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2015 Safest Places in Georgia Study

2015 Safest Places in Georgia Study

If you're trying to figure out where to live, whether or not a location is safe is an important factor. With that in mind, we analyzed which areas of Georgia are the safest.

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 Georgia are safest overall, we'll also analyze which places are safest inside of three different population buckets: large, midsize and small cities.

Top 5 safest places in Georgia

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

1. Holly Springs

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 second lowest in Georgia.

Factor

Value

Population

9,807

Crime Score

273

2. Johns Creek

Known as one of the more affluent communities in the U.S., Johns Creek is also one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country. Situated in northeastern Fulton County along the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Johns Creek has the largest population of the locations in 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 second-safest place in Georgia.

Factor

Value

Population

84,093

Crime Score

279

3. Milton

Just north of Alpharetta, the City of Milton has won prestigious awards in the past. Most recently it was recognized as having the highest quality of life in Georgia by the Business Journal. This town of 35,000+ is ranked as the third-safest city in the state. It also has the second-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

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

Factor

Value

Population

6,117

Crime Score

321

5. Tyrone

The only one of our Top 5 located 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 of Ireland’s County Tyrone. With easy accessibility to downtown Atlanta and the fifth-lowest crime score in the state, it's no wonder so many people call Tyrone home.

Factor

Value

Population

6,997

Crime Score

395

Full list of Georgia cities

Here is a complete listing of Georgia 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 its crime stats for the 2013 reporting period, it won't be in our study.

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 100,000
Property crime per 100,000
Crime score
35Adel5,2403443,6071,247
98Albany77,3659686,0253,602
16Alpharetta63,442741,936625
101Americus16,1901,4277,6964,323
56Athens-Clarke County120,1223363,3921,630
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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 100,000, 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 town’s 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 and towns in Georgia that had populations larger than 5,000.