10 Safest Cities In Alabama For 2019

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Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2019. This is our fifth time rankings the safest places to live in Alabama.
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Do we think there's a direct correlation between educated residents, jobs, competitive salaries, and people flocking to the safest places in Alabama to live the Alabama dream? Absolutely.

Whether you're hanging out on a beach in Mobile, catching a NASCAR race in Talladega, or visiting the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama knows how to keep its residents safe.

And here at HomeSnacks, we wanted to know just how safe is Alabama? More importantly, where, exactly, are the safest cities in The Heart of Dixie? So, we consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 81 cities with over 5,000 residents. We looked at important factors like property crimes and violent crimes per capita for every place from Dothan to Decatur.

Moreover, if you choose to live in one of Alabama's safest places, you'll get to experience some of the South's tastiest BBQ, some toe-tapping country music, and the crystal clear Gulf Coast. Heck, there's a reason Alabama notables like Channing Tatum, Mia Hamm, and Evander Holyfield, have been singing the praises of places like Cullman, Selma, and Atmore for years: these are not only some of the best places in the country, they are some of Alabama's safest.

So, where are these amazing places in Alabama where crime is low, jobs are plentiful, and neighborhoods are safe? Read on.

Here are the 10 safest places to live in Alabama for 2019:

  1. Satsuma (Homes For Sale)
  2. Helena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Vestavia Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Hoover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Pleasant Grove (Homes For Sale)
  6. Southside (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Daphne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Athens (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Alabaster (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Glencoe (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what city is the safest place to live in Alabama for 2019? Well, according to the most recent FBI data we crunched, Satsuma is the safest place to live in The Yellowhammer State. It's not surprising considering Satsuma scored a 9/10 snackability safety score with an emphasis on jobs and education.

Check out the rest of our not so naughty, very safe Alabama cities to see how your city ranked. And if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.

For more reading on safe places to live in and around Alabama, check out:

The 10 Safest Cities In Alabama For 2019

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Population: 6,198
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 32 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 806 (2nd safest)
More on Satsuma: Search Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Helena, AL
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Population: 18,965
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 84 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 490 (1st safest)
More on Helena: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

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, AL
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Population: 34,781
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 69 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,221 (5th safest)
More on Vestavia Hills: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Hoover, AL
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Population: 85,634
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 95 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,142 (3rd safest)
More on Hoover: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Review Of Hoover by HomeSnacks User

Hoover is a suburban community just outside the city of Birmingham. Crime is low, schools are consistently rated in Best Schools in America lists and there are many recreational options nearby, including many parks. Plenty of shopping from high-end to budget-friendly available. Residents take pride in their neighborhoods. Some neighborhoods are cookie-cutter, but homes and lawns are maintained well and there is no littering or trash in public spaces. Its a small and safe place to live!

Oak Mountain is a favorite. You can hike, swim, fish, camp or go to a concert at the outdoor theater venue. Hoover is in a great location, so you have easy access to museums, botanical gardens, historic movie theaters, shopping, and the airport. Hoover has grown rapidly and the roadways havent kept up, so traffic is an inevitable frustration. Popular stores and restaurants seem to be on side of town and creates a lot of congestion. There is a lot of open space in the city, so building places in other parts of town would help.

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Population: 10,191
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 107 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,609 (7th safest)
More on Pleasant Grove: Search Homes For Sale | Data

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, AL
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 8,630
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 173 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,216 (4th safest)
More on Southside: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Daphne, AL
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Overall SnackAbility

Population: 26,669
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 127 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,084 (11th safest)
More on Daphne: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Athens, AL
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Overall SnackAbility

Population: 26,004
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 49 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,672 (20th safest)
More on Athens: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Alabaster, AL
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 33,253
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 222 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,584 (6th safest)
More on Alabaster: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Review Of Alabaster by HomeSnacks User

I lived there 4 years. I loved the people there most are just down home people and who you see is who you see everytime. Meaning they are not fake about anything. i love it all the way from Smokey Hollow cafe down to our Walmart supercenter. but let people keep seeing this so we can keep our towns just like it is. and we can keep our small town simple life with it!!!

Glencoe, AL
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 5,130
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 155 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,105 (13th safest)
More on Glencoe: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

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.

How we calculated the safest cities in Alabama for 2019

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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:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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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.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Heart of Dixie

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:

  1. Bessemer
  2. Fairfield
  3. Gadsden
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Where Are The 10 Safest Cities In Alabama For 2019?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Satsuma, AL 6,198 32 806
2 Helena, AL 18,965 84 490
3 Vestavia Hills, AL 34,781 69 1,221
4 Hoover, AL 85,634 95 1,142
5 Pleasant Grove, AL 10,191 107 1,609
6 Southside, AL 8,630 173 1,216
7 Daphne, AL 26,669 127 2,084
8 Athens, AL 26,004 49 2,672
9 Alabaster, AL 33,253 222 1,584
10 Glencoe, AL 5,130 155 2,105

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