See Which Alabama Cities Made the List

SAFEST CITIES IN ALABAMA

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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:


  • 1. VESTAVIA HILLS, AL
    Safety Score:96.8
  • 2. DAPHNE, AL
    Safety Score:95.3
  • 3. ALABASTER, AL
    Safety Score:94.9

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:


  • 1. TUSCALOOSA, AL
    Safety Score:86.4
  • 2. MONTGOMERY, AL
    Safety Score:86.3
  • 3. HUNTSVILLE, AL
    Safety Score:84.3

Safest Medium Sized Cities

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


  • 1. AUBURN, AL
    Safety Score:93.4
  • 2. PRATTVILLE, AL
    Safety Score:90
  • 3. PHENIX CITY, AL
    Safety Score:88.2

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

34368

1266

87

Daphne

95.3

26618

1728

275

Alabaster

94.9

33501

1728

275

Auburn

93.4

65585

2129

366

Athens

92

26177

2934

50

Enterprise

91.1

28464

2842

466

Northport

90.7

25353

3045

351

Prattville

90

35697

3420

233

Homewood

88.8

25523

3420

233

Phenix City

88.2

36668

3616

641

Opelika

87.5

30822

3939

545

Decatur

86.9

54207

4258

421

Florence

86.9

39925

4165

516

Tuscaloosa

86.4

101764

4338

505

Montgomery

86.3

198662

4269

612

Dothan

85.8

68530

4084

978

Huntsville

84.3

197318

4606

816

Mobile

84.2

245475

4927

657

Gadsden

76.6

35204

7087

1057

Birmingham

76.3

210564

6314

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.

About the Author


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A veteran business journalist, Jeff Ostrowski writes about money for the Palm Beach Post in Florida. Ostrowski is proud to say he knows how to use a financial calculator to amortize a mortgage.