Gainesville and Ocala ranked among the least safe cities in Florida

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- Two cities in North Central Florida ranked among the lowest in a list of safest Florida cities.

Home security website “Safewise” crunched the crime numbers to find Key Biscayne the safest city in Florida. Of the state’s largest 142 cities, Gainesville ranked 117th and Ocala 122nd.

Safewise calculated the number of reported violent crimes per thousand people. While Key Biscayne's violent crime rate was less than two-tenths of a percent, Gainesville checked in at more than seven percent and Ocala at nearly eight percent.

These numbers put the cities in the company of Miami, Orlando, and Tallahassee.