North Carolina – An original 13 colonies state, it had some of the earliest European settlements including those sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh. Plagued by pirates in earlier times, the remains of Blackbeard’s “Queen Anne’s Revenge” is now a listed site. Its population of 10.5 million ranks it 9th in the US. It is 15th for population density.
Economically, the state is highly diverse and was voted by Forbes as being the most business-friendly state of the US. Industries include tobacco, hydro-electricity, agriculture, textiles and more recently high-tech manufacturing. The city of Charlotte is the second largest center of US banking after New York City. However, it is also cited as having the 4th highest poverty rate in the country, with 13% of families living below the poverty line.
Household average incomes at $53,000 are a little over 10% lower than the US average overall. Per capita income at $30,000 is similarly positioned. North Carolina’s crimes statistics show a displacement around national averages.
- It’s the 33rd safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
- The violent crime rate is slightly higher than the US average (ratio 1.11) with 3.84 crimes per 1,000 when measured against the national average of 3.47 - making it the 30th safest state for violent crime
- Property crime levels are slightly lower than the national average at 32.3 per 1,000 compared to the national average of 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.80.
The top 5 statistically safest areas in North Carolina are:
- Holly Springs
Safest Cities in North Carolina, 2019
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To identify the safest cities in North Carolina, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.
Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.
There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”
We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.
Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.