August 4, 2015
Atlanta gets a bad rap when it comes to crime, but in reality, the city is becoming safer every single day. Take a look at the following crime maps to get a sense for Atlanta's safest neighborhoods (be sure to scroll to the end for the full list).
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An Overview of Atlanta Crime by Neighborhood
According to the Trulia Crime Map, which pulls crime data and statistic from Crime Reports and Spot Crime, generally speaking, you're incredibly safe anywhere north of Midtown. Likewise, east Atlanta is generally safer than west Atlanta, particularly when you're looking at neighborhoods south of the I-75/85 Connector. As a rule of thumb, the least safe areas in the city lie southwest of where I-20 and I-85 connect, while the most safe areas include Buckhead and north up to the suburbs.
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Atlanta's Safest Intown Neighborhoods
As you can see from the map, once you head south of the I-75/85 Connector, less safe neighborhoods start to emerge. Like many cities, Atlanta has pockets of really safe areas surrounded by pockets of not-so-safe areas.
Taking a closer look an intown Atlanta, the safest neighborhoods in Atlanta are:
- Buckhead (excluding the Lindbergh neighborhood) / Chastain Park
- North Druid Hills
- Virginia Highland / Druid Hills
- Decatur / Avondale Estates
- Underwood Hills / The Westside
- Morningside / Ansley Park
- Poncey-Highlands (excluding Little Five Points)
- Candler Park / Lake Claire
- Inman Park
- Reynoldstown (particularly on the west side)
- Grant Park / Ormewood Park
- Knight Park
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Atlanta's Least Safe Intown Neighborhoods
In comparison, the least safe neighborhoods in Atlanta, according to Trulia's map, are:
- U-Rescue Villa
- Old Fourth Ward
- Castleberry Hill
- Washington Park
- East Atlanta (particularly East Atlanta Village)
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Metro Atlanta's Safest Suburbs
Generally speaking, the Atlanta suburbs are incredibly safe, particularly in neighborhoods like Vinings, Sandy Springs, Marietta, Roswell, John's Creek and Alpharetta. There are some pockets that show higher crime rates, though, including Duluth, Smyrna, Dunwoody/Perimeter Center and Norcross.
Story by Kate Parham Kordsmeier, the Atlanta expert for About Travel and author of the cookbook Atlanta Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Big Peach. You can reach Kate on twitter @KPKords or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest.