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Safest Cities in North Carolina

2019 Guide to North Carolina's 50 Safest Cities

List of North Carolina’s Safest Cities

 

North Carolina is the nations ninth most populous state. From the shores of the Atlantic to the scenic Appalachians, the state has much to offer with many areas that enjoy an outstanding quality of life. 

 

North Carolina Crime Rate

The North Carolina Crime Rate is as follows:

Safest Cities in North Carolina- Property Crime Rate avg.

North Carolina Crime Rate – Average Property Crimes

(per 100,000 residents)

What are the Safest Places to Live in North Carolina?

 

North Carolina has a number of communities with outstanding reputations for low crime rates.

5 of our Top 10 Safest Cities in North Carolina had less than 200 property crimes.

In cities with populations well above 10,000, these are great numbers.

If you are looking for a safe place to take up residence and/or raise a family, this list of safe cities in N. Carolina is a good place to start.

Following are the top cities with populations above 10,000 which have been recognized as the safest communities in North Carolina.

The Top 10 Safest Cities in North Carolina

(Population 10K +)

1.   Elon

2.   Pinehurst

3.   Holly Springs

4.   Cary

5.   Waxhaw

6.   Stallings

7.   Davidson

8.   Apex

9.   Fuquay-Varina

10. Morrisville

Safest Cities in N. Carolina – Video Summary

Elon, NC

Elon, NC

Population

10,283

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

52

Pinehurst, NC

Pinehurst, NC

Population

16,145

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

130

Holly Springs, NC

Holly Springs, NC

Population

34,897

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

317

Cary, NC

Cary, NC

Population

166,986

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

1795

Waxhaw, NC

Waxhaw, NC

Population

15,089

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

170

Stallings, NC

Stallings, NC

Population

15,656

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

181

Davidson, NC

Davidson, NC

Population

12,723

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

157

Apex, NC

Apex, NC

Population

49,159

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

643

Fuquay Varina, NC

Fuquay Varina, NC

Population

27,429

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

376

Morrisville, NC

Morrisville, NC

Population

25,904

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

411

Safest Places to Live in North Carolina

The Rest of theTop 50

11-20

Archdale

Mint Hill

Knightdale

Clayton

Wake Forrest

Leland

Huntersville

Mount Holly

Concord

Carrboro

31-40

Southern Pines

Lincolnton

Newton

Greensboro

Rocky Mount

Wilmington

Greenville

Garner

High Point

Eden

21-30

Boone

Kannapolis

Chapel Hill

Havelock

Mooresville

Jacksonville

Matthews

Tarboro

New Bern

Kings Mountain

41-50

Burlington

Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Durham

Mebane

Fayetteville

Mount Airy

Lenoir

Henderson

Smithfield

Albemarle

Safest N. Carolina Cities with Populations over 50K

Safest Cities in North Carolina with Populations over 50,000

 

Larger cities face a number of challenges that smaller towns and communities might not have to deal with.  Following are some of the larger cities that have some of the safest neighborhoods in North Carolina.

The Home Security Advisor recognizes The Top 10 larger cities in N. Carolina that have done an outstanding job keeping crime rates down and communities safe.

Cary commands not only the #1 spot in the larger cities…but, also ranks in the Top 10 for the smaller cities. 

Following is our 2019 list of the safest communities in North Carolina with a minimum population of at least 50K.

Cary, NC

Cary, NC

Population

166,986

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

1795

Huntersville, NC

Huntersville, NC

Population

56,279

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

993

Concord, NC

Concord, NC

Population

91,756

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

1791

Chapel Hill, NC

Chapel Hill, NC

Population

59,553

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

1284

Jacksonville, NC

Jacksonville, NC

Population

67,293

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

1961

Greensboro, NC

Greensboro, NC

Population

290,051

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

10332

Rocky Mount, NC

Rocky Mount, NC

Population

55,098

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

1984

Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC

Population

119,422

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

4318

Greenville, NC

Greenville, NC

Population

92,630

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

3394

High Point, NC

High Point, NC

Population

112,368

Violent Crimes

NA*

Property Crimes

4161

Methodology

 

To determine the most secure towns and cities throughout North Carolina, our staff members reviewed the most up-to-date  (2017) FBI Uniform Crime Report results with respect to towns and cities with ten thousand residents or higher, who recorded their crime data.

We tabulated both “Violent” (aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery) and “Property Crimes” (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft).  In order to reflect the seriousness of the criminal activity, these figures were weighted. Violent crimes were added to property crimes which were factored by .50.

NOTE:  Because the 2017 FBI report does not include violent crime reports for cities and towns of North Carolina, these standings only reflect property crimes.   This agency/state submits rape data classified according to the legacy Uniform Crime Reporting definition; therefore the rape offense and violent crime total, which rape is a part of, is not included in this table.

The sum of the two was then divided by the population in the community. For comparison purposes, we normalized the mathematical finding to reflect weighted criminal offenses per 100,000.

While no rating system is perfect, this provides a reasonably good mathematical gauge of the overall safety and security in the community. If you’re looking to find some of the safer communities in North Carolina, these residential districts merit consideration.

Keep in mind, not every town and city reports their records. If a community did not report their stats to the FBI, they will not be included in the list.  Any communities with reporting ommissions or anomalies might also not be reflected in this year’s rankings.

Additionally, it is important to realize that certain areas inside any city may have much lower crime rates than other neighborhoods. This is especially valid in larger cities. Therefore, make sure to check into 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, check out our Tips for Better Home Security…and consider a top rated professionally monitored home security system.

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