There are four Southwest Florida cities that rank among the top 50 safest in the state. BackgroundChecks.org, a research website, ranked the 50 safest cities in the state based on FBI violent crime stats and propriety research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 540 for violent crime and 3,415 for property crimes. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.
#2 Punta Gorda
Located in Charlotte County on Florida’s west coast, Punta Gorda is the only incorporated municipality in the county. The city is a small historic town of 16,600 residents that is known for its boating and fishing opportunities. It is also a very safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 65 your chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.6%.
#3 Marco Island
An affluent coastal community in Collier County in South Naples, Marco Island has a population of 16,400 residents. This Southwest Florida city is the largest barrier island in the Ten Thousand Islands area of the region, and this is a safe place to call home. The violent crime rate here is 70.7, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is just 1.2%.
#14 Cape Coral
Located in Lee County on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Cape Coral was founded and developed as a master-planned community. This city encompasses 120 square miles and is home to 181,200 residents, making it the largest city between Tampa and Miami. Cape Coral is a safe choice in Florida, with a violent crime rate of 143.5 and just a 2.2% chance of being affected by property crime here.
Located in Collier County in southwest Florida, Naples is a city of 20,600 residents. Naples is one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S., with the second highest proportion of millionaires and the sixth highest per capita earning in the country. Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 158.3 and a 2.6% chance of being involved in a property crime.