By Stacey Bomser
The City of Weston was just ranked #3 in the Top 100 Safest Cities in America. Home ownership here is a safe investment as well, as Weston was named one of the 20 best housing markets for real estate investments.
Alarms.org, the official site of the National Council for Home Safety and Security, recently released its list of the Top 100 Safest Cities in America. The national trade association comprised of licensed alarm installers, contractors, and other relevant trade groups evaluated cities across the country based on personal and property safety.
Weston ranked #3 on its list with a reported 37 violent crimes per 100,000 people and 621 property crimes per 100,000.
Only two other Florida cities made the list: Port St. Lucie at #77 and North Port, near Sarasota, at #92. In case you were wondering, Thornton, Colorado, outside Denver, was #1.
This was not the first time that Weston has been recognized as being a safe city. Earlier this year, the National Council for Home Safety and Security ranked Weston as #2 in its Safest Cities in Florida report. In February 2016, NeighborhoodScout ranked Weston as #11 in its list of the Top 100 Safest Cities in the United States.
“Being consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in Florida and the nation does not occur by happenstance,” states Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer. “Weston is fortunate to have the highly skilled men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office protecting our city and we are extremely proud of their exceedingly effective efforts. Under the superb leadership of Weston Chief Kevin Butler, these diligent, observant and security-focused individuals are ready and prepared to respond to every type of call from an emergency incident to a service focused review of a business’ security measures.”
Public safety is one of many factors that affect property values. So, it’s not surprising that Weston was named one of the 20 best U.S. housing markets for investing in real estate. HomeUnion, an online real estate investment management firm, identified 20 ZIP Codes where investors have seen the highest return on investment and minimal risk over a five-year period.
To compile the list, HomeUnion calculated the total annualized return, including projected appreciation and cash flow, of single-family rentals for more than 200,000 neighborhoods across the country. Only those markets with an average school rating in the 70th percentile or higher were considered.
Weston’s 33327 ZIP Code was among the 20 best housing markets, with a 6.6% annualized total return. The 33327 ZIP Code includes the neighborhoods of Weston Hills Country Club, The Landings, The Falls, The Meadows, and Savanna.
Three other Florida ZIP Codes were also included: 34677 in Oldsmar (near Tampa), 33158 in Palmetto Bay (near Miami), and 33434 in Hamptons at Boca Raton. That Palm Beach County suburb saw an annualized total return of 8.1%.