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Georgia’s 50 Safest Cities of 2020

Written by | Updated August 5, 2020
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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia for 2020. See if your city made the list.

11% of people in Georgia experienced a violent crime over the pat 12 months. 28% of people in Georgia experienced a property crime in the past 12 months and 11% of people in Georgia have been affected by a mass shooting in their lifetime.

Georgia residents are less concerned about their safety this year than last, and it could be due to the state’s low violent crime rate. Georgia’s safest cities boast some of the lowest violent crime rates in the country.

See the complete list of Georgia’s 50 safest cities of 2020.

Our 2020 State of Safety study revealed that 47% of Georgia residents express high or very high concern about safety and security on a daily basis. That’s five percentage points below the state’s level of concern last year and just one point above the national average.

Georgia crime stats infographic
47% of Georgia residents think that the most likely crime to happen is having their digital property stolen.

Georgia’s violent crime rate is lower than the national rate at 3.3 incidents per 1,000 versus 3.7 nationwide. But the state doesn’t fare as well in regard to property crime. Georgia saw 25.7 incidents per 1,000 in 2018, almost four points higher than the national rate of 22.0.

Violent Crime in Georgia: Fear vs. Reality

Being robbed on the street is the violent crime for which Georgians expressed the highest level of concern. It was also named as the violent crime that people felt was the most likely crime to occur.

  • 46% of participants named robbery as their top fear, compared to 40% nationwide.
  • Mass shooting was the second most concerning violent crime in Georgia, with 43% citing it. Across the US, 38% named mass shooting as their biggest violent crime worry.
  • 33% said they felt robbery was the crime most likely to actually happen, versus 27% across the country.
  • Robbery was the second most common violent crime among the safest cities, accounting for 29% of reported violent crimes in those cities, and 24% statewide.
  • The most common violent crime was aggravated assault, accounting for 59% of all violent crime in the safest cities and 66% across the state.
  • 28% of respondents felt that assault by a stranger was likely to happen, and 21% felt assault by someone they know was likely to occur.
  • 11% reported personal experience with violent crime in the past year. That’s one point lower than last year, and one point lower than the national average.
Georgia crime stats infographic
Georgia crime stats infographic

Property Crime in Georgia: Fear vs. Reality

Georgia residents disagree when it comes to the property crime they’re most worried about and the one they feel is most likely to happen in their lives. Break-ins dominate when it comes to high concern, but having digital property stolen is the crime they expect to actually occur.

  • 65% expressed high or very high concern about someone breaking in when they’re not at home, versus 62% nationwide.
  • Burglaries account for just 12% of all property crime in the safest cities and 17% of all property crime across the state.
  • Larceny-theft was the most common property crime in Georgia, accounting for 81% of all property crime in the safest cities and 74% statewide—but only 45% of respondents named property being stolen as a top concern, and even fewer (38%) think it’s likely to happen.
  • 46% believe they are more likely to fall victim to digital theft than any other property crime.
  • Digital security was the number one safety concern overall last year.
  • 37% of Georgians use a security system to protect their property, 36% use security cameras, and 29% each use either a guard dog or a firearm.
  • 26% of respondents don’t use any kind of security to protect their property.
  • 28% reported experiencing a property crime in the past year—that’s two percentage points higher than the national average.
Georgia crime stats infographic
Georgia crime stats infographic

A Closer Look at Georgia’s Safest Cities of 2020

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • Braselton moved from number 17 last year to claim the top spot with a violent crime rate of 0.1 incidents per 1,000 and just 66 total crimes reported in 2018.
  • 27 cities (54%) improved their rank year over year.
  • The biggest jump was Lyons, moving 92 places to be named the 18th safest city in Georgia.
  • 20 cities (40%) dropped in rank year over year.
  • Chatsworth is brand new to the list this year, debuting at nine with a violent crime rate of 1.6 and a 5.6 rate for property crime.
  • 90% of the cities stayed under the state violent crime rate of 3.3, and all cities are below the national rate of 3.7.
  • Summerville moved from second place last year to fifth this year despite having the lowest violent crime rate at zero incidents per 1,000 and zero violent crimes reported. The city’s property crime rate of 10.3 incidents per 1,000 caused the city to fall in the rankings.
  • 75% of cities reported zero murders and there were only 20 total murders among the safest cities.
  • 31 cities (62%) kept property crime lower than the national rate of 22.0 and 72% stayed under the state rate of 25.7.
  • Chatsworth had the fewest total property crimes (24) and Senoia and Lyons had the second-lowest number of total property crimes reported, at 33 each.
Georgia safest cities heat map showing population and crime score

The 50 Safest Cities in Georgia

#1

Braselton

+16

Braselton, Georgia
Population 11,537
Median Income $102,522
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.1, 1.1, 1.1
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 5.6, 8.7, 8.6

#2

Johns Creek

+3

Johns Creek, Georgia
Population 85,446
Median Income $113,609
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.4, 0.3, 0.3
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 6.2, 6.8, 8.1

#3

Milton

0

Milton, Georgia
Population 39,848
Median Income $120,595
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.3, 0.2, 0.3
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 7.2, 7.6, 8.8

#4

Senoia

-3

Senoia, Georgia
Population 4,352
Median Income $83,947
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.2, 0.0, 0.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 7.6, 9.1, 10.9

#5

Summerville

-3

Summerville, Georgia
Population 4,275
Median Income $23,584
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.0, 0.0, 0.2
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 10.3, 11.1, 9.2

#6

Holly Springs

+8

Holly Springs, Georgia
Population 12,369
Median Income $79,713
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.2, 1.0, 1.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 9.9, 12.4, 19.8

#7

Tyrone

+24

Tyrone, Georgia
Population 7,390
Median Income $82,880
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.1, 1.7, 0.7
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 14.6, 8.7, 9.9

#8

Peachtree City

-2

Peachtree City, Georgia
Population 35,374
Median Income $94,106
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.5, 0.4, 0.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 13.2, 16.7, 15.4

#9

Chatsworth

NEW

Chatsworth, Georgia
Population 4,301
Median Income $34,453
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.6, Not available, 1.1
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 5.6, Not available, 6.6

#10

Grovetown

-2

Grovetown, Georgia
Population 14,543
Median Income $59,575
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.0, 0.7, 0.9
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 12.8, 18.9, 13.3

#11

Jefferson

+19

Jefferson, Georgia
Population 11,394
Median Income $54,777
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.1, 1.6, 1.4
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 13.3, 16.4, 21.6

#12

Glennville

-2

Glennville, Georgia
Population 5,083
Median Income $42,531
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.8, 0.8, 2.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 16.3, 23.8, 26.4

#13

Alpharetta

-6

Alpharetta, Georgia
Population 67,051
Median Income $98,489
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.6, 0.5, 0.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 18.0, 17.8, 20.1

#14

Duluth

+2

Duluth, Georgia
Population 29,882
Median Income $62,520
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.7, 1.1, 5.4
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 18.0, 18.7, 21.6

#15

Auburn

+12

Auburn, Georgia
Population 7,706
Median Income $54,300
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.9, 1.4, 2.1
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 17.4, 18.2, 17.8

#16

Kennesaw

+23

Kennesaw, Georgia
Population 34,907
Median Income $62,657
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.6, 2.1, 1.9
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 12.3, 14.1, 17.7

#17

Woodstock

-2

Woodstock, Georgia
Population 32,850
Median Income $69,247
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.3, 1.1, 1.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 14.9, 18.6, 19.7

#18

Lyons

+92

Lyons, Georgia
Population 4,284
Median Income $21,963
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.3, 6.4, 2.7
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 7.7, 43.3, 41.2

#19

Roswell

-1

Roswell, Georgia
Population 95,677
Median Income $87,911
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.3, 1.1, 1.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 15.7, 16.9, 17.8

#20

Temple

+25

Temple, Georgia
Population 4,462
Median Income $65,375
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.9, 2.5, 2.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 19.0, 30.0, 25.9

#21

Sandy Springs

-2

Sandy Springs, Georgia
Population 108,654
Median Income $70,920
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.2, 1.2, 1.1
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 18.5, 21.0, 26.3

#22

Hampton

+16

Hampton, Georgia
Population 7,841
Median Income $55,411
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.0, 2.1, 2.1
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 13.5, 11.9, 16.6

#23

Acworth

+11

Acworth, Georgia
Population 23,028
Median Income $59,574
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.0, 1.8, 1.9
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 21.8, 25.5, 25.4

#24

Social Circle

+1

Social Circle, Georgia
Population 4,517
Median Income $51,609
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.0, 1.3, 2.7
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 16.6, 18.9, 19.0

#25

Byron

-16

Byron, Georgia
Population 5,258
Median Income $48,482
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.4, 0.8, 1.1
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 29.1, 36.0, 23.7

#26

Canton

+17

Canton, Georgia
Population 28,685
Median Income $54,470
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.2, 2.5, 2.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 23.3, 26.0, 22.7

#27

Flowery Branch

-23

Flowery Branch, Georgia
Population 7,760
Median Income $65,500
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.8, 0.3, 0.9
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 11.9, 17.5, 22.5

#28

Adairsville

-2

Adairsville, Georgia
Population 4,879
Median Income $44,087
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.6, 1.2, 2.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 22.5, 27.0, 28.7

#29

Powder Springs

+25

Powder Springs, Georgia
Population 15,214
Median Income $62,995
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.2, 3.1, 3.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 18.7, 22.6, 17.9

#30

Springfield

-19

Springfield, Georgia
Population 4,192
Median Income $43,750
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.9, 0.9, 2.4
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 21.0, 18.1, 17.2

#31

Loganville

-11

Loganville, Georgia
Population 12,308
Median Income $63,125
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.3, 1.2, 1.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 26.0, 27.0, 31.8

#32

Decatur

+1

Decatur, Georgia
Population 24,491
Median Income $92,263
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.7, 1.7, 1.8
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 23.5, 22.7, 23.4

#33

Suwanee

-4

Suwanee, Georgia
Population 20,227
Median Income $85,306
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.4, 1.6, 1.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 25.9, 25.8, 33.9

#34

Palmetto

+14

Palmetto, Georgia
Population 4,752
Median Income $47,530
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.3, 2.7, 5.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 19.4, 24.5, 28.7

#35

McDonough

+16

McDonough, Georgia
Population 25,151
Median Income $50,993
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.5, 3.0, 1.3
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 26.3, 28.8, 30.7

#36

Fayetteville

0

Fayetteville, Georgia
Population 18,042
Median Income $71,350
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.6, 1.9, 1.3
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 25.9, 26.4, 30.5

#37

Pooler

-24

Pooler, Georgia
Population 24,656
Median Income $75,193
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.0, 1.0, 2.2
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 30.7, 35.6, 29.1

#38

Port Wentworth

+9

Port Wentworth, Georgia
Population 9,105
Median Income $77,038
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 3.4, 2.6, 1.6
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 13.2, 17.9, 15.2

#39

Smyrna

+13

Smyrna, Georgia
Population 57,498
Median Income $70,547
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.0, 3.0, 3.4
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 25.4, 26.8, 27.1

#40

Rincon

-19

Rincon, Georgia
Population 10,039
Median Income $56,019
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.3, 1.2, 2.8
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 31.3, 34.7, 33.0

#41

Metter

+50

Metter, Georgia
Population 3,981
Median Income $23,862
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.8, 4.9, 5.6
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 28.1, 33.2, 38.5

#42

Dallas

-16

Dallas, Georgia
Population 13,496
Median Income $48,920
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.7, 1.3, 0.8
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 22.5, 20.6, 15.1

#43

Folkston

+15

Folkston, Georgia
Population 4,664
Median Income $33,218
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 3.6, 3.3, 2.2
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 21.0, 17.1, 19.3

#44

Cochran

+37

Cochran, Georgia
Population 4,882
Median Income $27,731
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.3, 4.4, 6.1
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 31.3, 32.6, 58.6

#45

Dalton

+11

Dalton, Georgia
Population 33,831
Median Income $39,408
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.7, 3.2, 3.3
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 29.2, 28.7, 32.5

#46

Commerce

+43

Commerce, Georgia
Population 6,927
Median Income $44,601
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 4.0, 4.8, 7.2
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 19.8, 29.0, 22.9

#47

Cairo

+13

Cairo, Georgia
Population 9,407
Median Income $30,649
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.2, 3.5, 1.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 34.0, 36.2, 28.0

#48

Statesboro

+27

Statesboro, Georgia
Population 31,819
Median Income $24,869
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 3.5, 3.9, 3.2
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 26.6, 30.1, 38.0

#49

Dunwoody

-26

Dunwoody, Georgia
Population 50,095
Median Income $87,252
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.6, 1.3 1.6
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 40.6, 40.6, 42.0

#50

Brookhaven

+14

Brookhaven, Georgia
Population 54,138
Median Income $78,863
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 3.5, 3.5, 3.3
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 26.9, 27.6, 27.2

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, which is based on the median population of the state. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2018.

2020 RankingCityPopulationViolent Crime (per 1,000)Property Crime (per 1,000)
51Madison4,0982.732.7
52Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan242,2654.124.6
53Vienna3,6634.920.2
54LaFayette7,2101.545.4
55Marietta61,6753.531.6
56Lilburn12,8473.731.7
57Gainesville41,3683.830.9
58Thomasville18,5071.846.5
59Jackson5,1013.533.7
60Newnan39,8304.626.4
61Dawson4,1034.428
62Manchester3,9664.331
63Snellville19,9473.239.9
64Camilla5,0163.835.7
65Forsyth4,0822.744.6
66Villa Rica15,5363.737.5
67Eatonton6,6145.127.2
68Stone Mountain6,4475.127.5
69Fairburn15,9043.341.5
70Oakwood4,1793.143.6
71Milledgeville18,6203.541
72Sandersville5,5273.640.5
73Bremen6,4561.556.1
74Clarkston12,9574.932
75Norcross17,0894.733.3
76Cleveland3,956253.6
77Cornelia4,278439.5
78Hinesville33,1634.436.2
79Ocilla3,6535.529.6
80Waynesboro5,4625.332.2
81Locust Grove6,8521.959.1
82Centerville7,795443.9
83Covington14,1783.647
84Hazlehurst4,1434.144.2
85Austell7,3017.123
86LaGrange30,6114.246
87Fort Oglethorpe9,9123.554.4
88Jasper3,8962.860.6
89Jesup9,6983.754
90Carrollton27,1895.941.3
91Jonesboro4,7604.652.7
92Blakely4,6038.921.5
93Toccoa8,3104.355.4
94Moultrie14,1365.250
95Hiram4,0462.570.9
96Fitzgerald8,673552.8
97Thomaston8,7035.352.6
98Cedartown9,9595.948.9
99Vidalia10,4886.247
100West Point3,7666.446.5
101Bainbridge12,0337.637.9
102Waycross13,7715.255.9
103Monroe13,5736.646.3
104Douglasville34,0765.754
105Hartwell4,4686.747
106Doraville10,625560
107Cordele10,669652.6
108Forest Park20,0246.748
109Warner Robins75,6685.955.5
110Swainsboro7,5017.646.3
111Atlanta496,1067.746.5
112Nashville4,8398.541.1
113Dublin15,7568.149.1
114Fort Valley8,67510.730.2
115Elberton4,3009.150.9
116Americus15,1848.660.7
117Brunswick16,43110.752.5
118Morrow7,6324.599.6
119Griffin22,70711.547.6
120Albany72,59411.151
121Rossville3,9677.381.7
122Rockmart4,2818.979.2
123College Park15,03410.468.8
124Eastman5,0388.386.3
125Hapeville6,6077.4111.5
126Baxley4,71815.582.2
127East Point35,48612.4120

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Sources

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2018 Crime in the United States
SafeWise, “2020 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “American Fact Finder
Gun Violence Archive (GVA), “Mass Shootings Reports

Mass Shooting Definition:
SafeWise uses the GVA definition of a mass shooting: “If four or more people are shot or killed in a single incident, not involving the shooter, that incident is categorized as a mass shooting based purely on that numerical threshold.

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more

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