These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Georgia For 2017

We used data and science to determine the places in Georgia where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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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 live in the safest state, either. Georgia is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Peach State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 95 places in Georgia with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Johns Creek
  2. Milton
  3. Peachtree City
  4. Braselton
  5. Perry
  6. Tyrone
  7. Alpharetta
  8. Port Wentworth
  9. Holly Springs
  10. Flowery Branch

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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How we calculated the safest cities in Georgia

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 2015). 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 three criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
  • Total crimes per capita
These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Places In Georgia

For example, there were a total of 431 crimes committed in Johns Creek which had a reported population of 82,203. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00524 which translates into a 1 in 191 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 2014. This left us with a total of 95 places in Georgia to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 95 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places three 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 population, is Johns Creek. The most dangerous? College Park, where residents had a 1 in 2 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.

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1. Johns Creek

Johns Creek - Safest Places In Georgia
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,203
Property Crime Rank: 173
Violent Crime Rank: 258

2. Milton

Milton - Safest Places In Georgia
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,799
Property Crime Rank: 441
Violent Crime Rank: 199

3. Peachtree City

Peachtree City - Safest Places In Georgia
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,868
Property Crime Rank: 863
Violent Crime Rank: 349

4. Braselton

Braselton - Safest Places In Georgia
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,074
Property Crime Rank: 610
Violent Crime Rank: 926

5. Perry

Perry - Safest Places In Georgia
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,991
Property Crime Rank: 502
Violent Crime Rank: 1,134

6. Tyrone

Population: 7,081
Property Crime Rank: 706
Violent Crime Rank: 936

7. Alpharetta

Alpharetta - Safest Places In Georgia
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 62,054
Property Crime Rank: 1,453
Violent Crime Rank: 332

8. Port Wentworth

Port Wentworth - Safest Places In Georgia
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,619
Property Crime Rank: 1,051
Violent Crime Rank: 1,162

9. Holly Springs

Holly Springs - Safest Places In Georgia
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,979
Property Crime Rank: 1,405
Violent Crime Rank: 612

10. Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch - Safest Places In Georgia
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,216
Property Crime Rank: 960
Violent Crime Rank: 1,381

There You Have It - The Safest In Georgia

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Johns Creek is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Georgia residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in Georgia:
3rd Most Dangerous: Waynesboro
2nd Most Dangerous: East Point
Most Dangerous: College Park

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Georgia

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Johns Creek182,203173258
Milton235,799441199
Peachtree City334,868863349
Braselton48,074610926
Perry514,9915021,134
Tyrone67,081706936
Alpharetta762,0541,453332
Port Wentworth86,6191,0511,162
Holly Springs99,9791,405612
Flowery Branch106,2169601,381
Roswell1193,4711,2021,077
Jefferson129,7711,2551,031
Grovetown1312,5219361,664
Kennesaw1432,1861,1361,443
Canton1524,3051,2561,312
Hampton167,1881,1201,566
Woodstock1726,7931,506929
Richmond Hill1810,8721,6761,594
Auburn197,4091,2962,236
Loganville2010,8552,329541
Sandy Springs21100,6911,9551,284
Commerce226,5751,1962,816
Folkston235,3131,2132,958
Acworth2421,5122,3781,101
Suwanee2517,2912,3881,292
Decatur2620,6052,7281,065
Brookhaven2750,8121,9462,463
Pooler2821,4002,4761,701
Fayetteville2916,5002,8541,132
Cairo309,7592,4992,085
Smyrna3153,8292,2252,547
Statesboro3230,0592,7371,878
Snellville3319,1992,9581,808
Dalton3433,4962,7152,247
Bremen356,2242,9072,092
Dunwoody3647,7273,1881,654
Calhoun3715,9483,0601,895
Camilla385,0832,8682,280
McDonough3922,8302,7942,465
Hinesville4034,2872,7692,519
Newnan4135,2242,3433,214
Winder4214,9282,7222,657
Locust Grove435,6663,750678
Lawrenceville4429,7382,8432,554
Centerville457,5193,1222,129
Gainesville4637,1152,8152,749
Powder Springs4714,4622,3543,582
Lilburn4812,3723,3252,334
Fairburn4913,6973,1452,648
Cumming505,5883,7681,383
Norcross5116,1033,0122,919
Villa Rica5214,4353,2162,655
Thomasville5318,6123,6761,738
Bainbridge5412,5763,1532,803
Marietta5558,9063,1392,933
Sylvester566,1462,7193,684
Covington5713,5073,5782,468
Milledgeville5818,9713,3043,014
Fort Valley599,1922,8523,687
Carrollton6025,5153,3433,057
Eatonton616,4862,9743,591
Sandersville625,8313,5422,930
Rome6336,2783,3973,200
Jesup6410,1633,6892,663
Adel655,2813,3303,348
Dublin6616,1813,2753,440
Toccoa678,3023,6602,804
Warner Robins6872,5203,5523,140
LaGrange6930,3563,6522,965
Columbus70200,2853,5823,171
Fitzgerald719,0323,4883,488
Conyers7215,5773,5633,408
Moultrie7314,4743,7363,159
Riverdale7415,6503,7203,206
Albany7576,4663,4643,689
Cordele7611,1403,6303,455
Douglas7711,7503,6963,351
Vidalia7810,6273,7023,369
Douglasville7931,9173,6843,444
Waycross8014,2583,7343,412
Americus8116,3453,6093,635
Forest Park8218,9533,6103,636
Morrow836,9823,8323,246
Fort Oglethorpe849,5473,7873,374
Chamblee8527,6543,7093,531
Atlanta86448,9013,5983,732
Hapeville876,6493,7233,551
Griffin8823,3123,6413,723
Brunswick8915,7943,6503,736
Monroe9013,4763,7763,559
Tifton9116,6563,7383,693
Eastman925,3753,8253,579
Waynesboro935,8013,7613,754
East Point9435,3573,8463,728
College Park9514,0263,8503,856

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