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.
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:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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
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.
Population: 17,700Property Crime Rank: 7Violent Crime Rank: 17
2. Vestavia Hills
Population: 34,009Property Crime Rank: 16Violent Crime Rank: 11
Population: 6,156Property Crime Rank: 12Violent Crime Rank: 22
4. Rainbow City
Population: 9,668Property Crime Rank: 20Violent Crime Rank: 19
Population: 8,564Property Crime Rank: 17Violent Crime Rank: 28
Population: 22,501Property Crime Rank: 32Violent Crime Rank: 14
Population: 12,549Property Crime Rank: 28Violent Crime Rank: 25
Population: 9,747Property Crime Rank: 1Violent Crime Rank: 83
Population: 31,568Property Crime Rank: 38Violent Crime Rank: 35
Population: 24,111Property Crime Rank: 40Violent 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