Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a new public botanical garden owned by the City of Kennesaw, which was named one of the most safe cities in Georgia.
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4 Cobb cities named among the safest in Georgia — Do you live in one?

A recent ranking includes four Cobb County municipalities as some of the 50 safest cities in Georgia.

The list comes from SafeWise, a company that provides analysis of the home security industry. It pulled FBI data from crimes reported in 2015 to calculate this year’s safest cities in Georgia.

The company excluded cities with less than 4,000 residents. There are about 150 such cities in Georgia, based on census figures. The company explains its methodology online.

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Although the top two spots were taken by neighboring North Fulton cities, Kennesaw came in at 13, which is a slight drop from 11 last year.

Acworth dropped from 31 to 33, and Smyrna improved one spot to 34.

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Powder Springs made the leap from 71 to its newly announced ranking of 46.

Though outside of the top-50 list, Marietta came in at 62.

The city of Canton in nearby Cherokee County earned itself the 15th spot and Woodstock the 19th, both increases from their previous rankings.

The FBI has cautioned against such rankings, saying they are "merely a quick choice made by the data user” that do not provide insight into the many variables that mold crime, possibly leading "to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting cities and counties, along with their residents."

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