NeighborhoodScout.com says Cleveland one of the most dangerous.
(Worchester, Mass) - Five Ohio cities made the list of the top 100 safest cities in the nation according to a report from NeighborhoodScout.com. Researchers looked at FBI data on violent and property crimes per 1,000 residents and weeded out cities with fewer than 25,000 people.
"Now clearly, some places will have more crimes than others, but if their population is higher then the crime rate is much lower per 1,000 residents and therefore the chances that you'll be a victim of one of those crimes is also much lower," said Andrew Schiller, CEO of Location, Inc. which owns NeighborhoodScout.com.
The safest Ohio city on the list was North Ridgeville which ranked 21st. It was followed by Dublin at 54, Brunswick at 83rd, Upper Arlington at 88, and Mason at 100. California, Massachusetts, and Illinois had the highest number of cities on the list.
"Places that tend to be safe tend to be places where the people who live in the community tend to respect each other's belongings and respect each other," Schiller said.
Poverty seems to have a big impact on violent crime, according to Schiller's report. He says they see higher violent crime rates in areas where children are growing up with a single parent and low income.
Ohio also had five cities on the group's list of most dangerous cities released last year: Cleveland, Canton, Lima, Cincinnati, and Toledo.
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