The 10 Safest Columbus, OH Neighborhoods To Live In For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Columbus are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our second time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Columbus.
Safest Neighborhoods In Columbus

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Columbus are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Columbus. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Columbus neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Columbus in 2021? That would be Upper Arlington. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood's statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Columbus.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Columbus neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Columbus that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Columbus.

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How We Determined The Safest Columbus Hoods In 2021

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Columbus.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 39 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the "Safest City Neighborhood In Columbus." We're lookin' at you, Upper Arlington.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the safest places Columbus. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Columbus For 2021

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 43,520
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 191
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,323
More on Upper Arlington: Homes For Sale | Data

Brewery Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,967
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 181
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,323
More on Brewery: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 14,074
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 191
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,323
More on Worthington: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,760
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 181
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,323
More on Downtown: Homes For Sale | Data

Victorican Village Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,989
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 211
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,323
More on Victorican Village: Homes For Sale | Data

Bexley Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,485
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 181
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,323
More on Bexley: Homes For Sale | Data

Southside Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,487
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 191
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,323
More on Southside: Homes For Sale | Data

Clintonville Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 30,675
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 221
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,323
More on Clintonville: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,347
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 221
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,323
More on Harrison West: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,937
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 201
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,323
More on Italian Village: Homes For Sale | Data

Summing Up The Safest Places In Columbus

Looking at the data, you can tell that Upper Arlington is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Ohio residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Columbus For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Upper Arlington 1,505
2 Brewery 1,525
3 Worthington 1,515
4 Downtown 1,535
5 Victorican Village 1,505
6 Bexley 1,545
7 Southside 1,525
8 Clintonville 1,515
9 Harrison West 1,515
10 Italian Village 1,545
11 Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord 1,564
12 Far North 2,059
13 Northwest 2,440
14 West Columbus Interim 2,995
15 Mckinley Avenue Corridor 3,240
16 Northland 3,853
17 South Central Accord 4,092
18 Southeast 4,169
19 Brice-Tussing 4,327
20 Westland 4,340
21 Near East 4,735
22 South Alum Creek 4,744
23 North Linden 4,980
24 Whitehall 5,004
25 Northeast 5,131
26 South Side 5,174
27 Tri-South 5,135
28 Greater Hilltop 5,301
29 Far South 5,191
30 University 5,349
31 Southwest 5,368
32 North Central 5,510
33 Milo Grogan 5,603
34 Weinland Park 5,675
35 Near Southside 5,566
36 South Linden 5,929
37 Olentangy River Road 6,037
38 Franklinton 6,088
39 Fort Columbus Airport 6,074

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About Chris Kolmar

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