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A safe place to live

Published 4:31pm Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Every week, it seems like Hartselle earns another top 10 ranking in a category.

Hartselle High School was ranked the ninth best high school in Alabama by U.S. News and World Report. Its athletic teams are consistently earning top 10 rankings, especially in football, baseball, volleyball and softball.

The city itself has received rankings, such as being ranked No. 3 best town in Alabama for young families.

Last week, the city received another ranking. This time, it’s the sixth safest city in Alabama.

Movoto Real Estate Blog released its ranking for the 52 cities in Alabama with a population of more than 10,000 people.

Only Helena, Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills, Pleasant Grove and Alabaster – all of which are Birmingham suburbs – ranked better than our town. We also fared better than other North Alabama communities such as Fort Payne (seventh), Madison (eighth), Athens (12th) and Decatur (34th). Huntsville also came in at 41st.

Here is what Movoto said during its analysis of Hartselle:

“Hartselle kept up the trend of no murders reported in 2012, and had the sixth lowest violent crime on out list,” the blog reported. “The property crime was admittedly a bit higher than some others in our top 10 and ranked No. 11 for that criteria. In particular, this small city had 2,128 thefts per 100,000 and 542 burglaries per 100,000. That’s still quite a bit lower than the majority of places on our overall list.

“While the chance of being a victim of a crime was 1 in 34 here, quite a bit higher than elsewhere in the top 10, the likelihood of being the victim of a violent crime here was very very low.”

That’s awesome news for us. Yes, we still have crime, but it doesn’t happen as often here.

We applaud the city and the Hartselle Police Department for their hard work in keeping us safe.

We also realize that the city couldn’t have received that ranking if it wasn’t for the residents who live here. We have a community of mostly law-abiding citizens who look out for each other and take pride in our community.

It’s that type of community spirit that makes our city one of the safest in Alabama.

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