Study: Safest Cities in Georgia 2016


Georgia is known for lots of things—peanuts, peaches, and perhaps best of all, Southern hospitality. If you know where to look, you can find all those things plus a safe place to live in this Deep South state. CreditDonkey has the inside track on the 50 cities that prove to be Georgia's safest overall.

Safest Cities in Georgia 2016
Safest Cities in Georgia 2016 © CreditDonkey

We analyzed crime trends for cities large and small across the state to find the ones where crime occurred least often. In doing so, we also determined that Georgia’s violent crime rate is roughly half the national average. At the same time, the property crime rate is equal to approximately one-third of the nationwide average. While Atlanta has a higher occurrence of crime, many of its surrounding suburbs prove to be exceedingly safe.

If you’re a Georgia native or you’re planning to relocate to the Peach State in the near future, we’ve designed this study with you in mind. Keep reading to learn more about the cities that deserve recognition for being the best of the best where safety is concerned.

Study Methodology

FBI Uniform Crime Report Data for 2014 served as the basis for our study. We analyzed crime data for all of Georgia’s cities with a population of 2,500 or more. For violent crime, we considered:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault

For property crime, we looked at:

  • Burglary
  • Larceny/theft
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Arson

To determine our final rankings, we looked at the violent and property crime rates per 1,000 inhabitants, as well as the robbery and burglary rates per 1,000 inhabitants. These latter two crimes received special attention because of their relative frequency.

Using those four factors, we assigned each city a CreditDonkey safety score. The lower the score, the higher the city ranked. The top 50 safest cities in Georgia are listed below, starting with the city that had the best safety rating.

Safest Cities 2016: Rankings

1. Summerville

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 0.2
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.2
  • Property crime per 1,000: 7.0
  • Burglary per 1,000: 0.0
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 1.9

Summerville serves up small-town living at its best—just around 4,400 warm, friendly people call it their home. It easily took the number one spot in our rankings, with just one violent crime and 31 property crimes reported in 2014. The Summerville Police Department deserves recognition for its ability to keep the city’s streets safe and secure.

2. Senoia

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 0.0.
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.0
  • Property crime per 1,000: 7.5
  • Burglary per 1,000: 1.0
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 2.1

Perhaps best known as the primary filming location for AMC’s The Walking Dead, the city of Senoia had no real violence of its own in 2014. While out-of-towners make regular appearances here during the summer months, it’s pretty quiet most of the time and that’s something this small, close-knit community appreciates. Kudos to Senoia’s Police Department for keeping the peace.

3. Johns Creek

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 0.3
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.1
  • Property crime per 1,000: 7.0
  • Burglary per 1,000: 1.1
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 2.1

Johns Creek is billed as “the exception to the everyday,” and it’s certainly a stand out where safety is concerned. There were 28 violent crimes and 594 property crimes reported in 2014, which is impressively low considering that the city’s population approaches 85,000. Residents are encouraged to work with local law enforcement to prevent crime through programs like P.A.C.T, which stands for Police and Community Together.

4. Abbeville

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 2.4
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.3
  • Property crime per 1,000: 5.9
  • Burglary per 1,000: 2.1
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 2.7

The population in Abbeville may be small, but residents have big hearts and they’re always willing to watch out for one another. The Abbeville Police Department is also keeping an eye out to ensure that crime doesn’t detract from the quality of life. With one robbery and six burglaries reported in 2014, it’s safe to say officers are doing a top-notch job.

5. Milton

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 0.2
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.0
  • Property crime per 1,000: 9.9
  • Burglary per 1,000: 1.4
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 2.9

The city of Milton was officially established in 2006, and it’s already made a name for itself in the safety department. It comes in at number five on our list, with a relatively low number of seven violent crimes and 365 property crimes reported for 2014. Milton’s Police Department boasts an average response time of 3.02 minutes, and officers are always quick to provide help when it’s needed.

6. Flowery Branch

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 0.0
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.0
  • Property crime per 1,000: 12.1
  • Burglary per 1,000: 1.0
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 3.3

Small-town appeal and bigger city amenities are some of Flowery Branch’s defining characteristics. We also recognize it here as being exceptionally safe, with zero violent crimes and 76 property crimes reported in 2014. Flowery Branch’s Police Department utilizes a community policing approach, which contributes to the city’s low crime rate.

7. Grovetown

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 0.3
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.1
  • Property crime per 1,000: 9.4
  • Burglary per 1,000: 3.7
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 3.4

The Grovetown Department of Public Safety is charged with providing both police and fire services for the city. The law enforcement division is focused on protecting public safety and property and generally preserving a superior quality of life. In 2014, officers dealt with just four violent crime reports, including one robbery, which is a sign that their efforts are paying off.

8. Peachtree City

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 0.3
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.1
  • Property crime per 1,000: 12.7
  • Burglary per 1,000: 0.8
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 3.5

Peachtree City is the place to be for families who want to raise their children in a beautiful and safe suburban setting. It’s just over 30 miles away from Atlanta, so it’s still close enough to the metro area to make it ideal for commuters, but it’s not overshadowed by a big-city crime rate. The 2014 crime report totals included five robberies and 27 burglaries among the city’s 35,000 residents.

9. Harlem

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 0.3
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.0
  • Property crime per 1,000: 12.5
  • Burglary per 1,000: 2.1
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 3.7

Comedic actor Oliver Hardy of Laurel and Hardy fame was born in Harlem, and the city celebrates that claim to fame with a festival in his honor each year. Residents also have cause to rejoice when it comes to how safe their hometown is. In 2014, Harlem reported a single violent crime and 36 property crimes, with only six burglaries making the books.

10. Baldwin

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.2
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.6
  • Property crime per 1,000: 13.0
  • Burglary per 1,000: 0.6
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 3.9

Baldwin styles itself as the hub of development in northern Georgia, and industry is indeed big business for the local economy. About 3,300 people live here, and they’re all under the protection of the Baldwin Police Department. The department’s officers hold themselves to the highest professional standards, and they should be commended for keeping Baldwin’s crime rate so low.

11. Tyrone

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 0.3
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.1
  • Property crime per 1,000: 13.2
  • Burglary per 1,000: 3.2
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 4.2

Tyrone is Peachtree City’s neighbor to the north, and with around 7,100 residents, it’s much smaller by comparison. The city has a cozy feel, with locals being able to relax knowing that crime isn’t a regular feature of everyday life. In fact, there were a mere two violent crimes reported in 2014, only one of which was a robbery. That’s evidence of how adept the Tyrone Police Department is at preventing crime.

12. Watkinsville

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 0.0
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.0
  • Property crime per 1,000: 15.5
  • Burglary per 1,000: 1.7
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 4.3

Residents of Watkinsville enjoy one of the lowest crime rates of any city in our rankings, with zero violent crimes and 45 property crimes reported in 2014. There were five burglaries reported for the year in all. If you want to live in a quaint setting where you can feel safe when you’re at home, at play or at work, Watkinsville doesn’t disappoint.

13. Braselton

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.1
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.4
  • Property crime per 1,000: 13.5
  • Burglary per 1,000: 2.6
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 4.4

The motto in Braselton is “A Past to Preserve and a Future to Mold,” and local law enforcement plays an important role in charting the city’s course. Officers are tasked with ensuring that residents’ lives and property are secure, adding to the sense that life is better in Braselton. The city’s low violent and property crime rates for 2014 speak volumes about the department’s capacity to protect and serve.

14. Nicholls

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.2
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.3
  • Property crime per 1,000: 12.2
  • Burglary per 1,000: 4.4
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 4.5

The Coffee Correctional Facility is located in Nicholls, serving as a reminder of the city’s commitment to ensuring that crime is detected and punished whenever necessary. Fortunately, the local criminal justice system isn’t put to the test too often. In 2014, Nicholls reported four violent crimes and 41 property crimes.

15. Folkston

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 3.2
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.5
  • Property crime per 1,000: 11.2
  • Burglary per 1,000: 3.5
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 4.6

Folkston is the gateway to the Okefenokee, and the city sees a fair amount of tourist traffic from people who are interested in exploring the area’s natural beauty. While it helps the economy, it doesn’t result in higher crime rates. Visitors are welcome at the city’s annual Okefenokee Festival, and members of the Folkston Police Department are on hand to make sure everyone is staying safe.

16. Wrightsville

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.4
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.0
  • Property crime per 1,000: 11.1
  • Burglary per 1,000: 6.0
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 4.6

One of the highlights of living in Wrightsville is the annual Fourth of July Festival, which includes fireworks and a parade. Events like these help to strengthen community ties even more; this is the kind of place where you can always count on your neighbors in times of need. The fact that people are so willing to watch out for one another is part of what contributes to Wrightsville’s astoundingly low crime rate.

17. Kennesaw

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.1
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.3
  • Property crime per 1,000: 15.7
  • Burglary per 1,000: 2.4
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 4.9

Kennesaw is unique in its approach to crime prevention. Its mandatory gun ownership ordinance has garnered it national attention. While the requirement for households to own a gun is viewed as controversial by some, there’s no denying that Kennesaw has an exceptional reputation for safety. The city’s police department deserves high praise for its determination to control crime.

The Kennesaw Police Department uses a computer statistics model to track crime and adjust resources quickly in order to focus on the origins of crimes and quality of life problems. The department is also very active and visible in the community, offering outreach programs like Citizens Police Academy, Vacation House Check, and seminars that focus on crime prevention and reduction. An active presence in social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and NIXLE insures effective and prompt communication with citizens.
Pam Davis, Communications Director, Kennesaw

18. Auburn

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 2.2
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.1
  • Property crime per 1,000: 14.3
  • Burglary per 1,000: 3.1
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 4.9

When you’re looking for a new home, it’s all about location, and Auburn is in a great spot if you want to live in the country while still being close to the city. It’s located roughly halfway between Athens and Atlanta, making it appealing to commuters. It also offers up an abundance of Southern charm with very little crime. One robbery and 22 burglaries were reported in Auburn in 2014.

19. Holly Springs

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.0
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.1
  • Property crime per 1,000: 17.7
  • Burglary per 1,000: 1.8
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 5.2

Part of the Holly Springs Police Department’s mission is to foster cooperation and communication between citizens and law enforcement. The department does that through programs like T.R.A.C.E., which is focused on addressing and preventing crime-related issues that are most concerning to residents and business owners. We take our hats off to officers for their comprehensive approach to fighting crime.

20. Jefferson

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.5
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.2
  • Property crime per 1,000: 16.4
  • Burglary per 1,000: 3.2
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 5.3

Jefferson features a small-town atmosphere and a wholesome environment that’s well-suited for raising children. The surrounding landscape provides a serene backdrop for people of all ages who want a safe place to settle down. The Jefferson Police Department is always ready to respond to reports of crime, and they’ll even take you along for a ride if you want. Citizens can accompany an officer to see firsthand what a daily round is like.

21. Port Wentworth

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 2.9
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.1
  • Property crime per 1,000: 15.8
  • Burglary per 1,000: 3.2
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 5.5

Located along the Savannah River, the city of Port Wentworth goes by many nicknames, including Savannah’s Front Porch, the Gateway to Georgia History, and Savannah’s Affordable North Side. All of them are appropriate, but a simpler way to describe the city is safe and family-friendly. Excellent schools, moderately priced homes, and a highly trained police force add to its list of positive traits.

22. Hahira

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.1
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.0
  • Property crime per 1,000: 17.9
  • Burglary per 1,000: 3.2
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 5.5

With 2,850 residents, Hahira is one of the smallest cities in our rankings, and that’s part of the reason why crime is such a rarity here. All three of the violent crimes reported in 2014 were aggravated assaults. Nine burglaries were included in the 51 property crimes reported. Hahira’s police department has taken a firm “No Tolerance” stance on crime, which has helped to make it such a safe place to live and grow.

23. Jackson

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.4
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.6
  • Property crime per 1,000: 17.3
  • Burglary per 1,000: 2.9
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 5.6

Much of Jackson was destroyed when General William T. Sherman marched through the area en route to Savannah, but the city has since re-established itself as a peaceable place to live. Just over 4,900 people make their homes here, with the Jackson Police Department responsible for keeping each and every one of them safe. With seven violent crimes and 85 property crimes reported in 2014, we’d say they’re handling their duties well.

24. McRae

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 3.9
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.3
  • Property crime per 1,000: 13.4
  • Burglary per 1,000: 4.7
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 5.6

In 2015, McRae merged with nearby Helena to become McRae-Helena, since dubbed “The Crossroads City.” The blending of these two cities has been a smooth transition and hasn’t negatively affected the crime rate. In 2014, McRae reported two robberies and 29 burglaries, and that low crime trend is expected to continue with the city’s latest incarnation.

Public safety is always a priority to the City of McRae-Helena; therefore, the police department is continuously training and evolving to meet the citizens’ needs. In addition to interdepartmental training, the police department partners with many community organizations such as the private and public prisons, the school system, Sheriff’s Department, Oconee Drug Task Force, and Georgia Bureau of Investigation to provide community-wide training in emergency management and response. This summer the Police Department has partnered with the Telfair County School System to provide training to public safety officers and school administration for terrorist attacks and school shootings.

McRae-Helena is a close-knit community which positively contributes to the safety here. The citizens are helpful in reporting information and cultivating a great relationship with the police officers which in turn helps the department respond quickly and accurately. The City offers 24 hour police protection. The Police Department has over a 75% success rate for solving burglaries and thefts. We also aggressively work drug interdiction in order to help reduce the amount of drugs in our area. This is important because a huge percentage of all crimes (property or violent) are directly related to drug use.
Liz McLean ,City Manager, City of McRae-Helena

25. Commerce

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 2.4
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.0
  • Property crime per 1,000: 17.9
  • Burglary per 1,000: 2.3
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 5.6

Commerce is “A City on the Right Track,” and as its name suggests, the local economy does a healthy trade. The city’s police department is focused on offering the most professional, courteous service possible, with community policing as a cornerstone of that effort. Commerce is one of a handful of cities in our rankings to report zero robberies in 2014, and burglaries were also low, with 15 total.

26. Alpharetta

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 0.6
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.3
  • Property crime per 1,000: 19.8
  • Burglary per 1,000: 2.4
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 5.8

Close to 64,000 people live in Alpharetta, making it one of the Atlanta area’s larger suburbs. This vibrant city has everything you’re looking for in the way of amenities. And its police force is stocked up as well: They are equipped with state-of-the-art tools and training to fight crime. Despite working in a larger city, officers make a concerted effort to develop solid relationships with residents on a one-on-one basis.

27. Roswell

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.2
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.6
  • Property crime per 1,000: 18.8
  • Burglary per 1,000: 3.9
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 6.1

Roswell is right next door to Alpharetta and it’s an even larger suburb, with more than 95,000 residents. This city continues to grow as newcomers are drawn in by its historic past and bright future. One thing that hasn’t grown is the crime rate. The Roswell Police Department deserves praise for its commitment to making the safety of citizens its number one priority.

28. Grantville

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 0.6
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.0
  • Property crime per 1,000: 16.9
  • Burglary per 1,000: 7.3
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 6.2

“Come Grow with Us” is Grantville’s motto. While the city is still relatively small, it doesn’t seem destined to remain that way. Some of the older buildings in town have been used as filming locations for TV and movies, but residents remain down-to-earth, despite Grantville’s celebrity status. With just two violent crimes and 53 property crimes reported in 2014, it’s an undeniably safe place to hang your hat.

29. Duluth

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 0.9
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.2
  • Property crime per 1,000: 20.7
  • Burglary per 1,000: 3.2
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 6.3

The city of Duluth invites you to capture the spirit of good living, and you’ll find everything here you need to do just that. There are diverse neighborhoods full of beautiful, budget-friendly homes, superior schools, and a flourishing economy that’s supported by tourism, industry, and small businesses. Duluth’s police department uses programs like the Citizens Police Academy to raise awareness about crime and connect with local residents.

Our crime rate is consistently the lowest or one of the lowest in Gwinnett County. Our officers are dedicated to making sure our citizens are safe. The Citizen’s Police Academy, school programs, vacation house check program, task forces and aggressive traffic enforcement are just a few of the things implemented in our Police Department.
Alisa Williams, Public Information & Marketing Manager, City of Duluth

30. Canton

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.4
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.4
  • Property crime per 1,000: 20.7
  • Burglary per 1,000: 2.9
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 6.4

Canton’s Police Department uses several different avenues to deter crime in the community. The S.A.L.T. Council, for example, joins seniors and law enforcement together in finding ways to keep the city’s older residents safe. The department also works with Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta in taking preventative measures to keep crime in Canton to a minimum.

31. Loganville

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 0.6
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.1
  • Property crime per 1,000: 22.3
  • Burglary per 1,000: 2.7
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 6.4

Just under 11,000 people live in Loganville, which sits about 35 miles east of Atlanta. The city prides itself on being a place where people matter, and that’s especially true where safety is concerned. Loganville’s chief of police wants citizens to know that their protection is of the utmost importance to officers and warding off crime is central to the department’s mission.

32. Adairsville

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 2.1
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.0
  • Property crime per 1,000: 20.7
  • Burglary per 1,000: 3.8
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 6.7

Adairsville is steeped in history, but it has plenty of modern touches that make living here quite comfortable. The downtown area is a breath of fresh air; it’s not unusual to see residents strolling or biking along the streets. Criminal incidents are few and far between and in 2014, there were no robberies or murders reported that year.

33. Woodstock

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.2
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.2
  • Property crime per 1,000: 23.4
  • Burglary per 1,000: 1.8
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 6.7

As one of Atlanta’s fastest growing suburbs, Woodstock is the kind of place that appeals to people in every stage of life. Whether you’re starting a career, a family or your retirement, it doesn’t take much to feel at home here. A low crime rate enhances the overall quality of life even further. Citizens are invited to support the Woodstock Police Department by joining the volunteer Auxiliary Unit.

Woodstock's well trained and equipped staff plays an important role in keeping our City safe.

The hard work, dedication, and teamwork of the women and men of the Police, Fire, Parks, and Public Works Departments are important to our successes. Whether civilian, sworn, or volunteer, each is an important part of Woodstock’s public safety team.

But many of these successes would not be possible without the contributions of residents, visitors, and stakeholders of our great City. Our citizenry is fully engaged and an indispensable part of Woodstock's public safety equation. Only with their valuable support and cooperation – along with the unwavering backing of the Mayor and City Council – are we able to continue improving the quality of life in Woodstock.

After all, none of us is as strong as all of us.
Calvin W. Moss, Chief of Police, Woodstock Police Department

Did you know:

Our staff of professional firefighters trained to the highest levels of Firefighter NPQ 2 which is a national certification. And Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.

The Woodstock Fire Department recently was rated a 1 for the Insurance Service Office (ISO).

We also have the best equipment of trucks and equipment. We recently purchased a new Pierce fire engine and ladder truck and are about to take delivery of another new pierce fire engine. At the end of the day Woodstock is a great place to live and work!
David Soumas, Fire Chief, City of Woodstock

34. Palmetto

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 2.7
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.6
  • Property crime per 1,000: 21.5
  • Burglary per 1,000: 4.1
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 7.2

Green space, blue skies and great people are all in abundance in the city of Palmetto, which lies about 30 miles southwest of Atlanta. Life here moves at a slower pace, but that’s something you may appreciate if the fast lane isn’t your speed. We tip our hats to the Palmetto Police Department for keeping a firm grip on the city’s crime rate.

35. Suwanee

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 0.9
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.1
  • Property crime per 1,000: 25.4
  • Burglary per 1,000: 5.1
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 7.9

The Suwanee Police Department’s PACT program is designed to help officers bridge the communication gap with citizens. Officers are assigned to specific neighborhoods to help residents address issues that may impact their quality of life, including crime. The department also conducts outreach in schools and through the Explorers program, which mentors youth interested in a law enforcement career.

36. Vienna

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 2.1
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.5
  • Property crime per 1,000: 25.9
  • Burglary per 1,000: 3.4
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 8.0

Vienna plays host to Georgia’s oldest barbecue festival, but the delicious eats aren’t the only reason why folks are attracted to the city. The safe, pleasant atmosphere is also a positive as far as residents are concerned. There were a nominal eight violent crimes reported in 2014, including two robberies, and there were 13 burglaries in total.

Did you know, upcoming projects include:

  • Possible implementing a Crime Suppression Unit to concentrate on high crime areas to eliminate crimes within that area
  • Possibly implementing a Concentrated Patrol once a month. Have all officers report on a specific day and show unity; work traffic or possible drug dealings to eliminate would be violators
  • To work more with the children in the city to provide a more hands-on approach to enhance relations
  • Jr. Police Academy
  • Citizens Police Academy

The number one priority of the Vienna Police Department is peace and security in our city.
Chief Cozie Rays

37. Fayetteville

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.6
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.7
  • Property crime per 1,000: 28.1
  • Burglary per 1,000: 2.4
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 8.2

At less than 25 miles from Atlanta, Fayetteville offers a convenient location for professionals who work in the metro area. It’s also an idyllic place to raise a family or practice your golf game in retirement. Fayetteville’s Police Department is very proactive in its approach to fighting crime. The low crime rate is a byproduct of their hard work.

38. Acworth

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.8
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.6
  • Property crime per 1,000: 28.1
  • Burglary per 1,000: 2.4
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 8.2

The Acworth Police Department is a shining example of community policing at its best. The department sponsors a number of outreach program events, including the annual Covering the Bases fundraiser and the Police Explorers. The high degree of visibility that officers maintain in the community is one of the reasons Acworth continues to have a remarkably low occurrence of crime.

39. Bremen

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 2.7
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.2
  • Property crime per 1,000: 26.4
  • Burglary per 1,000: 4.6
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 8.5

In Bremen, educating youth about the dangers of drugs is high on the police department’s agenda. The B.R.I.D.G.E. program is targeted at reaching out to teens who may be at risk of becoming involved with criminal activity related to drug use. That’s just one of the many measures the department takes in its attempt to keep Bremen’s streets safe.

40. Donalsonville

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.4
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.4
  • Property crime per 1,000: 29.7
  • Burglary per 1,000: 2.8
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 8.6

Donalsonville is a small rural community nestled in the far reaches of southwest Georgia. Though it’s a bit more out of the way than some of the other cities in our rankings, that doesn’t detract from its charm. In fact, it may work to its advantage in terms of safety. Just four violent crimes were reported in 2014, including one robbery, as well as eight burglaries.

41. Springfield

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.1
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.4
  • Property crime per 1,000: 24.3
  • Burglary per 1,000: 9.6
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 8.8

Springfield’s residents believe in holding on to what matters, and that sense of tradition and shared values is a big part of the city’s personality. Police are always on patrol, but fortunately, the 2,800 people who live here aren’t faced with a constant stream of crime. In 2014, only three violent crimes were reported, with a single robbery in the mix.

42. Sandy Springs

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.6
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.9
  • Property crime per 1,000: 27.1
  • Burglary per 1,000: 6.3
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 9.0

This northern suburb of Atlanta is the largest city to make our rankings, with a population of more than 101,000. With such a vast number of people to serve, the police department relies on citizen involvement to prevent crime. The Citizens Police Academy and Citizens on Patrol programs are two ways locals can support Sandy Springs’ officers.

43. Byron

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.6
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.4
  • Property crime per 1,000: 29.0
  • Burglary per 1,000: 5.4
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 9.1

Police in Byron give their all to safeguard the people who live here. Some of the different crime prevention initiatives the department sponsors include bicycle registration, Operation Identification, and community watch programs. The Safe Traffic Operation Program (STOP) is aimed at keeping the roadways safe by discouraging drivers from criminal behaviors such as drinking and driving, or texting behind the wheel.

44. Dallas

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.9
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.7
  • Property crime per 1,000: 28.5
  • Burglary per 1,000: 5.3
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 9.1

Independence, growth, and prosperity are some of the core values in Dallas, and it proves itself as one of the Atlanta area’s most desirable places to live. There’s always something to do here, whether it’s touring one of the city’s historic sites or enjoying the great outdoors at Sara Babb Park. Members of the Dallas Police Department are on patrol night and day, so you’re protected wherever you go.

45. Bloomingdale

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 0.7
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.0
  • Property crime per 1,000: 27.4
  • Burglary per 1,000: 8.8
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 9.2

Bloomingdale can be found just west of Savannah. It may be small, but it’s a true gem in terms of safety. Police handled two violent crime reports in 2014, both aggravated assaults, and 75 property crime reports. While some of those involved burglaries, the vast majority of incidents were related to theft. The Bloomingdale Police Department uses tools like neighborhood watch programs to keep crime numbers low.

46. Brookhaven

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 3.5
  • Robbery per 1,000: 2.1
  • Property crime per 1,000: 26.5
  • Burglary per 1,000: 5.0
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 9.2

Like its neighbor Sandy Springs, Brookhaven is another busy Atlanta suburb and the home of around 51,000 people. Residents lack for nothing in the way of amenities, and that includes a professional, experienced police force. Officers are trained to respond to any and every type of emergency situation that may come their way, which is comforting for your peace of mind.

47. Chattahoochee Hills

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 2.7
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.0
  • Property crime per 1,000: 26.1
  • Burglary per 1,000: 8.4
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 9.3

Even though Chattahoochee Hills is only 30 miles away from Atlanta, it’s managed to maintain its rural feel. Slightly more than 2,600 people reside here, making it the smallest city in our rankings and locals prefer to keep it that way. On the crime front, Chattahoochee Hills saw seven violent crimes reported in 2014, all of which were aggravated assaults. Twenty-two burglaries added to the overall crime total.

48. Decatur

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 1.5
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.9
  • Property crime per 1,000: 30.8
  • Burglary per 1,000: 4.6
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 9.4

Decatur, a neighborly city of just over 20,000 souls, is located less than 10 miles east of Atlanta. Tree-lined streets, highly rated schools, and outgoing people help to create a hospitable atmosphere that’s a source of pride for locals. Residents are also proud of the job the Decatur Police Department does in ensuring that their fair city isn’t overrun by crime.

49. Kingsland

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 3.3
  • Robbery per 1,000: 0.1
  • Property crime per 1,000: 29.9
  • Burglary per 1,000: 5.0
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 9.6

Kingsland’s motto is “The City of Royal Treatment,” and residents are always made to feel like VIPs. Between the scenic beauty of the southern Georgia coast and the opportunities for growth the city offers, it’s easy to see why Kingsland’s population continues to climb. Residents can feel confident in knowing that the local police department is proactive in making sure that crime doesn’t climb as well.

50. Smyrna

  • Violent crime per 1,000: 2.9
  • Robbery per 1,000: 1.2
  • Property crime per 1,000: 28.8
  • Burglary per 1,000: 5.7
  • CreditDonkey safety score: 9.6

Smyrna is one of the most sought-after suburbs in the Atlanta area for a number of reasons. The city offers beautiful parks, a thriving small-business scene, restaurants that are sure to make your mouth water, and above all, a safe haven to come home to. In short, it’s everything you could want and more, and it’s well deserving of a spot on our safest cities list.

Conclusion

Although the cities that earned a mention in our rankings are all very diverse, they do have one thing in common: they represent the safest places to live in all of Georgia. That’s no small feat and we’d like to congratulate them and their respective police departments for their commitment to safety. To learn more about how you can minimize your own crime risk, take a look at CreditDonkey’s home security reviews and tips.

The Top 50 Safest Cities in Georgia

RankCityPopulationTotal # of Violent Crimes1Total # of Property Crimes2Violent Crime Per 1,000Robbery Per 1,000Property Crime Per 1,000Burglary Per 1,000
1Summerville4,4021310.20.27.00.0
2Senoia3,8550290.00.07.51.0
3Johns Creek84,256285940.30.17.01.1
4Abbeville2,8697172.40.35.92.1
5Milton36,70273650.20.09.91.4
6Flowery Branch6,2590760.00.012.11.0
7Grovetown12,67641190.30.19.43.7
8Peachtree City34,989104430.30.112.70.8
9Harlem2,8901360.30.012.52.1
10Baldwin3,3024431.20.613.00.6
11Tyrone7,1072940.30.113.23.2
12Watkinsville2,9100450.00.015.51.7
13Braselton8,14291101.10.413.52.6
14Nicholls3,3734411.20.312.24.4
15Folkston5,64118633.20.511.23.5
16Wrightsville3,6845411.40.011.16.0
17Kennesaw32,429375081.10.315.72.4
18Auburn7,202161032.20.114.33.1
19Holly Springs9,925101761.00.117.71.8
20Jefferson9,802151611.50.216.43.2
21Port Wentworth6,840201082.90.115.83.2
22Hahira2,8503511.10.017.93.2
23Jackson4,9027851.40.617.32.9
24McRae6,14124823.90.313.44.7
25Commerce6,553161172.40.017.92.3
26Alpharetta63,4783812540.60.319.82.4
27Roswell95,38711017891.20.618.83.9
28Grantville3,1422530.60.016.97.3
29Duluth28,849275970.90.220.73.2
30Canton24,449355071.40.420.72.9
31Loganville10,89872430.60.122.32.7
32Adairsville4,73310982.10.020.73.8
33Woodstock27,665326481.20.223.41.8
34Palmetto4,846131042.70.621.54.1
35Suwanee18,313174650.90.125.45.1
36Vienna3,8198992.10.525.93.4
37Fayetteville16,424274621.60.728.12.4
38Acworth21,727406101.80.628.12.4
39Bremen6,294171662.70.226.44.6
40Donalsonville2,8294841.40.429.72.8
41Springfield2,8003681.10.424.39.6
42Sandy Springs101,18415927451.60.927.16.3
43Byron4,85981411.60.429.05.4
44Dallas12,621243601.90.728.55.3
45Bloomingdale2,7392750.70.027.48.8
46Brookhaven50,94217613483.52.126.55.0
47Chattahoochee Hills2,6067682.70.026.18.4
48Decatur20,241306231.50.930.84.6
49Kingsland16,309544873.30.129.95.0
50Smyrna53,96515515522.91.228.85.7
1Violent crime includes murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
2Property crime includes burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Rebecca Lake is a journalist at CreditDonkey, a home security comparison and reviews website. Write to Rebecca Lake at rebecca@creditdonkey.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for our latest posts.

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