Safest small cities

Published 2:16 pm Thursday, September 10, 2020

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Tryon ranks 16th safest small city in North Carolina

TRYON—The Town of Tryon was recently ranked as the 16th safest small city in the state.

Nearby Lake Lure was ranked the 3rd safest city and Columbus was ranked 61st.

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The analysis was done by AdvisorSmith, which examined reported crime levels in cities across North Carolina to determine the safest cities in the state. The data was based on Federal Bureau of Investigation reports, including for murder, rape, robbery, assault, larceny, burglary and motor vehicle thefts from cities around the country.

The analysis created a crime score, with Tryon having a score of 19.3, which was much lower than the statewide average of 72 for small cities.

Tryon’s violent crime rate was 0 per 1,000 residents, compared to the average of 11.3 per 1,000 for all small cities. Tryon’s property crime rate was 8 per 1,000 residents, compared to the average property crime rate for other small cities of 30,9 per 1,000 residents, according to the study.

The study analyzed violent and property crime rates from 17 large cities, 57 midsize cities and 174 small cities. Saluda was not included in the study.

Cities with more than 50,000 residents were considered large cities; cities between 10,000 and 50,000 residents were considered midsize cities and cities under 10,000 residents were considered small cities.

People can visit to see the full report.