These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Alabama For 2019

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 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.

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

How we calculated the safest cities in Alabama

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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.

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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: Real Estate | 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: PhotosReal Estate | 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: PhotosReal Estate | 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: PhotosReal Estate | 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.

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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: Real Estate | 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
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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 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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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

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
Source: Public domain
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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

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
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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

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, AL
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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 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.

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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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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