Alabama’s
50 Safest Cities

2019

Sweet home, Alabama! Alabama is a state in the South with cities such as Birmingham and Montgomery. It excels in a number of things, being the first state to celebrate Mardi Gras along with the first state to build the rockets that initially put humans on the moon. 

Some fun things to do in Alabama include:

  • Ride on a boat through the Gulf Coast
  • Learn about the battle for civil rights at the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum
  • Visit one of the many waterfalls including Desoto Falls, Noccalula Falls Park, and Marthas Falls
  • Head to a theme park like Waterville USA, The Wharf or Adventure Island
  • Enjoy farm life at Sweet Home Farm, Oak Hollow Farm or Smith Farms.

But if you’re visiting or planning to move to Alabama, what probably concerns you the most is the safety of you and your family. So what are the safest cities in Alabama? You’ve come to the right page!

The safest city in Alabama is Helena. With a population just under 19,000, it boasts a median income over $84,100 and only 0.84 violent crimes per 1000 people! Plus, with 1.21 police officers for every 1000 people, it’s very unlikely that you’ll be a victim of crime in Helena. Other top cities for safety in Alabama include Satsuma, Hoover, and Vestavia Hills, a suburb of Birmingham.

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This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

2.1944882503704

This statistic shows how many police officers there are per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, there was an average of 2.4 sworn officers per 1,000 inhabitants as of 2011, reports the FBI.

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Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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To see how we selected the safest cities in Alabama, scroll down to the bottom of the page and read all about our Methodology. Otherwise, learn about the safest cities in Alabama and why their state slogan translates to “We dare to defend our rights”.
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Helena, Alabama
Helena
Safety Score: 88.32

Helena, AL

Population 18,965
Citizen-to-Officer 1.21
Median Income 84,110
Households 6,569
Violent Crime 0.84
Violent Crime -0.51
Property Crimes 4.9
Property Crime -1.31

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Satsuma, Alabama
Satsuma
Safety Score: 86.94

Satsuma, AL

Population 6,198
Citizen-to-Officer 2.1
Median Income 60,859
Households 2,251
Violent Crime 0.32
Violent Crime -0.81
Property Crimes 8.07
Property Crime -5.02

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Hoover, Alabama
Hoover
Safety Score: 83.88

Hoover, AL

Population 85,634
Citizen-to-Officer 1.96
Median Income 81,038
Households 32,936
Violent Crime 0.96
Violent Crime -0.25
Property Crimes 11.42
Property Crime 11.42

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Vestavia Hills, Alabama
Vestavia Hills
Safety Score: 83.85

Vestavia Hills, AL

Population 34,781
Citizen-to-Officer 2.53
Median Income 98,653
Households 13,129
Violent Crime 0.69
Violent Crime -0.04
Property Crimes 12.22
Property Crime 0.61

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Southside, Alabama
Southside
Safety Score: 82.48

Southside, AL

Population 8,630
Citizen-to-Officer 1.27
Median Income 68,470
Households 3,325
Violent Crime 1.74
Violent Crime -0.24
Property Crimes 12.17
Property Crime -0.73

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Pleasant Grove, Alabama
Pleasant Grove
Safety Score: 80.4

Pleasant Grove, AL

Population 10,191
Citizen-to-Officer 1.67
Median Income 64,761
Households 3,688
Violent Crime 1.08
Violent Crime -1.54
Property Crimes 16.09
Property Crime -3.24

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Daphne, Alabama
Daphne
Safety Score: 76.87

Daphne, AL

Population 26,669
Citizen-to-Officer 1.61
Median Income 65,739
Households 9,229
Violent Crime 1.27
Violent Crime -0.1
Property Crimes 20.85
Property Crime 1.17

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Rainsville, Alabama
Rainsville
Safety Score: 76.44

Rainsville, AL

Population 5,025
Citizen-to-Officer 2.79
Median Income 37,808
Households 1,990
Violent Crime 2.59
Violent Crime +1
Property Crimes 20.5
Property Crime -3.87

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Madison, Alabama
Madison
Safety Score: 76.08

Madison, AL

Population 48,777
Citizen-to-Officer 1.6
Median Income 92,197
Households 17,530
Violent Crime 3.63
Violent Crime -0.75
Property Crimes 19.09
Property Crime -2.09

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Opp, Alabama
Opp
Safety Score: 74.37

Opp, AL

Population 6,573
Citizen-to-Officer 3.04
Median Income 33,012
Households 2,666
Violent Crime 4.26
Violent Crime -1.45
Property Crimes 21.3
Property Crime 3.12

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Montevallo, Alabama
Montevallo
Safety Score: 74.15

Montevallo, AL

Population 6,793
Citizen-to-Officer 2.06
Median Income 37,929
Households 2,183
Violent Crime 3.09
Violent Crime +1.01
Property Crimes 22.67
Property Crime 0.48

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Athens, Alabama
Athens
Safety Score: 73.48

Athens, AL

Population 26,004
Citizen-to-Officer 1.85
Median Income 47,741
Households 9,256
Violent Crime 0.5
Violent Crime -0.2
Property Crimes 26.73
Property Crime 1.89

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Northport, Alabama
Northport
Safety Score: 73.24

Northport, AL

Population 25,337
Citizen-to-Officer 2.64
Median Income 55,969
Households 9,466
Violent Crime 1.85
Violent Crime -1.42
Property Crimes 25.85
Property Crime -9.21

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Orange Beach, Alabama
Orange Beach
Safety Score: 71.95

Orange Beach, AL

Population 6,073
Citizen-to-Officer 8.4
Median Income 69,388
Households 2,578
Violent Crime 1.81
Violent Crime -0.21
Property Crimes 31.12
Property Crime -0.4

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Auburn, Alabama
Auburn
Safety Score: 71.36

Auburn, AL

Population 64,831
Citizen-to-Officer 1.91
Median Income 42,600
Households 22,588
Violent Crime 3.35
Violent Crime +0.06
Property Crimes 26.39
Property Crime 8.78

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Albertville, Alabama
Albertville
Safety Score: 70.99

Albertville, AL

Population 21,588
Citizen-to-Officer 2.08
Median Income 37,619
Households 7,147
Violent Crime 1.02
Violent Crime -0.33
Property Crimes 30.02
Property Crime -3.48

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Daleville, Alabama
Daleville
Safety Score: 70.7

Daleville, AL

Population 5,068
Citizen-to-Officer 3.16
Median Income 38,657
Households 2,059
Violent Crime 2.57
Violent Crime +0.42
Property Crimes 29.01
Property Crime 16.68

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Russellville, Alabama
Russellville
Safety Score: 67.63

Russellville, AL

Population 9,810
Citizen-to-Officer 2.04
Median Income 41,149
Households 3,208
Violent Crime 3.36
Violent Crime -0.3
Property Crimes 31.6
Property Crime -0.29

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Irondale, Alabama
Irondale
Safety Score: 66.93

Irondale, AL

Population 12,362
Citizen-to-Officer 2.75
Median Income 50,440
Households 4,983
Violent Crime 4.37
Violent Crime -1.42
Property Crimes 31.87
Property Crime 4.86

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Brewton, Alabama
Brewton
Safety Score: 66.38

Brewton, AL

Population 5,436
Citizen-to-Officer 4.42
Median Income 40,342
Households 2,166
Violent Crime 6.99
Violent Crime -1.28
Property Crimes 30.35
Property Crime -6.78

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Oneonta, Alabama
Oneonta
Safety Score: 65.62

Oneonta, AL

Population 6,721
Citizen-to-Officer 2.68
Median Income 49,267
Households 2,344
Violent Crime 1.64
Violent Crime -2.13
Property Crimes 37.2
Property Crime 5.95

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Cullman, Alabama
Cullman
Safety Score: 64.57

Cullman, AL

Population 15,613
Citizen-to-Officer 3.27
Median Income 42,885
Households 5,996
Violent Crime 1.41
Violent Crime -0.01
Property Crimes 39.33
Property Crime 2.13

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
Spanish Fort
Safety Score: 63.1

Spanish Fort, AL

Population 8,584
Citizen-to-Officer 2.45
Median Income 74,731
Households 3,230
Violent Crime 3.73
Violent Crime +1.93
Property Crimes 37.98
Property Crime 16.2

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Boaz, Alabama
Boaz
Safety Score: 62.26

Boaz, AL

Population 9,748
Citizen-to-Officer 2.56
Median Income 41,488
Households 3,494
Violent Crime 7.9
Violent Crime -7.11
Property Crimes 34.16
Property Crime -8.29

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Leeds, Alabama
Leeds
Safety Score: 61.63

Leeds, AL

Population 11,964
Citizen-to-Officer 2.09
Median Income 62,773
Households 4,502
Violent Crime 6.94
Violent Crime +0.09
Property Crimes 35.86
Property Crime -10.53

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Foley, Alabama
Foley
Safety Score: 60.73

Foley, AL

Population 18,032
Citizen-to-Officer 3.55
Median Income 42,468
Households 7,779
Violent Crime 2.61
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 43.37
Property Crime NAN

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Decatur, Alabama
Decatur
Safety Score: 60.59

Decatur, AL

Population 54,958
Citizen-to-Officer 2.37
Median Income 43,176
Households 22,069
Violent Crime 3.62
Violent Crime +0.84
Property Crimes 41.56
Property Crime -5.39

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Bay Minette, Alabama
Bay Minette
Safety Score: 60.11

Bay Minette, AL

Population 9,483
Citizen-to-Officer 2.21
Median Income 31,310
Households 2,764
Violent Crime 8.65
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 35.75
Property Crime NAN

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Tuscaloosa
Safety Score: 59.83

Tuscaloosa, AL

Population 101,124
Citizen-to-Officer 2.61
Median Income 42,428
Households 34,700
Violent Crime 4.69
Violent Crime -0.11
Property Crimes 41.28
Property Crime 3.93

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Fultondale, Alabama
Fultondale
Safety Score: 59.62

Fultondale, AL

Population 9,207
Citizen-to-Officer 2.82
Median Income 58,053
Households 3,871
Violent Crime 5.21
Violent Crime -0.23
Property Crimes 41.38
Property Crime -3.68

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Phenix City, Alabama
Phenix City
Safety Score: 59.42

Phenix City, AL

Population 37,841
Citizen-to-Officer 2.11
Median Income 39,654
Households 14,612
Violent Crime 6.63
Violent Crime -1.86
Property Crimes 39.32
Property Crime -7.85

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Eufaula, Alabama
Eufaula
Safety Score: 59.14

Eufaula, AL

Population 12,295
Citizen-to-Officer 3.09
Median Income 33,444
Households 4,770
Violent Crime 6.02
Violent Crime +0.66
Property Crimes 40.83
Property Crime 4.44

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Florence, Alabama
Florence
Safety Score: 59.11

Florence, AL

Population 40,059
Citizen-to-Officer 2.65
Median Income 37,843
Households 17,528
Violent Crime 4.72
Violent Crime -0.16
Property Crimes 42.51
Property Crime 7.65

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Dothan, Alabama
Dothan
Safety Score: 57.58

Dothan, AL

Population 68,894
Citizen-to-Officer 2.39
Median Income 43,316
Households 26,086
Violent Crime 8.45
Violent Crime +8.45
Property Crimes 39.7
Property Crime -0.95

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Jacksonville, Alabama
Jacksonville
Safety Score: 57.53

Jacksonville, AL

Population 12,573
Citizen-to-Officer 2.39
Median Income 40,012
Households 4,500
Violent Crime 8.99
Violent Crime -1.13
Property Crimes 38.89
Property Crime -2.34

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Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Muscle Shoals
Safety Score: 55.87

Muscle Shoals, AL

Population 13,939
Citizen-to-Officer 2.51
Median Income 52,201
Households 5,486
Violent Crime 5.81
Violent Crime +1.9
Property Crimes 45.7
Property Crime 3.12

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Tuskegee, Alabama
Tuskegee
Safety Score: 55.04

Tuskegee, AL

Population 8,549
Citizen-to-Officer 1.99
Median Income 27,314
Households 3,080
Violent Crime 9.71
Violent Crime -2.23
Property Crimes 41.17
Property Crime 4.87

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Robertsdale, Alabama
Robertsdale
Safety Score: 54.6

Robertsdale, AL

Population 6,112
Citizen-to-Officer 2.45
Median Income 41,653
Households 2,112
Violent Crime 6.22
Violent Crime +1.9
Property Crimes 46.96
Property Crime -1.39

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Opelika, Alabama
Opelika
Safety Score: 54.46

Opelika, AL

Population 30,476
Citizen-to-Officer 2.82
Median Income 44,527
Households 11,905
Violent Crime 7.32
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 45.9
Property Crime -3.01

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Oxford, Alabama
Oxford
Safety Score: 53.98

Oxford, AL

Population 21,084
Citizen-to-Officer 2.8
Median Income 53,337
Households 7,916
Violent Crime 2.85
Violent Crime -0.87
Property Crimes 52.22
Property Crime 7.53

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Scottsboro, Alabama
Scottsboro
Safety Score: 53.66

Scottsboro, AL

Population 14,660
Citizen-to-Officer 2.93
Median Income 41,374
Households 5,985
Violent Crime 13.1
Violent Crime -2.47
Property Crimes 39.97
Property Crime 5.57

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Atmore, Alabama
Atmore
Safety Score: 52.69

Atmore, AL

Population 9,994
Citizen-to-Officer 2.5
Median Income 28,443
Households 2,940
Violent Crime 11.11
Violent Crime +1.83
Property Crimes 43.13
Property Crime 1.92

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Chickasaw, Alabama
Chickasaw
Safety Score: 51.99

Chickasaw, AL

Population 5,879
Citizen-to-Officer 3.74
Median Income 30,929
Households 2,112
Violent Crime 7.65
Violent Crime +2.93
Property Crimes 49.16
Property Crime 11.2

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Alexander City, Alabama
Alexander City
Safety Score: 51.93

Alexander City, AL

Population 14,744
Citizen-to-Officer 3.46
Median Income 32,337
Households 5,948
Violent Crime 17.3
Violent Crime -1.55
Property Crimes 37.37
Property Crime -7.34

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Greenville, Alabama
Greenville
Safety Score: 51.53

Greenville, AL

Population 7,724
Citizen-to-Officer 3.63
Median Income 36,518
Households 2,696
Violent Crime 10.1
Violent Crime +2.14
Property Crimes 47
Property Crime 1.55

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Ozark, Alabama
Ozark
Safety Score: 50.57

Ozark, AL

Population 14,559
Citizen-to-Officer 2.34
Median Income 38,715
Households 5,863
Violent Crime 10.72
Violent Crime -1.61
Property Crimes 46.84
Property Crime -0.23

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Andalusia, Alabama
Andalusia
Safety Score: 48.62

Andalusia, AL

Population 8,958
Citizen-to-Officer 3.57
Median Income 36,101
Households 3,613
Violent Crime 9.27
Violent Crime +0.01
Property Crimes 52.24
Property Crime -0.35

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Troy, Alabama
Troy
Safety Score: 47.44

Troy, AL

Population 19,360
Citizen-to-Officer 2.84
Median Income 30,538
Households 6,926
Violent Crime 11.47
Violent Crime +1.62
Property Crimes 50.57
Property Crime 0.58

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Arab, Alabama
Arab
Safety Score: 44.9

Arab, AL

Population 8,380
Citizen-to-Officer 3.22
Median Income 43,884
Households 3,089
Violent Crime 5.49
Violent Crime -2.91
Property Crimes 62.17
Property Crime 0.85

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Jasper, Alabama
Jasper
Safety Score: 40.34

Jasper, AL

Population 13,940
Citizen-to-Officer 3.3
Median Income 39,800
Households 5,464
Violent Crime 7.6
Violent Crime -3.82
Property Crimes 65.93
Property Crime 2.04

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?

No big deal! We ranked all of the cities in your state for safety, so scroll down to see where your city landed. And remember— there’s always next year!

Safety RankCityPopulationMedian IncomeViolent CrimeProperty CrimeLaw OfficerSafety Score
51Tarrant, AL6,24927,35716.96 53.93 3.240.28
52Valley, AL9,36337,3956.94 67.61 2.9939.87
53Prichard, AL22,11925,81818.26 61.44 1.7633.31
54Lanett, AL6,38331,92513.79 73.95 4.0729.59
55Anniston, AL21,95532,07034.34 61.58 3.6419.45
56Bessemer, AL26,36031,30829.86 97.91 4.63-1.17

How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Police offer rates per 1000 people
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates, total number of police officers, and the total number of civilians working in law offices.