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The 20 Safest Cities in Alabama — 2016

Safest Cities in Alabama

Alabama is known for its Southern hospitality and down home cooking. It’s also home to the Marshall Space Flight Center, where Saturn V was built before taking the first humans to the moon. The Heart of Dixie takes safety seriously — both in space and on Earth. This friendly Southern state was also the birthplace of the inventors who came up with windshield wipers and airbags. The 20 cities on our list continue Alabama’s tradition of making safety a priority.

This year, 16 of Alabama’s safest cities are being recognized for the second year in a row — of those, only Fayette’s safety statistics went down compared to last year. Overall, 50% of this year’s safest cities reported fewer than 15 violent crimes in the FBI’s most recent crime report, and 25% reported zero counts of both murder and rape. Even more impressive, 17 of the cities on our list had no murders in the reporting period. These cities, which range from 2,700 to more than 35,000 residents, averaged fewer than 180 incidents of property crime during the reporting period. In fact, 50% saw fewer than 90 total property crimes during the reporting period.

Best of all, you can enjoy everything Alabama has to offer without worrying about the safety of your loved ones or belongings. Find out if your city made our list this year, then bookmark our Alabama Safety Directory to keep crime prevention and home security resources close at hand. You never know — your contribution to community safety could help land your city at the top of our list next time.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Alabama

To identify the 10 safest cities in Alabama, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 2,500 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

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1. Margaret 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.89 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.76

2. Helena 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.96 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.19

3. Argo 

Previous rank: Not ranked 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.95 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.05

4. Satsuma ↑

Previous rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.14 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.72

5. Priceville 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.99
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.59

6. Vestavia Hills 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.65
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.41

7. Southside 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.28
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.90

8. Headland 

Previous rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.63
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.52

9. Rainbow City 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.03 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.31

10. Odenville 

Previous rank: 24

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.61 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.75

11. Moody 

Previous rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.20
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.61

12. Pelham 

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.89 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.35

13. Brent ↑

Previous rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.67 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.61

14. Fayette ↓

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.31 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.45

15. Alabaster ↑

Previous rank: 21

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.84 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 19.39

16. Opp

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.28
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.06

17. Daphne ↑

Previous rank: 25

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.70 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 19.78

18. Pell City

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.40 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 21.14

19. New Hope 

Previous rank: 26

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.93
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.96

20. Moulton 

Previous rank: 29

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.36
Property Crimes per 1,000: 20.66

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 20?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21.Red Bay 22.Daleville 23.Roanoke
24.Warrior 25.Madison 26.Hartselle
27.Hamilton 28.Montevallo 29.Luverne
30.Hoover 31.Glencoe 32.Livingston
33.Rainsville 34.Auburn 35.Elba
36.Athens 37.Springville 38.Hartford
39.Oneonta 40.Fairhope 41.Lafayette
42.Atmore 43.Abbeville 44.Albertville
45.Irondale 46.Enterprise 47.Prattville
48.Hueytown 49.Bay Minette 50.Hanceville
51.Saraland 52.Florence 53.Winfield
54.Jacksonville 55.Homewood 56.Eufaula
57.Gardendale 58.Northport 59.Tuscumbia
60.Scottsboro 61.Decatur 62.Russellville
63.Weaver 64.Demopolis 65.Cullman
66.Dadeville 67.Geneva 68.Tuscaloosa
69.Piedmont 70.Wetumpka 71.Robertsdale
72.Greenville 73.Leeds 74.Millbrook
75.Citronelle 76.Montgomery 77.Brewton
78.Foley 79.Eutaw 80.Mobile5
81.Oxford 82.Alexander City 83.Centre
84.Troy 85.Huntsville 86.Chickasaw
87.Sheffield 88.Lincoln 89.Muscle Shoals
90.Evergreen 91.Opelika 92.Sylacauga
93.Tuskegee 94.Tallassee 95.Gulf Shores
96.Phenix City 97.Ozark 98.Valley
99.Tarrant 100.Guntersville

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