HUDSON -- Is Hudson one of the safest places in Ohio?

According to the answer is "yes."

The website analyzed crime data from 2014 Federal Bureau of Investigation to rank the cities on safety and population. Hudson was named the safest "large" city in 2016 with a population of 20,000 or more and eleventh overall.

The 2014 FBI statistics were the most recent data available, according to the web site.

"The raw data report included property crimes and violent crimes from all law enforcement agencies that chose to partake in the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program," according to the website. "The ValuePenguin team analyzed FBI Crime Statistics to determine the safest cities in the seventh-most populous state. These 221 cities had populations of at least 5,000, and final crime scores that ranged from 178 to 6,021."

Hudson's crime score was 274.

Superintendent Phil Herman said the ranking should be a reminder to residents.

"I am often reminded how fortunate we are in this school district and community," Herman said. "This ranking, as one of the safest cities in Ohio, is yet another reminder that this community is comprised of caring residents that look out for one another and our children Hudson is a special place."

Laura Gasbarro, co executive director of Hudson Community First agreed. "Hudson is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Hudson Community First, working with the schools and the city, continually strives to develop programs that support our youth," according to Gasbarro.

"Our work on Safe Routes Hudson and the Keep Hudson Safe Initiative are a few of the programs that are directly related to safety in our schools and community."

For more on the survey and to see how other cities ranked visit


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