According to a recent article, The Villages Metropolitan Statistical Area (M.S.A.) has the lowest rate of crime in all of Florida.
In 2018, the most recent year that full FBI stats were available for at the time of this writing, The Villages M.S.A. saw 2,116 crimes per 100,000 people.
What kind of crimes are included in these statistics?
The FBI data is broken down into the 9 different categories listed below. The amount of crimes The Villages M.S.A. experienced in each category is noted in parentheses :
- Violent crime (207)
- Murder and non-negligent manslaughter (8)
- Rape (23)
- Robbery (16)
- Aggravated assault (180)
- Property Crime (1,151)
- Burglary (263)
- Larceny-theft (729)
- Motor vehicle theft (159)
Why does The Villages have so little crime?
Lots of factors probably contribute, but some factors the FBI says are known to affect the volume and type of crime occurring from place to place include:
• Population density and degree of urbanization. (The Villages M.S.A. was the smallest Florida M.S.A. in the study with a population of 130,254.)
• Variations in composition of the population, particularly youth concentration
• Stability of the population with respect to residents; mobility, commuting patterns, and
• Economic conditions, including median income, poverty level, and job availability.
• Modes of transportation and highway systems.
• Cultural factors and educational, recreational, and religious characteristics.
• Family conditions with respect to divorce and family cohesiveness.
• Effective strength of law enforcement agencies.
• Administrative and investigative emphases on law enforcement.
• Policies of other components of the criminal justice system (i.e., prosecutorial, judicial,
correctional, and probational).
• Citizens’ attitudes toward crime.
• Crime reporting practices of the citizenry.
It’s hard to look at that list without nodding your head at several of the factors and thinking “yep, The Villages is pretty good in that department”.
If you’ve read my book, you know that crime does exist in The Villages. But I think you could pick worse places to live in regards to crime.
How Safe Do You Think The Villages Is?
Let other readers know in the comments below.