The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Raleigh For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Raleigh are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Raleigh.
Safest Neighborhoods In Raleigh

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Raleigh are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Raleigh. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Raleigh neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

Here are the safest neighborhoods in Raleigh for 2020:

  1. Six Forks (Homes)
  2. Glenwood (Homes)
  3. Wade (Homes)
  4. Five Points (Homes)
  5. Northwest (Homes)
  6. North (Homes)
  7. Mordecai (Homes)
  8. Falls Of Neuse (Homes)
  9. Hillsborough (Homes)
  10. North Central (Homes)

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Raleigh in 2020? That would be Six Forks. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Raleigh.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Raleigh neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Raleigh that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Raleigh.

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How We Determined The Safest Raleigh Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Raleigh.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 18 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Raleigh.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Six Forks.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Raleigh. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Raleigh For 2020

Six Forks Raleigh, NC

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 10,549
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 133
Property Crime Per 100k: 930
More on Six Forks: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Six Forks comes in at 133 and the property crime per capita is 930 for 2020.

Glenwood Raleigh, NC

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,562
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 133
Property Crime Per 100k: 930
More on Glenwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Glenwood South is a major downtown district in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. Glenwood South is among the largest entertainment centers in Raleigh with a multitude of restaurants, clubs, and cafes. The district also has a retail and gallery presence.

The violent crime per 100K people in Glenwood comes in at 133 and the property crime per capita is 930 for 2020.

Wade Raleigh, NC

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,992
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 133
Property Crime Per 100k: 930
More on Wade: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Wade comes in at 133 and the property crime per capita is 930 for 2020.

Five Points Raleigh, NC

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,393
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 133
Property Crime Per 100k: 930
More on Five Points: Homes For Sale | Data

The Five Points Historic Neighborhoods are a cluster of suburban developments centered on the Five Points intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Fairview and Whitaker Mill Roads in Raleigh, North Carolina. They include Hayes Barton, Bloomsbury, Georgetown, Vanguard Park, and Roanoke Park. All of the neighborhoods were platted in the 1910s through the early 1920s and represent Raleigh’s second wave of white suburban development.

The violent crime per 100K people in Five Points comes in at 133 and the property crime per capita is 930 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 81,974
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 154
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,079
More on Northwest: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Northwest comes in at 154 and the property crime per capita is 1,079 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 76,649
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 164
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,147
More on North: Homes For Sale | Data

North Raleigh is an expansive, diverse, and fast-growing suburban area of the city that is home to established neighborhoods to the south along with many newly built subdivisions and along its northern fringes. The area generally falls North of Millbrook Road. It is primarily suburban with large shopping areas. Primary neighborhoods and subdivisions in North Raleigh include Bartons Creek Bluffs, Bedford, Bent Tree, Black Horse Run, Brier Creek, Brookhaven, Coachman’s Trail, Crossgate, Crosswinds, Dominion Park, Ethan’s Glenn, Falls River,Greystone Village, Harrington Grove, Hidden Valley, Lake Park, Long Lake, North Haven, North Ridge, Oakcroft, Shannon Woods, Six Forks Station, Springdale Estates, Stonebridge, Stone Creek, Stonehenge, Summerfield, Valley Estates, Wakefield, Weathersfield, Windsor Forest, and Wood Valley. The area is served by a number of primary transportation corridors including Glenwood Avenue U.S. Route 70, Interstate 540, Wake Forest Road, Millbrook Road, Lynn Road, Six Forks Road, Spring Forest Road, Creedmoor Road, Leesville Road, Norwood Road, Strickland Road, and North Hills Drive.

The violent crime per 100K people in North comes in at 164 and the property crime per capita is 1,147 for 2020.

Mordecai Raleigh, NC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,801
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 185
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,292
More on Mordecai: Homes For Sale | Data

Mordecai Place Historic District is a historic neighborhood and national historic district located at Raleigh, North Carolina. The district encompasses 182 contributing buildings and 1 contributing object in the most architecturally varied of Raleigh’s early-20th century suburbs for the white middle-class. Mordecai Place was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in February 1998, with a boundary increase in 2000.

The violent crime per 100K people in Mordecai comes in at 185 and the property crime per capita is 1,292 for 2020.

Falls Of Neuse Raleigh, NC

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,631
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 203
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,417
More on Falls Of Neuse: Homes For Sale | Data

Neuse is an unincorporated community in Neuse Township, Wake County, North Carolina, United States. Located on the Neuse River, it is about 9 miles north-northeast of downtown Raleigh.

The violent crime per 100K people in Falls Of Neuse comes in at 203 and the property crime per capita is 1,417 for 2020.

Hillsborough Raleigh, NC

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 14,634
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 263
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,838
More on Hillsborough: Homes For Sale | Data

Hillsborough Street is a business and cultural thoroughfare through Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. The street serves as a center for social life among North Carolina State University and Meredith College students.

The violent crime per 100K people in Hillsborough comes in at 263 and the property crime per capita is 1,838 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,392
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 273
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,909
More on North Central: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in North Central comes in at 273 and the property crime per capita is 1,909 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Raleigh

Looking at the data, you can tell that Six Forks 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.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Raleigh For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Six Forks 1,063
2 Glenwood 1,063
3 Wade 1,063
4 Five Points 1,063
5 Northwest 1,233
6 North 1,311
7 Mordecai 1,477
8 Falls Of Neuse 1,619
9 Hillsborough 2,100
10 North Central 2,182
11 Central 2,299
12 East Raleigh 2,907
13 West 2,911
14 Northeast 2,981
15 Southwest 3,441
16 South 3,443
17 Southeast 3,455
18 South Central 3,709

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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