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Argo, Margaret make list of safest cities in Alabama

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

A few area municipalities made the Top 5 on a website’s recent list of the 20 safest cities in Alabama.

According to  Argo and Margaret were among the safest cities in the state to live according to data mined from the most recent FBI crime report along with information regarding the most recent population data.

With only 1.1 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, and 5.08 property crimes per 1,000 residents, Margaret is the second safest city in the state.

The only city that ranked higher in the list was Heflin, despite having a higher violent crime rate than Margaret.

According to the website, Margaret held the top spot the last time it compiled a list of Alabama’s safest cities.

Coming in at No. 4 on the ranking is Argo. According to, the city boasts the lower level of violent crimes on the list (0.24 per 1,000 residents) and a property crime rate of 8.54 per 1,000.

Argo previously held the No. 3 spot, taken by Helena after it fell from No. 2.

“It just goes to show to show our officers are doing there job to keep our city safe,” Argo Mayor Betty Bradley said .

Argo Police Chief James Downing attributes his city’s safety to an emphasis on “community policing.”

He said on each shift Argo officers spend time familiarizing themselves with Argo neighborhoods and getting to know the city’s residents.

Also, he said crime is kept low in Argo by neighborhood watch committees.

Not counted in the recent ranking were Alabama towns with fewer than 2,500 residents and cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

In the website’s ranking, violent crimes included aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery.  Property crimes included burglary, arson, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.

The full list of the 20 safest cities to reside in Alabama is as follows:

1.  Heflin

2. Margaret

3. Helena

4. Argo

5.  Clayton

6. Priceville

7. Hokes Bluff

8. Vestavia Hills

9. Mountain Brook

10. Southside

11. Pleasant Grove

12. Fultondale

13. Odenville

14. Headland

15. Moulton

16. Fayette

17. New Hope

18. Moody

19. Hamilton

20. Livingston







  1. Jim Stick literally just talked about this haha

  2. Nina Cole says:

    Now I know where to look!

  3. Makes sense. Probably two of the heaviest armed city’s in the state.

  4. Heather Reid says:

    Kirstan Tyler Parr what about trussville… I’ve been looking at so many cute houses & claire already has friends at Payne.

  5. Sarah Trammell Micah Wolverton

  6. Brooklyn Parr Greenwood barely beat us

  7. The population is like 2000… to call it a city in comparison to Birmingham or Trussville is over board…..

  8. Melissa Dailey Hettich
    Sara Hettich
    Brad Hettich

  9. I don’t see Ashville on the list

  10. Bc if you go through there (Argo, Margaret), you have about an 80% chance of getting pulled over lol So most ppl try to avoid it unless they live there of course

  11. It might be because of that elderly man being shot and killed by his son a few months ago

  12. So glad to hear. My son and family live there.

  13. Sam Modder says:

    Probably everybody over the age of 18 carries a firearm.

  14. Alyson Akers says:

    Michael LeBlanc Akers

  15. Kathy Forrester Nicole Forrester Taylor headland made the list too! (Margaret) is where we live.
    Stacy Baker Anderson did you see this?

  16. Yes! All surrounding cities 🙌🏼🙌🏼

  17. I got pulled over one time a few years ago and I swear the officer smelled like he had been rolling in alcohol

  18. I love my town of Argo. And if the police are out in force and looking for those to pull over that is great. Just another deterrent for crime.

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