Hunting Valley named safest small town in Ohio


By Joey Morona - cleveland.com



The Cleveland sign at North Coast Harbor: Hunting Valley, an affluent suburb east of Cleveland, was named the safest small town in Ohio.

The Cleveland sign at North Coast Harbor: Hunting Valley, an affluent suburb east of Cleveland, was named the safest small town in Ohio.


Tribune News Service

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Most Americans feel safe in the communities where they live. Still, according to a 2020 Gallup poll, 78 percent perceive crime to be on the rise nationally even if the numbers don’t back that up.

That disconnect is part of the reason why ConsumerAffairs conducted a study to determine the safest states in the nation. The customer review and consumer news site looked at fresh data from the FBI and the U.S. 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 devise the rankings. The study also determined the safest small, midsize and large cities in each state, too.

Ohio fared well, ranking as the seventh safest state in the U.S. In fact, the Buckeye State is just one of two states in the top ten not in the Northeast.

“It’s only 18th in violent crime and 23rd in property crime, but it has the highest budget per law enforcement employee in the U.S. at nearly $215,000,” the report said. “That’s over $20,000 more than the second-ranking state in the category. Still, Ohio is just 26th in law enforcement officers per capita.”

Hunting Valley, an affluent suburb east of Cleveland, was named the safest small town in Ohio, while Perrysburg, near Toledo, was ranked as the safest midsize town. The capital city of Columbus is the safest large city in the state.

Here is a look at the top safest states in the U.S. along with the safest cities in each of them, according to ConsumerAffairs. To see the full list and read about the methodology used in the project, visit consumeraffairs.com

10. Massachusetts

Safest small town: Aquinnah

Safest midsize town: Weston

Safest large city: Newton

9. Virginia

Safest small town: Cape Charles

Safest midsize town: Purcellville

Safest large city: Virginia Beach

8. New York

Safest small town: East Hampton Village

Safest midsize town: Town of Mamaroneck

Safest large city: Yonkers

7. Ohio

Safest small town: Hunting Valley

Safest midsize town: Perrysburg

Safest large city: Columbus

6. Connecticut

Safest small town: Groton Long Point

Safest midsize town: Middlebury

Safest large city: Danbury

5. Vermont

Safest small town: Winhall

Safest midsize town: New Canaan

4. Maine

Safest small town: Ogunquit

Safest midsize town: Kennebunk

3. Rhode Island

Safest small town: New Shoreham

Safest midsize town: Bristol

Safest large city: Warwick

2. New Hampshire

Safest small town: Jackson

Safest midsize town: Hollis

Safest large city: Nashua

1. New Jersey

Safest small town: Mantoloking

Safest midsize town: Matawan

Safest large city: Toms River

The Cleveland sign at North Coast Harbor: Hunting Valley, an affluent suburb east of Cleveland, was named the safest small town in Ohio.
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