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The 20 Safest Cities in North Carolina — 2016

Safest Cities in North Carolina

From the gorgeous beaches of the Outer Banks to the mountaintops of the Appalachians, North Carolina is a picturesque state full of rich history, prosperous industry, and devoted citizens. Whether it’s rooting for their favorite college basketball team (the Carolina-Duke rivalry is epic) or looking out for their neighbors, North Carolinians embody Southern hospitality and loyalty.

Those values are alive and well in the state’s 20 safest cities, 95 percent of which made our list for the second time. Eighty percent of the cities on our list reported zero murders according to the FBI’s most recent crime report — including our top city, Trent Woods. In addition, your chance of falling victim to any kind of violent crime is less than one in 1,000 when you live in or visit 13 of the cities we’ve recognized. On top of that, half of the cities on our list reported zero incidents of arson, and the chance of falling victim to a property crime is less than 20 in 1,000 for every city.

This year’s number one safest city moved up five spots from last year. The Trent Woods Police Department operates under the mission of “Community First,” mobilizing residents to work together with law enforcement to help keep their city free from violence and crime. With fewer than 30 total crimes reported last year, it appears their community policing approach is working.

Personal accountability is crucial when it comes to keeping loved ones and property safe. Our North Carolina Safety Directory can help you up your security game, no matter where you live in the great state of North Carolina.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in North Carolina

To identify the 10 safest cities in North Carolina, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 4,000 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.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

You can also see how the cities ranked in the past with the 2015 Safest Cities in North Carolina report here.

1. Trent Woods 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.47 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.39

2. Pinehurst

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.06
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.41

3. Holly Springs 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.67
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.93

4. Elon 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.31
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.49

5. Waxhaw 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.60
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.36

6. Davidson 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.67 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.46

7. Apex

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.64 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.64

8. Cary

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.63 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.04

9. Stallings 

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.21 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.53

10. Cornelius 

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.20
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.09

11. Fletcher 

Previous rank: 21

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.27 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.84

12. Black Mountain 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.37
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.96

13. Gibsonville

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.60 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.88

14. Woodfin 

Previous rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.08
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.49

15. Mount Holly 

Previous rank: 22

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.29 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.61

16. Winterville 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.25
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.78

17. Valdese 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.90
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.23

18. Havelock 

Previous rank: 29

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.76
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.25

19. China Grove

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000:  2.64
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.49

20. Boone 

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.78
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.87

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. Huntersville 22. Morrisville 23. Leland
24. Mint Hill 25. Wake Forest 26. Wendell
27. Cramerton 28. Rolesville 29. Archdale
30. Kannapolis 31. Chapel Hill 32. Creedmoor
33. Bessemer City 34. Clayton 35. Carrboro
36. Pittsboro 37. Butner 38. Matthews
39. Boiling Spring Lakes 40. Angier 41. Newport
42. Kings Mountain 43. Concord 44. Brevard
45. Mooresville 46. Knightdale 47. Fuquay-Varina
48. Rutherfordton 49. King 50. Cherryville
51. Eden 52. Beaufort 53. Sanford
54. Waynesville 55. Newton 56. Lexington
57. Farmville 58. Tarboro 59. Burgaw
60. Edenton 61. Ayden 62. High Point
63. Greensboro 64. Morganton 65. Charlotte-Mecklenburg
66. Kernersville 67. North Wilkesboro 68. Belmont
69. Shelby 70. Thomasville 71. Wilson
72. Hendersonville 73. Graham 74. Carolina Beach
75. Oak Island 76. Southern Pines 77. New Bern
78. Lenoir 79. Greenville 80. Burlington
81. Garner 82. Mebane 83. Elizabeth City
84. Lincolnton 85. Mocksville 86. Siler City
87. Hickory 88. Aberdeen 89. Hamlet
90. Statesville 91. Morehead City 92. Mount Airy
93. Durham 94. Raeford 95. Spring Lake
96. Wilmington 97. Erwin 98. Long View
99. Granite Falls 100. Conover

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