These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Alabama

We used data and science to determine the places in Alabama where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Alabama, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Alabama is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Heart of Dixie. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 84 places in Alabama with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Helena
  2. Vestavia Hills
  3. Satsuma
  4. Rainbow City
  5. Southside
  6. Pelham
  7. Moody
  8. Boaz
  9. Alabaster
  10. Daphne

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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How we calculated the safest cities in Alabama

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (2014). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used three criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
  • Total crimes per capita
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For example, there were a total of 24 crimes committed in Helena which had a reported population of 17,700. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00136 which translates into a 1 in 738 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2014. This left us with a total of 84 places in Alabama to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 84 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places three criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Alabama".

The safest city, based on population, is Helena. The most dangerous? Selma, where residents had a 1 in 53 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

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1. Helena

Helena - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,700
Property Crime Rank: 7
Violent Crime Rank: 17

2. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,009
Property Crime Rank: 16
Violent Crime Rank: 11

3. Satsuma

Satsuma - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,156
Property Crime Rank: 12
Violent Crime Rank: 22

4. Rainbow City

Rainbow City - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,668
Property Crime Rank: 20
Violent Crime Rank: 19

5. Southside

Southside - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,564
Property Crime Rank: 17
Violent Crime Rank: 28

6. Pelham

Pelham - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,501
Property Crime Rank: 32
Violent Crime Rank: 14

7. Moody

Moody - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,549
Property Crime Rank: 28
Violent Crime Rank: 25

8. Boaz

Boaz - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,747
Property Crime Rank: 1
Violent Crime Rank: 83

9. Alabaster

Alabaster - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,568
Property Crime Rank: 38
Violent Crime Rank: 35

10. Daphne

Daphne - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,111
Property Crime Rank: 40
Violent Crime Rank: 32

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Helena is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Alabama residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in Alabama:
3rd Most Dangerous: Lanett
2nd Most Dangerous: Anniston
Most Dangerous: Selma

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Alabama

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Helena117,700717
Vestavia Hills234,0091611
Satsuma36,1561222
Rainbow City49,6682019
Southside58,5641728
Pelham622,5013214
Moody712,5492825
Boaz89,747183
Alabaster931,5683835
Daphne1024,1114032
Pell City1113,5304830
Roanoke126,0294934
Hartselle1314,5195327
Opp146,6993171
Hamilton156,7825049
Hoover1684,8437023
Midfield175,2652152
Athens1824,521825
Madison1946,4414569
Daleville205,1593498
Auburn2159,8547340
Rainsville225,0307151
Glencoe235,1935977
Montevallo246,6415586
Albertville2521,6559420
Fairhope2617,9148664
Oneonta276,7018470
Prattville2835,5309844
Hueytown2915,80910558
Gardendale3013,69711841
Enterprise3128,0319284
Homewood3225,90011252
Saraland3313,73510763
Irondale3412,38788102
Decatur3555,83613037
Cullman3615,08613533
Northport3724,76511381
Bay Minette389,08795117
Florence3940,23699113
Atmore4010,09375158
Russellville419,79812282
Robertsdale425,76514053
Scottsboro4314,84611596
Wetumpka447,57313466
Jacksonville4512,462100123
Eufaula4612,874101132
Tuscumbia478,574109120
Foley4816,10114567
Tuscaloosa4996,412125106
Oxford5021,20814776
Millbrook5115,221133107
Leeds5211,934128114
Demopolis537,161111147
Montgomery54200,194138118
Muscle Shoals5513,58416472
Greenville567,863124141
Alexander City5714,887143125
Brewton585,445129150
Gulf Shores5910,92717085
Mobile60250,655142137
Chickasaw615,989155122
Ozark6214,84516999
Lincoln636,345157127
Troy6419,097149146
Sylacauga6512,722163130
Guntersville668,404175111
Huntsville67187,624146162
Opelika6829,201158143
Sheffield699,123152164
Phenix City7038,673166144
Clanton718,773180115
Arab728,369177126
Tarrant736,259171139
Tuskegee748,842154171
Valley759,508167161
Talladega7615,799172163
Prichard7722,344168184
Monroeville786,242176176
Jasper7914,182184165
Gadsden8036,455183170
Birmingham81212,115173185
Lanett826,484181178
Anniston8322,567182187
Selma8419,705187183

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