These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Alabama For 2017

We used data and science to determine the places in Alabama 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 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 87 places in Alabama with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Helena
  2. Vestavia Hills
  3. Mountain Brook
  4. Fultondale
  5. Southside
  6. Pleasant Grove
  7. Hamilton
  8. Moody
  9. Athens
  10. Pelham

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

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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 (Sept 2015). 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
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For example, there were a total of 1,202 crimes committed in Helena which had a reported population of 17,589. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0683 which translates into a 1 in 15 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 87 places in Alabama to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 87 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? Bessemer, where residents had a 1 in 4 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.

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1. Helena

Helena - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,589
Property Crime Rank: 206
Violent Crime Rank: 996

2. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,116
Property Crime Rank: 654
Violent Crime Rank: 469

3. Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,518
Property Crime Rank: 716
Violent Crime Rank: 501

4. Fultondale

Fultondale - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,733
Property Crime Rank: 1,022
Violent Crime Rank: 718

5. Southside

Southside - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,514
Property Crime Rank: 902
Violent Crime Rank: 1,092

6. Pleasant Grove

Population: 10,270
Property Crime Rank: 827
Violent Crime Rank: 2,014

7. Hamilton

Population: 6,814
Property Crime Rank: 1,250
Violent Crime Rank: 1,520

8. Moody

Population: 12,292
Property Crime Rank: 1,263
Violent Crime Rank: 1,613

9. Athens

Athens - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,938
Property Crime Rank: 2,004
Violent Crime Rank: 418

10. Pelham

Pelham - Safest Places In Alabama
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,346
Property Crime Rank: 1,578
Violent Crime Rank: 1,262

There You Have It - The Safest In Alabama

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: Anniston
2nd Most Dangerous: Tarrant
Most Dangerous: Bessemer

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Alabama

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Helena117,589206996
Vestavia Hills234,116654469
Mountain Brook320,518716501
Fultondale48,7331,022718
Southside58,5149021,092
Pleasant Grove610,2708272,014
Hamilton76,8141,2501,520
Moody812,2921,2631,613
Athens923,9382,004418
Pelham1022,3461,5781,262
Rainbow City119,6081,5561,430
Daphne1223,5591,7141,158
Satsuma136,1521,3982,016
Daleville145,1881,4162,154
Glencoe155,1391,8321,509
Alabaster1631,9051,0902,779
Madison1745,5901,3692,434
Hoover1883,5472,3471,326
Hartselle1914,4551,6902,553
Montevallo206,5491,7372,656
Auburn2158,6932,2071,917
Tuscumbia228,5372,0152,268
Albertville2321,4062,6721,201
Attalla245,9652,7991,138
Fairhope2517,3092,3851,892
Spanish Fort267,5782,8271,478
Prattville2734,7062,6042,006
Saraland2813,7152,6191,992
Oneonta296,6332,4942,579
Cullman3015,0142,9251,854
Bay Minette318,8432,3452,967
Enterprise3227,7852,7382,407
Hueytown3315,8942,7142,471
Dothan3467,7082,5492,751
Foley3516,3452,9852,361
Eufaula3612,8092,6492,971
Irondale3712,3982,5653,238
Northport3824,3392,8992,731
Decatur3955,5983,1722,264
Chickasaw406,0052,4043,477
Florence4139,8552,9442,813
Oxford4221,2433,1482,475
Atmore4310,0722,5623,386
Jacksonville4412,3723,0512,748
Russellville459,8243,0792,793
Millbrook4614,9833,1922,603
Wetumpka477,4063,3852,411
Demopolis487,2492,8983,323
Muscle Shoals4913,4923,4222,472
Montgomery50202,9673,1123,066
Gardendale5113,7633,2952,937
Leeds5211,8813,1733,186
Robertsdale535,6563,5002,616
Tuscaloosa5494,8653,2473,222
Jackson555,0553,0753,528
Tuskegee569,2183,0093,623
Scottsboro5714,7752,8253,779
Sylacauga5812,7493,5212,843
Gulf Shores5910,7033,7032,561
Greenville607,9123,1493,545
Sheffield619,0743,2893,378
Brewton625,4243,1463,595
Guntersville638,3263,7602,670
Monroeville646,2653,1283,741
Troy6518,6963,2993,597
Huntsville66185,5943,3463,540
Midfield675,2843,2423,683
Phenix City6836,6393,4313,493
Arab698,2823,6713,084
Lincoln706,3913,6123,231
Opelika7128,5443,5033,428
Alexander City7214,7873,2353,806
Valley739,4443,5203,485
Prichard7422,4393,2503,809
Boaz759,6733,3703,716
Clanton768,7153,6393,396
Andalusia779,0583,6193,524
Talladega7815,9313,6873,475
Tallassee795,3803,6863,696
Childersburg805,1053,6563,795
Gadsden8136,4553,7833,665
Birmingham82212,2113,6923,838
Jasper8314,1863,7663,822
Lanett846,4573,8123,804
Anniston8522,6263,7723,855
Tarrant866,2783,8093,833
Bessemer8727,0433,8393,839

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