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Safest Cities in Georgia

  • Population

    10,511,131

  • Avg Annual Rent

    $12,824

  • Avg Household Income

    $54,428.50

  • Cost of Living

    24.20%

  • Violent Crime Rate

    4.22

  • Property Crime Rate

    71.64

  • Primary Care Ranking

    41

  • Mental Health Provider

    46

We narrowed down the safest cities in Georgia based on the factors that matter most.

Georgia is a southern state that’s known for hot summers, plenty of rain and lush vegetation and a beautiful coastline. From a stroll under the Spanish moss in Savannah to exploring the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Trail, there is plenty for the curious and adventurous to do in Georgia. 

The state is home to over 10 million people, most of whom live in the Atlanta metro area. If you’re looking to live in the state, you may wonder which of Georgia’s cities is the safest. We’ve got you covered.

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Georgia

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).

  • Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Annual rent – Annualized median rent
  • Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance

6 Safest Cities in Georgia

No. 1 Woodstock

The city of Woodstock offers residents a very low crime rate and a stable economy as well as an authentic, organic atmosphere. This small city is part of the Atlanta metro area, yet it boasts a number of down-home attractions such as the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

88 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (4th)0 (4th)0 (4th)0.608828 (5th)0.608828 (5th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
15468 (1st)70997 (2nd)0.029 (6th)0.071 (6th)0.025 (2nd)0.215 (6th)

No. 2 Sandy Springs

Another city in the Atlanta metropolitan area, Sandy Springs has low rates of violent and property crime as well as a substantial median income and low rate of poverty. Sandy Springs is home to a number of corporate headquarters, too, including UPS and Mercedes-Benz USA.

68 out of 100

Public Safety

78 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
2.853093 (3rd)2.761058 (3rd)91.75916 (3rd)0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
14760 (2nd)74093 (1st)0.036 (5th)0.08 (5th)0.017 (3rd)0.371 (5th)

No. 3 Columbus

The city of Columbus is about an hour and a half south of Atlanta. With a population of about 195,000, Columbus has a low rate of violent and property crime. Columbus boasts a rich military history and offers museums such as the National Infantry Museum and the National Civil War Naval Museum.

85 out of 100

Public Safety

52 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (4th)0 (4th)0 (4th)0.309063 (4th)0.309063 (4th)1.648337 (0)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
10524 (6th)45389 (4th)0.092 (3rd)0.182 (4th)0.013 (5th)0.452 (2nd)

No. 4 Conyers

A small municipality in the Atlanta metro area, Conyers is the only city in Rockdale County, Georgia. The city offers residents a relatively low crime rate and close proximity to many Atlanta attractions. Conyers is also home to the Georgia Horse Park, which hosted the 1996 Olympic equestrian and mountain biking events, and boasts a quaint Olde Town with plenty of historic attractions.

91 out of 100

Public Safety

33 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (4th)0 (4th)0 (4th)0.62004 (6th)0.62004 (6th)3.100198 (6th)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
11280 (5th)39720 (6th)0.108 (1st)0.311 (1st)0.05 (1st)0.388 (4th)

No. 5 Savannah

Situated on Georgia’s east coast, Savannah crime rate is just a bit higher than Georgia’s median rate. Financially, Savannah isn’t the most affluent city in Georgia, but it’s known for its picturesque scenery, beaches and trendy boutiques.

57 out of 100

Public Safety

43 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
7.801375 (2nd)11.14482 (2nd)118.5479 (2nd)0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
11724 (4th)41093 (5th)0.1 (2nd)0.191 (3rd)0.016 (4th)0.505 (1st)

No. 6 Atlanta

Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and the biggest city in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The city itself is home to just over 500,000 people, and the metro area has nearly 6 million residents. Like any big city, Atlanta’s crime rate is higher than many of the smaller communities in the state, but it’s still got a ton to offer residents. Atlanta played host to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and is home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

35 out of 100

Public Safety

54 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
14.65413 (1st)24.59152 (1st)219.5499 (1st)0.040314 (3rd)0.040314 (3rd)0.806279 (4rd)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
13188 (3rd)55279 (3rd)0.077 (4th)0.205 (2nd)0.006 (6th)0.423 (3nd)

Georgia State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

Georgia ranks 27th in the country for risk of natural disasters. Georgia Emergency Management (GEMA) reports the most common disasters in Georgia are severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, flooding, tornados and other weather disasters. GEMA data indicates that there were more than 1,500 tornados reported from 1950 to 2014, including 32 in 2014.

27

Natural Disaster


Health Safety

According to the CDC, Georgia’s leading causes of death are heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease. Unfortunately, drug related deaths have been increasing in Georgia since 2010, largely due to misuse and overuse of prescription opioids. Georgia has just over 200 active physicians per 100,000 residents, according to the Georgia Board of Healthcare Workforce, but the state ranks low — 47 of 50 — in access to mental health resources. It also ranks 40th in overall population health, according to America’s Health Rankings

Georgia as a whole has improved recently when it comes to air quality. According to the American Lung Association’s “State of the Air” report for 2020, Atlanta improved from 25th most polluted city to 33rd.

39 out of 100

Health Safety

Top 6 Safest Cities in Georgia

City Population Public Safety Ranking Financial Safety Ranking Rank