These Are The 10 Safest Places In North Carolina - 2018 Edition

We used data and science to determine the places in North Carolina 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 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:

  1. Elon
  2. Holly Springs
  3. Pinehurst (Photos)
  4. Davidson (Photos)
  5. Cary (Photos)
  6. Apex (Photos)
  7. Stallings
  8. Rolesville (Photos)
  9. Woodfin
  10. Waxhaw

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:

How we calculated the safest cities in North Carolina

Safest Cities in North Carolina Graph

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:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In North Carolina For 2018

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.

1. Elon, NC

Elon, Nc

Population: 10,150
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.

2. Holly Springs, NC

Holly Springs, Nc

Population: 32,862
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.

3. Pinehurst, NC

Pinehurst, Nc

Population: 15,948
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.

4. Davidson, NC

Davidson, Nc

Population: 12,469
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 72 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,098 (6th safest)

You might be surprised to find Davidson this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Davidson is surpised.

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.

5. Cary, NC

Cary, Nc

Population: 164,835
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.

6. Apex, NC

Apex, Nc
Source: Public domain

Population: 47,324
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?

7. Stallings, NC

Population: 15,569
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.

8. Rolesville, NC

Rolesville, Nc

Population: 6,962
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.

9. Woodfin, NC

Woodfin, Nc
Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,411
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.

10. Waxhaw, NC

Waxhaw, Nc

Population: 14,367
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.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Tar Heel State

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:

  1. Lumberton
  2. Oxford
  3. Kinston
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In North Carolina For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Elon, NC 1 - 10,150 29 798
Holly Springs, NC 2 1 32,862 27 897
Pinehurst, NC 3 3 15,948 37 526
Davidson, NC 4 7 12,469 72 1,098
Cary, NC 5 4 164,835 91 1,004
Apex, NC 6 - 47,324 84 1,269
Stallings, NC 7 6 15,569 89 1,329
Rolesville, NC 8 14 6,962 86 1,738
Woodfin, NC 9 19 6,411 124 1,403
Waxhaw, NC 10 5 14,367 139 1,009
Fuquay-Varina, NC 11 - 25,249 110 1,897
Fletcher, NC 12 9 7,660 91 2,101
Black Mountain, NC 13 8 8,368 143 1,481
Clayton, NC 14 18 19,968 140 1,903
Winterville, NC 15 21 9,502 168 1,547
Huntersville, NC 16 16 53,932 116 2,145
Bessemer City, NC 17 33 5,591 178 1,556
Gibsonville, NC 18 25 6,843 233 1,242
Knightdale, NC 19 - 14,875 141 2,124
Wake Forest, NC 20 17 39,996 135 2,385
Carrboro, NC 21 27 21,478 162 2,020
Leland, NC 22 12 18,842 137 2,266
Mint Hill, NC 23 15 26,221 137 2,410
Concord, NC 24 23 89,446 138 2,465
Wendell, NC 25 13 6,368 251 1,711
Mount Holly, NC 26 29 14,284 189 2,135
Kannapolis, NC 27 31 46,867 251 1,997
Boone, NC 28 22 18,374 190 2,138
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
Matthews, NC 32 28 31,401 146 3,423
Brevard, NC 33 20 7,747 206 2,659
Conover, NC 34 39 8,261 205 3,280
Butner, NC 35 35 7,781 334 2,133
Angier, NC 36 - 5,097 274 2,530
Newton, NC 37 50 13,049 260 3,417
Cherryville, NC 38 30 6,018 332 2,841
Garner, NC 39 36 28,508 301 3,483
King, NC 40 32 7,091 394 3,285
Mooresville, NC 41 - 36,482 274 3,955
Southern Pines, NC 42 48 13,778 500 2,612
Aberdeen, NC 43 42 7,549 331 3,828
New Bern, NC 44 46 30,137 411 3,470
Graham, NC 45 55 14,712 523 3,228
Thomasville, NC 46 54 27,117 320 4,060
Waynesville, NC 47 34 9,801 265 4,591
Mebane, NC 48 41 14,201 330 4,070
Tarboro, NC 49 44 11,113 530 3,329
Lenoir, NC 50 49 17,822 314 4,730
Morehead City, NC 51 64 9,477 400 4,030
Eden, NC 52 - 15,343 527 3,695
Belmont, NC 53 38 10,593 330 4,842
Siler City, NC 54 61 8,498 458 4,118
Ayden, NC 55 - 5,078 571 3,840
Hope Mills, NC 56 69 16,268 387 4,850
Shelby, NC 57 68 20,168 609 3,609
Kernersville, NC 58 - 23,943 426 4,773
Hickory, NC 59 59 40,437 408 4,829
High Point, NC 60 51 111,435 647 3,574
Burlington, NC 61 56 52,760 742 3,474
Wilmington, NC 62 75 117,852 644 4,048
Mount Airy, NC 63 58 10,345 444 4,939
Asheboro, NC 64 65 26,230 396 5,722
Hamlet, NC 65 67 6,430 793 3,483
Hendersonville, NC 66 - 13,954 358 6,048
Kill Devil Hills, NC 67 - 7,132 574 4,823
Selma, NC 68 73 6,351 566 5,180
Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC 69 62 896,379 731 4,097
Asheville, NC 70 66 89,546 599 4,865
Albemarle, NC 71 57 16,024 667 4,811
Elizabeth City, NC 72 - 17,852 711 4,677
Fayetteville, NC 73 - 202,200 757 4,550
Clinton, NC 74 70 8,789 591 5,358
Marion, NC 75 - 7,827 447 7,819
Washington, NC 76 82 9,796 673 5,195
Rockingham, NC 77 80 9,155 546 7,722
Monroe, NC 78 - 34,978 648 5,614
Reidsville, NC 79 79 13,991 729 5,474
Salisbury, NC 80 76 34,121 973 4,870
Pineville, NC 81 - 8,626 614 14,154
Roanoke Rapids, NC 82 - 15,273 707 6,842
Goldsboro, NC 83 86 35,871 1,084 5,572
Henderson, NC 84 - 15,249 1,049 5,724
Wadesboro, NC 85 84 5,541 1,118 5,973
Forest City, NC 86 74 7,246 772 7,093
Laurinburg, NC 87 83 15,423 1,303 5,841
Kinston, NC 88 - 21,268 1,208 6,093
Oxford, NC 89 85 8,794 1,137 6,095
Lumberton, NC 90 88 21,683 1,812 13,826

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