Like any well-researched house-hunter, you probably already know that the location of a home can be a significant factor in determining its worth as an investment. But did you also know that one of the top five elements involved in establishing a good location is safety? Security is important when considering not only the street your house is on but also the nearby neighborhoods where you will be doing many of your daily activities.

At Green Mountain Farm, a remote living community in Western North Carolina, we pride ourselves in making safety a top priority. That’s why we are thrilled to announce that Burnsville is the 10th safest small city in the whole state of North Carolina!


What Goes into a Safety Rating?

Quite a bit of research goes into determining if a location can be deemed “safe” as well as to what degree. The process involves selecting specific criteria that most people would commonly agree contribute to (or detract from) security and then gathering measurable data on each of those areas. Some of those categories include:

  • Violent Crimes
  • Theft rates
  • Robbery rates
  • Drug & alcohol-related deaths
  • Vehicle theft rates

These categories receive scores based upon data collected from several sources including everything from FBI uniform crime report and the CDC to resident survey results. To learn more about these methods, check out Niche’s explanation of the process.


Safety in Burnsville, NC

While personal experience has already shown us that Burnsville is the kind of place where you can relax and let your guard down, we are delighted to see that the experts agree. According to an article in the Yancy Common Times Journal, “The study discovered that:

– Burnsville had a crime score of 16.5, which was much lower than the statewide average of 72 for small cities.

– Burnsville’s violent crime rate was 0 per 1,000 residents, compared with an average of 11.3 per 1,000 across all small cities.

– The city’s property crime rate was 5.5 per 1,000 residents. Statewide, the average property crime rate in small cities was 30.9 per 1,000.”

Green Mountain Farm is dedicated to offering its residents all the health benefits of a quiet, remote living community. However, we also enjoy the convenience of a nearby town to run to when the need arises. Located just a short 17-minute drive from Green Mountain, Burnsville is a common destination for those errands, date nights, shopping trips and much more!


Green Mountain Farm Community

Our perspective on safety is that it’s about so much more than just crime prevention. We believe that a safe neighborhood should offer resources that preserve and build the security of its community, health and wellness.

To that end, we founded Green Mountain Farm on the idea that nature is one of our greatest assets. When we restore nature into our daily lives, peace and tranquility abound. Some of the amenities we offer that help accomplish this include:

  • Community garden & orchard
  • Private waterfront
  • Open green space
  • Walking/hiking trails
  • Equestrian trails
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Additional Resources

As you scout out the best location for your forever home, we encourage you to research more about the area’s safety standards. Therefore, we’ve put together this short list of tips and resources to use when you’re trying to determine if a neighborhood is up to your safety standards.

– Look for local events that you can attend so you can see how the community interacts with its residents and guests

– Use a crime mapping service such as City Protect or Neighborhood Scout

– Take a walk around the subdivision and/or nearby town area and talk with local business owners and residents

– Be aware of registered sex offenders in the area with either the National Sex Offender Public Website or Family Watchdog

Don’t let these topics overshadow the joy of finding your dream community and home. Increasing your awareness allows you to have confidence in the neighborhood you will be building a life in. That alone is worth its weight in gold!


NC Mountain Real Estate

Green Mountain Farm is a remote living community that cares deeply about offering you a lifestyle centered in health, nature and safety. Come visit our private, luxury neighborhood to learn more about how we do that. We have homes as well as homesites available now, but don’t wait – they won’t be available for long! 

Call 904-716-3116 today to learn more and schedule a tour