2015 Safest Places in Georgia Study

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If you're trying to figure out where to live, one of the single most important factors you'll want to consider is whether or not a location is safe for you and your family. With that in mind, the team at ValuePenguin crunched the numbers in an attempt to determine which areas of Georgia are the safest. Not only do we look at which cities and towns in GA are safest overall, we'll also analyze which places are safest inside of three different population buckets: large, midsize, and small cities. Keep reading our report below to see where your hometown ended up:

The Top 5 Safest Places in Georgia

All five of the top five safest places in Georgia are located in the Atlanta area with four of them being north of the city and one located about 30 minutes south of downtown. Additionally, three of these spots were predictably smaller, while two locations with north of 35,000 residents uncharacteristically made the list as well.

1. Holly Springs, GA

A town of less than 10,000 in northern Georgia, Holly Springs came in as the Safest Place in the entire state in our 2015 study! The 22 police officers in Holly Springs clearly do a great job of keeping crime in check through the area. The lack of property crime in Holly Springs really stands out and is the 2nd lowest in Georgia. 

Factor Value
Population 9,807
Crime Score 273

2. Johns Creek, GA

Known as one of the more affluent communities in all of the country, Johns Creek is also one of the fastest growing metro areas in the US. Situated in northeastern Fulton County along the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Johns Creek has the largest population of the locations inside of our Top 5. Johns Creek seems to have it all, from growing businesses, to reputable public schools, and it's no surprise to the team here at ValuePenguin that it ranks as the 2nd safest place in the state of GA!

Factor Value
Population 84,093
Crime Score 279

3. Milton, GA

Just north of Alpharetta, the City of Milton has won prestigious awards in the past. Most recently they were recognized as having the highest quality of life in the state of Georgia by the Business Journal. Well, this town of 35,000+ will also be happy to know that their statistics have ranked them as the 3rd safest city in the entire state. They also have the 2nd lowest incidence of violent crime! There were only 22 violent crimes on average per 100,000 residents.

Factor Value
Population 35,751
Crime Score 312

4. Flowery Branch, GA

A city with a small town appeal that is located only 45 minutes northeast of downtown Atlanta, Flowery Branch is best known for their historic buildings as well as Lake Lanier, where residents and visitors can enjoy water activities year round. For you sports fans, Flowery Branch is also home to the Atlanta Falcon Headquarters! In regards to safety around town, Flowery Branch ranks right towards the top with the 4th best overall crime score in our 2015 safest cities study.

Factor Value
Population 6,117
Crime Score 321

5. Tyrone, GA

The only one of our Top 5 Places located to the south of Atlanta, Tyrone is a residential community of around 7,000 people. The town was originally settled by Irish farmers who named the area Tyrone because of the similarities they saw in the landscape with County Tyrone back in Ireland. With easy accessibility to downtown ATL and the 5th lowest crime score in the state, it's no wonder so many people call Tyrone home.

Factor Value
Population 6,997
Crime Score 395

Georgia's Safest Places by Population

Beyond comparing the "overall" safest cities in Georgia, we thought it was appropriate to look at the safest towns based on the number of citizens leaving in each. As such, we have broken out cities and towns into 3 buckets: big cities, midsize cities, and small cities. Below are the 10 safest places in each of their respective categories.

Map of Safest Places in Georgia

Our map will help you visualize where the safer cities in GA are located. For more details on the city name and rank, just hover your mouse over each dot. You can also zoom by double clicking!

Full List of Georgia Cities

Here is a complete listing of GA towns and cities we've included in our 2015 study of the state. The places are listed from safest to least safe based on our scoring methodology. The crime score is stated to the right. Can't find your hometown? There are two possible reasons. First, we've only included cities and towns with a population of over 5,000. If your town is smaller than that it won't be included in the study. Second, the FBI doesn't receive crime data from every location on an annual basis. In the event your town or city didn't report their crime stats for the 2013 reporting period, they won't be in our study.

Methodology

We sourced our data from 2013 FBI crime statistics by city, which provides the most recent data available. The raw data report included violent crimes (murder/manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) from all law enforcement agencies that participate in the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program. We standardized the data to reflect violent and property crimes per 100k, to account for population. We then aggregated a "crime score". In order to calculate this, we weighted violent crime at 90% and property crime at 10%; though property crime is far more prevalent, we believe that the violent crime data points are more relevant when calculating the relative safety of these cities. From there we calculated the logarithm of each towns population and multiplied it by the original (non-log) crime score. We then ranked the cities relative to each other based on their crime scores. Additionally, we only looked at cities/towns in Georgia that had populations larger than 5,000.

If you're looking for an alphabetical list of the cities in Georgia and where they stack up in regards to their safety, this table below will help you more easily locate the town you're searching for.

Rank City Population Violent Crime per 100k Property Crime per 100k Crime Score
35 Adel  5,240  344  3,607  1,247
98 Albany  77,365  968  6,025  3,602
16 Alpharetta  63,442  74  1,936  625
101 Americus  16,190  1,427  7,696  4,323
56 Athens-Clarke County  120,122  336  3,392  1,630
102 Atlanta  451,020  1,223  6,103  4,837
50 Austell  6,820  587  2,801  1,550
70 Bainbridge  12,575  700  4,517  2,217
34 Barnesville  6,489  139  5,039  1,199
15 Braselton  7,973  163  1,593  597
22 Bremen  6,203  177  2,789  831
97 Brunswick  15,709  1,031  7,066  3,429
28 Cairo  9,875  294  2,248  977
51 Calhoun  15,866  277  4,941  1,561
11 Canton  24,042  96  1,689  559
66 Carrollton  25,164  493  4,332  1,930
46 Cartersville  19,835  257  4,674  1,501
84 Cedartown  9,779  542  9,408  2,850
45 Centerville  7,644  249  5,442  1,492
73 Clarkston  7,790  860  4,005  2,285
104 College Park  14,871  2,179  11,190  6,426
85 Columbus  201,165  508  6,201  2,857
27 Commerce  6,476  371  1,776  975
80 Conyers  15,465  666  6,764  2,672
87 Cordele  11,358  766  7,457  2,910
61 Covington  13,416  350  5,672  1,821
38 Dalton  33,475  197  3,940  1,292
32 Decatur  20,001  200  3,450  1,129
63 Doraville  8,530  516  4,771  1,850
90 Douglas  11,892  841  7,425  3,055
82 Douglasville  31,347  679  6,377  2,807
75 Dublin  16,217  524  7,313  2,532
21 Duluth  28,350  148  2,310  811
33 Dunwoody  47,531  120  3,867  1,157
103 East Point  36,172  1,161  10,796  4,842
95 Eastman  5,295  1,058  8,499  3,355
53 Eatonton  6,483  555  3,347  1,590
43 Fairburn  13,938  373  3,652  1,452
29 Fayetteville  16,216  185  3,164  1,016
69 Fitzgerald  9,034  576  5,535  2,120
4 Flowery Branch  6,117  16  1,553  321
8 Folkston  5,646  159  1,293  511
67 Fort Oglethorpe  9,504  295  7,313  1,983
83 Fort Valley  9,688  1,073  4,500  2,822
57 Gainesville  35,111  328  4,286  1,645
100 Garden City  8,968  1,773  4,728  4,088
26 Glennville  5,210  288  2,649  974
94 Griffin  23,313  798  8,073  3,331
6 Grovetown  12,525  32  1,701  408
10 Hampton  7,133  126  1,584  524
96 Hapeville  6,799  1,088  7,825  3,376
55 Hinesville  35,311  340  4,089  1,626
1 Holly Springs  9,807  41  999  273
9 Jefferson  9,638  114  1,546  512
77 Jesup  10,289  515  8,028  2,540
2 Johns Creek  84,093  44  736  279
14 Kennesaw  31,289  109  1,608  582
52 Kingsland  16,393  512  2,855  1,573
48 Lafayette  7,062  227  5,820  1,513
65 Lagrange  30,723  322  5,644  1,917
31 Lawrenceville  29,821  218  2,921  1,092
59 Lilburn  12,455  313  5,725  1,749
40 Locust Grove  5,734  174  5,807  1,386
23 Loganville  10,699  150  2,841  844
92 Macon  91,177  639  7,458  3,276
79 Marietta  58,893  764  4,243  2,652
37 McDonough  22,713  247  3,685  1,287
19 McRae  5,588  304  1,271  751
49 Milledgeville  19,927  306  4,396  1,537
3 Milton  35,751  22  1,172  312
88 Monroe  13,364  726  7,909  2,980
91 Morrow  6,948  475  12,306  3,185
78 Moultrie  14,554  632  6,878  2,616
41 Newnan  34,453  340  3,141  1,407
64 Norcross  15,834  505  4,402  1,879
7 Peachtree City  34,706  66  1,265  422
20 Perry  15,002  233  1,673  787
25 Pooler  21,069  166  2,677  902
12 Port Wentworth  6,338  126  1,862  570
89 Powder Springs  14,350  1,045  5,073  3,009
13 Richmond Hill  10,841  92  2,011  573
68 Riverdale  15,610  519  5,291  2,089
81 Rome  36,098  684  6,034  2,778
24 Roswell  95,373  151  2,209  888
60 Sandersville  5,807  499  4,977  1,782
30 Sandy Springs  101,180  184  2,707  1,092
62 Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan  235,200  362  3,596  1,841
47 Smyrna  53,080  345  3,282  1,509
36 Snellville  19,260  177  4,258  1,253
42 St. Marys  17,701  424  2,949  1,437
54 Statesboro  30,201  291  4,506  1,596
18 Suwanee  16,539  91  2,364  671
72 Thomasville  18,451  477  6,319  2,264
93 Tifton  16,781  894  7,479  3,280
74 Toccoa  8,379  680  6,540  2,483
5 Tyrone  6,997  71  1,415  395
99 Union City  20,826  984  8,657  3,782
86 Vidalia  10,652  864  6,665  2,908
44 Villa Rica  14,307  301  4,466  1,491
76 Warner Robins  71,614  508  5,883  2,538
71 Waycross  14,206  451  6,659  2,225
39 Waynesboro  5,793  552  2,313  1,370
58 Winder  14,291  413  4,471  1,701
17 Woodstock  25,515  78  2,328  668

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