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 North Carolina, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Elon.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Tar Heel State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
After analyzing 90 cities in North Carolina with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list of the safest cities in North Carolina for 2018:
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 North Carolina.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 84 crimes committed in Elon which had a reported population of 10,150. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0083 which translates into a 1 in 120 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina".
The safest city, based on our criteria, is Elon. The most dangerous city in North Carolina? Lumberton, where residents had a 1 in 6 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.
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 798 (2nd safest)
Taking the crown as the safest city in North Carolina for 2018 is Elon -- a classic example of everything that makes North Carolina great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 125.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 3,383 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 27 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 897 (3rd safest)
If you're thinking of moving to North Carolina and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Holly Springs -- the 2nd safest in the Tar Heel State.
Holly Springs 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 111.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Holly Springs.
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 526 (1st safest)
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Pinehurst ranks as the 3rd safest city in North Carolina.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Pinehurst.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 72 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,098 (6th safest)
This gem of a place in the Tar Heel State boasts the 6th best property crime rate and 4th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 91 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,004 (4th safest)
Finishing just inside the top five is Cary, NC.
You get what you pay for in Cary -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 1,091 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Cary residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Cary in a heartbeat.
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 84 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,269 (8th safest)
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Apex, the 6th safest city in North Carolina.
The town of some 47324 people will have to try and continue to keep Apex a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Apex?
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 89 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,329 (9th safest)
Stallings is a feel good story of safety and comfort in North Carolina.
It has 1 in 75.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,112 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in North Carolina.
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 86 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,738 (15th safest)
The eighth safest city in North Carolina for 2018 goes to Rolesville. Let's see why.
There were only 6 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 121 property crimes to boot.
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 124 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,403 (10th safest)
If you're looking for a safe place to live in North Carolina, may we present Woodfin as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for North Carolina, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
90 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 10th best in North Carolina on a rate basis.
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 139 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,009 (5th safest)
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Waxhaw.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Waxhaw residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 20 violent crimes and 145 property crimes in Waxhaw; that's really good for a place of 14367 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Elon is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most North Carolina 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 North Carolina according to the data:
|City||Rank||Previous Rank||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|Holly Springs, NC||2||1||32,862||27||897|
|Black Mountain, NC||13||8||8,368||143||1,481|
|Bessemer City, NC||17||33||5,591||178||1,556|
|Wake Forest, NC||20||17||39,996||135||2,385|
|Mint Hill, NC||23||15||26,221||137||2,410|
|Mount Holly, NC||26||29||14,284||189||2,135|
|Chapel Hill, NC||29||-||60,004||188||2,271|
|Kings Mountain, NC||30||37||10,785||185||2,716|
|Boiling Spring Lakes, NC||31||-||5,873||187||2,945|
|Southern Pines, NC||42||48||13,778||500||2,612|
|New Bern, NC||44||46||30,137||411||3,470|
|Morehead City, NC||51||64||9,477||400||4,030|
|Siler City, NC||54||61||8,498||458||4,118|
|Hope Mills, NC||56||69||16,268||387||4,850|
|High Point, NC||60||51||111,435||647||3,574|
|Mount Airy, NC||63||58||10,345||444||4,939|
|Kill Devil Hills, NC||67||-||7,132||574||4,823|
|Elizabeth City, NC||72||-||17,852||711||4,677|
|Roanoke Rapids, NC||82||-||15,273||707||6,842|
|Forest City, NC||86||74||7,246||772||7,093|
HomeSnacks is based in Durham, NC.
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We use data, analytics, and a sense of humor to determine quality of life for places across the nation.