These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Alabama For 2019


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

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Heart of Dixie 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
  9. Troy (Photos)
  10. Jasper (Photos)

After analyzing 81 cities in Alabama, why did Bessemer take the top spot?

For the answer to this question and 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

Most Dangerous Cities In Alabama Graph

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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.

Bessemer, AL

Overall SnackAbility

1
/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

5
/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

2
/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.

Anniston, AL

Overall SnackAbility

1
/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

1
/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

Tarrant, a representative from Jefferson County finds itself as one of the most dangerous cities in Alabama.

Tarrant’s ranking for violent crime and property were 7th and 13th, respectively.

Tarrant is a bit off the beaten path, yet it still manages its fair share of crime.

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

Both property crime and violent crime fell in Midfield between 2015-17, but both bounced back up in 2017 relative to the one year previous.

Residents still faced a 1 in 80 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

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

Located in Pike County, Troy has the 16th worst rate of property crime in Alabama.

Instances of property crime went up between 2015-17, with 2017’s rate being 1 in 19.8.

Violent crime went to 11th worst overall during this time.

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 ranks as the 10th most dangerous city in Alabama.

The sheer volume of people passing through Jasper probably contributes to the high occurrence of violent crime within the city. There were 106 violent crimes in 2017.

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:

Detailed List Of 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
11 Andalusia 8,958 926 5,224
12 Talladega 15,356 885 5,411
13 Greenville 7,724 1,009 4,699
14 Valley 9,363 694 6,760
15 Ozark 14,559 1,071 4,684
16 Huntsville 195,173 904 4,730
17 Mobile 248,431 740 5,453
18 Atmore 9,994 1,110 4,312
19 Chickasaw 5,879 765 4,915
20 Arab 8,380 548 6,217
21 Scottsboro 14,660 1,309 3,997
22 Alexander City 14,744 1,729 3,737
23 Tuskegee 8,549 970 4,117
24 Opelika 30,476 731 4,590
25 Robertsdale 6,112 621 4,695
26 Montgomery 199,099 641 4,419
27 Dothan 68,894 844 3,969
28 Jacksonville 12,573 898 3,889
29 Muscle Shoals 13,939 581 4,569
30 Bay Minette 9,483 864 3,574
31 Eufaula 12,295 601 4,082
32 Phenix City 37,841 663 3,932
33 Sheffield 9,022 742 3,646
34 Fultondale 9,207 521 4,138
35 Florence 40,059 471 4,251
36 Gulf Shores 11,905 335 4,855
37 Boaz 9,748 789 3,416
38 Oxford 21,084 284 5,221
39 Tuscaloosa 101,124 468 4,127
40 Wetumpka 8,501 482 4,117
41 Leeds 11,964 693 3,585
42 Decatur 54,958 362 4,155
43 Saraland 13,999 321 4,386
44 Hueytown 15,472 575 3,600
45 Brewton 5,436 699 3,035
46 Foley 18,032 260 4,336
47 Spanish Fort 8,584 372 3,797
48 Pell City 13,978 393 3,441
49 Hamilton 6,714 402 3,276
50 Irondale 12,362 436 3,187
51 Millbrook 15,537 289 3,874
52 Tuscumbia 8,407 344 3,211
53 Demopolis 6,949 575 2,101
54 Russellville 9,810 336 3,160
55 Enterprise 28,239 371 2,716
56 Cullman 15,613 140 3,932
57 Prattville 35,858 237 3,569
58 Oneonta 6,721 163 3,719
59 Opp 6,573 425 2,129
60 Moody 13,007 484 1,683
61 Auburn 64,831 334 2,639
62 Fairhope 20,180 257 3,002
63 Montevallo 6,793 309 2,267
64 Daleville 5,068 256 2,900
65 Madison 48,777 362 1,908
66 Orange Beach 6,073 181 3,112
67 Northport 25,337 185 2,585
68 Rainsville 5,025 258 2,049
69 Albertville 21,588 101 3,001
70 Pelham 23,310 141 2,162
71 Hartselle 14,503 151 2,144
72 Glencoe 5,130 155 2,105
73 Alabaster 33,253 222 1,584
74 Athens 26,004 49 2,672
75 Daphne 26,669 127 2,084
76 Southside 8,630 173 1,216
77 Pleasant Grove 10,191 107 1,609
78 Hoover 85,634 95 1,142
79 Vestavia Hills 34,781 69 1,221
80 Helena 18,965 84 490
81 Satsuma 6,198 32 806

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