10 Most Dangerous Cities In Alabama For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Heart of Dixie for 2020.

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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 2020.

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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.

Want to know the Alabama places where jobs are scarce, wages are low, and crime is high? Keep reading.

The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Alabama For 2020

  1. Fairfield
  2. Anniston
  3. Lanett
  4. Birmingham
  5. Tarrant
  6. Gadsden
  7. Troy
  8. Andalusia
  9. Greenville
  10. Lincoln

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.

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:

The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Alabama For 2020

Fairfield, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,625
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,108 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,047 (1st 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.

Anniston, AL

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 21,592
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,991 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,854 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Anniston:  Data | Photos

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, AL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,245
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,409 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,878 (2nd 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 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.

Birmingham, AL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 210,564
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,911 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,313 (7th most dangerous)
More on Birmingham:  Data | Photos

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, AL

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 6,175
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,765 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,959 (8th most dangerous)
More on Tarrant:  Data | Photos

The smallest place to make this list, Tarrant ranks as the 5th most dangerous city in Alabama.

There’s a 1 in 16.8 chance being robbed in 2018. Yikes.

Gadsden, AL

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 35,204
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,056 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,087 (5th 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 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, AL

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,159
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,581 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,015 (14th most dangerous)
More on Troy:  Data | Photos

Troy is the 7th most dangerous city in Alabama.

From 2017-2018, violent crime went up by 25%, leaving residents with about a 1 in 63 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018.

Andalusia, AL

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 8,753
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 936 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,335 (10th most dangerous)
More on Andalusia:  Data | Photos

Andalusia is unfortunately in the top 16 for worst violent crime and 10th worst property crime rates in the state.

While violence fell between 2017-2018, property crime rose, meaning that, overall, Andalusia’s instances of crime have been increasing.

Residents of Andalusia had a 1 in 106 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 18.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2018.

Greenville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,564
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,441 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,521 (20th most dangerous)
More on Greenville:  Data | Photos

Greenville ranks as the 9th most dangerous city in Alabama thanks to a 8th place finish in violent crime and a 20th place finish in property crime.

Those rankings contribute to a 1 in 16.8 of being the victim of a crime in Greenville.

Lincoln, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,725
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,055 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,996 (16th most dangerous)
More on Lincoln:  Data

Lincoln ranks in the top 10th worst rates of violent and property crime in the state.

Residents of Lincoln faced a 1 in 94 chance of being the victim of violence, a rate which steadily increased from 2017-2018.

Property crime did drop by a modest amount during this interval though.

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 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 Alabama 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. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.

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:

  1. Vestavia Hills (Pop. 34,368)
  2. Mountain Brook (Pop. 20,373)
  3. Rainbow City (Pop. 9,546)

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 Fairfield 10,625 2,108 8,047
2 Anniston 21,592 2,991 7,854
3 Lanett 6,245 1,409 7,878
4 Birmingham 210,564 1,911 6,313
5 Tarrant 6,175 1,765 5,959
6 Gadsden 35,204 1,056 7,087
7 Troy 19,159 1,581 5,015
8 Andalusia 8,753 936 5,335
9 Greenville 7,564 1,441 4,521
10 Lincoln 6,725 1,055 4,996

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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.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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6 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Alabama For 2020

  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.

  4. Statistics can be misleading. Many of these “violent crimes” come from people who know each other and endless domestic disputes. Alcohol plays a huge role. Always has.

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