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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.
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 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
- 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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Atlanta's Safest Suburbs
Generally speaking, the suburbs of Atlanta are incredibly safe, particularly in neighborhoods such as:
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- Sandy Springs
- Marietta, Roswell
- John's Creek
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Atlanta's Least Safe Suburbs
There are some pockets that show higher crime rates, including:
- Dunwoody/Perimeter Center