CLEVELAND, Ohio – Most Americans feel safe in the communities where they live. Yet, according to a 2020 Gallup poll, 78% believe crime is on the rise nationwide, even though the numbers don’t confirm it.
This disconnection is part of the reason ConsumerAffairs conducted a study to determine the safest states in the country. The Customer Reviews and Consumer Information site looked at new data from the FBI and the US Census Bureau to compile the rankings. Researchers looked at violent and property crime rates, the number of law enforcement officers per capita, and law enforcement budgets to establish rankings. The study also determined the safest small, medium and large cities in each state.
Ohio has performed well, ranking as the seventh safest state in the United States. In fact, Buckeye State is just one of two top ten states that are not in the Northeast.
“It’s only the 18th for violent crimes and the 23rd for property crimes, but it has the highest budget per law enforcement employee in the United States at nearly $ 215,000,” says The report. “That’s over $ 20,000 more than the second state in the category. Yet Ohio is only 26th among law enforcement officers per capita. “
Hunting Valley, an affluent suburb east of Cleveland, has been named Ohio’s safest small town, while Perrysburg, near Toledo, has been ranked as the safest mid-sized city. The capital of Columbus is the safest large city in the state.
Here’s a look at the safest states in the United States as well as the safest cities in each, according to ConsumerAffairs. To see the full list and learn more about the methodology used in the project, visit consumeraffairs.com
Safest Small Town: Aquinnah
Safest Medium City: Weston
The safest big city: Newton
Safest Small Town: Cape Charles
Safest intermediate city: Purcellville
Safest Big City: Virginia Beach
8. New York
Safest Small Town: East Hampton Village
Safest Medium City: Town of Mamaroneck
The safest big city: Yonkers
Safest little town: Hunting Valley
Safest medium-sized city: Perrysburg
The safest big city: Columbus
Safest Small Town: Groton Long Point
Safest Medium City: Middlebury
The safest big city: Danbury
Safest little town: Winhall
Safest Medium City: New Canaan
Safest Small Town: Ogunquit
Safest Medium City: Kennebunk
3. Rhode Island
Safest little town: New Shoreham
Safest medium-sized city: Bristol
Safest Big City: Warwick
2. New Hampshire
Safest Small Town: Jackson
Safest Medium City: Hollis
The safest big city: Nashua
1. New Jersey
Safest little town: Mantoloking
Safest intermediate city: Matawan
The safest big city: Toms River
The sign from Cleveland to North Coast Harbor: Hunting Valley, an affluent suburb east of Cleveland, has been named Ohio’s safest small town.