Four Etowah cities make top 30 safest in Alabama

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedIn released its 30 Safest Cities in Alabama Report last week, honoring 30 cities from 18 Alabama Counties.

Four of the safest 30 cities in Alabama are located in Etowah County. Rainbow City was ranked 28, with an average of 2.9 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens and an average of 25.23 property crimes per 1,000 citizens. Glencoe was ranked 17, with an average of 1.54 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens and an average of 22.02 property crimes per 1,000 citizens. Hokes Bluff was ranked sixth, with an average of 0.69 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens and an average of 15.58 property crimes per 1,000 citizens. Southside was ranked third, with an average of 1.06 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens and an average of 12.33 property crimes per 1,000 citizens.

“I am very proud for Southside to be ranked 3rd in Alabama and the safest in our home county,” said Southside Mayor Wally Burns. “We have an outstanding police force led by Chief Chris Jones, and I am also very proud of our citizens. Without them being the outstanding citizens that they are, this achievement would not be possible. It takes everyone working together for the betterment of our fine community to be where we are today.”

To compile this report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2012 to analyze and rank these cities, which all have a minimum population of 5,000 people.

SafeWise analyzed crimes from Part 1 of the FBI Unified Crime Report (UCR), which focuses on violent crimes (aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder and robbery) as well as property crimes (arson, burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft). From there, SafeWise calculated the chances of these crimes happening out of one thousand in order to level the playing field for cities of varying populations. From all of the cities in Alabama, SafeWise narrowed the list down to 30 and assigned rankings according to data provided by the FBI’s UCR report.

“The Safest Cities Report is used by many first-time homebuyers, apartment hunters and travelers to determine the safest places to buy, rent and stay in Alabama,” said Elli Bishop, SafeWise Press Liaison. “These cities deserve recognition for the efforts of their citizens, police department and local and state government to make Alabama a great place to live.” is a community-focused security organization made up of home security experts with more than 75 years of combined industry experience. SafeWise has been recognized by AngiesList,,, and many others as a trusted industry leader in home safety and crime prevention.

According to recent FBI Crime Report data, the Alabama’s 30 safest cities had an average violent crime rate of 2.06 incidents per 1,000 people. That’s almost 55 percent less than the national average of 3.67 violent crimes per 1,000 people. 

For more information about Alabama’s safest cities, visit

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