Safest Cities in Alabama

See Which Alabama Cities Made the List

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Alabama generally has grown safer in recent years, according to a MoneyGeek analysis of FBI crime data. Violent crimes spiked in 2018 after falling in the previous two years. Property crimes have shown a similar trend, jumping in 2018 after three years of declines. In general, though, the trend is positive: Reported crimes were lower in 2018 than in 2014, even as Alabama’s population has grown.


Safest Cities in Alabama

Top Safest Cities

You can still find Mayberry in Alabama, as these peaceful towns prove. These smaller cities are the safest in the state:

  • Vestavia Hills, AL
    Safety Score: 96.8
    • Population: 34,368
    • Voilent Crimes (per 100,000): 87
    • Property Crimes (per 100,000): 1,266
  • Daphne, AL
    Safety Score: 95.3
    • Population: 26,618
    • Voilent Crimes (per 100,000): 135
    • Property Crimes (per 100,000): 1,739
  • Alabaster, AL
    Safety Score: 94.9
    • Population: 33,501
    • Voilent Crimes (per 100,000): 275
    • Property Crimes (per 100,000): 1,728

Safest Large Cities

Birmingham and Mobile, the state’s two largest cities, didn't make the cut. But these three cities of more than 100,000 performed well:

  • Tuscaloosa, AL
    Safety Score: 86.4
    • Population: 101,764
    • Voilent Crimes (per 100,000): 505
    • Property Crimes (per 100,000): 4,338
  • Montgomery, AL
    Safety Score: 86.3
    • Population: 198,662
    • Voilent Crimes (per 100,000): 612
    • Property Crimes (per 100,000): 4,269
  • Huntsville, AL
    Safety Score: 84.3
    • Population: 197,318
    • Voilent Crimes (per 100,000): 816
    • Property Crimes (per 100,000): 4,606

Safest Medium Sized Cities

Among Alabama cities with populations between 35,000 and 100,000, a few are especially docile:

  • Auburn, AL
    Safety Score: 93.4
    • Population: 65,585
    • Voilent Crimes (per 100,000): 366
    • Property Crimes (per 100,000): 2,129
  • Prattville, AL
    Safety Score: 90.0
    • Population: 35,697
    • Voilent Crimes (per 100,000): 233
    • Property Crimes (per 100,000): 3,420
  • Phenix City, AL
    Safety Score: 88.2
    • Population: 36,668
    • Voilent Crimes (per 100,000): 641
    • Property Crimes (per 100,000): 3,616

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State-Wide Data

Small-town Alabama can be as safe as it gets, based on the high safety scores posted by Vestavia Hills, Daphne and Alabaster. Thanks to their low rates of property crimes and the rarity of violent crimes, the three cities rank atop MoneyGeek's ranking of the 20 safest cities in Alabama. At the opposite end of the spectrum are the large cities of Birmingham and Mobile, along with the small city of Gadsden. They rank as the least safe cities in the state, according to MoneyGeek’s analysis of FBI data.

City Safest City Score Population Property Crime per 100,000 Violent Crime per 100,000
Vestavia Hills 96.8 34,368 1,266 87
Daphne 95.3 26,618 1,728 275
Alabaster 94.9 33,501 1,728 275
Auburn 93.4 65,585 2,129 366
Athens 92.0 26,177 2,934 50
Enterprise 91.1 28,464 2,842 466
Northport 90.7 25,353 3,045 351
Prattville 90.0 35,697 3,420 233
Homewood 88.8 25,523 3,420 233
Phenix City 88.2 36,668 3,616 641
Opelika 87.5 30,822 3,939 545
Decatur 86.9 54,207 4,258 421
Florence 86.9 39,925 4,165 516
Tuscaloosa 86.4 101,764 4,338 505
Montgomery 86.3 198,662 4,269 612
Dothan 85.8 68,530 4,084 978
Huntsville 84.3 197,318 4,606 816
Mobile 84.2 245,475 4,927 657
Gadsden 76.6 35,204 7,087 1057
Birmingham 76.3 210,564 6,314 1912


Rankings Methodology

To rank the safest cities, we reviewed the rates of property crime and violent crime by city in Alabama from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Database. We added the two rates to calculate an overall crime rate and then ranked the cities by the overall crime rate.