Do you love peaches?
Southern soul food?
What about drinking a cold Coke or beer while walking through the historic streets of Savannah? (Yes, you can drink in public here-- Savannah is one of the few cities where this is allowed in the U.S.) Then you'll love finding a place to live in one of the safest places in Georgia.
According to U.S. News, Georgia's economy is booming, with the 5th highest GDP growth rate in the U.S. Georgia is also ranked 13th for equality and 16th for affordability. These statistics aren't surprising, as the South is notorious for it's cheap cost of living. In the Peach State, you've got Atlanta and quaint country towns, but what are the safest cities to live in in Georgia? Georgia ranks 36th for safety in America according to our most recent rankings, so what really is happening in this southern state?
It turns out that some places in the Peach State are significantly safer than others. Using the most recent FBI crime data, we figured out the safe places from the dangerous for you by analyzing all the cities in Georgia with a population of more than 5,000.
What's the safest place to live in Georgia? Braselton, Georgia, placed number one on our ranking, which isn't a shocker since Braselton also ranks 9.5/10 overall on our SnackAbility scale.
What's so good about Braselton?
Great education and job opportunities, according to HomeSnacks.
Read on below to learn more about how we got our ranking and to see how your city ranked.
For more reading on safe places to live in and around Georgia, check out:
It's easy to be brazen if you live in Braselton -- it's the safest city in Georgia.
The property crime rate here is especially low, coming in as the lowest in the state. You only have a 1 in 114 chance of being involved in a stolen peach incident.
You'll find Braselton approximately 53 miles northeast of Atlanta.
Milton has been dethroned and now takes the second spot in this year's ranking of the safest places to live in Georgia.
It boasts the fourth lowest violent crime in the state and the third lowest property crime rank. That's a peachy 1-2 combo.
Milton is a city and suburb in Fulton County, Georgia, It is an affluent community, with an average household income within the ZIP code 30004 of $99,412.
Hope springs eternal in Holly Springs -- the third safest place in Georgia.
Residents here know it's safe as it has the fourth lowest property crime rate in the state which means no one steals your holly as you kiss underneath it.
Holly Springs is located south of the center of Cherokee County.
Johns Creek lost its top spot on the list -- but don't feel bad. The city of over 85,000 people has the lowest property crime rate in the state.
So even though Milton stole the top spot, it won't steal Johns wallet. See what I did there.
In 2017 Johns Creek ranked third on the USA TODAY list of "50 best cities to live in" and it earned a 9.5 on our SnackAbility Score.
Tyrone may only come in 5th place overall on this list, but the city has the second lowest rate of violent crime in the whole state. There was only 1 violent crime reported in the last year of available data, giving Tyrone a rate of violent crime about 28 times lower than the national average. So whether you find a four-leaf clover at Shamrock Park or not, you'll be pretty lucky to be in Tyrone.
Plus, being just 30 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta means you'll never be bored!
This seems like a good as any to warn you that I will be making a lot of peach puns this post.
Peachtree City didn't fall from the safety tree -- it's the sixth safest city in Georgia thanks to a low occurrence of violent crime. The Atlanta suburb also has peachy top ten ranking when it comes to property crime.
So your peaches can sleep safe and sound in their tree fort within Peachtree City.
Let's take a walk through the peach grove into Grovetown -- Georgia's seventh safest city.
A low rate of violent crime lands Grovetown in this spot, but an slight uptick in property crime caused it to drop a couple of places in the ranking.
It is part of the Augusta metropolitan area and the Central Savannah River Area.
When you have been writing about places for as long as I have, some cities stand out and Alpharetta is one of them.
It's either because of how I see it on so many lists of great places to live or it's because I always read it as Alphabet the first time. Let's put on our peach colored glasses and say it's the former.
Alpharetta is a city located in north Fulton County and is a suburb of Atlanta.
When a city is one of the safest in a state, it's no surprise that people want to live there. Well people seem to REALLY want to live in Jefferson, because the population has nearly tripled since 2000.
Jefferson ranked better in safety this year than it did the previous year, with a decently low rate of violent crime and an impressively low rate of property crime. In terms of potential for property damage or crime, Hurricane Shoals Park sounds a lot scarier than any would-be burglars.
Jefferson is located in Jackson County, about an hour drive northeast of Atlanta.
Rounding out our list of safest cities in Georgia is the city of Glennville. This small city in eastern Georgia's Tattnall County was neck and neck with Jefferson for the #9 spot on this list. Glennville ranks #10 in violent crime and #15 in property crime, the opposite of Jefferson's rankings.
And while residents go nuts for their local wine from Watermelon Creek Vineyard, nobody's beating up their neighbor for more. With only four violent crimes in the last year of available data, you can rest assured that Glennville is much too civil for all that.
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 (Published Sept 2019) 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 66 crimes committed in Braselton which had a reported population of 11,537. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0057 which translates into a 1 in 174 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 2018, the last reporting year. This left us with a total of 94 of the biggest cities in Georgia to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 94 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" with any ties going to the bigger city. You can download the data here.
The safest city in Georgia, based on our criteria, is Braselton. The most dangerous city in Georgia? East Point, where residents had a 1 in 7 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.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Braselton 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:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|3||Holly Springs, GA||12,369||24||994|
|4||Johns Creek, GA||85,446||39||622|
|6||Peachtree City, GA||35,374||50||1,317|
Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.
He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.
If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.
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