We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.
For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Georgia, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Johns Creek.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Peach State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 113 cities in Georgia with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in Georgia.Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
For example, there were a total of 714 crimes committed in Johns Creek which had a reported population of 84,629. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0084 which translates into a 1 in 118 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 113 of the biggest cities in Georgia to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 113 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Georgia".
The safest city, based on our criteria, is Johns Creek. The most dangerous city in Georgia? Union City, where residents had a 1 in 8 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
Taking the crown as the safest city in Georgia for 2018 is Johns Creek -- a classic example of everything that makes Georgia great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 123.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 3,134 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
If you're thinking of moving to Georgia and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Milton -- the 2nd safest in the Peach State.
Milton is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 114.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Milton.
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Tyrone ranks as the 3rd safest city in Georgia.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Tyrone.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
This gem of a place in the Peach State boasts the 8th best property crime rate and 3rd best violent crime rate for 2018.
Finishing just inside the top five is Dallas, GA.
You get what you pay for in Dallas -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 1,194 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Dallas residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Dallas in a heartbeat.
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Grovetown, the 6th safest city in Georgia.
The town of some 13469 people will have to try and continue to keep Grovetown a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Grovetown?
Braselton is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Georgia.
It has 1 in 116.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 901 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Georgia.
The eighth safest city in Georgia for 2018 goes to Alpharetta. Let's see why.
There were only 35 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 1,308 property crimes to boot.
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Georgia, may we present Woodstock as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Georgia, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
617 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 17th best in Georgia on a rate basis.
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Holly Springs.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Holly Springs residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 11 violent crimes and 219 property crimes in Holly Springs; that's really good for a place of 11034 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Johns Creek is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Georgia residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.
Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Georgia according to the data:
|City||Rank||Previous Rank||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|Johns Creek, GA||1||1||84,629||31||811|
|Peachtree City, GA||4||3||35,387||53||1,540|
|Holly Springs, GA||10||9||11,034||99||1,984|
|Flowery Branch, GA||11||14||6,895||87||2,248|
|Port Wentworth, GA||12||6||8,177||158||1,516|
|Richmond Hill, GA||17||23||12,520||175||1,797|
|Sandy Springs, GA||20||20||107,685||108||2,634|
|Powder Springs, GA||32||60||15,004||346||1,786|
|Athens-Clarke County, GA||52||45||123,934||430||3,308|
|Villa Rica, GA||60||53||15,095||457||3,723|
|Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan, GA||61||-||241,296||486||3,631|
|Locust Grove, GA||64||49||5,862||153||6,687|
|Stone Mountain, GA||65||-||6,171||421||4,342|
|Fort Valley, GA||87||74||8,374||1,146||3,952|
|Warner Robins, GA||90||65||74,419||663||5,524|
|Fort Oglethorpe, GA||93||90||9,911||635||6,407|
|Forest Park, GA||94||84||19,570||822||5,447|
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