See Which Alabama Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 22k

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

Sweet home Alabama! People often come here for the southern hospitality and diverse economic growth in automotive, aerospace, healthcare, and more. 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. It is also home to Birmingham, the South’s top city for income growth, which is also in the top 25 safest cities in Alabama.

Out of the 25 safest cities in Alabama, Birmingham is ranked number 22. Just a short commute to the south of Birmingham is Vestavia Hills, which ranked as the safest city according to our rankings. Six cities in Alabama received a safety score of at least 80, with the lowest ranking city, Bessemer, receiving a low 25, about an hour southwest of Birmingham.

Vestavia Hills received a superb safety score of 87.25, and a 7.8 percent drop in the already low amount of property crimes. This is an affluent area with a high quality school system. It has been steadily growing in population, becoming the 3rd largest city in Alabama in the past decade.

Interestingly enough, the next couple of safest cities in Alabama are just down the road from Vestavia Hills. If you’re wanting to be closer to the Gulf of Mexico, then Daphne would be a great choice for a safe city with easy access to the water and a safety rating over 82. For those wanting to be closer to Tennessee then Florence is your best choice with a safety rating of 70.


1 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.25

Vestavia Hills, AL

34,143 n/a 22 -0.4% 422 -7.8%

2
Safety Score: 82.16

Daphne, AL

25,087 321 32 -25% 529 6.6%

3
Safety Score: 82.1

Pelham, AL

22,997 279 33 61.4% 474 12.3%

4
Safety Score: 81.91

Alabaster, AL

31,821 397 132 125.8% 534 -13.4%

5
Safety Score: 81.86

Madison, AL

47,268 437 149 -2.4% 882 -8.1%

6
Safety Score: 79.95

Athens, AL

25,192 419 14 127.1% 605 -21.6%

7
Safety Score: 77.47

Auburn, AL

62,005 558 134 2.7% 1,621 -5.4%

8
Safety Score: 77.16

Enterprise, AL

28,028 n/a 90 -14.3% 967 1.4%

9
Safety Score: 76.75

Hoover, AL

85,163 388 129 31.1% 2,457 8.5%

10
Safety Score: 74.54

Prattville, AL

35,637 404 84 3.4% 1,135 -11.2%

11
Safety Score: 73.89

Dothan, AL

68,997 291 274 n/a 2,171 n/a

12
Safety Score: 71.13

Northport, AL

25,032 254 97 6.6% 910 -9.2%

13
Safety Score: 70.22

Florence, AL

40,433 290 169 -16.7% 1,518 2.3%

14
Safety Score: 67.5

Decatur, AL

55,483 371 162 45.6% 2,366 -2.9%

15
Safety Score: 66.79

Montgomery, AL

199,139 305 1,042 0.1% 8,363 -6.8%

16
Safety Score: 65.52

Tuscaloosa, AL

97,511 275 560 18.8% 4,210 0.6%

17
Safety Score: 65.38

Mobile, AL

250,346 360 1,529 2.9% 10,794 -6.9%

18
Safety Score: 62.5

Huntsville, AL

190,106 340 1,541 3.7% 8,743 -5.8%

19
Safety Score: 62.09

Phenix City, AL

38,723 361 286 14.7% 1,832 -18.7%

20
Safety Score: 60.76

Opelika, AL

29,888 289 206 7.1% 1,502 -9.5%

21
Safety Score: 57.66

Prichard, AL

22,236 n/a 336 7.2% 997 -24.5%

22
Safety Score: 46.07

Birmingham, AL

212,291 192 3,707 9.9% 13,499 -3.2%

23
Safety Score: 42.98

Gadsden, AL

36,148 n/a 364 2.5% 2,724 -2.1%

24
Safety Score: 37.33

Anniston, AL

22,306 220 607 14.6% 1,645 -2.7%

25
Safety Score: 24.94

Bessemer, AL

26,828 173 475 n/a 2,641 n/a


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