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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Vestavia Hills.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Heart of Dixie. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 90 cities in Alabama with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:
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 2017) in Alabama.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 two criteria:
For example, there were a total of 422 crimes committed in Vestavia Hills which had a reported population of 34,191. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0123 which translates into a 1 in 81 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 2016. This left us with a total of 90 of the biggest cities in Alabama to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 90 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two 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 our criteria, is Vestavia Hills. The most dangerous city in Alabama? Bessemer, where residents had a 1 in 8 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.
Taking the crown as the safest city in Alabama for 2018 is Vestavia Hills -- a classic example of everything that makes Alabama great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 86.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,367 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
If you're thinking of moving to Alabama and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Mountain Brook -- the 2nd safest in the Heart of Dixie.
Mountain Brook is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 71.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Mountain Brook.
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Helena ranks as the 3rd safest city in Alabama.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Helena.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
This gem of a place in the Heart of Dixie boasts the 5th best property crime rate and 4th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Finishing just inside the top five is Southside, AL.
You get what you pay for in Southside -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 506 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Southside residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Southside in a heartbeat.
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Daleville, the 6th safest city in Alabama.
The town of some 5109 people will have to try and continue to keep Daleville a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Daleville?
Daphne is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Alabama.
It has 1 in 50.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 730 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Alabama.
The eighth safest city in Alabama for 2018 goes to Athens. Let's see why.
There were only 18 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 636 property crimes to boot.
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Alabama, may we present Hartselle as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Alabama, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
332 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 20th best in Alabama on a rate basis.
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Glencoe.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Glencoe residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 12 violent crimes and 85 property crimes in Glencoe; that's really good for a place of 5150 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Vestavia Hills is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Alabama residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.
Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Alabama according to the data:
|City||Rank||Previous Rank||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|Vestavia Hills, AL||1||1||34,191||73||1,161|
|Mountain Brook, AL||2||2||20,737||67||1,393|
|Spanish Fort, AL||11||23||8,312||180||2,177|
|Pleasant Grove, AL||15||11||10,293||262||1,933|
|Orange Beach, AL||21||-||5,932||202||3,152|
|Fort Payne, AL||26||-||14,156||317||3,242|
|Rainbow City, AL||27||12||9,573||501||1,901|
|Pell City, AL||36||-||13,835||390||3,259|
|Muscle Shoals, AL||49||49||13,810||391||4,257|
|Gulf Shores, AL||54||54||11,340||343||5,723|
|Phenix City, AL||70||66||38,521||848||4,716|
|Alexander City, AL||79||75||14,695||1,884||4,470|
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