PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Petal is known as the "Friendly City" but now it is also known as the safest city in the state, according to the website, www.backgroundchecks.org, a public records website.
The city of Petal is home to around 10,400 residents and features a new 70-acre park with mountain bike trails and has been named by Sports Illustrated as "Sports Illustrated Sportstown" for Mississippi.
Petal is the safest city in the state with a violent crime rate of 18.8 and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just .06 percent.
In contrast, according to the website, Petal's neighbor, Hattiesburg, has a population of 47,500 residents. The violent crime rate in the Hub City is 252.5 and residents of Hattiesburg have a 5.7 percent chance of being affected by property crime.
A Low crime rate, an award winning schools and a first-rate police department has helped in making Petal the safest place to live in the state.
Mayor Hal Marx and Police Chief Leonard Fuller both give credit to the community and its citizens for being involved and proactive in helping have a safe city.
"We send in our stats every year to the FBI Crime Stats, and they compile this list based upon those stats but we have the support of our community, we have the support of our mayor and aldermen," Fuller said, "I'd like to thank the officer, the men and women of the Petal Police Department that made this possible."
The formula for the ranking is based on a combination of the violent crime rate and the property crime rate.