20 Cities in Georgia with the Most Improved Crime Rate

December 5, 2014

6. Dallas, GA

Located in the northwest portion of the state of Georgia, minutes from the Alabama border and just west of the city of Atlanta is the town of Dallas. Not to be confused with the Texas metropolis of the same name, Dallas is a small town with a tight knit community that has put an emphasis on making things safer for both residents and visitors. With quite a bit of through traffic from those avoiding the major highway headed to Alabama, Dallas can see a lot of visitor traffic which can sometimes lead to higher property crime rates. Not only has property crime taken a sharp decline, but violent crime has decreased 86 percent over the past five years according to data provided by the FBI and is one of the main reasons Dallas ranks so highly on our list of most improved cities.

2007 Crime Rate: 47.65
2012 Crime Rate: 23.30
51.11% Decrease In Crime

7. Bremen, GA

West of Atlanta near the Georgia Alabama border is the town of Bremen. Located right off the main highway between Atlanta and Birmingham, Bremen sees a lot of visitors making stops on their way across the southeast. With Lake Buckhorn minutes away and some great hunting areas in the region, there are plenty of visitors in the area which can often lead to an increase in crime rate. Luckily for Bremen however, they have a community dedicated to keeping everyone safe and a local police force willing to put the work in. Thanks to programs like the neighborhood watch, Bremen has seen the overall crime rate drop nearly 50 percent, most notably the property crime rate. It’s one of the reasons that this often rest stop on the way to Birmingham has made our list of most improved cities in the state.

2007 Crime Rate: 56.56
2012 Crime Rate: 28.44
49.71% Decrease In Crime

8. Adel, GA

Located nearly directly in the middle between Tifton and Valdosta is the small town of Adel, Georgia. Right off I-75, Adel can be a pretty popular rest stop for those heading north through the state. Typically with towns that get plenty of through traffic, you’ll see a high crime rate but in Adel the local police department has done a great job cutting their crime rate as the town grows. The overall crime rate has decreased just over 45 percent over the past five years according to data provided by FBI data. Just minutes from some natural amenities like Giddens Pond and Reed Bingham State Park in the region, it’s important for Adel to keep the general area safe for both residents and visitors.

2007 Crime Rate: 66.14
2012 Crime Rate: 35.21
46.76% Decrease In Crime

9. Winder, GA

Located near the northern portion of the state and just miles to the west of Athens is the town of Winder, Georgia. Winder is one of the lucky towns that also happen to have a beautiful state park within its borders, Fort Yargo State Park. Located just outside a college town and near the University of Georgia, Winder gets the benefits of being near a large University but misses out on the sometimes craziness of being a college town. Even with that however, Winder’s crime rate was a bit higher than you’d like at the start of our data set, but thanks to the hard work of the local police department and the community they’ve seen the overall crime rate drop nearly 45 percent. Winder’s hard work has paid off and is why they finished within the top 10 of our list of most improved cities in Georgia.

2007 Crime Rate: 75.84
2012 Crime Rate: 41.78
44.91% Decrease In Crime

10. Sandersville, GA

In the middle of the state of Georgia, just east of Macon is the small town of Sandersville. Sandersville is tucked away just far enough away from and just close enough to some of the bigger cities like Macon and Augusta to give the ability to make it an easy trip, but also to keep the small town feeling alive. Crime in Sandersville was higher than you’d like to see in a small town at the beginning of our data set, but over the past five years they have seen that rate take a sharp decline according to data provided to us by the FBI. Utilizing programs like the neighborhood watch, Sandersville has seen their violent crime rate take the biggest drop over the five year period, falling nearly 60 percent.

2007 Crime Rate: 84.28
2012 Crime Rate: 47.55
43.59% Decrease In Crime

11. Holly Springs, GA

Hidden away in the northern portion of Georgia, a few miles north of Atlanta is the town of Holly Springs. Located just minutes from Allatoona Lake and Red Top Mountain State Park, Holly Springs offers the small town feels just close enough to everything to not be in the middle of nowhere. With Alpharetta also minutes away, many people live in Holly Springs and commute to the bigger cities. Crime in Holly Springs was low to begin with, but thanks to programs like the neighborhood watch utilized by the local police department, they’ve been able to see crime fall enough to make it just outside the top 10 of our list of most improved cities in Georgia.

2007 Crime Rate: 19.43
2012 Crime Rate: 11.52
40.71% Decrease In Crime

12. Pooler, GA

Near the east coast just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean is the town of Pooler, Georgia. Located right outside the city of Savannah, Pooler offers just about everything in the area that Savannah has to offer but is set off from the bustle of downtown. With the Savannah River and the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge just minutes away, Pooler also offers some beautiful natural attractions. Pooler has seen some significant growth over the past five years, likely those in Savannah looking for cheaper real estate offering the same amenities, but unlike most cities with significant growth in a short period of time Pooler has seen the crime rate actually decline just over 40 percent.

2007 Crime Rate: 45.34
2012 Crime Rate: 27.05
40.33% Decrease In Crime

13. Hinesville, GA

Hinesville, Georgia is just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean coastline and Sapelo Sound, tucked just inland on the east side of the state. South of Savannah, Hinesville can be a stop for those heading up the east coast. With some beautiful city parks and some historic Civil War sites in the region, Hinesville can see some through traffic though continues to maintain their small town feel. With a steady increase in population over the past five years the Hinesville police department has been able to keep crime down and actually drive the rate down nearly 40 percent. Hinesville has seen both property and violent crimes take a steep decline based on data provided by the FBI, most notably the violent crime rate.

2007 Crime Rate: 77.38
2012 Crime Rate: 46.78
39.54% Decrease In Crime

14. Cartersville, GA

Located in the northwest portion of the state of Georgia just outside of Marietta and a hop skip and a jump for the major city of Atlanta is the town of Cartersville. Just close enough to the bigger cities; Cartersville is also minutes from some beautiful scenery, such as the Chattahoochee National Forest and right on the banks of Allatoona Lake and just outside the Red Top Mountain State Park. Being outside the bigger cities you can sometimes get some of the crime “runoff” and that quite possibly could have happened with Cartersville, but the local police department has put in a lot of effort into bringing that rate down and they’ve been successful. Both property and violent crimes have gone down a significant amount despite the population steadily rising.

2007 Crime Rate: 78.85
2012 Crime Rate: 49.22
37.58% Decrease In Crime

15. Doraville, GA

Just to the west of Springfield and on the banks of the Connecticut River, Westfield River and the border of Connecticut is the town of Agawam. While considered part of Springfield, MA, Agawam takes pride in being their own small town just across the river of the big city with the close knit feel of a small town. With some beautiful forests in the areas and the popular waterways, Agawam can see a lot of visitor traffic and people commuting to work in the city across the way. The police department has seen a sharp decline in both violent and property crime over the past five years based on data provided by the FBI, which is why they make their way inside the top 15 of our list of most improved cities in the state.

2007 Crime Rate: 55.29
2012 Crime Rate: 35.10
36.52% Decrease In Crime

16. McDonough, GA

Located just off I-75 to the southeast of Atlanta is the town of McDonough, Georgia, which ranks in just outside the top 15 in our list of the most improved cities in Georgia. McDonough sees quite a bit of visitor traffic because of its location outside of a major city and off a major highway that travelers use to travel north. McDonough is also minutes from some great natural attractions such as Jackson Lake, Indian Springs and the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge. With some steady population growth over a five year period, the hard working local police department has done an amazing job driving down the violent crime rate just over 70 percent!

2007 Crime Rate: 53.99
2012 Crime Rate: 34.51
36.07% Decrease In Crime

17. Canton, GA

Just north of Marietta and a few miles north of the city of Atlanta is the town of Canton, Georgia. Buried away just far enough for the bigger cities, Canton is a quiet town that is close to a lot of the beautiful natural attractions of Georgia. Miles from Lake Lanier and just minutes from Allatoona Lake and the Red Top Mountain State Park, Canton offers just as much as the bigger cities in the region but without the hustle and bustle of the big city. The population in Canton has increased slightly over the past five years, but the crime rate has declined just over 35 percent in the same length of time. One of the biggest areas of improvement from the hard work of the local police department has been violent crime, which has declined 70 percent! With programs like the neighborhood watch working with great effect, Canton is proving to be a fantastic destination for those who want all the offerings of the big city without all the hassle.

2007 Crime Rate: 28.41
2012 Crime Rate: 18.32
35.49% Decrease In Crime

18. Rincon, GA

On the east coast of the state is the small town of Rincon, which originally was a hotspot railroad depot in the 19th century. Just north of Savannah and west of the Savannah Wildlife Refuge, Rincon is a beautiful little town tucked just enough away. Minutes from the South Carolina border and Hilton Head, Rincon offers some great camping and hunting areas as well as being just minutes from the hot spots of Savannah and the beaches. Rincon has grown quite a bit over the past five years, but the local police department and community have utilized things like the neighborhood watch to drive down crime while the town grows. Most notably, Rincon has seen its violent crime rate take a massive decline and is one of the reasons they have made our list of the most improved cities in the state of Georgia.

2007 Crime Rate: 44.91
2012 Crime Rate: 29.11
35.18% Decrease In Crime

19. Clarkston, GA

Located just minutes outside of Atlanta is the small town of Clarkston, which is right in the middle of everything Atlanta has to offer. Known for its diversity, Clarkston was utilized as a refugee settlement in the 1990’s. Sometimes when you have a town with so many diverse cultures you can get a higher crime rate, but the Clarkston community has worked hard with programs like the neighborhood watch to drive those crime rates down over the past five years. With Stone Mountain just miles away, Clarkston can see a lot of through traffic for those looking to enjoy some of the outlying areas of Atlanta. The local police department has seen property crime take the biggest dip based on data provided by the FBI.

2007 Crime Rate: 55.66
2012 Crime Rate: 36.51
34.40% Decrease In Crime

20. Acworth, GA

On the banks of Lake Acworth to the northwest of Atlanta is the town of Acworth, which rounds out our list of most improved cities in the state of Georgia. Acworth is tucked just far enough from the big city to not be much of a drive if you want to get into town and enjoy and event, but far enough away where you miss most of the craziness of the big city. With a crime rate already low, Acworth has worked hard with the local police department through programs like the neighborhood watch to bring that crime rate down even further over the past five years according to data provided by the FBI. With plenty of places for residents and visitors to fish, go boating, camp or hunt Acworth has put an emphasis on keeping property crime down so everything in town remains in tip top shape. Not only that, but Acworth has seen the violent crime rate decline just over 70 percent in the same period of time!

2007 Crime Rate: 30.69
2012 Crime Rate: 20.40
33.54% Decrease In Crime

 

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20 Most Improved Cities in Georgia

Disclaimer: To improve the accuracy and usefulness of our list, we chose to exclude small communities with populations below 5,000 in our rankings.
Our rankings are determined by national crime statistics published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Our rankings are only as accurate as the local population and crime statistics officially released by the FBI.

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