St. Catharines, Niagara area ranks 7th on safest cities in Canada list

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Published July 10, 2023 at 10:12 am

St Catharines, shown here, and the Niagara area were seventh in a study that ranked the country's safest cities.

When it comes to the safety and security of communities across Canada, a new study shows St. Catharines and the Niagara area coming in at seventh for the entire country.

The study, conducted by Rentola.ca, measured several factors that play a crucial role in assessing a community’s overall security and well-being.

“Factors like crime rates and the percentage of crimes solved are considered. Each indicator is carefully evaluated and assigned a weighting based on its impact on overall safety.”

In fact, Ontario did exceptionally well with eight of the Top-10, including a few surprises like Toronto as population was also a factor when calculating ratios such as the number of citizens per police officer.

“Through a thorough examination of the presented data, a clear understanding emerges regarding the influence of each indicator on the overall security index of each metropolitan area. In this context, Québec City exhibits the lowest crime rate,” says the study.

“However, it is noteworthy that a significant portion of the crimes committed within the area are of a violent nature, and the ratio of its police force to the area’s population remains relatively small.”

Here are the top 10 safest cities with an overall safety index, according to Rentola.ca:

1. Barrie, Ont., 7.13

2. Brantford, Ont., 7.00

3. Guelph, Ont., 6.84

4. Toronto, Ont., 6.63

5. Saint John, N.B., 6.46

6. Belleville, Ont., 6.43

7. Windsor, Ont., 6.42

8. St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont., 6.40

9. Lethbridge, Alta., 6.37

10. Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont., 6.29

If you’re curious how the numbers were calculated, check HERE.

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