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What Are the Safest Cities in North Carolina?

May 25, 2023|

Situated along the Atlantic coastline, North Carolina is popular for its pleasant climate, stunning mountains, and flourishing job markets. Though the state is a popular destination, it is not free of crime; in fact, the state has a somewhat higher-than-average crime rate,. Do you want to find a safe place to move or see if where you live is considered a safe neighborhood? Our helpful guide will tell you all about the safest cities in North Carolina.

Raleigh North Carolina downtown city skyline


As the largest city in North Carolina, Charlotte has plenty of things to do. This bustling town is a popular choice for people who like art, culture, shopping and nightlife. With a crime rate of almost double the state average, Charlotte itself isn't one of the safest cities in North Carolina. However, if you know where to look, this town has a lot of very safe neighborhoods with extremely low rates of crime. Here are some great spots to live if you want to enjoy living in Charlotte and want to enjoy the benefits of a lower crime rate:

  • Fawn Hill
  • Montibello
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Bridgehampton
  • Sardis Forest


Raleigh is both the capital city of North Carolina and home to several major schools. It's a flourishing college town with a lot of restaurants, shops and entertainment options. Despite being such a bustling town, Raleigh is a fairly safe place to live. It has a violent crime rate of just 4.83 per 1,000 residents, which is almost on par with North Carolina averages. This city has a particularly low property crime rate of 22.32 which is actually below state averages. Almost all parts of Raleigh are very safe to live in, but if you want to live in an area with particularly low crime rates, consider one of these regions:

  • Creedmoor Road
  • Heatherstone Drive
  • Sunnystone Way
  • Bayleaf
  • Durham Road

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Durham and the surrounding areas are often called "The Research Triangle" due to the high number of college campuses and research organizations. In addition to having a lot of schools and job opportunities, this town also has some stunning state parks and beautiful art museums. However, its crime rates are somewhat higher than state averages. Durham has a violent crime rate of 7.58 per 1,000 residents and a property crime rate of 34.83 per 1,000 residents. Though neighborhoods in the center of the city often have higher crime rates, there are a lot of very nice suburbs with much lower crime rates. Here are some Durham neighborhoods to check out if your priority is low crime rates.

  • Duke Campus
  • Country Club Heights
  • Fairfield
  • Hope Valley Green
  • Lynn Crossroads


This city in western North Carolina has plenty of historic architecture and sits within the Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition to its history and natural scenery, this town also contains a lot of galleries, art studios, and other artistic venues. However, being a hot spot for tourism also comes with some slightly elevated crime rates. Asheville has a violent crime rate of 7.48 per 1,000 residents which is a little higher than state averages. However, the majority of crimes in Asheville are thefts that often target tourists to the area. Its property crime rates are particularly high at 53.28 per 1,000 residents. Those who want to stay in parts of town with a lower crime rate should consider these regions:

  • Enka Village
  • Rose Hill Road
  • Riceville
  • Azalea
  • Old Leicester Highway
Asheville North Carolina skyline in the fall

Safest small town neighborhoods in North Carolina

If your priority is finding a place with a very low crime rate, you might want to look outside of North Carolina's major cities. Many of the rural regions of North Carolina have even lower crime rates than urban areas. All of the cities with the lowest crime rates in the state are small towns that typically have around 10,000 residents or less. If you prioritize safety and enjoy living in a more isolated area, check out these safe small towns.

  • Rolesville: With a violent crime rate of just 0.4 per 1,000 residents, this quiet suburb outside of Raleigh is very safe.
  • Elon: Situated near Elon University, this town only has 0.7 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
  • Davidson: Davidson is an affluent area along the banks of beautiful Lake Norman. It only has 0.7 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
  • Winterville: This town has a violent crime rate of only 0.7 per 1,000 residents, and it's conveniently situated to the south of Greenville.
  • Apex: Apex manages to be one of the largest low-crime towns in the state. It has a violent crime rate of only 0.6 per 1,000 residents and a population of over 67,000.

Explore the benefits of a home security system in North Carolina

No matter where you live in North Carolina, having an automated home security system is a smart move. Choosing a Vivint home security product allows you to make your home even safer with these helpful benefits:

  • Avoid security mishaps: Smart locks and window sensors let you check to see whether your windows and doors are properly secured. You can even lock your door from the Vivint app, so a simple mistake doesn't make your home vulnerable.
  • Make your home less appealing to thieves: A good security system keeps your house from being an easy target. Many would-be thieves who are casing a home will turn away if they notice the house has outdoor cameras and other security features.
  • Stop crime in its tracks: With our 24/7 monitoring, you get home security alerts any time something suspicious happens. You can set off an alarm to startle criminals, and our team can help you call the police and so they can get to work catching the culprit.

Home security for your North Carolina home

Ultimately, North Carolina has a lot of excellent neighborhoods to live in, but a low crime rate doesn't entirely guarantee your home will be safe. Crime can happen anywhere, so it pays to be prepared. Vivint's home security systems can improve your safety and give you peace of mind.

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