The 20 Safest Cities in Alabama — 2017

May 15, 2018 |

From Alabama’s mountains to its sugar-sand beaches, everyone can find a feel-good place in the Heart of Dixie. But some locations are safer to live in than others. If you’re packing your bags for Alabama (or you already call it home), you’ll want to read on. We’ll reveal how safe Alabama is compared to other states and pinpoint its twenty safest cities based on the most recent FBI crime report.

In 2015, Alabama reported thirty-five crimes per 1,000 people—that’s six crimes more than the national average. However, we were pleased to find that the state’s incidents of property crime decreased slightly from 2014 to 2015. What’s more, the number of reported burglaries dropped from approximately 40,000 to 35,000 over the same time period, which could be a sign that break-ins are becoming less common.

If you’re concerned about community safety, become familiar with the twenty cities on our list. From small towns like Clayton and New Hope to more populated places like Vestavia Hills and Mountain Brook, these cites boast impressively low crime rates. In fact, compared to the nation as a whole, they’re twice as safe.

When it comes to the cities honored on our list, low violent crime rates were a trend. Analyzing FBI data, we found that the twenty safest cities in Alabama reported only twenty-eight robberies in all. We want to be clear that even one robbery is too many, but this is remarkably few considering these cities represent a population of well over 150,000. To put this into perspective, across the state approximately ninety-five robberies were reported per 100,000 people in 2015.

Add in the fact that no city on our list reported a murder and fifteen cited less than a dozen aggravated assaults, and it’s safe to say the citizens and law enforcement officers of these communities are working hard to help keep violent crime at bay.

Property crime isn’t much of a problem in Alabama’s safest cities, either. Heflin and Clayton cited fewer than twenty property crimes, and no city on our list reported an arson. Burglaries and motor vehicle thefts were also few and far between.

Find out if your city is honored as one of the safest in the state, then review our Alabama Safety Directory for crime prevention resources and home security information.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Alabama

To identify the 20 safest cities in Alabama, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, 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.

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.

1. Heflin 

Previous rank: Not Ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.13 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.54

2. Margaret  ↓

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.10 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.08

3. Helena  ↓

Previous rank: 2 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.16 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.96

4. Argo  ↓

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.24 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.54

5. Clayton 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.09
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.13

6. Priceville  ↓

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.63
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.37

7. Hokes Bluff 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.38
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.54

8. Vestavia Hilla  ↓

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.64
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.36

9. Mountain Brook 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.67 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.79

10. Southside  ↓

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.28 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.68

11. Pleasant Grove 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.41
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.87

12. Fultondale 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.88 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.48

13. Odenville  ↓

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.04 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.75

14. Headland ↓

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.63 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.28

15. Moulton ↑

Previous rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.88 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.32

16. Fayette  ↓

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.22

17. New Hope ↑

Previous rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.07 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.12

18. Moody  ↓

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.82 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.81

19. Hamilton 

Previous rank: 27

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.77
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.33

20. Livingston 

Previous rank: 32

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.08
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.59

How Safe is Your Home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

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Written by Alexia Chianis

Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more

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