Georgia’s 20 Safest Cities of 2022

Safest Cities Georgia 2022

The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the eighth annual Safest Cities report.

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Georgia for 2022

See if your city made the full list.

Georgians are the most likely of all Americans to think crime is decreasing, and it makes sense considering that The Peach State experienced the most significant decrease in property crime nationwide since the previous reporting year. However, violent crime rose in Georgia during the same period.

In this report

2022 Georgia crime rates

Georgia’s crime rates aren’t too far from national averages, but they fluctuated significantly year over year. Violent crime in The Peach State increased by 24% while property crime decreased by 27%.

Bar chart of violent and property crime rates per 1,000 people where the national average is 4.0 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 19.6 property crimes per 1,000 people.

Image: SafeWise

Level of concern and experience with crime in Georgia

According to our latest State of Safety survey, 56% of Georgia residents feel concerned about their safety on a daily basis, which is higher than the national average (47%) and how Georgians felt according to last year’s survey (47%). 

Georgians tie with Virginians as the Americans most likely to think that crime is decreasing (15%; US 8%). However, Georgians feel more concerned about violent crime, property crime, package theft, and gun violence than the average American. 

50% of Georgians feel safe in their state, lower than the national average of 55%.

Pictogram showing the percentage of state residents that are concerned about their safety on a daily basis, as well as which type of crime they are concerned about the most, and which crimes they have experienced within the past 12 months. Crimes include violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise. Past 12 months=12 months prior to survey.

Crime concerns in Georgia

We asked Georgia residents which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if Georgians are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.

Bar chart showing percentages of how concerned state residents are about crime compared to the national averages for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise

View the complete 2022 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in Georgia: Fear vs. reality

Violent crime represents 17% of all crime in Georgia and occurs at a rate of 4.0 crimes per 1,000 people. Both figures match the national average, but Georgians who took our survey claimed they experienced more violent crimes than the average American (GA 13% vs. US 10%).

  • Georgia saw the third-highest increase in violent crime among all states: 24%. 
  • Georgia reported 943 murders in the last year, which is the sixth-highest number in the US. 
  • Georgia ranks tenth in the nation for most robberies and aggravated assaults. 
  • 87 people were injured and 29 were killed in 22 mass shooting events in Georgia this reporting year. 
  • 39% of Georgians use some form of personal protection (US 34%) with pepper spray leading the way at 18%.
  • 54% of Georgia residents say their personal safety has been affected by the pandemic (US 44%).
Line graph of violent and property crime rates over the past three years in the state compared to national crime rates per 1,000 residents for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise

Property crime in Georgia: Fear vs. reality

Georgia experienced the nation’s largest decrease in property crime (27%) during the 2022 reporting year. Our State of Safety survey results also reflect this decrease in property crime.

  • 15% of Georgians said they had experienced property crime in the 12 months prior to the survey, compared to 28% the previous year. 
  • Georgia’s property crime rate of 20.1 sits above the national average of 19.6 and the South Atlantic average of 18.9. 
  • Larceny-theft represents 74% of property crime in Georgia, which is 3 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • 75% of Georgians use some form of property protection. This is 15 percentage points higher than the national average and represents a 67% increase year over year.
  • Of the Georgia residents who use property protection, most prefer security cameras (37%) or security systems (35%).
  • 39% of Georgians say the security of their property has been affected by the pandemic (US 29%).

A closer look at the safest cities in Georgia

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • 73 Georgia cities met the criteria to be considered for ranking, which is close to double last year’s 39 eligible cities. 
  • Johns Creek is 1 of 8 new cities in the top 20, displacing Milton from the top spot.
  • Fairburn made the most impressive leap up the rankings, climbing 17 spots to land in tenth place this year. 
  • Of the safest cities in Georgia that were repeats from last year, 5 experienced declines in both violent crime and property crime: Tyrone, Hampton, Fairburn, Suwanee, and Sandersville.
  • Sandy Springs—the most populous of Georgia’s 20 safest cities—reported the most murders, rapes, and robberies of all the Georgia cities on this year’s list, but didn’t have the highest number of aggravated assaults (that was Alpharetta). 
  • Tyrone, Hampton, and Peachtree City reported 5 or fewer aggravated assaults.
  • Tyrone, Hampton, Douglas, Fairburn, and Sandersville reported fewer than 10 burglaries.
  • Douglas, Flowery Branch, and Sandersville reported fewer than 5 motor vehicle thefts.
Map of state with markers and labels highlighting the cities with the lowest crime rates.

Image: SafeWise

The 20 safest cities in Georgia

VC=Violent crime
PC=Property crime

Johns Creek, Georgia
#1
Johns Creek
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    85,408
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $122,514
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, N/A, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.5, N/A, 6.2
#2
Milton
(
-1
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    40,368
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $128,559
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.4, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    5.1, 7.3, 7.2
Tyrone, Georgia
#3
Tyrone
(
-1
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,575
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $103,929
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.5, 0.7, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    5.5, 8.9, 14.6
Hampton, Georgia
#4
Hampton
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-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,201
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $63,726
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.9, 1.0, 2.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.0, 8.0, 13.5
Peachtree City, Georgia
#5
Peachtree City
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    36,421
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $101,121
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, N/A, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    10.7, N/A, 13.2
McRae-Helena, Georgia
#6
McRae-Helena
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,246
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $28,155
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.3, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    7.2, N/A, N/A
#7
Douglas
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,696
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $33,276
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.9, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.5, N/A, N/A
Braselton, Georgia
#8
Braselton
(
-5
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,758
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $105,096
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.9, 0.7, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    11.3, 10.4, N/A
Jefferson, Georgia
#9
Jefferson
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,349
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $58,451
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.7, N/A, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    12.4, N/A, 13.3
Fairburn, Georgia
#10
Fairburn
(
+17
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,220
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $46,785
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.2, 4.7, 3.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.4, 30.5, 41.5
Grovetown, Georgia
#11
Grovetown
(
-5
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,650
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $68,756
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.4, 1.5, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    7.0, 11.3, 12.8
Woodstock, Georgia
#12
Woodstock
(
-7
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    34,252
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $76,191
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.8, 1.2, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.7, 13.1, 14.9
Suwanee, Georgia
#13
Suwanee
(
-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    21,633
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $90,436
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.7, 1.8, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    11.4, 18.4, 25.9
Flowery Branch, Georgia
#14
Flowery Branch
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,671
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $75,599
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.7, N/A, 2.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    11.6, N/A, 11.9
#15
Sandersville
(
+13
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,346
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $33,297
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.2, 4.1, 3.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.5, 36.9, 40.5
#16
Alpharetta
(
-8
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    68,326
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $113,802
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.2, 1.1, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    10.1, 14.7, 18.0
Sandy Springs, Georgia
#17
Sandy Springs
(
-6
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    111,219
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $78,613
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.5, 1.3, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    13.8, 17.8, 18.5
Duluth, Georgia
#18
Duluth
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    29,946
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $71,220
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.7, N/A, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    13.8, N/A, 18.0
#19
Acworth
(
-10
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    23,085
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $68,860
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.9, 0.7, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    13.7, 19.1, 21.8
Dallas, Georgia
#20
Dallas
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,280
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $43,209
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.6, N/A, 2.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    13.6, N/A, 22.1

How we determined the safest cities

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Didn't find your city in the top 20?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, based on the state’s median population. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2020.

2022 Rank
City
Population
2022 VC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
2022 PC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
2021 Rank
21Richmond Hill14,4371.917.1N/A
22Sylvester5,7322.116.7N/A
23Pooler26,6341.420.215
24Rincon10,5252.316.412
25Decatur26,4732.117.9N/A
26Roswell95,3963.711.3N/A
27Centerville7,9602.118.319
28Port Wentworth10,2813.315.8N/A
29Lilburn12,9412.621.317
30Bremen6,6851.824.8N/A
31Cartersville21,9953.418.8N/A
32Eatonton6,7532.822.714
33Dunwoody49,6871.727.920
34Fayetteville18,2021.429.2N/A
35Byron5,3041.927.1N/A
36Villa Rica16,2962.823.9N/A
37Smyrna57,3173.720.5N/A
38Stone Mountain6,3323.622.4N/A
39Cairo9,3403.026.6N/A
40McDonough27,3383.226.121
41Brookhaven56,2483.925.123
42Gainesville44,3984.125.1N/A
43Clarkston12,6975.420.531
44Calhoun17,3874.627.118
45Waynesboro5,3083.631.530
46Valdosta56,6283.932.6N/A
47Snellville20,2826.821.722
48Marietta61,3484.929.425
49Vidalia10,3988.515.3N/A
50Athens-Clarke County128,1525.129.5N/A
51Toccoa8,3122.840.5N/A
52Covington14,3305.135.0N/A
53Fitzgerald8,6114.839.8N/A
54Fort Valley8,8778.226.1N/A
55Moultrie14,1995.637.7N/A
56Cedartown10,0206.435.6N/A
57Warner Robins78,5086.340.232
58Milledgeville18,7517.535.4N/A
59Monroe13,7617.537.326
60Bainbridge12,0067.737.133
61South Fulton100,65810.326.8N/A
62Newnan42,65812.519.629
63Douglasville34,4095.752.134
64Cordele10,4516.950.4N/A
65LaGrange30,4065.856.9N/A
66Forest Park20,20210.043.435
67Griffin22,77311.347.9N/A
68Morrow7,3275.274.937
69Waycross13,3639.756.7N/A
70Americus14,91010.852.336
71Garden City8,71613.846.1N/A
72Albany71,56717.244.038
73College Park15,20417.661.439
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Sources

FBI: Crime Data Explorer, Accessed March 8, 2022.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed January 24, 2022.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 8, 2022.

For definitions and more on data sources, see our methodology page.

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