Georgia’s 50 Safest Cities of 2019

Mar 18, 2019 |
Georgia's Safest Cities

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia for 2019.  See if your city made the list.

We’re pleased to add 11 new cities to Georgia’s safest this year. That means 78% of last year’s top cities made the cut again, and the top two (Senoia and Summerville) each reported zero violent crimes in 2017.

Senoia pulled the top spot thanks to its low property crime numbers—just 39 total compared to Summerville’s 48. But despite the great records of our safest cities, Georgia’s overall crime rates are higher than the national average. The violent crime rate is 4.77, barely higher than the national rate of 4.49. But the property crime rate is 10 points higher at 37.57 incidents per 1,000, compared to 27.11 nationally.

Interesting Findings

  • Senoia jumped from number four in 2018 to number one this year.
  • The low incidence of violent crime is impressive because these cities are bigger than those named in most other states—and 60% had fewer than 25 total violent crimes.
  • Only two cities on the list had more than 100 violent crimes, and the highest was 126 in Sandy Springs, which has a population of more than 100,000.
  • 70% of the safest cities had no murders.
  • Digital security is rated the top safety concern in Georgia, according to our State of Safety study.
  • 26% reported personal experience with digital security issues in the past year—that’s two points higher than the national average.
  • 21% of Texas respondents to our State of Safety study experienced a digital security issue in the past year, compared to just 8% who experienced a violent crime.

The 50 Safest Cities in Georgia

#1

Senoia

+3

Senoia, Georgia
Population 4,283
Median Income $83,947
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.11

#2

Summerville

-1

Summerville, Georgia
Population 4,337
Median Income $23,584
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.07

#3

Milton

-1

Milton, Georgia
Population 39,388
Median Income $120,595
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.23
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.57

#4

Flowery Branch

+5

Flowery Branch, Georgia
Population 7,317
Median Income $65,500
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.27
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.49

#5

Johns Creek

-2

Johns Creek, Georgia
Population 85,048
Median Income $113,609
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.29
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.76

#6

Peachtree City

-1

Peachtree City, Georgia
Population 35,300
Median Income $94,106
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.40
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.74

#7

Alpharetta

-1

Alpharetta, Georgia
Population 66,711
Median Income $98,489
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.51
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.79

#8

Grovetown

+2

Grovetown, Georgia
Population 13,841
Median Income $59,575
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.65
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 18.86

#9

Byron

+9

Melissa, Texas
Population 5,228
Median Income $48,482
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.77
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 35.96

#10

Glennville

+26

Glennville, Georgia
Population 5,086
Median Income $42,531
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.79
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 23.79

#11

Springfield

New

University Park, Texas
Population 4,308
Median Income $43,750
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.93
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 18.11

#12

Locust Grove

+15

Locust Grove, Georgia
Population 6,028
Median Income $43,337
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 69.34

#13

Pooler

+26

Pooler, Georgia
Population 24,601
Median Income $75,193
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.02
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 35.61

#14

Holly Springs

-1

Holly Springs, Georgia
Population 11,653
Median Income $79,713
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.03
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.36

#15

Woodstock

-4

Woodstock, Georgia
Population 32,293
Median Income $69,247
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.08
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 18.61

#16

Duluth

New

Duluth, Georgia
Population 29,795
Median Income $62,520
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.11
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 18.69

#17

Braselton

-1

Braselton, Georgia
Population 10,761
Median Income $102,522
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.12
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.74

#18

Roswell

+7

Roswell, Georgia
Population 95,602
Median Income $87,911
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.13
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.90

#19

Sandy Springs

-4

Sandy Springs, Georgia
Population 107,740
Median Income $70,920
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.17
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 21.00

#20

Loganville

-8

Loganville, Georgia
Population 11,887
Median Income $63,125
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.18
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 27.00

#21

Rincon

New

Rincon, Georgia
Population 10,101
Median Income $56,019
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.19
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 34.75

#22

Adairsville

+20

Adairsville, Georgia
Population 4,844
Median Income $44,087
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.24
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 27.04

#23

Dunwoody

+5

Dunwoody, Georgia
Population 49,321
Median Income $87,252
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.28
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 40.61

#24

McRae-Helena

0

McRae-Helena, Georgia
Population 8,295
Median Income $27,163
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.33
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.24

#25

Social Circle

+25

Social Circle, Georgia
Population 4,490
Median Income $51,609
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.34
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 18.93

#26

Dallas

-18

Dallas, Georgia
Population 13,373
Median Income $48,920
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.35
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 20.56

#27

Auburn

+10

Auburn, Georgia
Population 7,698
Median Income $54,300
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.43
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 18.19

#28

Thomasville

+4

Thomasville, Georgia
Population 18,866
Median Income $34,615
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.54
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 52.58

#29

Suwanee

-15

Suwanee, Georgia
Population 20,186
Median Income $85,306
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.59
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 25.76

#30

Jefferson

-8

Jefferson, Georgia
Population 10,658
Median Income $54,777
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.60
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.42

#31

Tyrone

-24

Tyrone, Georgia
Population 7,260
Median Income $82,880
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.65
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.68

#32

Hazlehurst

New

Hazlehurst, Georgia
Population 4,178
Median Income $31,860
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.68
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 53.85

#33

Decatur

0

Decatur, Georgia
Population 23,378
Median Income $92,263
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.71
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 22.71

#34

Acworth

0

Acworth, Georgia
Population 22,747
Median Income $59,574
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.76
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 25.45

#35

Cumming

-16

Cumming, Georgia
Population 6,365
Median Income $47,125
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.89
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 46.98

#36

Fayetteville

-15

Fayetteville, Georgia
Population 17,749
Median Income $71,350
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.92
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 26.37

#37

Snellville

New

Snellville, Georgia
Population 19,982
Median Income $67,705
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.95
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 34.88

#38

Hampton

0

Hampton, Georgia
Population 7,623
Median Income $55,411
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.10
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.94

#39

Kennesaw

-4

Kennesaw, Georgia
Population 34,154
Median Income $62,657
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.11
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 14.05

#40

Camilla

+7

Camilla, Georgia
Population 5,176
Median Income $31,760
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.13
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 37.87

#41

Cornelia

New

Cornelia, Georgia
Population 4,282
Median Income $28,671
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.34
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 52.31

#42

Lawrenceville

New

Lawrenceville, Georgia
Population 31,183
Median Income $43,339
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.34
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 30.37

#43

Canton

0

Canton, Georgia
Population 26,897
Median Income $54,470
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.49
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 25.95

#44

Kingsland

+5

Kingsland, Georgia
Population 16,852
Median Income $50,093
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.49
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 22.02

#45

Temple

+1

Temple, Georgia
Population 4,403
Median Income $65,375
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.50
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 29.98

#46

Hiram

New

Hiram, Georgia
Population 3,954
Median Income $53,839
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.53
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 96.86

#47

Port Wentworth

-18

Port Wentworth, Georgia
Population 8,452
Median Income $77,038
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.60
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.87

#48

Palmetto

New

Palmetto, Georgia
Population 4,744
Median Income $47,530
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.74
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 24.45

#49

Milledgeville

New

Milledgeville, Georgia
Population 19,051
Median Income $20,846
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.78
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 36.59

#50

Lilburn

New

Lilburn, Georgia
Population 12,844
Median Income $54,276
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.80
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 37.29

How We Determined the Safest Cities

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

Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?

Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for  Best Home Security of 2019.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

Rank City Population Violent Crime (per 1,000) Property Crime (per 1,000)
51 McDonough 24,278 2.97 28.83
52 Smyrna 57,576 2.99 26.82
53 Bremen 6,453 3.1 45.1
54 Powder Springs 15,127 3.11 22.61
55 Jackson 5,071 3.16 32.34
56 Dalton 34,228 3.16 28.66
57 Fairburn 14,370 3.27 54.14
58 Folkston 4,795 3.34 17.1
59 Calhoun 16,557 3.38 32.49
60 Cairo 9,558 3.45 36.2
61 Marietta 61,646 3.49 35.83
62 Centerville 7,689 3.51 50.33
63 Jesup 10,170 3.54 64.01
64 Brookhaven 52,973 3.55 27.58
65 LaGrange 30,981 3.55 50.45
66 Barnesville 6,696 3.58 43.16
67 Madison 4,072 3.68 41.99
68 Nashville 4,849 3.71 40.63
69 Cartersville 20,918 3.73 46.23
70 Cedartown 9,806 3.77 47.73
71 Valdosta 56,729 3.79 61.43
72 Gainesville 40,836 3.84 34.38
73 Bainbridge 12,208 3.85 31.05
74 Ringgold 4,403 3.86 37.25
75 Statesboro 31,937 3.91 30.12
76 Athens-Clarke County 124,903 4.16 31.46
77 Morrow 7,400 4.32 96.76
78 Cleveland 3,912 4.35 57.26
79 Cordele 10,812 4.35 53.46
80 Villa Rica 15,398 4.35 35.91
81 Cochran 5,029 4.37 32.61
82 Toccoa 8,392 4.41 64.11
83 Manchester 4,034 4.46 20.08
84 Sandersville 5,669 4.59 38.1
85 Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan 242,941 4.63 34.31
86 Jonesboro 4,731 4.65 34.66
87 Norcross 17,060 4.69 30.6
88 Chamblee 28,558 4.73 33.3
89 Commerce 6,826 4.83 29.01
90 Covington 14,122 4.89 57.57
91 Metter 4,066 4.92 33.2
92 Moultrie 14,365 5.01 57.78
93 Hartwell 4,511 5.1 55.42
94 Warner Robins 75,323 5.11 54.53
95 Elberton 4,397 5.23 57.31
96 Riverdale 16,435 5.29 68.76
97 Carrollton 26,951 5.42 43.15
98 Fort Oglethorpe 9,935 5.54 64.72
99 Rome 36,366 5.64 40.7
100 Dawson 4,249 5.65 29.42
101 Doraville 10,593 5.76 53.34
102 Fitzgerald 8,902 5.95 55.49
103 Clarkston 12,849 5.99 39.38
104 Forsyth 4,169 6 33.58
105 Newnan 38,825 6.05 26.32
106 Eatonton 6,568 6.09 28.78
107 Vidalia 10,743 6.14 59.85
108 Adel 5,359 6.16 67.74
109 Dublin 16,086 6.4 43.95
110 Lyons 4,365 6.41 43.3
111 Columbus 198,832 6.55 44.36
112 Forest Park 19,948 6.57 56.25
113 Conyers 16,034 6.86 49.33
114 Eastman 5,093 6.87 92.48
115 Rockmart 4,317 6.95 84.78
116 Douglasville 33,640 7.25 62.4
117 Stone Mountain 6,413 7.33 32.75
118 Hapeville 6,665 7.8 117.03
119 Blakely 4,649 7.96 20.65
120 Monroe 13,579 8.03 46.84
121 Waynesboro 5,669 8.82 38.45
122 Winder 16,006 8.87 30.18
123 Griffin 22,878 8.92 58.44
124 Atlanta 481,343 9.36 47.76
125 Swainsboro 7,522 9.84 46.13
126 Baxley 4,752 10.1 68.81
127 Fort Valley 8,465 10.16 37.57
128 Brunswick 16,500 10.3 52.48
129 Albany 73,209 11.3 56.22
130 Tifton 16,908 11.77 65.35
131 Union City 21,160 12.24 109.4
132 East Point 35,740 13.07 115.72
133 College Park 15,134 14.67 74.34

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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