These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Tennessee
We used data and science to determine the places in Tennessee where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 Tennessee, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Tennessee is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Volunteer State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 90 places in Tennessee with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Signal Mountain
- Spring Hill
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
How we calculated the safest cities in Tennessee
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 (2014). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 44 crimes committed in Signal Mountain which had a reported population of 8,517. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00517 which translates into a 1 in 194 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 2014. This left us with a total of 90 places in Tennessee to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 90 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Tennessee".
The safest city, based on population, is Signal Mountain. The most dangerous? Covington, where residents had a 1 in 18 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. Signal Mountain
Population: 8,517Property Crime Rank: 20Violent Crime Rank: 24
Population: 40,757Property Crime Rank: 26Violent Crime Rank: 28
Population: 7,229Property Crime Rank: 33Violent Crime Rank: 40
Population: 6,295Property Crime Rank: 32Violent Crime Rank: 53
5. Spring Hill
Population: 33,472Property Crime Rank: 39Violent Crime Rank: 47
Population: 39,495Property Crime Rank: 45Violent Crime Rank: 37
Population: 8,926Property Crime Rank: 40Violent Crime Rank: 67
Population: 5,785Property Crime Rank: 55Violent Crime Rank: 44
Population: 70,485Property Crime Rank: 68Violent Crime Rank: 59
Population: 5,202Property Crime Rank: 61Violent Crime Rank: 71
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Signal Mountain is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Tennessee residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Tennessee:3rd Most Dangerous: Newport 2nd Most Dangerous: Dyersburg Most Dangerous: Covington