Atlanta makes new ranking of Georgia’s ‘safest’ cities — just barely

11:28 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 Neighborhoods

Atlanta made a recent ranking of the safest cities in Georgia — but it’s not very high up on the list. The city landed at 23 out of the top 25 cities listed.

The ranking, which only considered cities with at least 30,000 residents, is from Safe Home, an organization that reviews and ranks security systems, offers crime prevention and security tips, and analyzes crime trends. 

The site used U.S. Census info from 2010 (and FBI crime stats from 2015). Safe Home said it looked at 38 cities in Georgia. 

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Atlanta’s safety score was a 56.25, compared to the 90.36 given to Peachtree City, which the ranking designated as the state’s safest city. Only Douglasville (54.38) and East Point (25.88) trailed behind Atlanta on the list. 

Safe Home uses a variety of data sources and reports to calculate its rankings, including FBI reports, crime trends, law officer ratio, demographics, populations, unemployment level and income. 

For full rankings visit https://www.safehome.org/safest-cities/ga/.

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