Georgia, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies, is best known for its peaches, but there are many other notable facts about the state. The Peach State actually produces more peanuts, blueberries, and pecans than it does peaches. There are still plenty of peaches, though. This ninth most populous state in the union is loaded with unique geography, including the Okefenokee Swamp, which encompasses over 400,000 acres in the heart of the South. It’s also home to the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, thanks to its central location on the world travel map. After trying out four other capitals, the state finally settled on Atlanta in 1868, which continues as the seat of state government today. Nowadays, Georgia is known for its thriving film industry and is the home of famed zombie television hit, The Walking Dead. It’s a state more rich in history and character than most, with a comfortably warm climate and hundreds of miles of oceanfront land. And yes, they sure grow a lot of peaches in Georgia.
Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.
1. JOHNS CREEK
We begin with Johns Creek, the safest city in the state of Georgia. You might think that safe equals small, but this is actually the ninth largest city in the state, boasting over 300 acres of parks and recreation space. With a population of 84,655 and only 33 violent crimes, Johns Creek bears witness to one of the lowest crime rates in the country. Combine this with a property crime rate of only 6.4 per 1000 folks and you’re looking at an incredibly safe space. The citizens of this city won’t have to be afraid of walking home from the number three dog park in the country after dark.
Milton, Georgia is the second safest city in the state, but only by a hair. As the official site boasts, Milton offers some of the best quality of life in Georgia. The small population, 37,665 all told, makes for a relatively close-knit community. The crime statistics bear this idea out: as of the last rating, there were only 12 violent crimes in the city. That makes for an even lower rate than Johns Creek, with 0.32 violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Similarly low property crime rates, with only 371 crimes total, make for an attractive set of numbers. Residents can enjoy the numerous parks, schools, and camps without worry.
The town of Braselton enjoys the unique characteristic of being located across four bordering counties, but this diversity does nothing to hamper the safety and security of its 9,041 residents. Such a small population means that Braselton exudes small-town, southern charm, but the city is growing rapidly thanks to new business developments. With only nine total violent crimes to its name, the city looks at a rate of roughly one crime per 1,000 people, and only 10.73 property crimes for the same amount of folks.
Perry is home to 15,469 souls, right in the heart of the state of Georgia and sits confidently in the top five safest in the state. This small city enjoys a comfortably low crime rate, seeing only 20 violent crimes and 164 property crimes within its borders. This makes for a rating of only 1.29 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and 10.60 property crimes for the same amount. The numbers are higher than the cities further up this list, but they’re miniscule compared to the national averages. Its central Georgia location, right along I-75, offers a cozy downtown that serves up classic Georgia hospitality in an old-fashioned style.
Tyrone, Georgia enjoys a plethora of lakes and outdoor recreational spaces, as well as a close proximity to the Atlanta metro area, with the world’s busiest airport. This great combination of small town comfort and big city access is a boon for its 7,182 residents. With only eight violent crimes and 91 property crimes, the city enjoys a rate of 1.11 and 12.67 per 1000 people, respectively. In fact, it’s the second safest city of its size in the state, only behind Braselton, while still remaining connected to a larger metropolitan area.
The Top 50 Safest Cities in Georgia, 2017
1. Johns Creek
21. Sandy Springs
44. Athens-Clarke County
6. Peachtree City
7. Port Wentworth
8. Flowery Branch
19. Richmond Hill
49. Powder Springs
10. Holly Springs
50. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan
To identify the safest cities in Georgia, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.
The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.