See Which North Carolina Cities Made the List

Based on a population of at least 28,000

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

North Carolina is famous for the Blue Ridge Mountains and beautiful east coast beaches. The carnivorous Venus Flytrap plant originates here, contrary to many people thinking its from a more exotic and tropical region. The Wright brothers developed and flew the first plane in the world here. It is a major producer of textiles, tobacco, and furniture. Recently though, it has been diversifying its economy to be strong in technology and science related industries. If you’re thinking of moving here for the booming new industries, or the scenic landscapes, then you’ll want to go through our list of the safest cities within the state.

Cary is ranked as the 55th safest city in the nation, while there are 3 more cities in the state that made into the nation’s 500 safest cities list. About half of the 25 safest cities in the state have a safety score over 70. There has been a decline in property crimes in nearly all of the 25 safest cities.

Holly Springs is the safest city in the state with a safety score of 89.19 and a population of 31,640. It has experienced a 14.6% decline in its already low violent crime rates. It is located in the southwest suburbs of Raleigh, the state capital. The median income for a family is $92,539, with only 3.7% of the population under the poverty line. The low poverty rate, proximity to a major city for high paying jobs, and the good education system in the town, all contribute to the town’s high safety rating.

Cary is the second safest city in the state, with a much larger population of 160,291 and a safety score of 86.80. It is also near Raleigh, and is part of the Research Triangle, as there are many high tech companies and universities located here. Charlotte is is the largest city of the top 25 safest cities in the state, with a safety score of 68.27 and a population of 877,817.


1 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.19

Holly Springs, NC

31,640 526 18 -14.6% 287 1.6%

2 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.86

Cary, NC

160,291 708 81 -20.1% 1,902 7.5%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.39

Cornelius, NC

28,139 390 35 3.3% 388 -2.1%

4
Safety Score: 83.58

Huntersville, NC

52,786 579 73 22.5% 898 -13%

5
Safety Score: 81.48

Wake Forest, NC

38,477 474 46 -23.2% 829 5%

6
Safety Score: 80.63

Kannapolis, NC

45,905 440 98 19.5% 1,011 2.5%

7
Safety Score: 79.96

Matthews, NC

30,723 438 58 25.5% 718 -6.9%

8
Safety Score: 78.92

Jacksonville, NC

68,614 472 106 n/a 1,706 n/a

9
Safety Score: 78.14

Concord, NC

87,167 453 133 34.4% 2,324 -6.4%

10
Safety Score: 71.3

New Bern, NC

30,433 294 116 -5.1% 1,127 -11.2%

11
Safety Score: 71

High Point, NC

109,669 401 620 21.5% 3,722 -4.6%

12
Safety Score: 70.4

Garner, NC

28,320 409 44 -17.7% 1,134 -10.9%

13
Safety Score: 69.79

Greensboro, NC

285,950 365 1,707 25.2% 10,204 -0.9%

14
Safety Score: 69.49

Greenville, NC

91,114 385 510 7.9% 3,307 -11.2%

15
Safety Score: 68.82

Burlington, NC

52,006 346 372 4.9% 1,884 -9.4%

16
Safety Score: 68.27

Charlotte, NC

877,817 376 5,948 14.9% 33,075 5.6%

17
Safety Score: 66.19

Wilson, NC

49,442 395 301 14.2% 2,031 7.5%

18
Safety Score: 65.15

Rocky Mount, NC

55,978 280 442 -15.9% 2,326 -14.1%

19
Safety Score: 64.7

Durham, NC

257,911 370 2,185 15.4% 10,615 -7.3%

20
Safety Score: 64.06

Hickory, NC

40,162 280 157 n/a 1,937 2.9%

21
Safety Score: 63.22

Salisbury, NC

33,761 411 251 4.6% 1,530 -11.9%

22
Safety Score: 63.11

Wilmington, NC

115,434 354 880 12.9% 5,170 -1.8%

23
Safety Score: 62.41

Asheville, NC

89,003 359 447 -11.6% 4,380 1.5%

24
Safety Score: 59.63

Gastonia, NC

74,196 402 531 8.8% 3,829 3%

25
Safety Score: 48.77

Goldsboro, NC

36,034 342 465 43.5% 2,244 2.8%


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