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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

Helena is a city located in Jefferson and Shelby County in Alabama.

It’s known for being the home for the Broadway star Rebecca Luker and also the Olympic medallist Vonetta Flowers.

Numerous cultural attractions like the Birmingham Zoo, Museum and Vulcan Statue are found near the city of Helena. There are parks and recreational sites in the city like the Cahaba River.

Satsuma, AL

Satsuma, AL

Population

6,198

Violent Crimes

2

Property Crimes

50

Located in Mobile County, Satsuma is a progressive city which is named after Satsuma Orange which are grown there. 

Its location on beautiful Gunnison Creek enables the citizens and the visitors to have easy access to the mobile River Delta where one enjoys hunting, fishing, kayaking and boating.

There are awesome parks and recreational facilities like the Mobile Botanical Gardens where dogs are allowed to roam as long as their owners keep them clean.

Vestavia Hills, AL

Vestavia Hills, AL

Population

34,781

Violent Crimes

24

Property Crimes

425

Vestavia Hills is located in Jefferson County and has a population of 34,78 and is the third safest city in Alabama.

Vestavia Hills is actually named for the 20-acre estate of former Birmingham mayor George B. Ward which was later purchased by the Vestavia Hills Baptist church. The town started developing as a residential suburb in 1946 and was incorporated as a city in 1950.

While it has grown rapidly, Vestavia Hills can be still be defined as a large community which has open spaces for families to enjoy the day, take part in community events and participate in sports.

Pelham, AL

Pelham, AL

Population

23,310

Violent Crimes

33

Property Crimes

504

Pelham is located in the foothills of Oak Mountain in Shelby County in the central portion of Alabama and was incorporated as a city in 1964. 

Pelham offers everything you would want in a suburb. People from all over travel all the way to the Pelham Civic Complex for ice skating. 

The total number of reported crimes in this city is 2,304 per 100,000 people. The overall Pelham crime rate is actually 34% lower than the Alabama average and is 16% lower than the national average.

Spanish Fort, AL

Spanish Fort, AL

Population

8,584

Violent Crimes

32

Property Crimes

326

Spanish Fort is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama located on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay.

It is a gorgeous and serene community with plenty of amenities.

There are interesting things that you would want to see in the city including Fiver Rivers Delta, Jubilee Parkway, Meaher State Park and the Historic Blakeley State Park.

Alabaster, AL

Alabaster, AL

Population

33,253

Violent Crimes

74

Property Crimes

527

The 16th largest city of Alabama, Alabaster is in the county of Shelby and Southern suburb of Birmingham.

It has interesting museums like the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum and Barber Vintage Motorsports.

Alabaster Parks are also used for a multitude of recreational activities and is home to many events.

Southside, AL

Southside, AL

Population

8,630

Violent Crimes

15

Property Crimes

105

Southside law enforcement is quite vigilant when it comes to safety, and that’s why it is the seventh safest city in Alabama.

It is located about 10 miles south of downtown Gadsden.

Southside is one of the rapidly growing cities in northeast Alabama, something that might have been greatly contributed to by its high safety levels. 

Hartselle, AL

Hartselle, AL

Population

14,503

Violent Crimes

22

Property Crimes

311

Hartselle is about 10 miles south of Decatur and is the second largest city in Morgan County, Alabama.

Hartselle is one of the best and safest places to live in Alabama. The city offers a suburban feel and a majority of the residents tend to be conservative.

Annual crime date shows that the crime rate in Hartselle is 34% lower than the average of Alabama and 16% lower the national average. These estimates show that the Hartselle is a safe city to live in Alabama.

Moody, AL

Moody, AL

Population

13,007

Violent Crimes

63

Property Crimes

219

Moody is a city in St. Clair County, Alabama and was incorporated in 1962.

Moody is a small but a fast growing city in which the residents have the opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of a small town while at the same time have close proximity to large city amenities.

Annual crime data shows that the crime rate in Moody makes it one of the safest cities in Alabama.

Orange Beach, AL

Orange Beach, AL

Population

6,073

Violent Crimes

11

Property Crimes

189

Orange Beach is a small city in Baldwin County, on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Known as a water sports hub, Orange Beach hosts many sporting events and tournaments at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.

The Orange Beach Islands are great places for residents and visitors looking for some good entertainment. Their low crime rates show that residents and businesses are safe while going about their everyday activities in this small city.

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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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