These Are The 10 Safest Places In North Carolina For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in North Carolina 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 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 (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 (Homes)
  10. Waxhaw (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 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.

1. Elon

Elon, NC

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

2. Holly Springs

Holly Springs, NC

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 2½ times its population in 2000.

3. Pinehurst

Pinehurst, NC

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 (by Frederick Law Olmsted) and its significance in the history of golf in the United States.

4. Davidson

Davidson, NC

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.

5. Cary

Cary, NC

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 /kæri/ 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 (an increase of 43.1% since 2000), 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 (behind only Gilbert, Arizona) in the United States.

6. Apex

Apex, NC
Source: Public domain

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.

7. Stallings

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.

8. Rolesville

Rolesville, NC

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.

9. Woodfin

Woodfin, NC
Source: Google Maps

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: Real 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.

10. Waxhaw

Waxhaw, NC

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: Real Estate | Data

Waxhaw is a town located in Union County, North Carolina. The population was 9,859 according to the 2010 Census.

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

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

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