One of the most common questions for home buyers is whether an area is safe. Below, Movoto Real Estate has listed the five safest neighborhoods in Atlanta. To create this list, we researched the total number of property and violent crimes in an area. The information is presented as crimes per 100,000 people, in order to normalize the data for more accurate comparisons.
This east side neighborhood is safer than 84.4 percent of neighborhoods in Atlanta, making it the fifth safest area on our list. Poncey-Highland, home to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and numerous historical buildings, has a crime index that is 59 percent lower than Atlanta’s average. Annually, there are an estimated 3,407 crimes per 100,000 people in Poncey-Highland. Atlanta sees a 8,517 crimes per 100,000 people annually.
The fourth safest neighborhood on our list is Morningside-Lenox Park, a mostly residential area that is comprised of several subdivisions, including Morningside, Lenox Park, University Park, Noble Park, Johnson Estates, and Hylan Park. Morningside-Lenox Park is 87.5 percent safer than other Atlanta neighborhoods. Residents of the area have a 1 in 30 chance of being the victim of a crime.
In the past year, there were an estimated 3,407 crimes per 100,000 people in Inman Park. Residents of the east side neighborhood have a 1 in 30 chance of being a victim of crime, either property or violent. By comparison, Atlanta residents on average have a 1 in 12 chance of being the victim of a crime. This makes Inman Park safer than 90.6 percent of Atlanta neighborhoods.
The second-safest neighborhood in Atlanta is Buckhead, an uptown district in Atlanta’s northside. The area is 93.8 percent safer than other Atlanta neighborhoods. Residents of Buckhead have a 1 in 175 chance of being a victim of violent crimes and a 1 in 36 chance of being a victim of property crime. Total crime in the neighborhood is 59 percent lower than the Atlanta average.
The safest neighborhood in Atlanta is Oakdale. The neighborhood is 96.9 percent safer than other Atlanta neighborhoods. Safety, however, comes at a cost. On average, the cost of living in Oakdale is higher than in the rest of the Atlanta. This is mostly because of the high cost of owning a home in the area. The median value of a home in Oakdale is $858,270, more than twice the $231,800 median value of a home in Atlanta.