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BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
Spring Hill has joined the ranks of the state’s safest cities according to the online publication SafeWise, who have placed the city as number 18 in its annual list of Tennessee’s safest cities. This is Spring Hill’s first appearance on SafeWise’s annual safest city list since it began in 2014.
As a whole, Tennessee ranks poorly when it comes to both its violent crime and property crime rates, often being placed among the bottom five in terms of overall safety. With a property crime rate of 39.88 incidents per every 1,000 people, Tennessee is well above the national rate of 27.11. Its violent crime rate of 9.07 incidents per every 1,000 people is also more than double the national rate of 4.49.
Despite Tennessee’s standing as a whole, Spring Hill seems to have fared well when compared to the rest of the state, as well as the country as a whole. With its population of just over 40,000, Spring Hill has a violent crime rate of just 1.73 incidents per 1,000 residents, less than half of the national rate of 4.49, and far below the state’s rate of 9.07.
Spring Hill’s property crime rate was also relatively low, at just 10.03 incidents per 1,000 residents – also substantially lower than the national rate of 27.11. Nevertheless, property crimes continue to be a major problem in the state as a whole, with Tennessee seeing the 5th-most property crimes in the country according to a study by USNews.
Cities in Williamson County that ranked higher than Spring Hill for safety were Nolensville at number 11, which had violent crime and property crime rates of 1.27 and 12.68, respectively, and Brentwood at number four, which had violent crime and property crime rates of 0.71 and 9.41, respectively. The city of Franklin just missed the top 20, coming it at number 24, with violent crime and property rates of 1.9 and 13.61, respectively.
The SafeWise study was made using 2017 FBI crime report statistics – the most recent complete report – as well as population and other local crime reports. The study also calculated crime rates per every 1,000 people, opposed to the more common 100,000 figure, as to more accurately reflect the specific crime frequency for cities with greater differences in population.