Do we think a state’s most dangerous places are directly related to lack of jobs, poor wages, and a large number of unemployed residents? Absolutely.
And this is exactly what is happening in Alabama’s most dangerous places. The Yellowhammer State is, after all, the seventh most dangerous states in the country, so no one should really be too surprised. And because RoadSnacks thinks it’s important to provide important information to the public, we created a list of the most dangerous places in Alabama for 2020.
How’d we determine the most dangerous places in Alabama? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 76 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 5,000 residents.
Folks, the places are on our most dangerous list could definitely use a hug. We know it’s not entirely Alabama’s fault, however. They are the 24th largest state in terms of population and one of the most humid. With numbers like these, there’s bound to be cities filled with grumpy, overheated, entitled people constantly popping off. We’re pretty sure they’re usually harmless, but there are Alabama cities where people are NOT. As a result, the state’s violent crime and property crime numbers are above the national average and climbing.
We’re not talking fans getting into a fight at a University of Alabama versus Auburn sporting event dangerous or someone boating without a life jacket dangerous, we’re talking about the crimes that will get your mugshot on the internet.
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It’s definitely not lost on us that some of Alabama’s most dangerous places are some of the states cheapest places to live. Like we mentioned earlier, they kind of go hand-in-hand. And cheaper cities like Tuscumbia and Hamilton are starting to feel the effects; but the place that’s getting hit the worst, is Alabama’s most dangerous place, Fairfield.
So, if you want to know where the most dangerous places in Alabama are located, take a look at the list below. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.
Learn more about the safest places in Alabama.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Alabama
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Alabama For 2020
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.
There were a staggering 646 violent crimes here in 2018. To put things into perspective, in Bessemer, there were 646. Additionally, residents had a 1 in 12.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime.
Anniston is located on I-20 on the eastern side of Alabama.
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 12.7 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.
We didn’t make it through this list without seeing a major city. Birmingham is the 4th most violent city in the state, and when you look at the numbers, you can see why.
Statistically, 1 in 52 residents was a victim of a violent crime here. That’s just eye-opening for a city of this size. To put things into perspective, in the safest city on our list, Helena, residents had about a 1 in 1,000 chance of being involved in a violent crime.
And when you consider the fact that 1 in 15.8 residents is robbed every year in Birmingham, you can see why people need to watch their backs here, especially in the center of the city where it’s absolutely crime ridden.
Crime has been trending downward lately in Birmingham. Let’s hope that continues.
Tarrant takes the 5th spot in our analysis of the most dangerous cities in Alabama.
The rough and tumble nature of the town leaks into the crime stats.
The city ranks 6th for violent crime and 8th for property crime.
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 14.1 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.
Troy Alabama is, statistically, a relatively dangerous hot spot. While violent crimes have edged down in recent years, property crimes have increased, and residents of Troy have a 1 in 19.9 chance of being involved in a property crime.
Andalusia places 8th in our list of the most dangerous cities in Alabama.
Violent crime is an issue here as it ranks 16th in the state for that criteria, while ranking 10th for property crime.
High levels of unemployment and poverty probably contribute to above average rates of crime.
Greenville is the 9th most dangerous city in Alabama.
From 2017-2018, violent crime went up by 25%, leaving residents with about a 1 in 69 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018.
Though there has been a modest drop in violent crimes, the alarming increase in property crime from 2017-2018indicates that Scottsboro isn’t satisfied with being at the bottom of this list.
Scottsboro residents had a 1 in 74 chance of a violent crime, while having a 1 in 21.5 chance of a property crime, 10th and 19th in the state, respectively.
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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Alabama for 2020?
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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.
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 76 cities in Alabama.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 76 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 — Fairfield.
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 Fairfield ranks as the most dangerous city in Alabama for 2020.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Fairfield 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:
- Vestavia Hills (Pop. 34,368)
- Mountain Brook (Pop. 20,373)
- Rainbow City (Pop. 9,546)
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