The Heart of Dixie, Alabama is a true Southern state that’s moved away from its agricultural dependence and broadened its economy to aerospace, education, banking, and healthcare. It’s home to vibrant cities like Birmingham and Mobile yet still a largely rural state. What’s Alabama like in terms of crime and safety? Here we look at the 10 largest cities in Alabama, ranked in terms of their crime levels.
Madison is the 10th largest city in Alabama, but it’s ranked top in terms of safety. The crime index here is 2,329, and that’s 46 percent lower than the Alabama state average. Madison is home to around 43,000 people so it’s not a huge city, and it’s set in the north of the state.
Hoover is the largest suburb of Birmingham, though it has city rights and is actually the sixth largest city in the state, home to around 81,600 people. Hoover ranks as the second safest city in Alabama – the crime index of 2,747 is 37 percent lower than the state average. One of the largest shopping malls in the region, Riverchase Galleria, is in Hoover.
Nicknamed The River City, Decatur is in Northern Alabama on the banks of the Tennessee River and Wheeler Lake. It’s the eighth largest city in the state, and ranked the third safest city in Alabama, with its crime index that is 6 percent lower than the state average, at 4,121.
Auburn’s crime index is 2 percent lower than the state average, making this the fourth safest city in Alabama. Set in the east of the state, Auburn is a college town home to Auburn University and a population of around 57,000 people.
With one fourth of the nation’s peanut crop produced nearby, Dothan earns its nickname as the Peanut Capital of the World! It’s also the fifth safest city in Alabama – the crime index is 4,680, which is 6 percent higher than the state average. Dothan is located in the southeast corner of the state.
Tuscaloosa is an attractive city in west central Alabama, home to around 93,000 people, that’s won a number of quality of living accolades over the years. We can add the fact that this is the sixth safest city in Alabama to that list. The crime index here is 5,318, and that’s 21 percent higher than the state average.
Home to around 205,000 people, the city of Montgomery is the second largest in Alabama. Montgomery does have a bit if a reputation for crime, though in actual fact it is safer than Mobile, Huntsville, and Birmingham so if you want to live in one of the state’s largest cities, this could be it. The crime index is 5,538, and that’s 26 percent above state average.
At 38 percent above the state average, Mobile is not the worst city for crime in Alabama though it is ranked seventh. Set on the Gulf Coast, Mobile is a port city, and a cultural center for the region. It is the third largest city in Alabama, home to around 195,000 people.
Huntsville is the ninth safest city in Alabama, with a crime index of 6,226 that is 41 percent above the state average. It’s the fourth largest city in Alabama, home to around 180,000 people, and is nicknamed Rocket City because of its close association with U.S. space missions.
Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama but also bears the distinction of being the most crime-ridden. At 9,849, the crime index is 124 percent higher than the state average, and, according to Neighborhood Scout, Birmingham is the 25th most dangerous city in the country.