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The 50 Safest Cities in Georgia – 2017

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Whether it’s on Georgia’s thirty public institutions for higher-education, across the Peach State’s highways, or in the cribs of Georgia’s next generation, safety is priority number one in this southern state. From the Safe to Sleep campaign’s efforts to prevent SIDS to the Share the Road initiative—which earmarked nearly $100,000 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help keep motorcyclists safe on Georgia’s roads—Georgia puts dollars and manpower behind keeping its citizens safe.

Because of Georgia’s effort, it’s no surprise that 75% of last year’s safest cities stayed in our top twenty once again. This year, we’re recognizing the fifty safest cities in Georgia, all of which reported fewer than forty total violent and property crimes per 1,000 people, according to the 2015 FBI crime data. Although Georgia has a slightly higher crime rate than the national average, 58% of Georgia’s safest cities have lower property crime rates and 88% reported lower violent crime rates than the national average.

Helping to boost those numbers were the 33 safest cities that reported zero murders. Find out if your city made the cut this year, and explore how you can help make your neighborhood, city, and state a safer place for everyone to live. Our Georgia Safety Directory has resources to help you with everything from personal security and fire safety to neighborhood watch groups and emergency preparedness. Your efforts could help push your city to the top of our list next year.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Georgia

To identify the 50 safest cities in Georgia, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, 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.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

1. Johns Creek 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.39
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.40

2. Milton 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.32
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.85

3. Senoia

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.21
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.97

4. Summerville 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.94

5. Braselton 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.73

6. Perry

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.29
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.60

7. Tyrone 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.11
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.67

8. Peachtree City 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.51
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.29

9. Port Wentworth 

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.19
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.27

10. Flowery Branch 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.52
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.62

11. Grovetown 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.83
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.49

12. Hampton 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.76
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.52

13. Kennesaw ↓

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.64
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.70

14. Roswell 

Previous rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.25
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.47

15. Canton 

Previous rank: 21

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.46 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.54

16. Jefferson 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.20
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.87

17. Holly Springs 

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.76 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.57

18. Alpharetta 

Previous rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.48
Property Crimes per 1,000: 19.30

19. Woodstock 

Previous rank: 25

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.04 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 19.02

20. Auburn 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.88
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.89

21. Commerce 

Previous rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.25
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.77

22. Richmond Hill

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.70
Property Crimes per 1,000: 20.43

23. McRae 

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.83
Property Crimes per 1,000: 21.62

24. Jackson 

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.27
Property Crimes per 1,000: 20.22

25. Social Circle 

Previous rank: 36

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 5.47
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.08

26. Folkston 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.70
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.85

27. Sandy Springs 

Previous rank: 27

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.45
Property Crimes per 1,000: 24.04

28. Euharlee

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.73
Property Crimes per 1,000: 21.28

29. Brookhaven 

Previous rank: 30

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.28
Property Crimes per 1,000: 24.35

30. Suwanee 

Previous rank: 26

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.37
Property Crimes per 1,000: 27.37

31. Byron 

Previous rank: 34

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.78
Property Crimes per 1,000: 27.14

32. Loganville 

Previous rank: 23

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.72
Property Crimes per 1,000: 28.40

33. Acworth 

Previous rank: 31

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.26
Property Crimes per 1,000: 28.89

34. Smyrna 

Previous rank: 35

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.38
Property Crimes per 1,000: 26.82

35. Pooler 

Previous rank: 32

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.82 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 28.73

36. Palmetto 

Previous rank: 24

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.12
Property Crimes per 1,000: 28.07

37. Adairsville 

Previous rank: 22

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.26 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 31.09

38. Cairo 

Previous rank: 47

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.54
Property Crimes per 1,000: 30.98

39. Newnan

Previous rank: 39

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 5.60 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 28.01

40. Temple 

Previous rank: 42

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.81
Property Crimes per 1,000: 32.09

41. Manchester 

Previous rank: 50

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.95
Property Crimes per 1,000: 31.97

42. Decatur 

Previous rank: 37

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.26
Property Crimes per 1,000: 34.61

43. Statesboro

Previous rank: 43

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.17
Property Crimes per 1,000: 33.91

44. Dalton 

Previous rank: 45

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.86
Property Crimes per 1,000: 34.36

45. Fayetteville 

Previous rank: 29

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.30
Property Crimes per 1,000: 35.98

46. Powder Springs 

Previous rank: 71

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 8.61
Property Crimes per 1,000: 28.95

47. Hinesville 

Previous rank: 57

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 34.33

48. Winder 

Previous rank: 54

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.77 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 34.14

49. McDonough 

Previous rank: 44

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.27 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 35.15

50. Lawrenceville 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.42
Property Crimes per 1,000: 35.52

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 50?

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

51. Snellville 52. Athens-Clarke County 53. Bremen
54. Gainesville 55. Metter 56. Camilla
57. Calhoun 58. Norcross 59. Centerville
60. Savannah-Chatham Metro 61. Dunwoody 62. Marietta
63. Fairburn 64. Sylvester 65. Villa Rica
66. Bainbridge 67. Eatonton 68. Lilburn
69. Carrollton 70. Milledgeville 71. Fort Valley
72. Madison 73. Cornelia 74. Dublin
75. Adel 76. Jonesboro 77. Rome
78. Lafayette 79. Covington 80. Nashville
81. Warner Robins 82. Fitzgerald 83. Sandersville
84. Baxley 85. Columbus 86. Conyers
87. Forsyth 88. Albany 89. Thomasville
90. LaGrange 91. Toccoa 92. Atlanta
93. Jesup 94. Forest Park 95. Locust Grove
96. Cordele 97. Americus 98. Douglasville
99. Vidalia 100. Brunswick

How safe is your home?

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