These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Alabama For 2019

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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 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:

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

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Alabama, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Alabama

Safest Cities in Alabama 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 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.

Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

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: Real Estate | Data

Satsuma is a city in Mobile County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 5,687. Known prior to 1915 as Fig Tree Island, the city was named after the Satsuma orange, which was successfully cultivated and grown in Alabama starting in 1878, a gift from Emperor Meiji of Japan. Satsuma is a part of the Mobile metropolitan statistical area. Helena, AL
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Helena is a city in Jefferson and Shelby Counties in the state of Alabama. Helena is considered a suburb of Birmingham and part of the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,793. Helena is highly regarded as a place to live and raise children; Business Week named Helena the 13th "Best Place to Raise Your Kids" in 2007. It has the eighth-lowest crime rate per population in the U.S., and the city was ranked in Money magazine's 2007 list of "Best Places to Live: Top 100" in the U.S., placing at number 91. The Alabama League of Municipalities awarded Helena the 2008 Municipal Achievement Award. Vestavia Hills, AL
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Vestavia Hills is a city in Jefferson and Shelby counties in the State of Alabama. It is a suburb of the city of Birmingham. As of the 2010 census, its population was 34,033, up from 24,476 in 2000. It moved up from the fifth largest city in Jefferson County in 2000 to the third largest in 2010, behind Birmingham and Hoover. Hoover, AL
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

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

Hoover is a city in Jefferson and Shelby counties in north central Alabama, United States. The largest suburb around Birmingham, the population of the city was 84,848 as of the 2015 US Census estimate. Hoover is part of the Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area and is also included in the Birmingham-Hoover-Talladega, AL Combined Statistical Area. Hoover-s neighborhoods and planned communities are located along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

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: Real Estate | Data

Pleasant Grove is a city in western Jefferson County, Alabama. It is part of the Birmingham metropolitan area. Its nickname is "The Good Neighbor City". At the 2010 census the population was 10,110.
Southside, AL
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Southside is a city in Etowah and Calhoun counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is included in the Gadsden Metropolitan Statistical Area. It incorporated in 1957. The population was 8,412 at the time of the 2010 United States Census. Located 8 to 12 miles south of downtown Gadsden, Southside is one of the fastest growing cities in northeast Alabama. Daphne, AL
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Daphne is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States, on the eastern shoreline of Mobile Bay. The city is located along I-10, 11 miles east of Mobile and 170 miles southwest of the state capital of Montgomery. The 2010 United States Census lists the population of the city as 21,570, making Daphne the most populous city in Baldwin County. It is a principal city of the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley metropolitan area, which includes all of Baldwin County. Athens, AL
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Athens is a city in Limestone County, in the State of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 21,897. The city is the county seat of Limestone County and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. Alabaster, AL
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Alabaster is a city and southern suburb of Birmingham in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 30,352. According to the 2013 Census Estimates, the city had a population of 31,342. Alabaster is the 16th largest city in Alabama and still a growing population. Glencoe, AL
Overall SnackAbility
4
/10

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Glencoe is a city in Calhoun and Etowah counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is part of the Gadsden Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city incorporated in 1939.

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
For more reading, check out:

List Of 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
11 Pelham, AL 23,310 141 2,162
12 Hartselle, AL 14,503 151 2,144
13 Albertville, AL 21,588 101 3,001
14 Rainsville, AL 5,025 258 2,049
15 Northport, AL 25,337 185 2,585
16 Madison, AL 48,777 362 1,908
17 Orange Beach, AL 6,073 181 3,112
18 Daleville, AL 5,068 256 2,900
19 Montevallo, AL 6,793 309 2,267
20 Fairhope, AL 20,180 257 3,002
21 Auburn, AL 64,831 334 2,639
22 Moody, AL 13,007 484 1,683
23 Prattville, AL 35,858 237 3,569
24 Oneonta, AL 6,721 163 3,719
25 Opp, AL 6,573 425 2,129
26 Cullman, AL 15,613 140 3,932
27 Enterprise, AL 28,239 371 2,716
28 Russellville, AL 9,810 336 3,160
29 Demopolis, AL 6,949 575 2,101
30 Tuscumbia, AL 8,407 344 3,211
31 Millbrook, AL 15,537 289 3,874
32 Hamilton, AL 6,714 402 3,276
33 Irondale, AL 12,362 436 3,187
34 Pell City, AL 13,978 393 3,441
35 Spanish Fort, AL 8,584 372 3,797
36 Foley, AL 18,032 260 4,336
37 Brewton, AL 5,436 699 3,035
38 Hueytown, AL 15,472 575 3,600
39 Saraland, AL 13,999 321 4,386
40 Decatur, AL 54,958 362 4,155
41 Leeds, AL 11,964 693 3,585
42 Tuscaloosa, AL 101,124 468 4,127
43 Wetumpka, AL 8,501 482 4,117
44 Oxford, AL 21,084 284 5,221
45 Boaz, AL 9,748 789 3,416
46 Gulf Shores, AL 11,905 335 4,855
47 Florence, AL 40,059 471 4,251
48 Sheffield, AL 9,022 742 3,646
49 Phenix City, AL 37,841 663 3,932
50 Fultondale, AL 9,207 521 4,138
51 Eufaula, AL 12,295 601 4,082
52 Bay Minette, AL 9,483 864 3,574
53 Muscle Shoals, AL 13,939 581 4,569
54 Jacksonville, AL 12,573 898 3,889
55 Dothan, AL 68,894 844 3,969
56 Montgomery, AL 199,099 641 4,419
57 Robertsdale, AL 6,112 621 4,695
58 Opelika, AL 30,476 731 4,590
59 Tuskegee, AL 8,549 970 4,117
60 Alexander City, AL 14,744 1,729 3,737
61 Scottsboro, AL 14,660 1,309 3,997
62 Arab, AL 8,380 548 6,217
63 Atmore, AL 9,994 1,110 4,312
64 Chickasaw, AL 5,879 765 4,915
65 Mobile, AL 248,431 740 5,453
66 Huntsville, AL 195,173 904 4,730
67 Ozark, AL 14,559 1,071 4,684
68 Valley, AL 9,363 694 6,760
69 Greenville, AL 7,724 1,009 4,699
70 Talladega, AL 15,356 885 5,411
71 Andalusia, AL 8,958 926 5,224
72 Jasper, AL 13,940 760 6,592
73 Troy, AL 19,360 1,146 5,056
74 Midfield, AL 5,141 1,244 5,679
75 Tarrant, AL 6,249 1,696 5,392
76 Prichard, AL 22,119 1,826 6,144
77 Lanett, AL 6,383 1,378 7,394
78 Anniston, AL 21,955 3,434 6,158
79 Gadsden, AL 35,665 1,718 7,405
80 Fairfield, AL 10,759 1,905 6,859
81 Bessemer, AL 26,360 2,985 9,791

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