Auburn was recently named one of the safest cities in Alabama.
Auburn ranked No. 7 in a list of Alabama’s 25 safest cities compiled by Safehome.org, an organization that ranks and reviews home security devices. Opelika also made the list, coming in at number 20.
The study reviewed a variety of data sources, including the FBI’s latest report of how many and what types of crimes occurred in U.S. cities in a year. It also considered the number of law enforcement officers compared to the population and crime trends. This data was used to calculate a safety score for Alabama cities with populations of at least 22,000.
Auburn was given a safety score of 77.47 and has the highest population of the top seven cities on the list.
Demographic metrics that are correlated to crime have a small impact on the safety score as well. These include metrics such as population density, population trends, unemployment rate, median income and education level.
“This is a testament to the men and women who work tirelessly day in and day out to make Auburn safe,” Auburn Public Safety Director Bill James said.
Mayor Bill Ham added that this is one reason Auburn is a great place to live.
“There are many reasons that Auburn is a great place to live, and the fact that we feel safe in our community is an important piece of that puzzle,” Ham said.