Top 15 Safest Cities In North Carolina 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 North Carolina, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Elon.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Tar Heel State. 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 North Carolina with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in North Carolina for 2018:

  1. Elon (Photos | Homes)
  2. Holly Springs (Photos | Homes)
  3. Pinehurst (Photos | Homes)
  4. Davidson (Photos | Homes)
  5. Cary (Photos | Homes)
  6. Apex (Photos | Homes)
  7. Stallings (Homes)
  8. Rolesville (Photos | Homes)
  9. Woodfin (Photos | Homes)
  10. Waxhaw (Photos | Homes)
  11. Fuquay-Varina (Photos | Homes)
  12. Fletcher (Photos | Homes)
  13. Black Mountain (Photos | Homes)
  14. Clayton (Photos | Homes)
  15. Winterville (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 North Carolina, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in North Carolina

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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 North Carolina.

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 84 crimes committed in Elon which had a reported population of 10,150. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0083 which translates into a 1 in 120 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Elon. The most dangerous city in North Carolina? Lumberton, where residents had a 1 in 6 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.

Elon, NC
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 10,150
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 798 (2nd safest)
More on Elon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Holly Springs, NC
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 32,862
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 27 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 897 (3rd safest)
More on Holly Springs: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Holly Springs is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 24,661, over 2 times its population in 2000. Pinehurst, NC
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 15,948
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 526 (1st safest)
More on Pinehurst: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Pinehurst is a village in Moore County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,124. It is home of the historic golf resort, Pinehurst Resort. A large portion of the central village, including the resort complexes, is a National Historic Landmark District, designated in 1996 for its landscape design and its significance in the history of golf in the United States. Davidson, NC
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 12,469
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 72 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,098 (6th safest)
More on Davidson: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Davidson is a lakeside town on Lake Norman in northern Mecklenburg County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 10,944 at the 2010 census. It is home to Davidson College. The town is centered on the college from which it takes its name. Cary, NC
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 164,835
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 91 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,004 (4th safest)
More on Cary: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Cary is the seventh-largest municipality in North Carolina. Cary is predominantly in Wake, with a small area in Chatham counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina and is the county's second-largest municipality and the third-largest municipality in The Triangle after Raleigh and Durham. The town's population was 135,234 as of the 2010 census, making it the largest town and seventh-largest municipality statewide. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the town's population to be 159,769 as of July 1, 2015. Cary is the second most populous incorporated town in the United States.
Apex, NC
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 47,324
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 84 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,269 (8th safest)
More on Apex: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Apex is a town in Wake County, North Carolina and a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the town's population to be 43,907 as of July 1, 2014.
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 15,569
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 89 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,329 (9th safest)
More on Stallings: Real Estate | Data

Stallings is a suburban town in Union and Mecklenburg counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 13,831 at the 2010 census. Rolesville, NC
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 6,962
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 86 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,738 (15th safest)
More on Rolesville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rolesville is a town and suburb in northeastern Wake County, North Carolina, United States, just outside the capital city of Raleigh. It is the second oldest town in Wake County and has been one of the fastest growing towns in the state of North Carolina for the past several years. The population was 6,074 in 2015. Woodfin, NC
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 6,411
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 124 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,403 (10th safest)
More on Woodfin: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Woodfin is a town in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,123 as of the 2010 census. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town is named for Nicholas Washington Woodfin, a renowned lawyer and statesman of early North Carolina, under whom Governor Zebulon Vance clerked as an attorney. Woodfin is the only municipality bearing the name Woodfin in the United States. The town was incorporated in 1971, although the community itself dates back to at least the mid-19th century. Waxhaw, NC
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 14,367
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 139 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,009 (5th safest)
More on Waxhaw: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Waxhaw is a town located in Union County, North Carolina. The population was 9,859 according to the 2010 Census.
Fuquay-Varina, NC
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 25,249
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 110 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,897 (16th safest)
More on Fuquay-Varina: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Fuquay-Varina is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 18,644 in 2012. The population was 17,937 at the 2010 census, up from 7,898 at the 2000 census. The town is a 25-minute drive south of Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina. The hyphenated name attests to the town's history as two separate towns. Fuquay Springs and Varina merged in 1963 to create the modern town. Economically, the town initially grew due to tobacco trade and agriculture, but has seen recent population growth and real estate development due to its proximity to Research Triangle Park. Fletcher, NC
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 7,660
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 91 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,101 (20th safest)
More on Fletcher: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Fletcher is a town in Henderson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 7,187 at the 2010 census, and was estimated to be 8,079 in 2016. Black Mountain, NC
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 8,368
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 143 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,481 (11th safest)
More on Black Mountain: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Black Mountain is a town in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 7,848 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town is named for the old train stop at the Black Mountain Depot and is located at the southern end of the Black Mountain range of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Southern Appalachians. Clayton, NC
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 19,968
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 140 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,903 (17th safest)
More on Clayton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Clayton is a town in Johnston County, North Carolina, and considered a satellite town of Raleigh. As of 2010, Clayton's population was 16,116 people. Much of that growth can be attributed to the town's close proximity to the Research Triangle area and access to major highways such as I-40, U.S. 70, and NC 42. Winterville, NC
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 9,502
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 168 (23rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,547 (12th safest)
More on Winterville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Winterville is a town in Pitt County, North Carolina, United States. The population is 9,269 as of the 2010 census. The town is a part of the Village.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Tar Heel State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Elon is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most North Carolina 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 North Carolina according to the data:

  1. Lumberton
  2. Oxford
  3. Kinston
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In North Carolina For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Elon, NC 10,150 29 798
2 Holly Springs, NC 32,862 27 897
3 Pinehurst, NC 15,948 37 526
4 Davidson, NC 12,469 72 1,098
5 Cary, NC 164,835 91 1,004
6 Apex, NC 47,324 84 1,269
7 Stallings, NC 15,569 89 1,329
8 Rolesville, NC 6,962 86 1,738
9 Woodfin, NC 6,411 124 1,403
10 Waxhaw, NC 14,367 139 1,009
11 Fuquay-Varina, NC 25,249 110 1,897
12 Fletcher, NC 7,660 91 2,101
13 Black Mountain, NC 8,368 143 1,481
14 Clayton, NC 19,968 140 1,903
15 Winterville, NC 9,502 168 1,547
16 Huntersville, NC 53,932 116 2,145
17 Bessemer City, NC 5,591 178 1,556
18 Gibsonville, NC 6,843 233 1,242
19 Knightdale, NC 14,875 141 2,124
20 Wake Forest, NC 39,996 135 2,385
21 Carrboro, NC 21,478 162 2,020
22 Leland, NC 18,842 137 2,266
23 Mint Hill, NC 26,221 137 2,410
24 Concord, NC 89,446 138 2,465
25 Wendell, NC 6,368 251 1,711
26 Mount Holly, NC 14,284 189 2,135
27 Kannapolis, NC 46,867 251 1,997
28 Boone, NC 18,374 190 2,138
29 Chapel Hill, NC 60,004 188 2,271
30 Kings Mountain, NC 10,785 185 2,716
31 Boiling Spring Lakes, NC 5,873 187 2,945
32 Matthews, NC 31,401 146 3,423
33 Brevard, NC 7,747 206 2,659
34 Conover, NC 8,261 205 3,280
35 Butner, NC 7,781 334 2,133
36 Angier, NC 5,097 274 2,530
37 Newton, NC 13,049 260 3,417
38 Cherryville, NC 6,018 332 2,841
39 Garner, NC 28,508 301 3,483
40 King, NC 7,091 394 3,285
41 Mooresville, NC 36,482 274 3,955
42 Southern Pines, NC 13,778 500 2,612
43 Aberdeen, NC 7,549 331 3,828
44 New Bern, NC 30,137 411 3,470
45 Graham, NC 14,712 523 3,228
46 Thomasville, NC 27,117 320 4,060
47 Waynesville, NC 9,801 265 4,591
48 Mebane, NC 14,201 330 4,070
49 Tarboro, NC 11,113 530 3,329
50 Lenoir, NC 17,822 314 4,730
51 Morehead City, NC 9,477 400 4,030
52 Eden, NC 15,343 527 3,695
53 Belmont, NC 10,593 330 4,842
54 Siler City, NC 8,498 458 4,118
55 Ayden, NC 5,078 571 3,840
56 Hope Mills, NC 16,268 387 4,850
57 Shelby, NC 20,168 609 3,609
58 Kernersville, NC 23,943 426 4,773
59 Hickory, NC 40,437 408 4,829
60 High Point, NC 111,435 647 3,574
61 Burlington, NC 52,760 742 3,474
62 Wilmington, NC 117,852 644 4,048
63 Mount Airy, NC 10,345 444 4,939
64 Asheboro, NC 26,230 396 5,722
65 Hamlet, NC 6,430 793 3,483
66 Hendersonville, NC 13,954 358 6,048
67 Kill Devil Hills, NC 7,132 574 4,823
68 Selma, NC 6,351 566 5,180
69 Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC 896,379 731 4,097
70 Asheville, NC 89,546 599 4,865
71 Albemarle, NC 16,024 667 4,811
72 Elizabeth City, NC 17,852 711 4,677
73 Fayetteville, NC 202,200 757 4,550
74 Clinton, NC 8,789 591 5,358
75 Marion, NC 7,827 447 7,819
76 Washington, NC 9,796 673 5,195
77 Rockingham, NC 9,155 546 7,722
78 Monroe, NC 34,978 648 5,614
79 Reidsville, NC 13,991 729 5,474
80 Salisbury, NC 34,121 973 4,870
81 Pineville, NC 8,626 614 14,154
82 Roanoke Rapids, NC 15,273 707 6,842
83 Goldsboro, NC 35,871 1,084 5,572
84 Henderson, NC 15,249 1,049 5,724
85 Wadesboro, NC 5,541 1,118 5,973
86 Forest City, NC 7,246 772 7,093
87 Laurinburg, NC 15,423 1,303 5,841
88 Kinston, NC 21,268 1,208 6,093
89 Oxford, NC 8,794 1,137 6,095
90 Lumberton, NC 21,683 1,812 13,826

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