According to Alarm System Reviews, the coastal towns of Satellite Beach, Melbourne Beach and Indian Harbour Beach in Brevard County are considered to be in the top 30 safest places to live in Florida. Interesting enough, the “Safest” town in Florida borders the South Beaches of Melbourne. Alarm System Reviews has have evolved into a complete and unbiased online resource for home security company reviews, life safety tips, and other related topics.
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How We Pick the Safest Places to Live
To find the safest places to live in Florida, we compiled and analyzed data from several different sources, including the FBI’s most recent and complete annual Uniform Crime Report. To help ensure the accuracy of our findings, we limited our research to communities with a population of no less than 2,500 residents.
We looked at the number of violent crimes well as reported property crimes. We combined the total number of both types of crimes and then calculated that number against the reported population to determine the overall rate of crime for the community and its comparable rank among other Florida towns and cities.
It’s important to note that because we limit our report to cities and towns with populations of 2,500 and complete data reported to the FBI for the Uniform Crime Report, some communities with low crime rates may not appear on our list.
About the State of Florida
Responsible for producing over 70% of the country’s oranges and also being a top global producer as well, the sunshine state has more than citrus to offer visitors and residents alike. Measured at 1,350 miles, Florida boasts the longest continuous coastline in the U.S. and the only coastline to border both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Despite being one of the flattest states, it also hosts over 1,300 golf courses (and, of course, Disney world), so it’s no surprise that it remains a top-ranked destination for both tourists and retirees. And while Florida’s location and topography make it ideal for those looking to enjoy fun in the sun, it has its drawbacks, too – including being the lighting capital of the United States and having the unenviable distinction of being the most-hurricane prone state in the country. As the 22nd largest state, it may surprise some to learn it’s the fourth most populated.
We decided to dig deeper into the numbers and look at the cities and towns individual crime statistics to get a better understanding. Based on our analysis, we compiled a list of the 30 Safest Places to Live in the sunshine state.
Indian River Shores, Florida’s Safest City (Borders the South Melbourne Beaches in Brevard County)
Ranking as the safest place to live in the state of Florida and with the town council’s mission to make Indian River Shores “the most livable and best-managed town” it looks like they’re making good on their promise so far – with no reported violent crimes and only 12 property crimes for the entire year. Located along the A1A just north of Vero Beach between the Indian River Lagoon and the Ocean, Indian River Shores is one of the highest per capita locations in Florida with a median household income over $110,729 – more than double that of the national median.
- Population: 4,050
- Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
- Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 3.0
Situated in central Florida on the east coast, Melbourne Beach is part of Brevard Country. While somewhat contested, a historian in the 1990s believes Ponce de Leon landed in Florida near Melbourne Beach in 1513 as he became the first European to step foot in Florida.
- Population: 3,145
- Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.3
- Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 11.8
Located in Central Florida and part of Brevard County, Satellite Beach is a barrier island bordered by the Indian River to the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east and is considered part of the South Beaches. Offering both ocean and river frontage, the town boasts the largest beach side in the county with over 7.7 miles of shoreline.
- Population: 10,384
- Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.2
- Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 13.1
Indian Harbour Beach
Located on the east coast of Florida in Brevard County, Indian Harbour Beach has the rare distinction of being the first – and only – community along the country’s East Coast to be listed as an NOAA Tsunami Ready community.
- Population: 8,308
- Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.6
- Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 15.4