Atlanta has some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country. Depending on the category, the city overall has crime rates that can be higher than urban Chicago or Washington D.C.
Fortunately, these are averages and don't apply to every nook and cranny of the larger metro area. The safest neighborhoods in Atlanta are places with some of the lowest crime rates you can find in a major urban zone.
These five neighborhoods, in particular, stand out for how safe they are, with extra attention given to places that are affordable and easy to reach from the shopping and work opportunities of the city center.
The 5 safest neighborhoods in Atlanta are:
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Note: This list uses information and statistics from various studies and sources, including official FBI crime data and information from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Brookhaven is a family-friendly community located entirely within DeKalb County on the north side of Atlanta. Home to both the Peachtree Creek Greenway and the Brookhaven Historical District, the area got its start after the Civil War as an out-of-town getaway for Atlanta's wealthier families. Today, the median home value here is $525,000, and the average rent is $1,444.
Unlike a lot of low-crime neighborhoods on this list, Brookhaven actually has a smaller-than-average population of seniors, who make up just 10% of the total population. Instead, the area is popular with families for its relative isolation in the suburban sprawl, yet with easy freeway access to downtown Atlanta.
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 98.7
Property Crimes per 100k: 836.8
Fulton County has an overall population of more than 1 million people, but the tiny enclave of Peachtree Heights East only houses 1/10 of 1% of them, with just over 1,000 people in roughly 400 households. The crime rate in this area is basically zero. Across multiple years of crime stats, no cases of murder, robbery, assault or other violent personal crimes have been reported, and even among property crimes the only entries are the occasional theft. Burglaries in this neighborhood are nearly unheard of, and evidence of vandalism is hard to find.
Unlike many low-crime areas, Peachtree Heights East is not a hideaway for the rich. The neighborhood's median home value is just $182,000, with no figures for average rental cost because there are no rental units in the area. This is a place for working and middle-class families, retired seniors, and people who like to live far away from the dangers of urban Atlanta.
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (It has been many years since a violent incident has been reported in Peachtree Heights East)
Property Crimes per 100k: 291.6 (With 0 burglaries in the dataset)
Chastain Park is a mixed residential/commercial zone in Fulton County, home to the Chastain Arts Center and the Chastain Park Playground. The median home value here is over $1 million, though rents are affordable by local standards, at an average of $1,489 a month. Chastain Park is an almost perfect balance of every population trend in America. It is politically moderate, ethnically and racially balanced in a way that reflects national averages, and its residents run the gamut from white-collar workers and office temps to urban professionals and a higher-than-average number of people with post-secondary education.
Chastain Park is one of the safest neighborhoods in America, not just Atlanta. Between 2010 and 2020, the area reported 0 violent crimes and very few property offenses. The property crimes that get reported here break down into nonviolent thefts, motor vehicle offenses, and occasional break-ins.
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (None reported)
Property Crimes per 100k: 303.7
Argonne Forest is the wealthiest enclave in the Atlanta region. Home to several families employed in the local defense tech sector, this small neighborhood has a sparse urban feel with very few businesses and close to a 100% homeownership rate. The median home price in Argonne Forest is nearly $1.8 million, almost 8 times the national average for a new single-family home.
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18.8 (Robbery only; no other categories of violent crime have been reported for many years)
Property Crimes per 100k: 112.8
North Buckhead is a popular place for urban professionals and young families who need to be close enough to work in Atlanta and want to stay somewhere with lively nightlife. The mixed residential/commercial neighborhood has an extremely low rate of violent crime and a low- to moderate property crime rate. Most of the property crimes are thefts at the local nightclubs and bars, with very few offenses spilling out into the neat rows of homes in the local cul-de-sacs. The median home value here is $590,000, and renting a place costs an average of $1,674 a month.
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 39.1
Property Crimes per 100k: 1,288.5
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