alerts when a human is detected.

Improve the security of your Ohio home

A smart home security system from Vivint can help keep your Ohio home safe. Use the Vivint app to keep an eye on home from anywhere, and rest easy knowing that your security cameras are monitoring your property for unwanted lurkers.

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