The Safest Neighborhoods in Atlanta

A Mapped Guide on Areas to Avoid in the Big Peach

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Crime in Atlanta Overview

Atlanta, or as it's more commonly called, ATL, gets a bad rap when it comes to crime, but in reality, the city is becoming safer every single day. Like in any big city, it has pockets of crime, and it's important to be aware of your surroundings while walking or taking public transportation. There's plenty of things to do and ways to have fun in the city.

According to the Trulia Crime Map, which pulls crime data and statistical information from repubtable websites such as 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 safest areas begin north of the shopping and dining district of Buckhead and continue all the way up towards the suburbs and beyond. 

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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.

Taking a closer look an intown Atlanta, the safest neighborhoods in Atlanta are:

  • Buckhead (excluding the Lindbergh neighborhood) / Chastain Park
  • Brookhaven
  • Vinings
  • 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
  • Cabbagetown
  • 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:

  • Midtown
  • U-Rescue Villa
  • Old Fourth Ward
  • Kirkwood
  • Downtown
  • Castleberry Hill
  • Washington Park
  • Bankhead
  • Edgewood
  • Peoplestown
  • East Atlanta (particularly East Atlanta Village)
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Atlanta's Safest Suburbs

Generally speaking, the suburbs of Atlanta are incredibly safe, particularly in neighborhoods such as:

  • Vinings
  • Sandy Springs
  • Marietta, Roswell
  • John's Creek
  • Alpharetta
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Atlanta's Least Safe Suburbs

There are some pockets that show higher crime rates, including:

  • Duluth
  • Smyrna
  • Dunwoody/Perimeter Center
  • Norcross
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