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Florida’s 50 safest cities: Four are in the Tampa Bay area, one cracks the Top 10.

The survey ranked cities based on their violent and property crime rates. All 50 cities were lower than the national number.

Most of us want to live in a place we feel safe.

We want to be able to walk through the streets of our neighborhood alone at night and keep our cars parked on the street without worrying they won’t be there the next morning.

In these nearby Florida cities, you may very well be able to do just that.

Four Tampa Bay cities found themselves among the 50 safest cities in Florida, based on a recent survey conducted by consumer research company SafeWise.

SafeWise compared each city’s violent crime rate and property crime rate to national numbers. All of the cities on the list had a lower crime rate than the national of 4.49 incidents per 1,000 people. In fact, Florida’s total crime rate is higher than the national rate, at 4.81 incidents per 1,000 people, according to SafeWise.

Yet only one of the Tampa Bay cities on the list held the distinction of being named into the top ten. And that city is, drumroll please, Oldsmar, which ranks as the 8th safest city in Florida.

LUIS SANTANA | Times Corgi dogs run the dirt track at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar during the 2nd Annual Tampa Corgi Races organized by the Tampa Bay Corgi Meetup Group. A total of 72 corgis dashed across the 50 yard track to earn the Corgi Racing trophy and a prize pack donated by local vendors. Proceeds from the event will go to Sunshine Corgi Rescue. [Sunday June 30, 2018] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

Oldsmar has a violent crime rate of 0.89 incidents per 1,000 people and 20.31 incidents of property crime per 1,000 people.

The city also has a population of about 14,600 people and a median household income of $58,000, according to U.S. Census data.

This corner drugstore, on Main Street, downtown Safety Harbor, was owned by Virginia Barron Kirkpatrick's father, Bill Kirkpatrick, where she worked serving milkshakes and sodas, 1930s. (Picture courtesy of Marilyn Halsey)

Safety Harbor, meanwhile, ranked as the 15th safest city in Florida. The city has a violent crime rate of 1.07 incidents per every 1,000 people and actually has a lower property crime rate than Oldsmar, with 14.04 incidents per every 1,000 people, based on reports by SafeWise.

The city has a population of about 17,800 people with a median household income of about $65,000, according to U.S. Census data.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times Brenda Breimon, 23, of Clearwater, gets an affectionate nibble on her nose from her border collie, Jack, on Wednesday (7/19/17) at Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin. At right is Annber Breimon, of Dubuque, Iowa.

Both Dunedin and Seminole made it on the lower end of the list. Dunedin ranked 27th while Seminole ranked 43rd.

Check out the complete list of Florida’s 50 safest cities here.

Do you live in one of these cities and find it safe? Are you surprised your city did not make this list? Let us know in the comments.



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