These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Alabama For 2017
We used data and science to determine the places in Alabama where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 87 places in Alabama with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Vestavia Hills
- Mountain Brook
- Pleasant Grove
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
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 (Sept 2015). 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
For example, there were a total of 1,202 crimes committed in Helena which had a reported population of 17,589. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0683 which translates into a 1 in 15 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 87 places in Alabama to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 87 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? Bessemer, where residents had a 1 in 4 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.
Population: 17,589Property Crime Rank: 206Violent Crime Rank: 996
2. Vestavia Hills
Population: 34,116Property Crime Rank: 654Violent Crime Rank: 469
3. Mountain Brook
Population: 20,518Property Crime Rank: 716Violent Crime Rank: 501
Population: 8,733Property Crime Rank: 1,022Violent Crime Rank: 718
Population: 8,514Property Crime Rank: 902Violent Crime Rank: 1,092
6. Pleasant Grove
Population: 10,270 Property Crime Rank: 827Violent Crime Rank: 2,014
Population: 6,814 Property Crime Rank: 1,250Violent Crime Rank: 1,520
Population: 12,292 Property Crime Rank: 1,263Violent Crime Rank: 1,613
Population: 23,938Property Crime Rank: 2,004Violent Crime Rank: 418
Population: 22,346Property Crime Rank: 1,578Violent Crime Rank: 1,262
There You Have It - The Safest In Alabama
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: Anniston 2nd Most Dangerous: Tarrant Most Dangerous: Bessemer