Weston Ranks As One of Florida’s Safest Cities

Two recent surveys have ranked Weston as one of the safest cities in Florida in which to live. These accolades come on the heels of Money magazine’s ranking of Weston as #21 on its list of the Best Places to Live in America.

The Home Security Advisor ranked Weston as #2 on its list of the Safest Cities in Florida. To determine its rankings the review website analyzed the most recent (2016) FBI Uniform Crime Report figures for cities with a population of 5,000 or more, who reported their crime statistics. It considered both “Violent” (aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery) and “Property Crimes” (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft). With a population of 70,882, Weston had a reported 36 violent crimes and 343 property crimes.

Captain Kevin Butler, Broward Sheriff’s Office Weston District Chief, says he is happy to hear that Weston was ranked so highly by the Home Security Advisor. “The Broward Sheriff’s Office Weston District and Sheriff Israel are just one spoke in the wheel that makes living in Weston a special place. The City of Weston, the community home owner associations, Fire Department, religious institutions, local schools and businesses all contribute to the success and accolades of being named the second safest city in the State of Florida. The security of our residents and guests is paramount to our public safety mission. It is a great honor to be recognized by the Home Security Advisor. We will continue to strive to reduce crime in our City.”

Weston ranked at the top of HomeSnacks’ Ten Safest Cities in Florida for 2019 list. HomeSnacks combines data from the census, FBI, OpenStreetMaps, and other sources into bite-sized studies to help people understand what it’s like to live in different communities across the country. To come up with its Safe Cities list, HomeSnakcs analyzed 205 cities in Florida with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI data. Weston ranked #1.

According to HomeSnacks, “Weston ranks as the safest city in Florida for 2019 based on a best in class ranking for property crime in the state. There were a total of 497 crimes committed in Weston which had a reported population of 70,796. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.007 which translates into a 1 in 142 chance of being the victim of a crime.”

In a separate study, HomeSnacks ranked Weston as the #7 Best City in Florida to raise a family. To determine the most family friendly cities, researchers analyzed U.S. Census data paying particular attention to crime (both violent and property), quality of local schools, distance to a major city, percentage of households with children, and number of nearby family-friendly amenities such as museums, libraries and colleges.