2015 Safest Places in Georgia Study

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. 

Holly Springs, GA

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!

Johns Creek, 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.

Milton, GA

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.

Flowery Branch, GA

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.

Tyrone, GA

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.

Georgia's Safest Places by Population

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.

Georgia List

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.

RankCityPopulationViolent Crime per 100kProperty Crime per 100kCrime Score

35

Adel5,2403443,6071,247

98

Albany77,3659686,0253,602

16

Alpharetta63,442741,936625

101

Americus16,1901,4277,6964,323

56

Athens-Clarke County120,1223363,3921,630

102

Atlanta451,0201,2236,1034,837

50

Austell6,8205872,8011,550

70

Bainbridge12,5757004,5172,217

34

Barnesville6,4891395,0391,199

15

Braselton7,9731631,593597

22

Bremen6,2031772,789831

97

Brunswick15,7091,0317,0663,429

28

Cairo9,8752942,248977

51

Calhoun15,8662774,9411,561

11

Canton24,042961,689559

66

Carrollton25,1644934,3321,930

46

Cartersville19,8352574,6741,501

84

Cedartown9,7795429,4082,850

45

Centerville7,6442495,4421,492

73

Clarkston7,7908604,0052,285

104

College Park14,8712,17911,1906,426

85

Columbus201,1655086,2012,857

27

Commerce6,4763711,776975

80

Conyers15,4656666,7642,672

87

Cordele11,3587667,4572,910

61

Covington13,4163505,6721,821

38

Dalton33,4751973,9401,292

32

Decatur20,0012003,4501,129

63

Doraville8,5305164,7711,850

90

Douglas11,8928417,4253,055

82

Douglasville31,3476796,3772,807

75

Dublin16,2175247,3132,532

21

Duluth28,3501482,310811

33

Dunwoody47,5311203,8671,157

103

East Point36,1721,16110,7964,842

95

Eastman5,2951,0588,4993,355

53

Eatonton6,4835553,3471,590

43

Fairburn13,9383733,6521,452

29

Fayetteville16,2161853,1641,016

69

Fitzgerald9,0345765,5352,120

4

Flowery Branch6,117161,553321

8

Folkston5,6461591,293511

67

Fort Oglethorpe9,5042957,3131,983

83

Fort Valley9,6881,0734,5002,822

57

Gainesville35,1113284,2861,645

100

Garden City8,9681,7734,7284,088

26

Glennville5,2102882,649974

94

Griffin23,3137988,0733,331

6

Grovetown12,525321,701408

10

Hampton7,1331261,584524

96

Hapeville6,7991,0887,8253,376

55

Hinesville35,3113404,0891,626

1

Holly Springs9,80741999273

9

Jefferson9,6381141,546512

77

Jesup10,2895158,0282,540

2

Johns Creek84,09344736279

14

Kennesaw31,2891091,608582

52

Kingsland16,3935122,8551,573

48

Lafayette7,0622275,8201,513

65

Lagrange30,7233225,6441,917

31

Lawrenceville29,8212182,9211,092

59

Lilburn12,4553135,7251,749

40

Locust Grove5,7341745,8071,386

23

Loganville10,6991502,841844

92

Macon91,1776397,4583,276

79

Marietta58,8937644,2432,652

37

McDonough22,7132473,6851,287

19

McRae5,5883041,271751

49

Milledgeville19,9273064,3961,537

3

Milton35,751221,172312

88

Monroe13,3647267,9092,980

91

Morrow6,94847512,3063,185

78

Moultrie14,5546326,8782,616

41

Newnan34,4533403,1411,407

64

Norcross15,8345054,4021,879

7

Peachtree City34,706661,265422

20

Perry15,0022331,673787

25

Pooler21,0691662,677902

12

Port Wentworth6,3381261,862570

89

Powder Springs14,3501,0455,0733,009

13

Richmond Hill10,841922,011573

68

Riverdale15,6105195,2912,089

81

Rome36,0986846,0342,778

24

Roswell95,3731512,209888

60

Sandersville5,8074994,9771,782

30

Sandy Springs101,1801842,7071,092

62

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan235,2003623,5961,841

47

Smyrna53,0803453,2821,509

36

Snellville19,2601774,2581,253

42

St. Marys17,7014242,9491,437

54

Statesboro30,2012914,5061,596

18

Suwanee16,539912,364671

72

Thomasville18,4514776,3192,264

93

Tifton16,7818947,4793,280

74

Toccoa8,3796806,5402,483

5

Tyrone6,997711,415395

99

Union City20,8269848,6573,782

86

Vidalia10,6528646,6652,908

44

Villa Rica14,3073014,4661,491

76

Warner Robins71,6145085,8832,538

71

Waycross14,2064516,6592,225

39

Waynesboro5,7935522,3131,370

58

Winder14,2914134,4711,701

17

Woodstock25,515782,328668

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