Safest Places to Live in North Carolina of February 2024

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Located on the East Coast, North Carolina borders its sister South Carolina to the south and Virginia to the north. With a population of over 10 million, it is the 9th most populous state in the US. The capital of North Carolina is Raleigh, whereas the most populous city is Charlotte. Charlotte is also the third-largest banking city in America, closely following New York City and San Francisco.

The landscape of North Carolina is rather interesting, the elevation spanning from the sea level in the east to 6,684 feet, which is the height of Mount Mitchell. This beautiful mountain is also the highest point in North America, east of the Mississippi River.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, safer cities got the lowest score, and those more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI and those under 5,000 residents were not included in the list.

30 Safest Places in North Carolina of February 2024

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Morrisville28 796120,42
2Wake Forest46 145240,52
3Davidson13 19380,61
4Holly Springs38 577250,65
5Elon12 21480,65
6Cary172 5251140,66
7Pinehurst16 522110,67
8Wendell8 09660,74
9Fuquay-Varina30 977260,84
10Winterville9 92290,91
11Apex56 276530,94
12Chapel Hill61 457580,94
13Black Mountain8 18780,98
14Concord96 1381171,22
15Stallings16 173201,24
16Boone19 893261,31
17King6 87891,31
18Huntersville58 512791,35
19Kings Mountain10 965151,37
20Waxhaw17 203251,45
21Marion7 837121,53
22Boiling Spring Lakes6 238101,60
23Mooresville38 967651,67
24Clayton23 842401,68
25Matthews33 372581,74
26Oak Island8 244151,82
27Erwin5 148101,94
28Mint Hill27 776592,12
29Brevard7 928182,27
30Knightdale18 351422,29

Crime Score in All Cities in North Carolina of February 2024

If your city didn’t make our list, you could see our full list of North Carolina cities.

We can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • Over 30,000 Residents

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Indian Beach11900,00
2Bald Head Island18200,00
3Sugar Mountain19700,00
4Beech Mountain32400,00
5Duck39000,00
6Middlesex82400,00
7Maysville95500,00
8Cooleemee96900,00
9Princeton1 40200,00
10Biltmore Forest1 41000,00
11Belhaven1 56700,00
12Drexel1 84900,00
13Southern Shores2 94010,34
14Columbus99511,01
15Fair Bluff88211,13
16Troutman2 75541,45
17Newland68411,46
18Youngsville1 36521,47
19West Jefferson1 31121,53
20Carthage2 52441,58
21Cape Carteret2 07641,93
22Haw River2 52551,98
23Kenansville85522,34
24Bunn37712,65
25Four Oaks2 22473,15
26Holly Ridge2 82993,18
27Rockwell2 15173,25
28Sylva2 74293,28
29Snow Hill1 51353,30
30Manteo1 45353,44
31Biscoe1 72463,48
32Bailey56023,57
33Pine Level2 01683,97
34Highlands97444,11
35East Spencer1 55074,52
36Cleveland88244,54
37Banner Elk1 10154,54
38Ocean Isle Beach64434,66
39Warrenton83744,78
40Fairmont2 601145,38
41Marshville2 748165,82
42Atlantic Beach1 50695,98
43Nags Head2 963186,07
44Hertford2 109136,16
45Robersonville1 34896,68
46Chocowinity79467,56
47Rowland1 00287,98
48Murphy1 657159,05
49Enfield2 2882310,05
50Maggie Valley1 2301411,38
51Wrightsville Beach2 5503011,76

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Whispering Pines3 38500,00
2Rutherfordton4 04700,00
3Swansboro3 35420,60
4Wendell8 09660,74
5Granite Falls4 62940,86
6Winterville9 92290,91
7Black Mountain8 18780,98
8Weaverville4 01341,00
9Southport3 96141,01
10Long View4 92151,02
11Kitty Hawk3 56341,12
12King6 87891,31
13Newport4 66671,50
14Marion7 837121,53
15Boiling Spring Lakes6 238101,60
16Murfreesboro3 07251,63
17Oak Island8 244151,82
18Erwin5 148101,94
19Shallotte4 39692,05
20Creedmoor4 636102,16
21Hudson3 70482,16
22Brevard7 928182,27
23Gibsonville7 356172,31
24Bessemer City5 552132,34
25Lowell3 70992,43
26Kill Devil Hills7 268192,61
27Mocksville5 322142,63
28Cherryville6 062162,64
29Morehead City9 721282,88
30Burgaw4 176133,11
31Valdese4 435153,38
32Spencer3 238113,40
33Raeford5 001173,40
34Canton4 349163,68
35North Wilkesboro4 220163,79
36Zebulon5 814244,13
37Dallas4 787204,18
38Butner7 847334,21
39Wilkesboro3 491154,30
40Rockingham8 687394,49
41Carolina Beach6 437294,51
42Forest City7 116344,78
43Elizabethtown3 447174,93
44Hillsborough7 321385,19
45Aberdeen7 892415,20
46Windsor3 310185,44
47Troy3 326195,71
48Dunn9 768565,73
49Farmville4 679275,77
50Pittsboro4 359265,96
51Mount Olive4 652286,02
52Louisburg3 549236,48
53Roxboro8 299617,35
54Washington9 497717,48
55Pineville9 088687,48
56Selma7 018557,84
57Benson3 901317,95
58Siler City8 237678,13
59Edenton4 631398,42
60Oxford8 8519110,28
61Plymouth3 4003710,88
62Ahoskie4 7725611,74
63Williamston5 2176612,65
64Whiteville5 3387814,61
65Red Springs3 3415215,56
66Wadesboro5 2289918,94

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Morrisville28 796120,42
2Davidson13 19380,61
3Elon12 21480,65
4Pinehurst16 522110,67
5Stallings16 173201,24
6Boone19 893261,31
7Kings Mountain10 965151,37
8Waxhaw17 203251,45
9Clayton23 842401,68
10Mint Hill27 776592,12
11Knightdale18 351422,29
12Havelock20 128522,58
13Kernersville24 980652,60
14Mebane16 203452,78
15Southern Pines14 524463,17
16Newton13 153463,50
17Hendersonville14 234614,29
18Lenoir17 904784,36
19Morganton16 524824,96
20Elizabeth City17 424895,11
21Smithfield12 882715,51
22Eden14 773885,96
23Waynesville10 146626,11
24Lexington18 9171216,40
25Hope Mills15 8781116,99
26Reidsville13 9591057,52
27Roanoke Rapids14 3541288,92
28Albemarle16 1341469,05
29Laurinburg14 92816010,72
30Henderson14 88324216,26

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Wake Forest46 145240,52
2Holly Springs38 577250,65
3Cary172 5251140,66
4Fuquay-Varina30 977260,84
5Apex56 276530,94
6Chapel Hill61 457580,94
7Concord96 1381171,22
8Huntersville58 512791,35
9Mooresville38 967651,67
10Matthews33 372581,74
11Garner31 137792,54
12Raleigh477 8281 2222,56
13Kannapolis50 7251322,60
14Hickory41 0401654,02
15New Bern30 1871254,14
16Wilson49 3442204,46
17Greenville94 1934374,64
18Wilmington124 7507596,08
19Durham280 2822 0467,30
20High Point113 3078287,31
21Salisbury33 8772497,35
22Charlotte-Mecklenburg944 2606 9827,39
23Asheville93 6416957,42
24Goldsboro34 0852677,83
25Rocky Mount53 8274247,88
26Greensboro298 0252 4408,19
27Burlington54 1084608,50
28Fayetteville209 6141 8358,75
29Monroe35 6303329,32

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