Vestavia Hills was rated the third safest place to live in Alabama!

These Are The 10 Safest Places In Alabama

How sweet a home is Alabama? Find out as we examine the top 10 safest places in the Heart of Dixie.


Laura Allan

People looking to relocate have a lot of things to think about, and one of those is definitely how safe an area is. If you’re moving to Alabama, you may be at a total loss when deciding which place is safe enough for you. That’s what we’re here to help with.

Here at the Movoto Real Estate Blog, we’ve analyzed crime data from the Heart of Dixie to produce a ranking of the 10 safest places therein. Helena came out on top, joined by nine other low-crime places:

1. City of Helena 2. City of Mountain Brook 3. City of Vestavia Hills 4. City of Pleasant Grove 5. City of Alabaster 6. City of Hartselle 7. City of Fort Payne 8. City of Madison 9. City of Hoover 10. City of Moody

You might be wondering where the bigger cities like Montgomery or Birmingham are. They were a bit further down the list, which you’ll see in the full ranking at the end of this article.

How We Created This Ranking

Our ranking is based on the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report and covers all places in Alabama with populations of 10,000 or larger. If your city doesn’t appear, it’s because local law enforcement does not report crime statistics to the  FBI.

We gathered data for seven types of crime:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Vehicle theft

We then divided these crimes into four distinct categories:

  • Murders
  • Violent crimes
  • Property crimes
  • Total crimes

To create our ranking, we calculated the number of each type of crime on a per 100,000 person basis. This ensured that places with different population sizes could be compared fairly, and is a common practice in comparing crime rates.

Using this data, we ranked each place from 1 to 52 for each crime category, with one being safest. We then weighted the ranking so that murder, violent crime, and property crime each comprised 30 percent of the final score, while total crime made up 10 percent.

The place with the lowest average of these weighted rankings was our safest, and that happened to be the small city of Helena.

1. Helena

Safest Places in Alabama

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The first place on our list is a very small city, with a population of only 16,793. With that small town feel comes a sense of safety, one that the numbers absolutely back up. To start with, there were no murders at all in this little place, and very few violent crimes in general, where it ranked No. 3 for that criteria.

There was also nearly no property crime with 1,020 crimes per 100,000 people, which scored No. 1 for that criteria. Residents had just a 1 in 92 chance of being a victim of any crime here in 2012, and it would most likely be property crime rather than things like murder or assault.

2. Mountain Brook

Safest Places in Alabama

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Mountain Brook may have placed No. 2, but it was only .025 behind the first place city in Big Deal Score. Again, there were no murders reported in 2012 here and very low property crime. There were also no rapes reported and there were only 24 assaults per 100,000 people, which gave Mountain Brook place the No. 1 score as far as lowest violent crime.

The only reason that this place was not No. 1 is that it has only slightly higher property crime than Helena, ranking No. 3 for that criterion. The chance of being a victim of a crime here was 1 in 66.

3. Vestavia Hills

Safest Places in Alabama

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Sticking with the trend so far, no murders were reported here in 2012, and there was low violent crime as well as property crime, both of which ranked No. 2 for their categories. This means that the total crime ranking here was No. 3. Locals had merely a 1 in 65 chance of being the victim of a crime, and that would most likely be property crime rather than something violent.