Greeneville is the 26th safest city in Tennessee, according to study released this week by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, a Washington-based trade association of licensed alarm installers, contractors and other relevant trade groups across the U.S.

For methodology, the report uses the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with the organization’s own population data and internal research. Any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI, and cities with populations under 10,000, were not included in the report.

The study uses a comparison of average crime rates per 1,000 inhabitants.

The information used in the study for Greeneville shows a population of 15,101. It extrapolates 49 violent crimes annually for the entire town and 556 property crimes.

The study shows a rate of 3.24 violent crimes per 1,000 inhabitants and a 36.82 rate of property crimes per 1,000 inhabitants.

The city named in the report as the safest is Tennessee is Brentwood, an affluent suburb of Nashville that has a population of 42,739. It “boasts a violent crime rate many times lower than the state average,” according to the study.

The second-safest city on the list is Spring Hill, a city of 37,599 about 30 miles south of Nashville.

Third on the list is Collegedale, a suburb of Chattanooga with a population of 11,245.

Germantown, a suburb of Memphis with a population of 39,311, is fourth on the list of the state’s safest cities.

Mount Juliet, a city of 33,048 described in the study as “another well-to-do suburb of Nashville,” is fifth.

A total of 53 Tennessee cities are included in The National Council for Home Safety and Security study.

Greeneville is among the leaders in safety rankings of cities in Northeast Tennessee. Bristol is ranked 27th, Johnson City is ranked 29th, Elizabethton is 35th and Kingsport is 39th. Knoxville is ranked 46th safest city in Tennessee.

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