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Safest Cities in Alabama

Cities and Towns in Alabama with the Lowest Crime Rates

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Safest Cities in Alabama

 

Home of the Crimson Tide and a cornerstone of the Civil Rights movement, Sweet Home Alabama crime rates can vary enormously from one community to the next.

The average state crime ratings are:

Alabama Violent Crimes per 100K- 524

State of Alabama – Average Violent Crimes

(per 100,000 residents)

Alabama Property Crimes

State Average Property Crimes -Alabama

(per 100,000 residents)

However, averages can be rather misleading.  While there are a number of areas with relatively  high crime rates, such as Birmingham,  (which didn’t submit figures to the FBI in this report) Mobile, Huntsville, and Montgomery-  there are a number of communities in Alabama with outstanding reputations for low crime rates.

Alabama’s safest communities are well below these numbers.

6 of our 10 safest neighborhoods in Arizona experienced less than 25 violent crimes in 2017.

Helena, Satsuma, Southside, Moody and Orange Beach all reported 225 or fewer property crimes.

For anyone looking to make a home for themselves in “The Heart of Dixie”, this list of Alabamas’s safest cities is a great resource.

Below is a list of the top cities with populations above 5,000 which have earned a spot in our list of the safest communities in Alabama.

What are the Top 10 Safest Cities in Alabama?

1.   Helena

2.   Satsuma

3.   Vestavia Hills

4.   Pelham

5.   Spanish Fort

6.   Alabaster

7.   Southside

8.   Hartselle

9.   Moody

10. Orange Beach

Safest Cities in Alabama – Video Summary

Helena, AL

Helena, AL

Population

18,965

Violent Crimes

16

Property Crimes

93

Satsuma, AL

Satsuma, AL

Population

6,198

Violent Crimes

2

Property Crimes

50

Vestavia Hills, AL

Vestavia Hills, AL

Population

34,781

Violent Crimes

24

Property Crimes

425

Pelham, AL

Pelham, AL

Population

23,310

Violent Crimes

33

Property Crimes

504

Spanish Fort, AL

Spanish Fort, AL

Population

8,584

Violent Crimes

32

Property Crimes

326

Alabaster, AL

Alabaster, AL

Population

33,253

Violent Crimes

74

Property Crimes

527

Southside, AL

Southside, AL

Population

8,630

Violent Crimes

15

Property Crimes

105

Hartselle, AL

Hartselle, AL

Population

14,503

Violent Crimes

22

Property Crimes

311

Moody, AL

Moody, AL

Population

13,007

Violent Crimes

63

Property Crimes

219

Orange Beach, AL

Orange Beach, AL

Population

6,073

Violent Crimes

11

Property Crimes

189

The Rest of the Top 50 Safest Cities in Alabama

11-20

Daphne

Athens

Hoover

Pleasant Grove

Northport

Daleville

Brewton

Wetumpka

Foley

Oneonta

31-40

Saraland

Tuscumbia

Leeds

Opp

Millbrook

Rainsville

Hueytown

Oxford

Enterprise

Boaz

21-30

Demopolis

Montevallo

Cullman

Prattville

Fultondale

Pell City

Fairhope

Glencoe

Madison

Auburn

41-50

Robertsdale

Greenville

Gulf Shores

Albertville

Hamilton

Irondale

Andalusia

Bay Minette

Scottsboro

Russellville

Safest Alabama Cities with Populations over 20K

10 of the Safest Cities in Alabama with Populations over 20,000

 

The majority of the time, smaller towns and cities are known for having lower crime rates.  Some of the safest neighborhoods in Alabama, are medium-sized cities. Vestavia Hills, Pelham, and Alabaster ranked well in both categories…commanding the 1,2 and 3 positions respectively in our 2nd category. 

Because larger cities typically struggle with many challenges that smaller towns and communities might not have to deal with, The Home Security Advisor recognizes some of the larger cities in Alabama that have provided safe communities for their residents. 

Vestavia Hills, AL

Vestavia Hills, AL

Population

34,781

Violent Crimes

24

Property Crimes

425

Pelham, AL

Pelham, AL

Population

23,310

Violent Crimes

33

Property Crimes

504

Alabaster, AL

Alabaster, AL

Population

33,253

Violent Crimes

74

Property Crimes

527

Daphne, AL

Daphne, AL

Population

26,669

Violent Crimes

34

Property Crimes

556

Athens, AL

Athens, AL

Population

26,004

Violent Crimes

13

Property Crimes

695

Hoover,AL

Hoover,AL

Population

85,634

Violent Crimes

82

Property Crimes

978

Northport, AL

Northport, AL

Population

25,337

Violent Crimes

47

Property Crimes

655

Prattville, AL

Prattville, AL

Population

35,858

Violent Crimes

85

Property Crimes

1280

Fairhope, AL

Fairhope, AL

Population

20,180

Violent Crimes

52

Property Crimes

606

Madison, AL

Madison, AL

Population

48,777

Violent Crimes

177

Property Crimes

931

Methodology 

 

To find the most secure towns and cities in Alabama, we reviewed the most recent (2017) FBI Uniform Crime Report figures. Only towns and cities with five-thousand residents or higher were considered. It should be noted that not all communities report their data to the FBI…so, of course, these communities could not be considered. 

Both “Violent” (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and “Property Crimes” (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft) were tabulated.  In order to reflect the gravity of the criminal activity, these figures were weighted. Violent crimes have been factored by .75 and property crimes by .25.

This number would be then divided by the population in the community. For comparison purposes, we normalized the mathematical finding to reflect weighted criminal offenses per 100,000.

Although no rating system is perfect, this reflects a relatively accurate picture of the overall safety and security in the community. If you’re considering moving to Alabama, these cities are amongst the safest towns and cities that you could choose.

Additionally, it is important to understand that certain areas inside any community may have significantly lower crime rates than others. This is especially true in more populated cities. We recommend that you carefully investigate specific neighborhoods within the community and communicate with law enforcement to obtain a better overall impression of the security and safety on a local level.

To get more detailed information on keeping your family and home safer, we recommend you take a look at some basic Important Tips for Home Security…and consider a  professionally monitored home security system.

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