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Safest Places to Live in North Carolina ( 2017 Updated ! )

EPF November 20, 2017


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. North Carolina was one of the original 13 colonies, and its turbulent history is mirrored in its atmosphere and lively spirit.

However, North Carolina is not a very safe state. It saw a large increase of violent crime from 2014 to 2015 – 6.5% or 5.4% per 100,000 people. This figure is still on the rise since the rates went up from 2015 to 2016 – 8.7%, which is 7.5% per 100,000 residents.

All in all, it is obvious that certain measures have to be taken in order to reduce this rate. This will hopefully happen soon and make residents of North Carolina safe and sound again.

 

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 population under 3,000.

 

30 Safest Places in North Carolina 2017

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Trent Woods 4,192 0 0.00
2 Rutherfordton 4,173 0 0.00
3 Whispering Pines 3,187 0 0.00
4 Holly Springs 32,862 9 0.27
5 Elon 10,150 3 0.30
6 Pinehurst 15,948 6 0.38
7 Davidson 12,469 9 0.72
8 Apex 47,324 40 0.85
9 Rolesville 6,962 6 0.86
10 Stallings 15,569 14 0.90
11 Fletcher 7,660 7 0.91
12 Cary 164,835 151 0.92
13 Weaverville 3,988 4 1.00
14 Granite Falls 4,651 5 1.08
15 Fuquay-Varina 25,249 28 1.11
16 Huntersville 53,932 63 1.17
17 Maiden 3,379 4 1.18
18 Burgaw 4,147 5 1.21
19 Woodfin 6,411 8 1.25
20 Wake Forest 39,996 54 1.35
21 Mint Hill 26,221 36 1.37
22 Leland 18,842 26 1.38
23 Concord 89,446 124 1.39
24 Waxhaw 14,367 20 1.39
25 Clayton 19,968 28 1.40
26 Knightdale 14,875 21 1.41
27 Black Mountain 8,368 12 1.43
28 Newport 4,841 7 1.45
29 Matthews 31,401 46 1.46
30 Creedmoor 4,487 7 1.56

 

 

Crime Score in All Cities in North Carolina

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

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 Laurel Park 2,341 0 0.00
2 Drexel 1,864 0 0.00
3 Richlands 1,720 0 0.00
4 Jefferson 1,605 0 0.00
5 Manteo 1,401 0 0.00
6 Newland 684 0 0.00
7 Duck 386 0 0.00
8 Holly Ridge 2,300 1 0.43
9 Pine Level 1,893 1 0.53
10 Dobson 1,570 1 0.64
11 Pinebluff 1,467 1 0.68
12 Biltmore Forest 1,461 1 0.68
13 Pine Knoll Shores 1,368 1 0.73
14 Youngsville 1,228 1 0.81
15 Rockwell 2,148 2 0.93
16 Columbus 994 1 1.01
17 Highlands 939 1 1.06
18 Lake Royale 2,670 3 1.12
19 Star 874 1 1.14
20 Rose Hill 1,672 2 1.20
21 Carthage 2,416 3 1.24
22 Surf City 2,256 3 1.33
23 Pilot Mountain 1,462 2 1.37
24 Blowing Rock 1,303 2 1.53
25 Banner Elk 1,163 2 1.72
26 Bailey 564 1 1.77
27 Biscoe 1,689 3 1.78
28 Belhaven 1,586 3 1.89
29 Snow Hill 1,570 3 1.91
30 Cape Carteret 2,080 4 1.92
31 Warrenton 861 2 2.32
32 Troutman 2,576 6 2.33
33 St. Pauls 2,422 6 2.48
34 Maxton 2,454 7 2.85
35 Beech Mountain 320 1 3.13
36 Sylva 2,623 10 3.81
37 West Jefferson 1,309 5 3.82
38 White Lake 778 3 3.86
39 Maysville 1,003 4 3.99
40 Clyde 1,247 5 4.01
41 Mayodan 2,469 11 4.46
42 Nags Head 2,938 14 4.77
43 Wrightsville Beach 2,581 13 5.04
44 Haw River 2,420 13 5.37
45 Yadkinville 2,918 16 5.48
46 Kenansville 872 5 5.73
47 Claremont 1,368 8 5.85
48 Marshville 2,684 20 7.45
49 Robersonville 1,412 11 7.79
50 Murphy 1,613 15 9.30
51 Atlantic Beach 1,503 14 9.31
52 Fairmont 2,703 31 11.47
53 Weldon 1,574 20 12.71
54 Rowland 1,052 16 15.21

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Trent Woods 4,192 0 0.00
2 Rutherfordton 4,173 0 0.00
3 Whispering Pines 3,187 0 0.00
4 Rolesville 6,962 6 0.86
5 Fletcher 7,660 7 0.91
6 Weaverville 3,988 4 1.00
7 Granite Falls 4,651 5 1.08
8 Maiden 3,379 4 1.18
9 Burgaw 4,147 5 1.21
10 Woodfin 6,411 8 1.25
11 Black Mountain 8,368 12 1.43
12 Newport 4,841 7 1.45
13 Creedmoor 4,487 7 1.56
14 Hudson 3,710 6 1.62
15 Winterville 9,502 16 1.68
16 Shallotte 4,066 7 1.72
17 Bessemer City 5,591 10 1.79
18 Swansboro 3,250 6 1.85
19 Boiling Spring Lakes 5,873 11 1.87
20 Wallace 3,979 8 2.01
21 Conover 8,261 17 2.06
22 Brevard 7,747 16 2.07
23 Wilkesboro 3,527 8 2.27
24 Gibsonville 6,843 16 2.34
25 Beaufort 4,244 10 2.36
26 Emerald Isle 3,731 9 2.41
27 Wendell 6,368 16 2.51
28 Raeford 4,907 13 2.65
29 Waynesville 9,801 26 2.65
30 Angier 5,097 14 2.75
31 Stanley 3,712 11 2.96
32 Louisburg 3,582 11 3.07
33 Troy 3,411 11 3.22
34 Pittsboro 4,287 14 3.27
35 Aberdeen 7,549 25 3.31
36 Cherryville 6,018 20 3.32
37 Butner 7,781 26 3.34
38 Randleman 4,160 14 3.37
39 Mount Olive 4,752 16 3.37
40 Windsor 3,819 13 3.40
41 Kitty Hawk 3,482 12 3.45
42 King 7,091 28 3.95
43 Morehead City 9,477 38 4.01
44 Erwin 4,730 20 4.23
45 Tabor City 3,910 17 4.35
46 Marion 7,827 35 4.47
47 Siler City 8,498 39 4.59
48 North Wilkesboro 4,215 22 5.22
49 Rockingham 9,155 50 5.46
50 Benson 3,648 20 5.48
51 Selma 6,351 36 5.67
52 Ayden 5,078 29 5.71
53 Kill Devil Hills 7,132 41 5.75
54 Spencer 3,296 19 5.76
55 Elkin 4,067 24 5.90
56 Clinton 8,789 52 5.92
57 Warsaw 3,191 19 5.95
58 Pineville 8,626 53 6.14
59 Washington 9,796 66 6.74
60 Farmville 4,776 33 6.91
61 Forest City 7,246 56 7.73
62 Hamlet 6,430 51 7.93
63 Ahoskie 4,883 43 8.81
64 Plymouth 3,618 34 9.40
65 Long View 4,901 47 9.59
66 Wadesboro 5,541 62 11.19
67 Oxford 8,794 100 11.37
68 Edenton 4,822 70 14.52

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Elon 10,150 3 0.30
2 Pinehurst 15,948 6 0.38
3 Davidson 12,469 9 0.72
4 Stallings 15,569 14 0.90
5 Fuquay-Varina 25,249 28 1.11
6 Mint Hill 26,221 36 1.37
7 Leland 18,842 26 1.38
8 Waxhaw 14,367 20 1.39
9 Clayton 19,968 28 1.40
10 Knightdale 14,875 21 1.41
11 Carrboro 21,478 35 1.63
12 Kings Mountain 10,785 20 1.85
13 Mount Holly 14,284 27 1.89
14 Boone 18,374 35 1.90
15 Newton 13,049 34 2.61
16 Garner 28,508 86 3.02
17 Lenoir 17,822 56 3.14
18 Thomasville 27,117 87 3.21
19 Belmont 10,593 35 3.30
20 Mebane 14,201 47 3.31
21 Hendersonville 13,954 50 3.58
22 Hope Mills 16,268 63 3.87
23 Asheboro 26,230 104 3.96
24 Kernersville 23,943 102 4.26
25 Mount Airy 10,345 46 4.45
26 Southern Pines 13,778 69 5.01
27 Graham 14,712 77 5.23
28 Eden 15,343 81 5.28
29 Tarboro 11,113 59 5.31
30 Shelby 20,168 123 6.10
31 Albemarle 16,024 107 6.68
32 Roanoke Rapids 15,273 108 7.07
33 Elizabeth City 17,852 127 7.11
34 Reidsville 13,991 102 7.29
35 Henderson 15,249 160 10.49
36 Kinston 21,268 257 12.08
37 Laurinburg 15,423 201 13.03
38 Lumberton 21,683 393 18.12

 

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Holly Springs 32,862 9 0.27
2 Apex 47,324 40 0.85
3 Cary 164,835 151 0.92
4 Huntersville 53,932 63 1.17
5 Wake Forest 39,996 54 1.35
6 Concord 89,446 124 1.39
7 Matthews 31,401 46 1.46
8 Chapel Hill 60,004 113 1.88
9 Kannapolis 46,867 118 2.52
10 Mooresville 36,482 100 2.74
11 Hickory 40,437 165 4.08
12 New Bern 30,137 124 4.11
13 Asheville 89,546 537 6.00
14 Wilmington 117,852 759 6.44
15 High Point 111,435 721 6.47
16 Monroe 34,978 227 6.49
17 Charlotte-Mecklenburg 896,379 6,560 7.32
18 Burlington 52,760 392 7.43
19 Fayetteville 202,200 1,531 7.57
20 Rocky Mount 55,431 435 7.85
21 Salisbury 34,121 332 9.73
22 Goldsboro 35,871 389 10.84

 

 

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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Sources:

Elite Personal Finance

November 20, 2017

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