Safest Places to Live in North Carolina 2021

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Last Update: January 21, 2021 Living

Located on the East Coast, North Carolina borders its sister South Carolina to the south and Virginia to the north. With a population of over 10 million, it is the 9th most populous state in the US. The capital of North Carolina is Raleigh, whereas the most populous city is Charlotte. Charlotte is also the third-largest banking city in America, closely following New York City and San Francisco.

The landscape of North Carolina is rather interesting, the elevation spanning from the sea level in the east to 6,684 feet, which is the height of Mount Mitchell. This beautiful mountain is also the highest point in North America, east of the Mississippi River.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. 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, safer cities got the lowest score, and those that are more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI and those with a population under 5,000 were not included in the list.

30 Safest Places in North Carolina 2021

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Morrisville 28 796 12 0,42
2 Wake Forest 46 145 24 0,52
3 Davidson 13 193 8 0,61
4 Holly Springs 38 577 25 0,65
5 Elon 12 214 8 0,65
6 Cary 172 525 114 0,66
7 Pinehurst 16 522 11 0,67
8 Wendell 8 096 6 0,74
9 Fuquay-Varina 30 977 26 0,84
10 Winterville 9 922 9 0,91
11 Apex 56 276 53 0,94
12 Chapel Hill 61 457 58 0,94
13 Black Mountain 8 187 8 0,98
14 Concord 96 138 117 1,22
15 Stallings 16 173 20 1,24
16 Boone 19 893 26 1,31
17 King 6 878 9 1,31
18 Huntersville 58 512 79 1,35
19 Kings Mountain 10 965 15 1,37
20 Waxhaw 17 203 25 1,45
21 Marion 7 837 12 1,53
22 Boiling Spring Lakes 6 238 10 1,60
23 Mooresville 38 967 65 1,67
24 Clayton 23 842 40 1,68
25 Matthews 33 372 58 1,74
26 Oak Island 8 244 15 1,82
27 Erwin 5 148 10 1,94
28 Mint Hill 27 776 59 2,12
29 Brevard 7 928 18 2,27
30 Knightdale 18 351 42 2,29

Crime Score in All Cities in North Carolina 2021

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of North Carolina cities.

We can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance 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

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Indian Beach 119 0 0,00
2 Bald Head Island 182 0 0,00
3 Sugar Mountain 197 0 0,00
4 Beech Mountain 324 0 0,00
5 Duck 390 0 0,00
6 Middlesex 824 0 0,00
7 Maysville 955 0 0,00
8 Cooleemee 969 0 0,00
9 Princeton 1 402 0 0,00
10 Biltmore Forest 1 410 0 0,00
11 Belhaven 1 567 0 0,00
12 Drexel 1 849 0 0,00
13 Southern Shores 2 940 1 0,34
14 Columbus 995 1 1,01
15 Fair Bluff 882 1 1,13
16 Troutman 2 755 4 1,45
17 Newland 684 1 1,46
18 Youngsville 1 365 2 1,47
19 West Jefferson 1 311 2 1,53
20 Carthage 2 524 4 1,58
21 Cape Carteret 2 076 4 1,93
22 Haw River 2 525 5 1,98
23 Kenansville 855 2 2,34
24 Bunn 377 1 2,65
25 Four Oaks 2 224 7 3,15
26 Holly Ridge 2 829 9 3,18
27 Rockwell 2 151 7 3,25
28 Sylva 2 742 9 3,28
29 Snow Hill 1 513 5 3,30
30 Manteo 1 453 5 3,44
31 Biscoe 1 724 6 3,48
32 Bailey 560 2 3,57
33 Pine Level 2 016 8 3,97
34 Highlands 974 4 4,11
35 East Spencer 1 550 7 4,52
36 Cleveland 882 4 4,54
37 Banner Elk 1 101 5 4,54
38 Ocean Isle Beach 644 3 4,66
39 Warrenton 837 4 4,78
40 Fairmont 2 601 14 5,38
41 Marshville 2 748 16 5,82
42 Atlantic Beach 1 506 9 5,98
43 Nags Head 2 963 18 6,07
44 Hertford 2 109 13 6,16
45 Robersonville 1 348 9 6,68
46 Chocowinity 794 6 7,56
47 Rowland 1 002 8 7,98
48 Murphy 1 657 15 9,05
49 Enfield 2 288 23 10,05
50 Maggie Valley 1 230 14 11,38
51 Wrightsville Beach 2 550 30 11,76

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Whispering Pines 3 385 0 0,00
2 Rutherfordton 4 047 0 0,00
3 Swansboro 3 354 2 0,60
4 Wendell 8 096 6 0,74
5 Granite Falls 4 629 4 0,86
6 Winterville 9 922 9 0,91
7 Black Mountain 8 187 8 0,98
8 Weaverville 4 013 4 1,00
9 Southport 3 961 4 1,01
10 Long View 4 921 5 1,02
11 Kitty Hawk 3 563 4 1,12
12 King 6 878 9 1,31
13 Newport 4 666 7 1,50
14 Marion 7 837 12 1,53
15 Boiling Spring Lakes 6 238 10 1,60
16 Murfreesboro 3 072 5 1,63
17 Oak Island 8 244 15 1,82
18 Erwin 5 148 10 1,94
19 Shallotte 4 396 9 2,05
20 Creedmoor 4 636 10 2,16
21 Hudson 3 704 8 2,16
22 Brevard 7 928 18 2,27
23 Gibsonville 7 356 17 2,31
24 Bessemer City 5 552 13 2,34
25 Lowell 3 709 9 2,43
26 Kill Devil Hills 7 268 19 2,61
27 Mocksville 5 322 14 2,63
28 Cherryville 6 062 16 2,64
29 Morehead City 9 721 28 2,88
30 Burgaw 4 176 13 3,11
31 Valdese 4 435 15 3,38
32 Spencer 3 238 11 3,40
33 Raeford 5 001 17 3,40
34 Canton 4 349 16 3,68
35 North Wilkesboro 4 220 16 3,79
36 Zebulon 5 814 24 4,13
37 Dallas 4 787 20 4,18
38 Butner 7 847 33 4,21
39 Wilkesboro 3 491 15 4,30
40 Rockingham 8 687 39 4,49
41 Carolina Beach 6 437 29 4,51
42 Forest City 7 116 34 4,78
43 Elizabethtown 3 447 17 4,93
44 Hillsborough 7 321 38 5,19
45 Aberdeen 7 892 41 5,20
46 Windsor 3 310 18 5,44
47 Troy 3 326 19 5,71
48 Dunn 9 768 56 5,73
49 Farmville 4 679 27 5,77
50 Pittsboro 4 359 26 5,96
51 Mount Olive 4 652 28 6,02
52 Louisburg 3 549 23 6,48
53 Roxboro 8 299 61 7,35
54 Washington 9 497 71 7,48
55 Pineville 9 088 68 7,48
56 Selma 7 018 55 7,84
57 Benson 3 901 31 7,95
58 Siler City 8 237 67 8,13
59 Edenton 4 631 39 8,42
60 Oxford 8 851 91 10,28
61 Plymouth 3 400 37 10,88
62 Ahoskie 4 772 56 11,74
63 Williamston 5 217 66 12,65
64 Whiteville 5 338 78 14,61
65 Red Springs 3 341 52 15,56
66 Wadesboro 5 228 99 18,94

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Morrisville 28 796 12 0,42
2 Davidson 13 193 8 0,61
3 Elon 12 214 8 0,65
4 Pinehurst 16 522 11 0,67
5 Stallings 16 173 20 1,24
6 Boone 19 893 26 1,31
7 Kings Mountain 10 965 15 1,37
8 Waxhaw 17 203 25 1,45
9 Clayton 23 842 40 1,68
10 Mint Hill 27 776 59 2,12
11 Knightdale 18 351 42 2,29
12 Havelock 20 128 52 2,58
13 Kernersville 24 980 65 2,60
14 Mebane 16 203 45 2,78
15 Southern Pines 14 524 46 3,17
16 Newton 13 153 46 3,50
17 Hendersonville 14 234 61 4,29
18 Lenoir 17 904 78 4,36
19 Morganton 16 524 82 4,96
20 Elizabeth City 17 424 89 5,11
21 Smithfield 12 882 71 5,51
22 Eden 14 773 88 5,96
23 Waynesville 10 146 62 6,11
24 Lexington 18 917 121 6,40
25 Hope Mills 15 878 111 6,99
26 Reidsville 13 959 105 7,52
27 Roanoke Rapids 14 354 128 8,92
28 Albemarle 16 134 146 9,05
29 Laurinburg 14 928 160 10,72
30 Henderson 14 883 242 16,26

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Wake Forest 46 145 24 0,52
2 Holly Springs 38 577 25 0,65
3 Cary 172 525 114 0,66
4 Fuquay-Varina 30 977 26 0,84
5 Apex 56 276 53 0,94
6 Chapel Hill 61 457 58 0,94
7 Concord 96 138 117 1,22
8 Huntersville 58 512 79 1,35
9 Mooresville 38 967 65 1,67
10 Matthews 33 372 58 1,74
11 Garner 31 137 79 2,54
12 Raleigh 477 828 1 222 2,56
13 Kannapolis 50 725 132 2,60
14 Hickory 41 040 165 4,02
15 New Bern 30 187 125 4,14
16 Wilson 49 344 220 4,46
17 Greenville 94 193 437 4,64
18 Wilmington 124 750 759 6,08
19 Durham 280 282 2 046 7,30
20 High Point 113 307 828 7,31
21 Salisbury 33 877 249 7,35
22 Charlotte-Mecklenburg 944 260 6 982 7,39
23 Asheville 93 641 695 7,42
24 Goldsboro 34 085 267 7,83
25 Rocky Mount 53 827 424 7,88
26 Greensboro 298 025 2 440 8,19
27 Burlington 54 108 460 8,50
28 Fayetteville 209 614 1 835 8,75
29 Monroe 35 630 332 9,32

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