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 Satsuma.
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 81 cities in Alabama with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Alabama for 2019:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
For more reading on safe places to live and Alabama, 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 2018) 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 52 crimes committed in Satsuma which had a reported population of 6,198. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0084 which translates into a 1 in 119 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 2017. This left us with a total of 81 of the biggest cities in Alabama to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 81 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 Satsuma. The most dangerous city in Alabama? Bessemer, where residents had a 1 in 7 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.
The safest place in Alabama for 2019? According to the most recent FBI data, that would be Satsuma. A city in Mobile County of about 6,000 people located in the Southern nub of Alabama, this place continuously rocks out in our rankings.
Not only is it safe, it's one of the best places to live in Heart Of Dixie.
It has the lowest violent crime rate in the state and second lowest property crime rank.
Those facts combine to shoot Satsuma up 3 spots from its fourth place finish last year.
Now, if only someone would take a creative commons licensed picture for us to use. Wink wink.
Not only are you smart if you live in Helena, you have to be a smarty to live there.
The second safest city in Alabama, a staggering 40% plus of the people that call Helena home have at least a bachelor's degree. Compared to the national average of about 24%, that's genius level.
The city has the best property crime rate in the state, but fell a peg this year because of a slight uptick in violent crime.
That being said, you can sleep safe and sound in this town.
Vestavia Hills is so safe that everyone there is hyper vigilant. For example, when we called the city one of the snobbiest in the state a couple of years back, we had a local lawyer promptly fedex us a demand to take down a Google Street View that showed his house.
Because you can't even have internet hooligans like us say anything even potentially negative about this town.
That hypervigilance translates into the third best ranking for violent crime and the fifth best ranking for property crime in Alabama.
Hopefully this fact doesn't compel someone else to throw a lawsuit at us.
Crime has been sucked away in Hoover.
Located in the central Northern part of the state outside of Birmingham, it scored a top five ranking for both property and violent crime.
Overall, the city scores a 9.5 on our SnackAbility score thanks to a strong job market and home prices -- which probably correlates highly with its low crime. And at some 85,000 people, it's also the biggest city in the top ten by a wide margin.
Pleasant Grove probably isn't pleasantly surprised to see themselves on this list -- they are well aware of how safe it is to live there.
It scored a twin seventh place ranking for both violent and property crime.
Located in Jefferson County right smack in the middle of Alabama, this ranking further confirms it earns its nickname of "The Good Neighbor City".
We think that Mr. Rogers would be proud to hear that nickname and consider it worthy of the title -- even if he was from Pittsburgh.
Southside shows it's the best side when it comes to safety in Alabama -- it's the sixth safest city in Alabama.
Located 8 to 12 miles south of downtown Gadsden, Southside is one of the fastest growing cities in northeast Alabama. Which makes sense given that it ranks as the safest place in the region buy a good bit.
The other reason people are flocking here? Low rent and home prices mixed with a good economy. With a sub 3% unemployment, you can get a job and find an affordable apartment for only $750/mo.
There's no need to call Scooby Doo in Daphne -- besides the fact that she's already on the case, there's no serious threats of crime in this city.
The gang wouldn't have anything to do since the city has top ten rankings for both property and violent crime. Those pesky kids will have to be pesky elsewhere it seems.
The city is located along I-10, 11 miles east of Mobile and 170 miles southwest of the state capital of Montgomery.
The eighth safest city in Alabama, Athens maintained its position from last year.
While not quite as old as Athens, Greece, Athens, AL has been a paradigm of safety since 1818. That legacy has led to a second place finish for violent crime in Alabama.
Unfortunately, property crime is a relative issue in the city as it ranks 20th in the state -- still better than average, but not quite as braggable.
The city is the county seat of Limestone County, basically as far north as you can get in Alabama without being in Tennessee.
Another Birmingham burb on our list, Alabaster cracks the top ten for the first time this year coming in at number 9.
A sixth place finish for property crime earned the city its spot, but violent crime holds it back from being higher in our ranking.
The city continues to grow and is actually becoming a hot spot for Latinos within Alabama -- over 9% of the population is Hispanic or Latino compared to Alabama's 4% average.
Glencoe maintained its place in the top ten for the second year in a row.
Interestingly, compared to the other cities on this list, the overall picture of Glencoe isn't quite as glowing. The economy isn't quite as strong and poverty is tick higher, but it's still a safe place to live.
And, wouldn't you know, it's the home to not one, but two Miss Alabama's.
So it's both attractive and safe -- sounding better and better each second.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Satsuma 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:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|3||Vestavia Hills, AL||34,781||69||1,221|
|5||Pleasant Grove, AL||10,191||107||1,609|
|17||Orange Beach, AL||6,073||181||3,112|
|34||Pell City, AL||13,978||393||3,441|
|35||Spanish Fort, AL||8,584||372||3,797|
|46||Gulf Shores, AL||11,905||335||4,855|
|49||Phenix City, AL||37,841||663||3,932|
|52||Bay Minette, AL||9,483||864||3,574|
|53||Muscle Shoals, AL||13,939||581||4,569|
|60||Alexander City, AL||14,744||1,729||3,737|
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