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Safest Places to Live in Alabama ( 2017 Updated ! )


Sweet home Alabama!

Alabama is located in the southeast of the United States. It is bordered by Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia.  Some of its nicknames are the Yellowhammer State (after the state bird), the Heart of Dixie (because of its affiliation with the Confederate states) and the Cotton State (after the cotton fields).

The capital of Alabama is Montgomery, while the most populous city is Birmingham, with around 200,000 residents. Alabama is the 24th most populous state, with over 4,800,000 residents.

Having been a member state of the Confederacy, it was largely dependent on and the advocate of slavery, which was followed by segregation laws after the Civil War. All the way until the World War II, it was an agricultural state, which was the main reason for its hard economic situation. Nowadays, Alabama’s economy is diverse, ranging from management, finance and business to manufacturing and technology.

Still, Alabama is a rather unsafe state and, in fact, one of the least safe ones. In the period from 2015 to 2016, Alabama saw a significant rise in violent crime rate – as much as 12.8%, which is 12.5% per 100,000 people.

 

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2016. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with a population under 3,000.

 

30 Safest Places in Alabama 2017

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Hokes Bluff 4,304 2 0.46
2 Margaret 4,580 3 0.66
3 Mountain Brook 20,737 14 0.68
4 Athens 25,603 18 0.70
5 Vestavia Hills 34,191 25 0.73
6 Satsuma 6,187 7 1.13
7 Hoover 85,601 104 1.21
8 Hartselle 14,540 18 1.24
9 Elba 3,894 5 1.28
10 Albertville 21,525 29 1.35
11 Helena 18,525 25 1.35
12 Daphne 25,564 35 1.37
13 Argo 4,220 6 1.42
14 Cullman 15,459 22 1.42
15 Rainsville 5,047 8 1.59
16 Pelham 23,162 41 1.77
17 Fayette 4,465 8 1.79
18 Spanish Fort 8,312 15 1.80
19 Fairhope 19,470 36 1.85
20 Southside 8,602 17 1.98
21 Orange Beach 5,932 12 2.02
22 Montevallo 6,716 14 2.08
23 Daleville 5,109 11 2.15
24 Red Bay 3,125 7 2.24
25 Heflin 3,501 8 2.29
26 Headland 4,778 11 2.30
27 Glencoe 5,150 12 2.33
28 Prattville 35,698 84 2.35
29 Moulton 3,312 8 2.42
30 Saraland 13,967 34 2.43

 

Crime Score in All Cities in Alabama

In case your city didn’t make it to top 30, you can take a look at our full list of Alabama cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why Elite Personal Finance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

– Under 3,000 Residents
– 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
– 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
– Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

 

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Woodstock 1,574 0 0.00
2 Ranburne 410 0 0.00
3 Henagar 2,346 1 0.43
4 Ashville 2,264 1 0.44
5 Morris 1,950 1 0.51
6 Sardis City 1,764 1 0.57
7 Kimberly 2,931 2 0.68
8 Chatom 1,227 1 0.81
9 Riverside 2,317 2 0.86
10 Ohatchee 1,144 1 0.87
11 Trinity 2,170 2 0.92
12 Bear Creek 1,043 1 0.96
13 Fyffe 1,024 1 0.98
14 Hackleburg 1,480 2 1.35
15 Addison 738 1 1.36
16 Ashford 2,161 3 1.39
17 Ardmore 1,390 2 1.44
18 Cordova 2,015 4 1.99
19 Moundville 2,465 5 2.03
20 Slocomb 1,970 4 2.03
21 Clayton 2,910 6 2.06
22 Aliceville 2,362 5 2.12
23 Crossville 1,845 4 2.17
24 Sulligent 1,830 4 2.19
25 Brilliant 881 2 2.27
26 Coosada 1,242 3 2.42
27 Georgiana 1,654 4 2.42
28 Gurley 785 2 2.55
29 New Brockton 1,161 3 2.58
30 Newton 1,464 4 2.73
31 Leighton 709 2 2.82
32 New Hope 2,798 8 2.86
33 Sumiton 2,400 7 2.92
34 Level Plains 2,012 6 2.98
35 Rogersville 1,226 4 3.26
36 Guin 2,311 8 3.46
37 Lineville 2,306 8 3.47
38 Blountsville 1,699 6 3.53
39 Florala 1,971 7 3.55
40 Wedowee 807 3 3.72
41 Bridgeport 2,344 9 3.84
42 Leesburg 1,012 4 3.95
43 Carrollton 982 4 4.07
44 Harpersville 1,686 7 4.15
45 Abbeville 2,608 11 4.22
46 Maplesville 703 3 4.27
47 Butler 1,781 8 4.49
48 Goodwater 1,318 6 4.55
49 Luverne 2,843 13 4.57
50 Town Creek 1,058 5 4.73
51 Notasulga 835 4 4.79
52 Linden 2,008 10 4.98
53 Silverhill 772 4 5.18
54 East Brewton 2,407 13 5.40
55 Brookwood 1,821 10 5.49
56 Lipscomb 2,145 12 5.59
57 Dora 1,947 11 5.65
58 Reform 1,619 10 6.18
59 Dauphin Island 1,254 8 6.38
60 Hartford 2,651 17 6.41
61 Carbon Hill 1,965 13 6.62
62 Creola 1,961 13 6.63
63 Coaling 1,646 11 6.68
64 Uniontown 2,364 16 6.77
65 Midland City 2,426 17 7.01
66 Summerdale 1,181 10 8.47
67 Mount Vernon 1,508 13 8.62
68 Snead 844 8 9.48
69 Jemison 2,619 26 9.93
70 Camp Hill 975 10 10.26
71 Vance 1,511 16 10.59
72 Douglas 761 9 11.83
73 Falkville 1,266 16 12.64
74 McIntosh 224 3 13.39
75 Bayou La Batre 2,607 36 13.81
76 Samson 1,926 27 14.02
77 Pine Hill 910 13 14.29
78 Eclectic 1,034 16 15.47
79 Ashland 1,974 31 15.70
80 Flomaton 1,405 23 16.37

 

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Hokes Bluff 4,304 2 0.46
2 Margaret 4,580 3 0.66
3 Satsuma 6,187 7 1.13
4 Elba 3,894 5 1.28
5 Argo 4,220 6 1.42
6 Rainsville 5,047 8 1.59
7 Fayette 4,465 8 1.79
8 Spanish Fort 8,312 15 1.80
9 Southside 8,602 17 1.98
10 Orange Beach 5,932 12 2.02
11 Montevallo 6,716 14 2.08
12 Daleville 5,109 11 2.15
13 Red Bay 3,125 7 2.24
14 Heflin 3,501 8 2.29
15 Headland 4,778 11 2.30
16 Glencoe 5,150 12 2.33
17 Moulton 3,312 8 2.42
18 Brent 4,890 14 2.86
19 Warrior 3,204 10 3.12
20 Attalla 5,870 19 3.24
21 Hamilton 6,749 23 3.41
22 Hanceville 3,314 12 3.62
23 Russellville 9,847 36 3.66
24 Oneonta 6,624 25 3.77
25 Springville 4,221 16 3.79
26 Wetumpka 8,280 32 3.86
27 Tuscumbia 8,450 35 4.14
28 Odenville 3,715 16 4.31
29 Robertsdale 6,019 26 4.32
30 Adamsville 4,377 19 4.34
31 Winfield 4,552 20 4.39
32 Haleyville 4,072 18 4.42
33 Centre 3,586 16 4.46
34 Geneva 4,460 21 4.71
35 Chickasaw 5,927 28 4.72
36 Rainbow City 9,573 48 5.01
37 Fultondale 9,188 50 5.44
38 Jackson 4,920 27 5.49
39 Demopolis 7,089 39 5.50
40 Opp 6,657 38 5.71
41 Guntersville 8,421 51 6.06
42 Citronelle 3,884 26 6.69
43 Roanoke 5,993 41 6.84
44 Lincoln 6,579 46 6.99
45 Thomasville 4,023 29 7.21
46 Dadeville 3,136 23 7.33
47 Monroeville 6,039 45 7.45
48 Valley 9,465 72 7.61
49 Union Springs 3,910 30 7.67
50 Greenville 7,788 62 7.96
51 Tallassee 4,769 38 7.97
52 Sheffield 9,121 73 8.00
53 Brewton 5,441 45 8.27
54 Evergreen 3,742 31 8.28
55 Arab 8,334 70 8.40
56 Andalusia 9,071 84 9.26
57 Weaver 3,101 29 9.35
58 Piedmont 4,684 44 9.39
59 Columbiana 4,169 41 9.83
60 Childersburg 5,023 56 11.15
61 Tarrant 6,176 71 11.50
62 Tuskegee 8,623 103 11.94
63 Midfield 5,195 66 12.70
64 Clanton 8,888 115 12.94
65 Boaz 9,729 146 15.01
66 Lanett 6,451 104 16.12

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Mountain Brook 20,737 14 0.68
2 Athens 25,603 18 0.70
3 Hartselle 14,540 18 1.24
4 Albertville 21,525 29 1.35
5 Helena 18,525 25 1.35
6 Daphne 25,564 35 1.37
7 Cullman 15,459 22 1.42
8 Pelham 23,162 41 1.77
9 Fairhope 19,470 36 1.85
10 Saraland 13,967 34 2.43
11 Pleasant Grove 10,293 27 2.62
12 Fort Payne 14,156 45 3.18
13 Homewood 25,823 84 3.25
14 Northport 25,045 82 3.27
15 Moody 12,764 43 3.37
16 Gulf Shores 11,340 39 3.44
17 Enterprise 28,227 98 3.47
18 Oxford 21,234 79 3.72
19 Pell City 13,835 54 3.90
20 Muscle Shoals 13,810 54 3.91
21 Hueytown 15,632 65 4.16
22 Eufaula 12,503 67 5.36
23 Sylacauga 12,623 68 5.39
24 Irondale 12,439 72 5.79
25 Leeds 11,964 82 6.85
26 Talladega 15,645 123 7.86
27 Gardendale 13,675 110 8.04
28 Fairfield 10,869 98 9.02
29 Atmore 10,021 93 9.28
30 Troy 18,985 187 9.85
31 Jacksonville 12,150 123 10.12
32 Jasper 14,009 160 11.42
33 Ozark 14,679 181 12.33
34 Scottsboro 14,711 229 15.57
35 Prichard 22,299 379 17.00
36 Selma 19,283 348 18.05
37 Alexander City 14,695 277 18.85
38 Bessemer 26,592 763 28.69
39 Anniston 22,205 735 33.10

 

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Vestavia Hills 34,191 25 0.73
2 Hoover 85,601 104 1.21
3 Prattville 35,698 84 2.35
4 Decatur 55,374 154 2.78
5 Alabaster 33,040 97 2.94
6 Auburn 63,871 210 3.29
7 Madison 47,729 209 4.38
8 Tuscaloosa 99,925 480 4.80
9 Florence 40,160 196 4.88
10 Montgomery 199,565 1,215 6.09
11 Mobile 249,921 1,709 6.84
12 Opelika 30,180 221 7.32
13 Phenix City 38,521 327 8.49
14 Huntsville 192,587 1,787 9.28
15 Gadsden 35,927 464 12.92

 

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

Thank you!

 

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