Study: Jacksonville Beach among "most dangerous" suburbs in the country | News
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A study from a real estate blog says people who live in or visit Jacksonville Beach have a 1 in 18 chance of being a victim of a crime.
The blog, Movoto, got the numbers for their survey in the FBI's 2012 Crime Report. The study looked 116 suburbs and ranked their safety. Jacksonville Beach came in at number 9.
John Swindell has lived in Jacksonville Beach for more than 30 years. He said the study doesn't reflect how safe the city actually is.
"I don't buy it," he said. "This is more of a bedroom community -- people come out here and go to the beach."
The study said Jacksonville Beach is 6th in murders per 100,000 people, 15th in property crime, and 10th in total crime.
The blog gave First Coast News this explanation for calculating the results.
"In order to properly compare statistics between cities, we need to standardize all metrics on a per 100,000 people basis. To do this, we divide each statistic by the population and then multiply by 100,000. Put differently, it is the rate of the crime per person times 100,000.
"Using Jacksonville Beach as an example, there are 21,817 people living there. There was 1 murder in 2012.
"Step 1: One murder divided by 21,817 people = .00005 murders / person.
"Step 2: .0005 murders/person multiplied by 100,000 = 5 murders per 100,000 people.
"So we show 5 murders per 100,000/people on the chart.
We do this for all cities so that it is an apples-to-apples comparison."
Mayor Charlie Latham also disagrees with the study. In a statement, he says:
"We've worked really hard in the past 20 years to rebuild Jacksonville Beach. We're proud of where we are and where we're going."