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ValuePenguin, a consumer research company, conducted a study on the safety of North Carolina communities. The study revealed that Huntersville ranked fifth in safety among large cities in North Carolina with populations greater than 25,000.

ValuePenguin's study was based on 2014 FBI crime statistics for cities, which included Part I violent and property crimes. Violent crime is classified as murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property crime is classified as burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. ValuePenguin chose to exclude municipalities with population figures less than 5,000. In addition, data was standardized to reflect crimes per 100,000 and assigned weights. Violent crime was weighted at 80% and property crime was weighted at 20%. ValuePenguin's rationale for the distribution of the weights was that residents are likely to care more about violent crime. Cities in the study were ranked based on their overall crime scores. 

For more information about Value Penguin's North Carolina safety study, visit this link.

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