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The 20 Safest Cities in Georgia — 2016

Safest Cities in Georgia

From producing the nation’s largest supply of juicy peaches to delivering happiness from coast to coast in a Coca-Cola bottle, there’s a lot to love about Georgia. These 20 safest cities represent the best the Peach State has to offer, with 95 percent of them claiming a spot on our list for the second year in a row. It’s not surprising when you consider that, regardless of size or location, the cities on our list were founded with the type of community spirit that calls citizens to look out for one another and encourages neighbors to become friends.

Our number one city, Johns Creek, was a meeting place for peace talks between the Cherokee and Creek tribes long before it topped our list. This city of more than 84,000 stood out with a stellar safety record that included just 28 reports of violent crime in the FBI’s latest data, and zero incidents of murder. In fact, 75 percent of the cities recognized on our list reported no murders during the reporting period, and 80 percent boasted zero incidents of arson.

Southern hospitality is another hallmark of the safe communities on our list. It’s that willingness to lend a helping hand that makes community policing efforts a common thread among all of the safest we’ve recognized. Take a look at our comprehensive Georgia Safety Directory for more information about ways to stay safe in Georgia, no matter which city you live in.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Georgia

To identify the 20 safest cities in Georgia, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 4,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

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1. Summerville

Previous Rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.04

2. Johns Creek

Previous Rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.33
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.05

3. Grovetown

Previous Rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.32
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.39

4. Milton

Previous Rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.94

5. Flowery Branch

Previous Rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.14

6. Peachtree City

Previous Rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.29
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.66

7. Tyrone

Previous Rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.28
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.23

8. Folkston

Previous Rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.19
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.17

9. Braselton

Previous Rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.11
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.51

10. Auburn

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.22
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.30

11. Kennesaw

Previous Rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.14
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.66

12. McRae

Previous Rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.91
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.35

13. Jefferson

Previous Rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.53
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.43

14. Port Wentworth

Previous Rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.92
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.79

15. Holly Springs

Previous Rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.01
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.73

16. Jackson

Previous Rank: 22

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.43
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.34

17. Roswell

Previous Rank: 23

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.15
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.76

18. Commerce

Previous Rank: 21

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.44
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.85

19. Alpharetta

Previous Rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.60
Property Crimes per 1,000: 19.75

20. Duluth

Previous Rank: 26

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.94
Property Crimes per 1,000: 20.69

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Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Canton 22. Adairsville 23. Loganville
24. Palmetto 25. Woodstock 26. Suwanee
27. Sandy Springs 28. Bremen 29. Fayetteville
30. Brookhaven 31. Acworth 32. Pooler
33. Dallas 34. Byron 35. Smyrna
36. Social Circle 37. Decatur 38. Kingsland
39. Newnan 40. Athens-Clarke County 41. Snellville
42. Temple 43. Statesboro 44. McDonough
45. Dalton 46. Savannah-Chatham 47. Cairo
48. Camilla 49. Milledgeville 50. Manchester
51. Chatsworth 52. Fairburn 53. Jonesboro
54. Winder 55. Adel 56. Gainesville
57. Hinesville 58. Norcross 59. Dunwoody
60. Eatonton 61. Baxley 62. Walthourville
63. Calhoun 64. Marietta 65. Carrollton
66. Nashville 67. Lafayette 68. Thomaston
69. Villa Rica 70. Fort Valley 71. Powder Springs
72. Hazlehurst 73. Swainsboro 74. Lilburn
75. Sandersville 76. Toccoa 77. Cornelia
78. Dublin 79. Valdosta 80. Forsyth
81. Forest Park 82. LaGrange 83. Conyers
84. Centerville 85. Riverdale 86. Albany
87. Warner Robins 88. Locust Grove 89. Fitzgerald
90. Cordele 91. Waynesboro 92. Atlanta
93. Douglasville 94. Columbus 95. Thomasville
96. Cumming 97. Tifton 98. Moultrie
99. Covington 100. Vidalia

 

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