Is Living in Florida Safe?

Florida Crime Rates Compared to Other States

I found that most people move to Florida have no idea that the state suffers from a high crime rate. Florida’s crime rate is the 45th worst out of the 50 states according to usa.com. So you may be increasing your chances of becoming a crime victim by moving to “paradise” without even realizing it because you may be moving from a state with a lower overall crime rate, to Florida. Please note that crime rates can change with annual reporting, but Florida usually remains in the bottom 50% of states.

As a tourist in Florida you may have seen police cars or an ambulance with flashing lights and siren blaring go speeding by. But usually we have no idea what happened, because we generally don’t read the local newspaper or watch local nightly news on TV while on vacation. We’re too busy trying to cram in all the normal tourist fun things we can in the limited time we’ll be there.

After we move to Florida, we will learn what is going on around us. If we’ve unknowingly moved to a town with a much higher crime rate than where we previously moved from, that could negatively affect our quality of life in our new home state that you may have spent a lot of time and money to move to.

Do All Towns and Cities in Florida Suffer From High Crime Rates?

Of course not. There are towns in Florida that have crime rates that are lower than the national average.

In order for any town or city to qualify for any of this website’s best places to live in Florida lists, the municipality must have property and violent crime rates that are lower than the national average, according to data from FBI national public reporting.

All of our best place choices not only score higher in most quality of life factors when compared to the rest of Florida. Most also enjoy some of the lowest crime rates in the country.

How to Maker Better Decisions When Moving To Florida

The more factual information you become aware of before making a decision to move to Florida, the better your decision will likely be. Realizing high rates of violent crime can happen where there are beaches, sunshine and palm trees can help prevent folks from making an expensive decision that they may latter regret and then feel compelled to spend even more money to correct it. Would you intentionally move from where you live now to another area near you, that you know has a much higher crime rate? Of course not, if you can help it. So why do so many people move where the crime rates are higher when they move to Florida?

Crime, safety and leaving your home to go shopping or other every day activities.

How safe would you feel in your new community if this happened while you were grocery shopping?

Safety and moving to Florida with school-age children

This video shows why it’s so important to learn a town’s crime rates before choosing where to live and send your kids to school. I would seek the facts and be careful not to rely on a salesperson’s opinion that may be contrary to the facts.

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9 thoughts on “Is Living in Florida Safe?”

  1. Very little crime in the Florida Keys.

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  2. As a Floridian, I am amused by all the slamming of my State by those who are experiencing flight from theirs.
    Yes, we have high crime areas. But…we are NOT CHICAGO.

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    • Hello Patti,
      You wrote: “Yes, we have high crime areas. But…we are NOT CHICAGO.”

      You are right, Florida isn’t Chicago. Florida is a state and Chicago is a city.

      If you compare Florida state to state to Illinois where Chicago is located, Florida’s state-wide crime rate is far higher than Illinois. Illinois is ranked as the #21 “safest” overall, and Florida is 39th.

      And you may want to know that there are Florida Cities/Towns that have higher crime rates than Chicago. For instance, Lake City Florida’s property and violent crime rates are both far higher than Chicago’s, based on information derived from FBI reporting. The great thing about FBI statistics is that you can easy compare cities and towns of any size to each other because you can use simple math to break down the rates, based upon how many residents are in each city. Have a nice and safe day Patti.
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      Ron Stack

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      • Mr. Ron,
        You keep on quoting report and record from FBI crime data. I’m from Decatur Illinois. Chicago is the capital murder in USA. Maybe you need to refer on city LOCAL POLL AND at local CRIME REPORT DATA. I understand you’re selling your book. Illinois population had depleted into HALF. The city of Decatur became like a ghost town. Decatur is a huge manufacturing city where firestone, caterpillar, And other well known farmland equipment made, THEY ALL LEFT THE STATE! There were mass migration out of the state due to high taxes EXTREME HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT and crime rates. So I tell you right now, Floridians , you are lucky to live in state where you don’t have to face financial disaster like us in Illinois. We can’t sell our home due to high property taxes, groceries is low but you end up paying more because of high sales taxes and on top of it surcharges. Utilities is high, AC and heating is high. A friend of mine paid $500.00 in just one moth for heating. It is a bankrupt state where we pay high state union pensions. I’m one of those who left the state. To inform you my husband and I had an actual experienced living in the different states including Hawaii as well as overseas. We don’t get our information from Gallup polls and and FBI, we rely on local record! By the way try selling your home in Illinois, you are lucky to sell it in one year. Oh by the way try living in Nebraska, it’s a great state, the economy is booming, flipping burgers hourly wages ins $15.000 BUT do you wonder why they can’t entice people to live and work there?Because of long cold winter, tornadoes, deep freeze black ice et al, extreme weather deters people to settle there because they just hibernate during the cold long winter unless you love to go skiing or ice skating everyday of your life! I’m speaking through experienced not from government record or some else’s book memoirs. I’m originally from the Philippines, we have 20 typhoons come and go, torrential and monsoon rains for months, then earthquake, then tsunami! Hurricane is nothing to me including the heat and humidity of Florida. Try living in Abilene Texas, the Florida heat and humidity won’t even come close. Have you tried living in Death Valley and Redding California? Your heat and humidity in Florida doesn’t come close. We are ex Californian before we settled permanently in Illinois but we left the state and settled here in panhandle Florida. We did our research, we didn’t buy someone else book to get the information, we connect to REAL FLORIDIANS who lives here and get there honest opinions. That’s how we weigh in. We check the local crime rates, population and study the local map where everything is located. If you live in a huge cities with huge population, I’ve notice, that’s where most of the problem are. Most people doesn’t realized majority of regret of moving to different state is because they left relatives, friends and family behind. To me most of it were, they can’t leave their state comfort zone behind. I don’t have any attachment connection in Illinois for majority of my family lives in California, TN, Texas and Nevada. I refuse to go back to west coast, I settled in Florida instead. How do you all feel if you live overseas, not knowing anyone and don’t speak there language. I live and work overseas in Singapore, Speaking of heat and humidity? Florida heat and humidity is nothing, including affordability. Who lives in Singapore? Speaking of foreigners they’re Billionaires, millionaires, with Bentley cars and Ashton Martin at garages, diplomats and foreign businessmen. A country without crime and well behave citizens but your freedom is limited.

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        • Hello Maria,

          You wrote “You keep on quoting report and record from FBI crime data. I’m from Decatur Illinois. Chicago is the capital murder in USA. Maybe you need to refer on city LOCAL POLL AND at local CRIME REPORT DATA.”

          I guess you aren’t aware of where the FBI gets their data from. Almost every law enforcement agency in every town, city and state in the US, reports their crime statistics to the FBI every year. The FBI then reports that same data to the public in a way that makes it easier to compare the crime rates of one place of any size to any another place in the country. It’s the same.

          You also wrote: “Illinois population had depleted into HALF. The city of Decatur became like a ghost town. Decatur is a huge manufacturing city where firestone, caterpillar, And other well known farmland equipment made, THEY ALL LEFT THE STATE! There were mass migration out of the state due to high taxes…”and on and on…

          Complaining like this is very common in the comment section on this website and from new people just moving into Florida. It can be summed up like this; I moved (or am going to move) to Florida because of all of the negatives of where I live now. Just because there are lots of negatives where you live now doesn’t make Florida a great place to live. If you compare only the negatives of one state (Illinois) to only the positives of another (Florida), the one where only the positives are presented will always win. You can (falsely) make any state look better by doing that. In addition, you only know of all of those negatives in Illinois because you’ve lived there long enough to learn them. You have never lived in Florida. Tell us what you think of Florida in 5 or 10 years after you’ve lived there long enough to have learned the negatives as described thoroughly in my book as well as home to minimize or eliminate them.

          You added “we connect to REAL FLORIDIANS who lives here and get there honest opinions.”

          So you are “connecting” to real people in Florida while you’re in Illinois? Do you mean real estate agents? I hate to break it to you, but people who will will make $10,000 for a few hours work if you move to Florida, and $0 if you don’t, may not be completely unbiased. Shocking, I know. You say you’re connecting with real Floridians or “regular” people in forums or chat rooms? You do realize most of those “regular” people, the ones who always have a specific real estate agent to recommend to you, are really agents or their assistants or others who are paid to do that, don’t you? I lived in Florida for almost 2 decades and regular people don’t spend all day on a computer trying to get people from other states people to move to Florida, unless they’re being paid to.

          Have a nice day Maria.
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          Ron Stack “That Best Places Guy”

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    • Being a Floridian, I myself would say the crime is not terrible, but if you are new I would definitely be prepared because some people are crazy, and the bad stuff always gets publicized but there are good things too. But i agree its definitely not Chicago.

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      • You’re right, Florida isn’t Chicago. Some places in Florida are worse.

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  3. Not on any of our Best places to Live in Florida lists because both property crime and violent crime rates for Palm Bay are higher than the national average. There are about twice as many assault victims annually in Palm Bay Florida overall than in the rest of the country. If you’re going to move to Florida, why move to a place with higher crime than most of the rest of the US, when there are still some places with lower crime rates left? You can find those places here
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    Ron Stack

    • Want to be certain if moving to Florida is right for you or your family? You’ll know after reading the Florida Move Guide.
    • Is there a better state to relocate to or a better retirement lifestyle for you than moving to Florida? You’ll know after reading How to Retire Happier.
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