Hi Steve, Boca is really one of the safer neighborhoods in So FL. On Trulia log into Boca zipcode 33486 for example and click on a listing of choice. Then scroll down to the info section and look at the Crime Stats in a color coded map. Pick another city and look at that map... chances are Boca has more Green and Less Red. You can also access the Boca Raton PD via the web and get an overview. Hope this helps!... more
I don't know Boca Raton, so I can't comment on it. I'd guess, however, that some areas are safer than others. That's pretty much the situation anywhere.
And I don't know your own situation, so I'm can't get into the question of whether a girl who's just turned 17 should be living on her own. Maybe yes. Maybe no. I don't know enough to say, though I will go slightly out on a limb and say that a majority of 17 year old girls probably aren't ready yet.
But what I will say is that you'll have many far more risks to your safety than housing location. Partly, it deals with your capability of living by yourself. Largely it deals with who you associate with--your friends and others. It deals with your personal choices regarding living, entertainment, and lifestyle.
In the United States in 2007, the leading causes of death were heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory disease. See http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus10.pdf
Among persons aged 15-24 (that's you) , the leading cause of death was "Unintentional Injuries" at 47%. Homicides accounted for 16% of deaths in that age group. About 11 out of 100,000 people in that age range died from homicides. I'm guessing (but it's only a guess) that most were male.
Point is: while it's understandable to be concerned about the safety of a community, there are far greater risks that you'd be facing. Make sure you're addressing those first.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where no community is immune to crime. That said, gated communities and vigilant police and private security companies work very hard to keep petty crime to a minimum. I live in the Boca Del Mar area and join many residents who walk or jog early in the morning or in the evening, without incident. It is our own personal responsibility to be aware of our surroundings and not do things that invite crime.... more