When it comes to settling down and starting a family, most people want two things; a friendly atmosphere and a safe neighborhood to raise their children. Luckily in North Carolina you can find some of the most safe, and beautiful suburbs just outside of large cities. Looking to find your own small town haven? Using the
FBI Crime Report and Safewise.com I was able to find the ten best towns for peace of mind and safe living in North Carolina.
While Pinehurst is best known for award-winning golf courses, it is also an extremely safe place to live. Consistently ranking on 'safest' places year after year, you might want to call this quaint, quiet golf community home.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .52
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.27
Thirty minutes outside of Charlotte you'll find the charming city of Davidson. Located on Lake Norman, this college town proves to be a comfortable, quiet place for residents. You get both outdoor recreation, peaceful solitude, and a large city fairly close.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .94
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.72
Another college town to make the list. Elon is known for its beautiful university but the town is amazing as well. With the police working alongside locals to help keep the community safe, as well as a community policing policy, it's easy to see why this town made the number 3 slot.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .20
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.82
Outside of Greenville you'll find Winterville. Their motto "a slice of the good life" is no lie. Residents enjoy a small town lifestyle and laid back environment. You can be sure it's safe as well, as there are only 8 violent crimes reported per year. Violent Crimes per 1,000: .83
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.80
5. Holly Springs
Holly Springs is not only a safe city but has been named one of the most affordable places to live in North Carolina. Perfect for young families, this community outside of Raleigh gives you a small town feel without sacrificing the city. Holly Springs also has top-rated schools and excellent job opportunities.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .83
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.53
6. Trent Woods
In Trent Woods you'll find safety and serenity. Located on the Trent River, and just an hour from some of the most beautiful beaches in the state, this safe residential community is the perfect place to raise a family. In 2013 the FBI Crime Report stated no violent crimes like murders, rapes, or robberies were reported in the community. Wow!
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .70
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.52
This Raleigh suburb gives you small town safety in relatively close proximity to the states capitol. As a bustling suburb it's a great place to raise young children or even start a family.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .87
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.93
Another Raleigh suburb to consider is Cary. Cary has been called one of the country's "best places to live" by Money Magazine. Cary finds itself on several other lists, between best place to raise a family and best place to retire.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .68
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.93
9. Black Mountain
Just thirty minutes outside of Asheville you'll find Black Mountain. This safe, peaceful, and beautiful mountain town is a picture perfect setting with a crime rate that is 75% lower than the nation's average. For beautiful views and peace of mind, you might want to try out Black Mountain.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .87
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.72
In the foothills you'll find the quaint town of Valdese. The main street exudes a small town spirit, while you're sure to know your neighbors names in this picturesque town.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .44
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.35
Do you call any of these towns home? Where do you think is the safest place to raise a family in North Carolina? Tell us in the comments!