These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Georgia
We used data and science to determine the places in Georgia where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 99 places in Georgia with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Johns Creek
- Flowery Branch
- Peachtree City
- Holly Springs
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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 (2014). 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
For example, there were a total of 60 crimes committed in Johns Creek which had a reported population of 84,256. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.000712 which translates into a 1 in 1404 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 99 places in Georgia to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 99 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 31 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.
1. Johns Creek
Population: 84,256Property Crime Rank: 23Violent Crime Rank: 37
Population: 12,676Property Crime Rank: 30Violent Crime Rank: 36
Population: 36,702Property Crime Rank: 32Violent Crime Rank: 32
4. Flowery Branch
Population: 6,259Property Crime Rank: 41Violent Crime Rank: 21
5. Peachtree City
Population: 34,989Property Crime Rank: 45Violent Crime Rank: 35
Population: 7,107Property Crime Rank: 47Violent Crime Rank: 34
Population: 8,142Property Crime Rank: 49Violent Crime Rank: 65
Population: 32,429Property Crime Rank: 57Violent Crime Rank: 67
9. Holly Springs
Population: 9,925Property Crime Rank: 66Violent Crime Rank: 59
Population: 63,478Property Crime Rank: 75Violent Crime Rank: 44
There You Have It
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: Union City 2nd Most Dangerous: East Point Most Dangerous: College Park