People looking to relocate have so many things to be concerned about. Schools, housing costs, amenities, and, of course, safety all play into deciding the best place to call home. If you’re looking to move to Georgia, you might be at a loss as far as deciding where to go.
Here at the Movoto Real Estate Blog, we know a little something about housing, and we also know a little something about safety. To help anyone who’s curious or needs it, we’ve compiled a list of the safest places in the Peach State. Those places are:
If you’re curious where your hometown, or future hometown, ranked, you can scroll to the bottom of this article to see our full list of safe places. For now, let’s go over the criteria we used to determine if a place was safe or not.
How We Created This Ranking
First, we compiled a list of the biggest places in the state over 10,000 people.Then we collected crime data from the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report in the following categories:
- Vehicle theft
We divided these crimes into four categories:
- Violent crimes
- Property crimes
- Total crimes
If a place did not have crime data, we omitted it, which gave us a total of 73 places. Once we had all that, we found crime rates for each place per 100,000 people in order to fairly compare big and small places against each other. Then, we ranked each place in each category from one to 73, with scores closer to one being the safest.
Finally, we scored each category so that murders, violent crimes, and property crimes accounted for 30 percent of the overall score, where total crimes made up 10. We averaged these adjusted rankings into one overall Big Deal Score, where the lowest score was our safest place.
Let’s take a moment with each of our top 10 places, and examine more closely why each one earned the title of safest in Georgia.
1. Johns Creek
Like all the places in our top 10, Johns Creek had no murders in 2012. It also only had four rapes, 20 robberies, and 30 assaults per 100,000 people. That made Johns Creek one of the least violent cities on our entire list.
What pushed it over the top was that it had merely 20 vehicle thefts per 100,000 in 2012, which is astonishing for its size. Compared to Augusta, which had over 600 vehicle thefts per 100,000, it’s obvious that this spot is safe for people and property alike.
Acworth had no rapes or murders reported in 2012, and only 19 robberies and 33 assaults per 100,000 people. These stats make this place the second least violent city on our list.
These numbers resulted in locals here only having a 1 in 49 chance of being a victim of a crime, most likely a property crime.
It might not be as safe as our first place location, which offers a 1 in 141 chance, but it’s far better than other cities, like Atlanta, where residents had a 1 in 12 chance of being a victim.
Canton had no murders reported in 2012, but the safety didn’t stop there. This place had the seventh lowest violent crime and the fourth lowest property crime on our list.
For a small place, the 17 rapes and 30 robberies and assaults per 100,000 people may seem like quite a bit, but it’s far better than Augusta, which had 43 rapes and 114 robberies per 100,000.
People living in this safe little city had only 1 one in 55 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Kennesaw had no murders, three rapes, and only 29 robberies per 100,000 people. It did have 66 assaults, which is higher than the other places in our top 10, but still much better than bigger cities such as Atlanta.
This place also had the third lowest property crime on our list, with only 1,635 crimes of that type occurring.
These numbers all added up to Kennesaw inhabitants only having a one in 58 chance of being the victim of a crime, one of the lowest chances on our entire list.
Grovetown had the fourth lowest violent crime in our rankings.
There was a little more property crime here, ranking 12th, but there was still very low vehicle theft here with only 94 thefts of this type per 100,000 people. And, of course, there were no murders reported in 2012.
Duluth had the ninth lowest crime overall, but there was more to it than that. The seventh lowest property crime, with only 83 vehicle thefts and 290 burglaries per 100,000 people, definitely was one of the major factors in this place ranking sixth on our overall safety list.
The other major factor was the no murders reported in 2012 and only four rapes per 100,000 people, which was some of the lowest on our list.
Those numbers all mean that locals in Duluth have a very safe 1 in 47 chance of being the victim of a crime, with it likely being a non-violent one.
Residents of Sewanee will be happy to know that they had only a 1 in 44 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Besides the no murders reported in 2012, there were 25 rapes per 100,000, 44 robberies per 100,000, and 69 assaults per 100,000, for the 12th lowest violent crime overall.
With only 1629 thefts and 82 vehicle thefts per 100,000 people, this place had the 10th lowest property crime on our list, and 10th lowest overall crime in our rankings.
With no murders, nine rapes, 60 robberies, and 111 assaults per 100,00 people, Dallas had very low violent crime and even lower property crime, ranked 11th.
This place did seem to have a fairly high number of total crimes at 2,331 per 100,000, but let’s put that in a little perspective. Columbus had a total of 6,251 crimes per 100,000 people, which included nine murders.
There were no murders in Woodstock in 20012, and the mere 170 violent crimes per 100,000 was one of the lowest rates we saw in our rankings. All of this came out to Woodstock having the 14th lowest total crime.
Though having a 1 in 38 chance of being the victim of a crime doesn’t sound very low, let’s compare that to a similarly sized place, such as Griffin, which had a one in 13 chance.
Factor in that Griffin also had eight murders and 29 rapes per 100,000 and you can see why Woodstock placed so much higher on our list.
Loganville had no murders in 2012, nine rapes, 37 robberies, and 93 assaults per 100,000 people. That’s the 13th lowest violent crime rate on our list. It also doesn’t hurt that Loganville had the 17th lowest crime overall.
The property crime here was also fairly low, ranking 18th. The vehicle theft here was higher than others in our top 10, with 177 crimes of that sort per 100,000, but that’s still honestly pretty good.
Just look at Atlanta, which had 1178 vehicle thefts per 100,000 and that might put the numbers in a little perspective for you.
Living Safe In Georgia
If you’re looking for a safe haven in Georgia, you can’t do better than these 10 fine spots. With good communities, no murders, and very nice scenery, locals will be sure to tell you, with pride, that they love their home.