These Are The 10 Safest Cities In North Carolina For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in North Carolina where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

Join HomeSnacks
Article continues below.

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 Pinehurst.

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 99 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 2019:

  1. Pinehurst (Photos | Homes)
  2. Holly Springs (Photos | Homes)
  3. Elon (Photos | Homes)
  4. Davidson (Photos | Homes)
  5. Cary (Photos | Homes)
  6. Apex (Photos | Homes)
  7. Rolesville (Photos | Homes)
  8. Fletcher (Photos | Homes)
  9. Wendell (Homes)
  10. Stallings (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

Safest Cities in North Carolina 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 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)
10 Worst Places To Live In North Carolina

For example, there were a total of 135 crimes committed in Pinehurst which had a reported population of 16,145. 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 99 of the biggest cities in North Carolina to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 99 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 Pinehurst. The most dangerous city in North Carolina? Whiteville, where residents had a 1 in 10 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.

Pinehurst, NC
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 16,145
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 30 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 805 (2nd 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. Holly Springs, NC
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 34,897
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 45 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 908 (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. Elon, NC
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 10,283
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 58 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 505 (1st safest)
More on Elon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Davidson, NC
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 12,723
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 31 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,233 (8th 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: 166,986
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 64 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,074 (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: 49,159
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,308 (9th 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. Rolesville, NC
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 7,709
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,387 (13th 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. Fletcher, NC
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 8,237
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,444 (15th 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. Wendell, NC
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 6,901
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 16)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,362 (11th safest)
More on Wendell: Real Estate | Data

Wendell is a town in Wake County, North Carolina United States. It is a satellite town of Raleigh, the state capital. The population was 5,845 at the 2010 census.
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 15,656
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 76 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,156 (6th 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.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Pinehurst 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. Whiteville
  2. Wadesboro
  3. Kinston
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In North Carolina For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Pinehurst, NC 16,145 30 805
2 Holly Springs, NC 34,897 45 908
3 Elon, NC 10,283 58 505
4 Davidson, NC 12,723 31 1,233
5 Cary, NC 166,986 64 1,074
6 Apex, NC 49,159 48 1,308
7 Rolesville, NC 7,709 25 1,387
8 Fletcher, NC 8,237 24 1,444
9 Wendell, NC 6,901 57 1,362
10 Stallings, NC 15,656 76 1,156
11 Winterville, NC 9,476 84 1,203
12 Waxhaw, NC 15,089 92 1,126
13 Black Mountain, NC 8,477 82 1,309
14 Morrisville, NC 25,904 73 1,586
15 Knightdale, NC 15,423 64 1,744
16 Woodfin, NC 6,444 62 1,877
17 Fuquay-Varina, NC 27,429 120 1,370
18 Archdale, NC 11,664 102 1,646
19 Leland, NC 19,786 85 1,763
20 Wake Forest, NC 42,019 97 1,763
21 Clayton, NC 21,012 109 1,746
22 Huntersville, NC 56,279 108 1,764
23 Concord, NC 91,756 102 1,951
24 Mint Hill, NC 26,868 160 1,738
25 Gibsonville, NC 7,131 210 1,388
26 Boone, NC 19,138 130 1,996
27 Havelock, NC 20,157 104 2,411
28 Bessemer City, NC 5,586 232 1,646
29 Angier, NC 5,227 114 2,295
30 Chapel Hill, NC 59,553 132 2,156
31 Mount Holly, NC 14,640 184 1,782
32 Carrboro, NC 21,553 176 1,995
33 Brevard, NC 7,846 152 2,217
34 Kannapolis, NC 48,754 172 2,010
35 Mooresville, NC 37,049 159 2,693
36 Butner, NC 7,718 207 2,034
37 Matthews, NC 32,255 164 3,115
38 Oak Island, NC 7,883 266 2,955
39 Kings Mountain, NC 10,824 240 3,344
40 Aberdeen, NC 7,707 233 3,568
41 Ayden, NC 5,215 306 3,202
42 Jacksonville, NC 67,293 323 2,914
43 Southern Pines, NC 14,025 299 3,358
44 Tarboro, NC 10,924 357 3,286
45 King, NC 7,046 241 3,817
46 Raeford, NC 5,057 296 3,776
47 Newton, NC 13,059 352 3,453
48 Lincolnton, NC 10,823 425 3,409
49 New Bern, NC 30,191 463 3,328
50 Garner, NC 29,287 327 3,694
51 Lenoir, NC 17,932 273 4,411
52 Waynesville, NC 9,977 180 5,171
53 Mount Airy, NC 10,338 309 4,333
54 Morehead City, NC 9,520 241 4,852
55 Mebane, NC 14,619 396 3,960
56 Mocksville, NC 5,302 471 4,130
57 Eden, NC 15,321 593 3,733
58 Wilmington, NC 119,422 626 3,615
59 Greenville, NC 92,630 623 3,664
60 Zebulon, NC 5,288 510 4,198
61 Rocky Mount, NC 55,098 689 3,600
62 Hendersonville, NC 13,967 336 4,947
63 Kernersville, NC 24,222 322 5,156
64 Conover, NC 8,354 299 5,410
65 Thomasville, NC 27,071 428 4,691
66 Greensboro, NC 290,051 725 3,562
67 High Point, NC 112,368 672 3,703
68 Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC 914,609 663 3,815
69 Selma, NC 6,678 584 4,297
70 Erwin, NC 5,017 597 4,225
71 Smithfield, NC 12,489 560 4,548
72 Albemarle, NC 16,022 555 4,606
73 Kill Devil Hills, NC 7,194 291 6,171
74 Hillsborough, NC 6,640 421 5,195
75 Oxford, NC 8,887 551 4,804
76 Siler City, NC 8,531 668 4,325
77 Fayetteville, NC 205,432 691 4,289
78 Hickory, NC 40,653 526 5,148
79 Belmont, NC 10,880 386 5,827
80 Asheville, NC 90,103 611 4,714
81 Burlington, NC 52,986 941 3,804
82 Durham, NC 269,088 792 3,826
83 Asheboro, NC 26,253 483 5,816
84 Elizabeth City, NC 17,802 702 4,611
85 Hope Mills, NC 16,325 655 4,955
86 Marion, NC 7,819 434 8,057
87 Henderson, NC 15,131 1,202 4,447
88 Gastonia, NC 76,191 744 4,874
89 Pineville, NC 8,788 568 14,064
90 Goldsboro, NC 35,824 750 5,013
91 Washington, NC 9,793 735 5,258
92 Roanoke Rapids, NC 15,083 709 5,635
93 Rockingham, NC 9,005 666 8,373
94 Reidsville, NC 13,900 848 5,388
95 Clinton, NC 8,666 876 5,504
96 Williamston, NC 5,438 735 6,141
97 Kinston, NC 20,791 1,279 5,863
98 Wadesboro, NC 5,413 1,533 5,893
99 Whiteville, NC 5,534 1,246 7,950

Breaking Down Crime In The Safest And Most Dangerous Cities In North Carolina

Safest Cities in North Carolina Breakdown

Like HomeSnacks on Facebook:

Safest Cities By State

Enjoy The Snack?

About HomeSnacks

HomeSnacks is based in Durham, NC.

We aim to deliver bite-sized pieces of infotainment about where you live.

We use data, analytics, and a sense of humor to determine quality of life for places across the nation.

© Chasing Chains, LLC. All rights reserved.