These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Georgia For 2019

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

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Do you love peaches?

Southern soul food?

Cheap rent?

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.)

Perhaps a night out in "Hotlanta" or a weekend hiking the appalachian trail?

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? U.S. News ranked Georgia 35th for crime and corrections, so what really is happening in this southern state?

Many people love moving to the South because of the cheaper cost of living, but are you giving up on safety to save your bank?

So we figured it out for you by analyzing cities in Georgia with a population of more than 5,000 using the most recent FBI crime data.

Here's a list of the safest cities in Georgia for 2019:

  1. Milton (Photos | Homes)
  2. Johns Creek (Photos | Homes)
  3. Peachtree City (Photos | Homes)
  4. Flowery Branch (Photos | Homes)
  5. Holly Springs (Photos | Homes)
  6. Alpharetta (Photos | Homes)
  7. Braselton (Photos | Homes)
  8. Grovetown (Photos | Homes)
  9. Roswell (Photos | Homes)
  10. Woodstock (Photos | Homes)

Milton, Georgia, placed number one on our ranking, which isn't a shocker since Milton also ranks 9.5/10 overall on our SnackAbility scale.

What's so good about Milton?

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 and Georgia, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Georgia

Safest Cities in Georgia Graph

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 2018) 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:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 307 crimes committed in Milton which had a reported population of 39,388. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0078 which translates into a 1 in 128 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 2017. This left us with a total of 107 of the biggest cities in Georgia to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 107 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 Milton. 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.

Milton, GA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 39,388
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 22 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 756 (2nd safest)
More on Milton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Milton dethrones Johns Creek to take the top spot in this year's ranking of the safest places to live in Georgia.

It boasts the lowest violent crime in the state and the 2nd 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.

Johns Creek, GA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 85,048
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 676 (1st safest)
More on Johns Creek: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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.

Peachtree City, GA
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 35,300
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 39 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,674 (9th safest)
More on Peachtree City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

This seems like a good as any to warn you that I will be making a lot of peach puns this post.

Get ready.

Peachtree City didn't fall from the safety tree -- it's the 3rd 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.

Flowery Branch, GA
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 7,317
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 27 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,749 (12th safest)
More on Flowery Branch: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Flowery Branch bloomed this year -- it jumped up 7 spots into the fourth overall safest in Georgia.

Why is that? Violent crime came way down to the 2nd best rate in the state.

Flowery Branch is part of the Gainesville, Georgia metropolitan area, and lies on the shores of Lake Lanier.

Holly Springs, GA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 11,653
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 102 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,235 (6th safest)
More on Holly Springs: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Hope springs eternal in Holly Springs -- the fifth safest place in Georgia.

Residents here know it's safe as it has the fifth 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.

Alpharetta, GA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 66,711
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,779 (13th safest)
More on Alpharetta: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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.

Braselton, GA
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 10,761
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 111 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 873 (4th safest)
More on Braselton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

It's easy to be brazen if you live in Braselton -- it's the 7th safest city in Georgia.

The property crime rate here is especially low, coming in as the fourth 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.

Grovetown, GA
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 13,841
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 65 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,885 (18th safest)
More on Grovetown: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Let's take a walk through the peach grove into Grovetown -- Georgia's 8th 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.

Roswell, GA
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 95,602
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 112 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,690 (10th safest)
More on Roswell: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Roswell broke into the top ten for the first time this year thanks to improvements across a board.

A top ten finish for property crime rates is the shining star for the city -- something that's not alien to the city.

Roswell is a city in north Fulton County and one of the largest in Georgia.

Woodstock, GA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 32,293
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 108 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,861 (16th safest)
More on Woodstock: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rounding out the top ten is Woodstock.

The city rocks out to an above average showing for both property and violent crime compared to other cities of its size in Georgia.

Fun fact for when the music ends, originally a stop on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, Woodstock is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Peach State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Milton 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:

  1. East Point
  2. Union City
  3. College Park
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List Of Safest Cities In Georgia For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Milton, GA 39,388 22 756
2 Johns Creek, GA 85,048 29 676
3 Peachtree City, GA 35,300 39 1,674
4 Flowery Branch, GA 7,317 27 1,749
5 Holly Springs, GA 11,653 102 1,235
6 Alpharetta, GA 66,711 50 1,779
7 Braselton, GA 10,761 111 873
8 Grovetown, GA 13,841 65 1,885
9 Roswell, GA 95,602 112 1,690
10 Woodstock, GA 32,293 108 1,861
11 Tyrone, GA 7,260 165 867
12 Duluth, GA 29,795 110 1,869
13 Mcrae-Helena, GA 8,295 132 1,723
14 Glennville, GA 5,086 78 2,379
15 Jefferson, GA 10,658 159 1,641
16 Sandy Springs, GA 107,740 116 2,100
17 Auburn, GA 7,698 142 1,818
18 Hampton, GA 7,623 209 1,193
19 Kennesaw, GA 34,154 210 1,405
20 Dallas, GA 13,373 134 2,056
21 Loganville, GA 11,887 117 2,700
22 Suwanee, GA 20,186 158 2,576
23 Decatur, GA 23,378 171 2,271
24 Port Wentworth, GA 8,452 260 1,786
25 Acworth, GA 22,747 175 2,545
26 Kingsland, GA 16,852 249 2,201
27 Fayetteville, GA 17,749 191 2,636
28 Byron, GA 5,228 76 3,596
29 Pooler, GA 24,601 101 3,560
30 Canton, GA 26,897 249 2,595
31 Powder Springs, GA 15,127 310 2,260
32 Rincon, GA 10,101 118 3,474
33 Smyrna, GA 57,576 298 2,681
34 Lawrenceville, GA 31,183 234 3,036
35 Mcdonough, GA 24,278 296 2,883
36 Dalton, GA 34,228 315 2,866
37 Snellville, GA 19,982 195 3,488
38 Dunwoody, GA 49,321 127 4,061
39 Brookhaven, GA 52,973 354 2,758
40 Jackson, GA 5,071 315 3,234
41 Calhoun, GA 16,557 338 3,249
42 Camilla, GA 5,176 212 3,786
43 Milledgeville, GA 19,051 278 3,658
44 Lilburn, GA 12,844 280 3,729
45 Statesboro, GA 31,937 391 3,012
46 Bainbridge, GA 12,208 384 3,104
47 Cumming, GA 6,365 188 4,697
48 Marietta, GA 61,646 348 3,583
49 Thomasville, GA 18,866 153 5,258
50 Athens-Clarke County, GA 124,903 415 3,146
51 Cairo, GA 9,558 345 3,620
52 Gainesville, GA 40,836 384 3,438
53 Commerce, GA 6,826 483 2,900
54 Locust Grove, GA 6,028 99 6,934
55 Norcross, GA 17,060 468 3,059
56 Newnan, GA 38,825 605 2,632
57 Cochran, GA 5,029 437 3,261
58 Bremen, GA 6,453 309 4,509
59 Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan, GA 242,941 462 3,431
60 Chamblee, GA 28,558 472 3,330
61 Eatonton, GA 6,568 609 2,877
62 Villa Rica, GA 15,398 435 3,591
63 Barnesville, GA 6,696 358 4,316
64 Cartersville, GA 20,918 372 4,622
65 Centerville, GA 7,689 351 5,033
66 Sandersville, GA 5,669 458 3,810
67 Fairburn, GA 14,370 327 5,414
68 Cedartown, GA 9,806 377 4,772
69 Lagrange, GA 30,981 355 5,045
70 Winder, GA 16,006 887 3,017
71 Stone Mountain, GA 6,413 732 3,274
72 Carrollton, GA 26,951 541 4,315
73 Rome, GA 36,366 563 4,069
74 Clarkston, GA 12,849 599 3,938
75 Cordele, GA 10,812 434 5,345
76 Jesup, GA 10,170 353 6,401
77 Valdosta, GA 56,729 378 6,143
78 Dublin, GA 16,086 640 4,395
79 Columbus, GA 198,832 655 4,435
80 Waynesboro, GA 5,669 881 3,845
81 Fort Valley, GA 8,465 1,015 3,756
82 Warner Robins, GA 75,323 511 5,452
83 Covington, GA 14,122 488 5,756
84 Doraville, GA 10,593 575 5,333
85 Toccoa, GA 8,392 440 6,410
86 Moultrie, GA 14,365 501 5,777
87 Conyers, GA 16,034 686 4,933
88 Morrow, GA 7,400 432 9,675
89 Fitzgerald, GA 8,902 595 5,549
90 Monroe, GA 13,579 802 4,683
91 Swainsboro, GA 7,522 983 4,613
92 Atlanta, GA 481,343 935 4,776
93 Fort Oglethorpe, GA 9,935 553 6,472
94 Riverdale, GA 16,435 529 6,875
95 Vidalia, GA 10,743 614 5,985
96 Forest Park, GA 19,948 656 5,624
97 Brunswick, GA 16,500 1,030 5,248
98 Adel, GA 5,359 615 6,773
99 Douglasville, GA 33,640 725 6,239
100 Griffin, GA 22,878 891 5,844

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