Top 15 Safest Cities In Alabama For 2018

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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 Vestavia Hills.

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 90 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 2018:

  1. Vestavia Hills (Photos | Homes)
  2. Mountain Brook (Photos | Homes)
  3. Helena (Photos | Homes)
  4. Satsuma (Homes)
  5. Southside (Photos | Homes)
  6. Daleville (Photos | Homes)
  7. Daphne (Photos | Homes)
  8. Athens (Photos | Homes)
  9. Hartselle (Photos | Homes)
  10. Glencoe (Photos | Homes)
  11. Spanish Fort (Photos | Homes)
  12. Pelham (Photos | Homes)
  13. Alabaster (Photos | Homes)
  14. Rainsville (Photos | Homes)
  15. Pleasant Grove (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

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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 2017) 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 422 crimes committed in Vestavia Hills which had a reported population of 34,191. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0123 which translates into a 1 in 81 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 2016. This left us with a total of 90 of the biggest cities in Alabama to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 90 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 Vestavia Hills. The most dangerous city in Alabama? Bessemer, where residents had a 1 in 8 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.

1. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills, AL

Population: 34,191
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 73 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,161 (2nd 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.

2. Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, AL

Population: 20,737
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 67 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,393 (6th safest)
More on Mountain Brook: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Mountain Brook is a town in southeastern Jefferson County, Alabama, United States and an upper-middle-class suburb of Birmingham. Its estimated 2015 population is 20,691. It is one of the state's most affluent places.

3. Helena

Helena, AL

Population: 18,525
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 134 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 620 (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.

4. Satsuma

Population: 6,187
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 113 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,309 (5th 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.

5. Southside

Southside, AL

Population: 8,602
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 197 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,290 (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.

6. Daleville

Daleville, AL

Population: 5,109
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 215 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,233 (3rd safest)
More on Daleville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Daleville is a city in Dale County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 5,295, up from 4,653 in 2000. It is part of the Ozark Micropolitan Statistical Area. The city's nickname is "Gateway to Fort Rucker", as this U.S. Army post is located just north of town. Cairns Army Airfield is located to the south of Daleville on the road to nearby Clayhatchee.

7. Daphne

Daphne, AL
Source: Public domain

Population: 25,564
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 136 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,967 (14th 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.

8. Athens

Athens, AL
Source: Public domain

Population: 25,603
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 70 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,484 (22nd 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.

9. Hartselle

Hartselle, AL

Population: 14,540
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 18)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 123 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,283 (20th safest)
More on Hartselle: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Hartselle is the second largest city in Morgan County, Alabama, United States, about 10 miles south of Decatur, and is included in the Decatur Metropolitan Area, and the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of the city was 14,255. Hartselle was founded in 1870 with the arrival of the South and North Alabama Railroad. It takes its name from George Hartsell, one of the railroad's owners. The post office opened in 1873. It was formally incorporated on March 1, 1875. Most of the oldest buildings were destroyed by a disastrous fire in 1916.

10. Glencoe

Glencoe, AL

Population: 5,150
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 233 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,650 (8th 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.

11. Spanish Fort

Spanish Fort, AL

Population: 8,312
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 180 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,177 (17th safest)
More on Spanish Fort: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Spanish Fort is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States, located on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. The 2010 census lists the population of the city as 6,798. It is a suburb of Mobile and is part of the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley micropolitan area.

12. Pelham

Pelham, AL

Population: 23,162
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 177 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,197 (18th safest)
More on Pelham: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Pelham is a city in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. It incorporated in July 1964. It was named for Confederate American Civil War officer John Pelham. The City of Pelham operates under the Mayor/Council Act. The Mayor serves as the city's chief executive and the City Council act much like a board of directors.

13. Alabaster

Alabaster, AL

Population: 33,040
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 293 (23rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,476 (7th 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.

14. Rainsville

Rainsville, AL

Population: 5,047
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 158 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,437 (21st safest)
More on Rainsville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rainsville is a city in DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 4,948, up from 4,499 in 2000. Rainsville is located on top of Sand Mountain, a southern extension of the Cumberland Plateau. Rainsville was incorporated in October 1956.

15. Pleasant Grove

Population: 10,293
Rank Last Year: 11 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 262 (21st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,933 (13th 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.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Vestavia Hills 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. Anniston
  3. Selma
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Alabama For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Vestavia Hills, AL 34,191 73 1,161
2 Mountain Brook, AL 20,737 67 1,393
3 Helena, AL 18,525 134 620
4 Satsuma, AL 6,187 113 1,309
5 Southside, AL 8,602 197 1,290
6 Daleville, AL 5,109 215 1,233
7 Daphne, AL 25,564 136 1,967
8 Athens, AL 25,603 70 2,484
9 Hartselle, AL 14,540 123 2,283
10 Glencoe, AL 5,150 233 1,650
11 Spanish Fort, AL 8,312 180 2,177
12 Pelham, AL 23,162 177 2,197
13 Alabaster, AL 33,040 293 1,476
14 Rainsville, AL 5,047 158 2,437
15 Pleasant Grove, AL 10,293 262 1,933
16 Montevallo, AL 6,716 208 2,218
17 Moody, AL 12,764 336 1,731
18 Auburn, AL 63,871 328 1,761
19 Attalla, AL 5,870 323 2,061
20 Albertville, AL 21,525 134 3,349
21 Orange Beach, AL 5,932 202 3,152
22 Fairhope, AL 19,470 184 3,333
23 Hamilton, AL 6,749 340 2,622
24 Saraland, AL 13,967 243 3,322
25 Cullman, AL 15,459 142 3,719
26 Fort Payne, AL 14,156 317 3,242
27 Rainbow City, AL 9,573 501 1,901
28 Madison, AL 47,729 437 2,118
29 Enterprise, AL 28,227 347 2,773
30 Opp, AL 6,657 570 1,817
31 Tuscumbia, AL 8,450 414 2,556
32 Oneonta, AL 6,624 377 3,125
33 Russellville, AL 9,847 365 3,188
34 Northport, AL 25,045 327 3,505
35 Prattville, AL 35,698 235 3,812
36 Pell City, AL 13,835 390 3,259
37 Homewood, AL 25,823 325 3,771
38 Irondale, AL 12,439 578 2,701
39 Wetumpka, AL 8,280 386 3,514
40 Demopolis, AL 7,089 550 2,976
41 Hueytown, AL 15,632 415 3,492
42 Roanoke, AL 5,993 684 2,903
43 Florence, AL 40,160 488 3,486
44 Decatur, AL 55,374 278 4,695
45 Tuscaloosa, AL 99,925 480 3,734
46 Eufaula, AL 12,503 535 3,639
47 Chickasaw, AL 5,927 472 3,796
48 Oxford, AL 21,234 372 4,469
49 Muscle Shoals, AL 13,810 391 4,257
50 Gardendale, AL 13,675 804 3,144
51 Robertsdale, AL 6,019 431 4,834
52 Fultondale, AL 9,188 544 4,505
53 Brewton, AL 5,441 827 3,712
54 Gulf Shores, AL 11,340 343 5,723
55 Montgomery, AL 199,565 608 4,504
56 Sheffield, AL 9,121 800 4,111
57 Leeds, AL 11,964 685 4,638
58 Mobile, AL 249,921 683 4,709
59 Tuskegee, AL 8,623 1,194 3,629
60 Scottsboro, AL 14,711 1,556 3,439
61 Greenville, AL 7,788 796 4,545
62 Atmore, AL 10,021 928 4,121
63 Fairfield, AL 10,869 901 4,324
64 Childersburg, AL 5,023 1,114 4,041
65 Sylacauga, AL 12,623 538 5,648
66 Jacksonville, AL 12,150 1,012 4,123
67 Opelika, AL 30,180 732 4,890
68 Lincoln, AL 6,579 699 4,939
69 Guntersville, AL 8,421 605 5,438
70 Phenix City, AL 38,521 848 4,716
71 Monroeville, AL 6,039 745 5,265
72 Talladega, AL 15,645 786 5,266
73 Boaz, AL 9,729 1,500 4,245
74 Huntsville, AL 192,587 927 4,879
75 Valley, AL 9,465 760 5,515
76 Andalusia, AL 9,071 926 5,258
77 Ozark, AL 14,679 1,233 4,707
78 Troy, AL 18,985 984 4,998
79 Alexander City, AL 14,695 1,884 4,470
80 Arab, AL 8,334 839 6,131
81 Clanton, AL 8,888 1,293 5,153
82 Jasper, AL 14,009 1,142 6,388
83 Midfield, AL 5,195 1,270 5,697
84 Tarrant, AL 6,176 1,149 6,930
85 Prichard, AL 22,299 1,699 5,502
86 Gadsden, AL 35,927 1,291 7,017
87 Lanett, AL 6,451 1,612 8,277
88 Selma, AL 19,283 1,804 7,737
89 Anniston, AL 22,205 3,310 7,709
90 Bessemer, AL 26,592 2,869 9,036

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