Safehome.org reports that Florida proudly has one of the top 10 safest cities in the nation, Weston, Fl., and more than 20 other cities in the top 500 safest cities in the nation. Unfortunately, Pensacola is one of them. The Panhandle city that prides itself as the “Upside of Florida” ranked 43rd and lower than Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami.
Top Five Safest Cities
1. Weston, FL – Safety Score: 91.42
2. North Port, FL – Safety Score: 85.53
3. Port St. Lucie, FL – Safety Score: 85.33
4. Margate, FL – Safety Score: 83.55
5. Cape Coral, FL – Safety Score: 83.5
Five Other Cities ranked higher the Pensacola
19. Tampa Safety Score: 78.2
26. Fort Myers, FL – Safety Score: 70.22
29. Jacksonville, FL – Safety Score: 69.41
30. Gainesville, FL – Safety Score: 69.02
42. Miami, FL – Safety Score: 63.39
43. Pensacola, FL -Safety Score: 62.75
Citizen-to-Officer Ratio: n/a
Violent Crimes: 382
Violent Crime Trend: 1.5%
Property Crimes: 2,415
Property Crime Trend: 0.2%
Methodology: The ranking calculates a Safety Score for major cities in the US. The higher the Safety Score, the safer data shows the city to be.
Several different factors comprise the Safety Score for a city:
* FBI’s latest report of how many and what types of crimes occurred in each city over a single year. The most recent data available from FBI UCR is for calendar year 2015. SafeHome compared to each city’s 2014 data to analyze whether violent crime and property crime are rising or declining.
* The city’s crime trends are also considered. Cities where crime is on the decline are given a higher Safety Score and vice-versa.
* Demographic metrics that are correlated to crime have a small impact on Safety Score. These include metrics such as population density, population trends, unemployment rate, median income, education level, etc.
In June, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward reported on Facebook that the crime statistics had been compiled for 2016 and showed the City of Pensacola had a 10.2 percent decrease in its total crime rate last year. Much the 2016 statistics will improve next year’s ranking will depend on how well other Florida cities did in 2016.