North Carolina’s
50 Safest Cities

2019

Located in the South, North Carolina offers a wide range of locations. If you’re more of a city person, you’ll love strolling through Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Fayetteville, or Winston-Salem, with Raleigh as the state’s capital. However, there’s also amazing nature to be seen, specifically the Rocky Mountains, the Albemarle Sound, the Cape Fear River, and more. And as far as firsts, North Carolina has a bunch of ‘em. It had the first successful flight of a mechanically powered airplane (maybe you’ve heard of the Wright brothers before), the first public university with the University of North Carolina, and even the first British child born in America in 1587 Roanoke. Plus, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts was founded in Winston-Salem, which I consider incredibly important to the state’s past— and delicious!

Of course, there are way too many things to name, but I wanted to point out a few things in North Carolina that you just can’t miss:

  • Biltmore: The largest house in the United States, this chateau once owned by a Vandrbilt has 250 rooms and gorgeous gardens.
  • Outer Banks: Located off the coast of NC, these islands are perfect for a beach day with your family, or for surfing on your own!
  • Cape Hatteras Lighthouse: This 1870s lighthouse offers an amazing climb and an even better view!

But if you’re visiting or even moving to North Carolina, it’s important to make sure you are safe and secure. The safest city in North Carolina is Elon, which rests in Alamance County as part of the Burlington Metropolitan Statistical Area. Elan had literally no violent crimes and only 5.06 property crimes per 1,000 people, making it one of the safest places in the entire country. Other top picks include Pinehurst, Holly Springs, and Cary.

3.637

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. 

1.538
This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.
25.453

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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Curious about how Security Baron chose the safest cities in North Carolina? Read our full methodology at the bottom of the page!

1
Elon, North Carolina
Elon
Safety Score: 88.46

Elon, NC

Population 10,283
Median Income 50,521
Households 2,974
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -0.3
Property Crimes 5.06
Property Crime -2.92

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Pinehurst, North Carolina
Pinehurst
Safety Score: 86.71

Pinehurst, NC

Population 16,145
Median Income 81,724
Households 7,056
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -0.38
Property Crimes 8.05
Property Crime 2.78

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Holly Springs, North Carolina
Holly Sprin.
Safety Score: 85.77

Holly Springs, NC

Population 34,897
Median Income 101,341
Households 10,117
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -0.27
Property Crimes 9.08
Property Crime 0.1

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Cary, North Carolina
Cary
Safety Score: 84.28

Cary, NC

Population 166,986
Median Income 97,755
Households 60,263
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -0.92
Property Crimes 10.75
Property Crime 0.7

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
Waxhaw
Safety Score: 83.85

Waxhaw, NC

Population 15,089
Median Income 97,904
Households 4,143
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.39
Property Crimes 11.27
Property Crime 1.18

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Stallings, North Carolina
Stallings
Safety Score: 83.73

Stallings, NC

Population 15,656
Median Income 80,601
Households 5,357
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -0.9
Property Crimes 11.56
Property Crime -1.74

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Davidson, North Carolina
Davidson
Safety Score: 83.62

Davidson, NC

Population 12,723
Median Income 120,658
Households 4,140
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -0.72
Property Crimes 12.34
Property Crime 1.35

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Winterville, North Carolina
Winterville
Safety Score: 83.39

Winterville, NC

Population 9,476
Median Income 63,976
Households 3,708
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.68
Property Crimes 12.03
Property Crime -3.44

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Rolesville, North Carolina
Rolesville
Safety Score: 82.97

Rolesville, NC

Population 7,709
Median Income 96,384
Households 2,059
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -0.86
Property Crimes 13.88
Property Crime -3.5

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Apex, North Carolina
Apex
Safety Score: 82.93

Apex, NC

Population 49,159
Median Income 100,305
Households 16,177
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -0.85
Property Crimes 13.08
Property Crime 0.38

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Black Mountain, North Carolina
Black Mount.
Safety Score: 82.88

Black Mountain, NC

Population 8,477
Median Income 42,500
Households 3,724
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.43
Property Crimes 13.09
Property Crime -1.73

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Wendell, North Carolina
Wendell
Safety Score: 82.79

Wendell, NC

Population 6,901
Median Income 53,730
Households 2,454
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -2.51
Property Crimes 13.62
Property Crime -3.5

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Fletcher, North Carolina
Fletcher
Safety Score: 82.3

Fletcher, NC

Population 8,237
Median Income 60,028
Households 3,423
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -0.91
Property Crimes 14.45
Property Crime -6.57

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
Fuquay-Vari.
Safety Score: 81.85

Fuquay-Varina, NC

Population 27,429
Median Income 75,105
Households 8,275
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.11
Property Crimes 13.71
Property Crime -5.26

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Gibsonville, North Carolina
Gibsonville
Safety Score: 81.15

Gibsonville, NC

Population 7,131
Median Income 53,549
Households 2,602
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -2.34
Property Crimes 13.88
Property Crime 1.46

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Morrisville, North Carolina
Morrisville
Safety Score: 80.64

Morrisville, NC

Population 25,904
Median Income 95,763
Households 8,804
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 15.87
Property Crime NAN

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Archdale, North Carolina
Archdale
Safety Score: 80.27

Archdale, NC

Population 11,664
Median Income 51,154
Households 4,616
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 16.46
Property Crime NAN

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Knightdale, North Carolina
Knightdale
Safety Score: 79.95

Knightdale, NC

Population 15,423
Median Income 70,540
Households 5,313
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.41
Property Crimes 17.44
Property Crime -3.8

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Clayton, North Carolina
Clayton
Safety Score: 79.56

Clayton, NC

Population 21,012
Median Income 59,338
Households 6,618
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.4
Property Crimes 17.47
Property Crime -1.56

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Leland, North Carolina
Leland
Safety Score: 79.38

Leland, NC

Population 19,786
Median Income 63,090
Households 7,332
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.38
Property Crimes 17.64
Property Crime -5.02

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
Wake Forest
Safety Score: 79.35

Wake Forest, NC

Population 42,019
Median Income 85,155
Households 13,238
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.35
Property Crimes 17.63
Property Crime -6.22

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Huntersville, North Carolina
Huntersvill.
Safety Score: 79.21

Huntersville, NC

Population 56,279
Median Income 93,731
Households 19,515
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.17
Property Crimes 17.64
Property Crime -3.81

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Bessemer City, North Carolina
Bessemer Ci.
Safety Score: 79.12

Bessemer City, NC

Population 5,586
Median Income 35,921
Households 1,962
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.79
Property Crimes 16.47
Property Crime 0.91

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Woodfin, North Carolina
Woodfin
Safety Score: 78.89

Woodfin, NC

Population 6,444
Median Income 36,946
Households 2,335
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.25
Property Crimes 18.78
Property Crime 4.74

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Mint Hill, North Carolina
Mint Hill
Safety Score: 78.71

Mint Hill, NC

Population 26,868
Median Income 70,906
Households 9,210
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.37
Property Crimes 17.38
Property Crime -6.72

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Mount Holly, North Carolina
Mount Holly
Safety Score: 78.38

Mount Holly, NC

Population 14,640
Median Income 53,798
Households 5,716
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.89
Property Crimes 17.83
Property Crime -3.52

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Concord, North Carolina
Concord
Safety Score: 78.04

Concord, NC

Population 91,756
Median Income 60,238
Households 31,355
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.39
Property Crimes 19.52
Property Crime -5.13

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Boone, North Carolina
Boone
Safety Score: 77.52

Boone, NC

Population 19,138
Median Income 17,424
Households 5,825
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.9
Property Crimes 19.96
Property Crime -1.43

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Butner, North Carolina
Butner
Safety Score: 77.44

Butner, NC

Population 7,718
Median Income 48,870
Households 2,664
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -3.34
Property Crimes 20.34
Property Crime -0.99

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Carrboro, North Carolina
Carrboro
Safety Score: 77

Carrboro, NC

Population 21,553
Median Income 56,573
Households 8,991
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.63
Property Crimes 19.95
Property Crime -0.26

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Kannapolis, North Carolina
Kannapolis
Safety Score: 76.94

Kannapolis, NC

Population 48,754
Median Income 49,637
Households 16,768
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -2.52
Property Crimes 20.1
Property Crime 0.13

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Brevard, North Carolina
Brevard
Safety Score: 76.21

Brevard, NC

Population 7,846
Median Income 40,232
Households 3,356
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -2.07
Property Crimes 22.18
Property Crime -4.41

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Chapel Hill
Safety Score: 76.18

Chapel Hill, NC

Population 59,553
Median Income 67,426
Households 19,960
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.88
Property Crimes 21.56
Property Crime -1.16

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Angier, North Carolina
Angier
Safety Score: 75.68

Angier, NC

Population 5,227
Median Income 45,428
Households 1,899
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -2.75
Property Crimes 22.96
Property Crime -2.35

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Havelock, North Carolina
Havelock
Safety Score: 74.29

Havelock, NC

Population 20,157
Median Income 49,604
Households 5,951
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 24.11
Property Crime NAN

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Mooresville, North Carolina
Mooresville
Safety Score: 72.56

Mooresville, NC

Population 37,049
Median Income 67,213
Households 13,161
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -2.74
Property Crimes 26.94
Property Crime -12.61

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Oak Island, North Carolina
Oak Island
Safety Score: 69.77

Oak Island, NC

Population 7,883
Median Income 57,670
Households 3,605
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 29.56
Property Crime NAN

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Matthews, North Carolina
Matthews
Safety Score: 69.18

Matthews, NC

Population 32,255
Median Income 76,007
Households 11,678
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.46
Property Crimes 31.16
Property Crime -3.07

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
Jacksonvill.
Safety Score: 69.16

Jacksonville, NC

Population 67,293
Median Income 41,549
Households 20,831
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 29.14
Property Crime NAN

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Ayden, North Carolina
Ayden
Safety Score: 68.1

Ayden, NC

Population 5,215
Median Income 30,753
Households 2,032
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -5.71
Property Crimes 32.02
Property Crime -6.38

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Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Kings Mount.
Safety Score: 67.15

Kings Mountain, NC

Population 10,824
Median Income 39,070
Households 4,053
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -1.85
Property Crimes 33.44
Property Crime 6.27

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Tarboro, North Carolina
Tarboro
Safety Score: 66.53

Tarboro, NC

Population 10,924
Median Income 33,542
Households 4,658
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -5.31
Property Crimes 32.86
Property Crime -0.43

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Southern Pines, North Carolina
Southern Pi.
Safety Score: 66.31

Southern Pines, NC

Population 14,025
Median Income 48,511
Households 6,236
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -5.01
Property Crimes 33.58
Property Crime 7.45

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Aberdeen, North Carolina
Aberdeen
Safety Score: 66.06

Aberdeen, NC

Population 7,707
Median Income 53,255
Households 2,759
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -3.31
Property Crimes 35.68
Property Crime -2.6

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New Bern, North Carolina
New Bern
Safety Score: 65.44

New Bern, NC

Population 30,191
Median Income 41,807
Households 12,982
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -4.11
Property Crimes 33.29
Property Crime -1.42

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Newton, North Carolina
Newton
Safety Score: 65.29

Newton, NC

Population 13,059
Median Income 39,035
Households 4,759
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -2.61
Property Crimes 34.54
Property Crime 0.36

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Lincolnton, North Carolina
Lincolnton
Safety Score: 65.16

Lincolnton, NC

Population 10,823
Median Income 32,308
Households 4,029
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 34.09
Property Crime NAN

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King, North Carolina
King
Safety Score: 64.19

King, NC

Population 7,046
Median Income 58,268
Households 2,853
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -3.95
Property Crimes 38.18
Property Crime 5.32

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Garner, North Carolina
Garner
Safety Score: 63.91

Garner, NC

Population 29,287
Median Income 60,797
Households 10,760
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -3.02
Property Crimes 36.94
Property Crime 2.11

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Raeford, North Carolina
Raeford
Safety Score: 63.85

Raeford, NC

Population 5,057
Median Income 33,266
Households 1,758
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -2.65
Property Crimes 37.77
Property Crime -1.77

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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
51Wilmington, NC119,42243,8670 36.16 2.2661.85
52Mebane, NC14,61960,8510 39.61 2.1261.59
53Rocky Mount, NC55,09837,6070 36.01 2.961.38
54Eden, NC15,32132,1260 37.33 2.8761.31
55Greenville, NC92,63036,4960 -36.64 -1.9861.3
56Greensboro, NC290,05144,9780 -35.62 -2.2661.16
57High Point, NC112,36844,6420 37.03 2.0660.76
58Mount Airy, NC10,33837,1940 43.34 3.8760.53
59Mocksville, NC5,30238,1080 -41.31 -4.1560.21
60Lenoir, NC17,93233,9470 44.11 2.7959.67
61Zebulon, NC5,28850,2670 -41.98 -3.7859.38
62Durham, NC269,08854,2840 -38.26 -1.8858.71
63Burlington, NC52,98639,3440 38.05 2.2857.64
64Selma, NC6,67828,9330 42.98 3.5957.52
65Erwin, NC5,01736,6280 42.26 1.9957.46
66Morehead City, NC9,52039,9510 48.53 4.257.29
67Siler City, NC8,53127,1240 43.25 2.2356.47
68Fayetteville, NC205,43243,4390 42.89 2.1356.36
69Smithfield, NC12,48934,5510 -45.48 -3.2856.28
70Thomasville, NC27,07138,1810 46.91 2.3655.95
71Hendersonville, NC13,96735,8940 49.47 3.0855.45
72Albemarle, NC16,02236,6820 46.06 2.9355.39
73Waynesville, NC9,97734,6020 51.72 3.4155.04
74Elizabeth City, NC17,80234,4240 46.12 3.3154.44
75Asheville, NC90,10346,4640 47.15 2.2954.37
76Oxford, NC8,88735,6250 48.05 2.9354.21
77Kernersville, NC24,22250,0540 51.56 2.8953.97
78Hillsborough, NC6,64051,6400 -51.96 -4.0753.39
79Conover, NC8,35449,1060 54.11 3.3552.44
80Hickory, NC40,65344,3660 51.48 2.5852.18
81Hope Mills, NC16,32548,9250 49.56 2.2152
82Gastonia, NC76,19143,9850 -48.75 -2.1851.91
83Goldsboro, NC35,82433,4800 50.13 2.5750.97
84Henderson, NC15,13126,2560 44.48 2.7150.69
85Washington, NC9,79331,9670 52.59 2.8649.44
86Belmont, NC10,88062,2010 58.27 3.1348.93
87Asheboro, NC26,25334,2930 58.16 2.8247.8
88Reidsville, NC13,90035,5420 53.88 3.3147.54
89Kill Devil Hills, NC7,19450,8980 61.72 3.8946.68
90Roanoke Rapids, NC15,08334,2990 56.35 2.4546.66
91Clinton, NC8,66629,4740 55.04 3.1246.5
92Williamston, NC5,43832,4740 -61.42 -3.4943.42
93Kinston, NC20,79129,9270 58.63 2.9840.29
94Wadesboro, NC5,41330,6970 58.93 3.6937.58
95Marion, NC7,81934,3080 80.57 3.232.09
96Rockingham, NC9,00531,7670 83.73 3.6628.24
97Whiteville, NC5,53428,6710 -79.51 -4.1626.54
98Pineville, NC8,78848,1250 140.65 3.76-9.96

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
  • 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 and the total number of civilians working in law offices.

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