The home security company SafeHome.org just released a report ranking the safest cities in North Carolina. The report factored in a variety of metrics, including; FBI crime stats, crime trends, and law enforcement officers per capita – and to a lesser degree; population density, population trends, unemployment rate, median income, and education level.
Charlotte was ranked as the 16th safest city in North Carolina and the most populated on the list with a “safety score” of 68.27. The Queen City beat out every other major city in our state, including Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham (#19), Winston Salem, and Fayetteville.
Holly Springs, a small city southwest of Raleigh, was ranked #1. According to the report, “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…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.”
The report lists the top 20 safest cities in North Carolina as;
1. Holly Springs
5. Wake Forest
10. New Bern
11. High Point
18. Rocky Mount
Find out more about how the cities were ranked on SafeHome.org’s report here.