10 Most Dangerous Cities In Alabama


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Heart of Dixie for 2019.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Alabama and is updated for 2019.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Alabama?

We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Alabama — and anyone looking to move to Alabama — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Alabama for 2019:

  1. Bessemer (Photos)
  2. Fairfield (Photos)
  3. Gadsden (Photos)
  4. Anniston (Photos)
  5. Lanett (Photos)
  6. Prichard (Photos)
  7. Tarrant (Photos)
  8. Midfield (Photos)
  9. Troy (Photos)
  10. Jasper (Photos)

So what is the most dangerous city in Alabama? After analyzing 81 cities in Alabama, Bessemer takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Alabama based on the most recent FBI data.

For a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.

Or learn more about the safest places in Alabama.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Alabama

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Alabama For 2019

Bessemer, AL

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 26,360
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,985 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,791 (1st most dangerous)
More on Bessemer:  Data | Photos

Bessemer is by far the most dangerous place in Alabama. In fact, there aren’t too many other cities that are more dangerous, per capita.

The violent crime rate is six times higher than the national average. In 2017, the last year that data was available, there were 787 violent crimes in Bessemer. Meaning residents had a 1 in 33 chance of being raped, attacked or murdered. Simply unbelievable.

The property crime rates are even higher here. Residents had a staggering 1 in 10.2 chance of being robbed last year. That means if you live here, someone in your family likely had their car or home broken into, or was the victim of some other theft.

That’s a lot of stolen laptops, cell phones and ‘Bama jerseys.

Bessemer is a short drive south of Birmingham. What’s interesting about this report is that many of the other Birmingham suburbs are some of the safest in the state of Alabama. And it appears that most of the crimes in Bessemer are happening within a very small contained area. A real head scratcher.

Fairfield, AL

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 10,759
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 25)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,905 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,859 (4th most dangerous)
More on Fairfield:  Data | Photos

Fairfield saw four murders two years ago. No wonder the population here has dropped 8% over the last 10 years. Most of the trouble is apparently happening on the city’s north end, past Aaron Aronov Drive near the Walmart.

Residents in Fairfield had a 1 in 60 chance of being attacked, murdered or raped. As one local summed up Fairfield on City-Data.com: “Fairfield itself isn’t someplace you’d want to live, and neither are the areas immediately surrounding Fairfield.”

Fairfield, the hometown of Willie Mays, is on I-20 south of Birmingham.

Gadsden, AL

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 35,665
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,718 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,405 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Gadsden:  Data | Photos

There were 3 murders in Gadsden last year’s, and things aren’t looking much better this year. In fact, crime has been skyrocketing here since 2010. Residents have a 1 in 13.5 chance of being robbed in Gadsden.

Cadillac Williams, a former first round NFL pick, is from Gadsden. If he drove through his old home town today, would be have his cadillac stolen?

Gadsden is right off of I-59 north of Birmingham. If you go there, avoid the areas in the central part of town. The north end appears to be a lot safer.

Review Of Gadsden by HomeSnacks User

There are a few neighborhoods that are not exactly the nicest but the schools are definitely good and it definitely has a relaxing atmosphere and shows off its southern charm

My favorite place to hang out at is the mall but there are a few things that you need too look out for like people who act out of place but you should always be fully alerted and aware of your surroundings

Anniston, AL

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 21,955
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 3,434 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,158 (8th most dangerous)
More on Anniston:  Data | Photos

There were a staggering 754 violent crimes here in 2017. To put things into perspective, in Bessemer, there were 754. Additionally, residents had a 1 in 16.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

Anniston is located on I-20 on the eastern side of Alabama.

Lanett, AL

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 6,383
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,378 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,394 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Lanett:  Data | Photos

Lanett is one of the smallest cities to top this list. Despite the fact that this tiny city saw a murder three years ago, the property crimes are sky high. Residents have a 1 in 13.5 chance of being robbed in Lanett. Wow.

The population here has dropped nearly 1,500 people in the last 15 years, which isn’t surprising considering how dangerous it is. If you have to make Lanett your home, stay away from the city’s east side, where things are by far the worst.

Prichard, AL

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 22,119
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,826 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,144 (9th most dangerous)
More on Prichard:  Data | Photos

According to the FBI, Prichard is statistically, the 9th most dangerous city in the state of Alabama when it comes to property crimes. Prichard saw 9 murders in 2017. Plus, overall, residents had a 1 in 54 chance of being killed, brutally attacked or raped. That’s simply astounding.

Plus, detectives in Prichard just opened up their 11th homicide case of the year two weeks ago when a passerby shot and killed a man who was walking on a city road.

Prichard borders the north side of Mobile.

Tarrant, AL

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 6,249
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,696 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,392 (13th most dangerous)
More on Tarrant:  Data | Photos

Today, Tarrant is the 7th most dangerous city in the state.

Unlike other cities on the list, Tarrant has seen a recent boom in crime, with violent crime going up from 2015-17, and property crime also going up.

Watch your wallet in Tarrant, because there’s a 1 in 18.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime while you’re there.

Review Of Tarrant by HomeSnacks User

I LIVE in Tarrant. Was born & raised here. I moved away for 20 years, but this is HOME.

Midfield, AL

Source: Wikipedia

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,141
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,244 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,679 (10th most dangerous)
More on Midfield:  Data | Photos

Midfield is the 8th most violent city in the state.

Both categories of crime have been going up between 2015-17.

Folks in Midfield have about 1 violent crime per 80 residents.

Troy, AL

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,360
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,146 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,056 (16th most dangerous)
More on Troy:  Data | Photos

Troy might be one of the smallest city to make this list, but it proves that small towns can be every bit as dangerous as big cities.

Troy has seen their property crime statistics drop by over 10% from 2015-17.

Still, for every year you’re within Troy city limits, you face a greater than 1 in 19.8 chance of being robbed.

Jasper, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,940
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 760 (24th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,592 (6th most dangerous)
More on Jasper:  Data | Photos

Jasper is also the home to quite a bit of crime.

Despite the fact that violent crime and property crime dropped between 2015-17, Jasper’s crime statistics are still pretty terrible.

In 2017, residents still faced a 1 in 131 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 919 chance of being the victim of a property crime for every year they spent in Jasper city limits.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Alabama for 2019?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 81 cities in Alabama.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 81 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Alabama — Bessemer.

Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Alabama.

Locking It All Up In Alabama

The latest FBI crime data shows that Bessemer ranks as the most dangerous city in Alabama for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Bessemer and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Alabama:

  1. Vestavia Hills (Pop. 34,781)
  2. Helena (Pop. 18,965)
  3. Satsuma (Pop. 6,198)

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Alabama?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Bessemer 26,360 2,985 9,791
2 Fairfield 10,759 1,905 6,859
3 Gadsden 35,665 1,718 7,405
4 Anniston 21,955 3,434 6,158
5 Lanett 6,383 1,378 7,394
6 Prichard 22,119 1,826 6,144
7 Tarrant 6,249 1,696 5,392
8 Midfield 5,141 1,244 5,679
9 Troy 19,360 1,146 5,056
10 Jasper 13,940 760 6,592

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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5 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Alabama

  1. So, with all the homicides and violent crimes in Birmingham, you mean to tell me that city is no where on the list? Somebody need to do a little more research

  2. Not from Alabama, but I visit the state a lot. I have never read a more poorly written article. It was a struggle to read!

  3. How can Fairfield be one of the best places for singles yet it is also one of the most dangerous places to live. Being single in an unsafe place is not appealing.

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