And about 58 percent of Henry residents rated safety in the county as excellent or good.
“We have an outstanding Henry County Police Department that is doing a very good job,” Stockbridge City Councilman Elton Alexander said.
Alexander attributed the differences in views about metro Atlanta crime and Henry safety to a desire by some on the southside to differentiate their community from the rest of the area.
Henry County is metro Atlanta's second fastest-growing community, and some of the findings in the survey reflect its shifting demographics.
For instance, almost 80 percent of respondents said Henry has changed in the past three to four years, with 43 percent saying the change has been significant. And about 65 percent of residents are seeing gentrification in their communities, the survey indicated, with homes being bought and remodeled to be sold or rented at higher prices.
Perhaps the biggest issue facing the county, however, has been road congestion.
The county has among the largest numbers of road construction projects in progress or being planned in metro Atlanta because infrastructure improvements have not kept pace with growth, County Manager Cheri Hobson-Matthews has said. The county is looking for ways to provide better connections from its eastern half to its western half and seeking solutions to keep residents from using I-75 as a county thoroughfare.