The Safest and Most Dangerous Cities In Alabama - 2018 Ranking!

Sweet home Alabama! This state is filled with small-town charm and people often go there for the warm southern hospitality. Alabama offers its residents a diverse landscape, rich in both cultural heritage and history, which is certainly well worth your attention.

Known for its diverse economic growth in automotive, aerospace and healthcare, this state is the only state with all the major natural resources to make steel and iron, making it the largest exporter of cast iron and steel beams. The Yellowhammer State is the proud home to several world-famous historical figures, including Rosa Parks who sparked to the civil rights movement, legends like Harper Lee and her classic book “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and of course, good ol’ fashioned sweet tea.

If you are considering moving to Alabama or you already live there, make sure to continue reading to find out how safe Alabama is compared to other states, and learn about its safest cities based on the most recent FBI crime report.

Ranking at #43 in terms of safety, The Heart of Dixie is the nation's 24th most populous state with approximately 4.9 million residents. When it comes to safe and dangerous cities, The city of Helena maintains its spot as Alabama’s safest city, with a 755.7 crime rate per 100,000 people.
Best known as the home of Auburn University and one of the fastest growing cities in Alabama with a population of 63,871 residents, Auburn, which previously ranked #20 in terms of safety, managed to climb its way up, and is now the 10th safest city in Alabama, with a crime rate of 2090 per 100,000 people. 

Montgomery, however, being the state’s capital doesn't make any charts, as it ranks at #57 in terms of safety, with a 5113.121 crime rate per 100,000 residents. Also, the city of Huntsville, the 3rd biggest city in Alabama, ranks at #69 safe-wise, with a crime rate of 5807.76 per 100,000 people. Major cities like Tuscaloosa and Madison also rank at #46 and #21 respectively. On the other hand, Bessemer comes in first as the most dangerous city, holding its spot as #1 when compared to previous FBI reports, with an 11,906 crime rate per 100,000 people. 

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


More Information About Alabama:


Capital: Montgomery
Number of Counties: 67 
Overall Population: 4,863,300 inhabitants 
Land Area: 50,645.33 square miles (28th largest state by land area)
Education Statistics: 23.5% of the population holds a bachelor's degree or higher (percent of persons age 25 years+, 2011-2015)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

Crime Stats In Alabama


Violent Crime Rate (Per 100,000 Inhabitants): 532.3
Property Crime Rate (Per 100,000 Inhabitants): 2,947.8
Alabama’s Safety Rank: #43


Disclaimer:
In creating this ranking, we excluded all cities with population less than 5,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

Table 1: Top 20 Safest Cities In Alabama

Rank City Population Total Crime Rate
Per 100,000 Inhabitants
1 Helena
Previous rank: 1
18525 756.0
2 Vestavia Hills
Previous rank: 2
34191 1234.0
3 Satsuma
Previous rank: 11
6187 1422.0
4 Daleville
Previous rank: 15
5109 1448.0
5 Mountain Brook
Previous rank: 3
20737 1462.0
6 Southside
Previous rank: 4
8602 1488.0
7 Alabaster
Previous rank: 9
33040 1771.0
8 Glencoe
Previous rank: 17
5150 1883.0
9 Moody
Previous rank: 7
12764 2068.0
10 Auburn
Previous rank: 20
63871 2090.0
11 Daphne
Previous rank: 13
25564 2105.0
12 Pleasant Grove
Previous rank: 5
10293 2195.0
13 Spanish Fort
Previous rank: 31
8312 2358.0
14 Pelham
Previous rank: 12
23162 2375.0
15 Attalla
Previous rank: 32
5870 2385.0
16 Opp
Previous rank: Not Ranked
6657 2389.0
17 Rainbow City
Previous rank: 14
9573 2402.0
18 Hartselle
Previous rank: 18
14540 2407.0
19 Montevallo
Previous rank: 19
6716 2427.0
20 Athens
Previous rank: 16
25603 2554.0

Table 2: Top 20 Most Dangerous Cities in Alabama

Rank City Population Total Crime Rate
Per 100,000 Inhabitants
1 Bessemer
Previous rank: 1
26592 11906.0
2 Anniston
Previous rank: 2
22205 11020.0
3 Lanett
Previous rank: 4
6451 9890.0
4 Selma
Previous rank: Not Ranked
19283 9542.0
5 Gadsden
Previous rank: 6
35927 8309.0
6 Tarrant
Previous rank: 3
6176 8080.0
7 Jasper
Previous rank: 5
14009 7531.0
8 Prichard
Previous rank: 17
22299 7202.0
9 Arab
Previous rank: 11
8334 6972.0
10 Midfield
Previous rank: 22
5195 6968.0
11 Clanton
Previous rank: 12
8888 6447.0
12 Alexander City
Previous rank: 18
14695 6356.0
13 Valley
Previous rank: 16
9465 6276.0
14 Sylacauga
Previous rank: 20
12623 6187.0
15 Andalusia
Previous rank: 13
9071 6185.0
16 Gulf Shores
Previous rank: 14
11340 6067.0
17 Talladega
Previous rank: 10
15645 6053.0
18 Guntersville
Previous rank: 9
8421 6045.0
19 Monroeville
Previous rank: 24
6039 6011.0
20 Troy
Previous rank: 27
18985 5984.0

Table 3: All Cities, Ranked By Population

City Population Total Crime Rate
Per 100,000 Inhabitants
Safety Rank
Mobile 249921 688.0 64
Montgomery 199565 5113.0 57
Huntsville 192587 5808.0 69
Tuscaloosa 99925 4215.0 46
Auburn 63871 2090.0 10
Decatur 55374 4973.0 53
Florence 40160 3974.0 42
Phenix City 38521 5566.0 65
Gadsden 35927 8309.0 86
Prattville 35698 4048.0 43
Vestavia Hills 34191 1234.0 2
Alabaster 33040 1771.0 7
Opelika 30180 5623.0 66
Enterprise 28227 3121.0 25
Bessemer 26592 11906.0 90
Homewood 25823 4097.0 44
Athens 25603 2554.0 20
Daphne 25564 2105.0 11
Northport 25045 330.0 37
Pelham 23162 2375.0 14
Prichard 22299 7202.0 83
Anniston 22205 11020.0 89
Albertville 21525 138.0 28
Oxford 21234 4841.0 51
Mountain Brook 20737 1462.0 5
Fairhope 19470 3518.0 30
Selma 19283 9542.0 87
Troy 18985 5984.0 71
Helena 18525 756.0 1
Talladega 15645 6053.0 74
Hueytown 15632 3909.0 40
Cullman 15459 3862.0 38
Scottsboro 14711 4997.0 54
Alexander City 14695 6356.0 79
Hartselle 14540 2407.0 18
Fort Payne 14156 3560.0 33
Jasper 14009 7531.0 84
Saraland 13967 246.0 34
Pell City 13835 3650.0 36
Muscle Shoals 13810 4649.0 49
Gardendale 13675 3948.0 41
Moody 12764 2068.0 9
Sylacauga 12623 6187.0 77
Eufaula 12503 4175.0 45
Irondale 12439 3280.0 26
Jacksonville 12150 5135.0 58
Leeds 11964 5324.0 62
Gulf Shores 11340 6067.0 75
Fairfield 10869 5226.0 60
Pleasant Grove 10293 2195.0 12
Atmore 10021 5049.0 55
Russellville 9847 3555.0 32
Boaz 9729 5746.0 68
Rainbow City 9573 2402.0 17
Valley 9465 6276.0 78
Fultondale 9188 5050.0 56
Sheffield 9121 4911.0 52
Andalusia 9071 6185.0 76
Clanton 8888 6447.0 80
Tuskegee 8623 4824.0 50
Southside 8602 1488.0 6
Tuscumbia 8450 2970.0 24
Guntersville 8421 6045.0 73
Arab 8334 6972.0 82
Spanish Fort 8312 2358.0 13
Wetumpka 8280 3900.0 39
Greenville 7788 5341.0 63
Demopolis 7089 3526.0 31
Hamilton 6749 2964.0 23
Montevallo 6716 2427.0 19
Opp 6657 2389.0 16
Oneonta 6624 3502.0 29
Lincoln 6579 5639.0 67
Lanett 6451 9890.0 88
Satsuma 6187 1422.0 3
Tarrant 6176 8080.0 85
Monroeville 6039 6011.0 72
Robertsdale 6019 5267.0 61
Roanoke 5993 3587.0 35
Orange Beach 5932 3354.0 27
Chickasaw 5927 4268.0 47
Attalla 5870 2385.0 15
Brewton 5441 4540.0 48
Midfield 5195 6968.0 81
Glencoe 5150 1883.0 8
Daleville 5109 1448.0 4
Rainsville 5047 2596.0 22
Childersburg 5023 5156.0 59

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