30 Safest Affordable Towns in Georgia 2020

The crime rates in Georgia’s biggest cities aren’t exactly major selling points. Savannah, one of Georgia’s major tourism draws, has a crime rate that is 52% higher than the national average. This means Savannah residents have a 1 in 24 chance of falling victim to a crime. Augusta, famous as the home of the August National Golf Club, is even worse. Its crime rate is 102% higher than the national average. Worst of all is Atlanta, where crime is a whopping 108% higher than the national average, and where residents have a 1 in 18 chance of experiencing a crime.

With crime rates like these, it should come as little surprise that Georgians are on the hunt for safe and affordable towns in other parts of the Peach State. That’s why we began a search for the places that were not only the most affordable, but where people could live without fear of falling prey to crime.

Methodology:
To come up with our list of the 30 safest affordable towns in Georgia, we consulted Sperling’s Best Places to figure out which Georgia locales have the lowest amount of crime. Unfortunately, the safest places are typically the most expensive. Therefore, we limited our own list to only those towns with a median home price under $200,000 (Georgia’s median home price is $193,500). We considered both violent crime (murder and non-negligent manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault, and forcible rape) and petty crime (burglary, theft, vehicle theft, and property crime). In the event of a tie, cities are listed alphabetically.

1. (tie) Berlin

100% lower than the national average
A small town through and through, Berlin, Georgia is home to fewer than 500 people. But despite its small size, it has established itself as an affordable, safe, and family-friendly place to live. Speaking of safety, crime in Berlin is 100% lower than the national average, as FBI statistics report zero crimes reported in the last year.

1. (tie) Ephesus

100% lower than the national average
According to the FBI’s most recent statistics, crime in Ephesus is a full 100% lower than the national average. This is, of course, because there were not any crimes reported last year in this town of approximately 350 people. Located about two miles east of the border with Alabama, Ephesus’ name sometimes raises eyebrows. In fact, Ephesus was named after the Biblical city of Ephesus in modern-day Turkey.

1. (tie) Homeland

100% lower than the national average
The small town of Homeland is located in Charlton County, in the southernmost part of the state. In the last year, there were not any crimes reported in Homeland, which is home to about 1,100 residents. When this nonexistent crime rate is compared to its population, Homeland ranks safer than 98% of cities in the U.S.A.

1. (tie) Midville

100% lower than the national average
Midville, Georgia is a small town of about 330 full-time residents. Located in the greater Augusta area, it is statistically the safest town in Burke County. Last year, there were not any crimes reported in Midville, according to the FBI’s annual crime report. Considering Midville’s population, this makes the town statistically safer than 98% of places in the U.S.

1. (tie) Braswell

100% lower than the national average
Another small town to make our list of the safest affordable places in Georgia is Braswell, home to approximately 500 people. According to the FBI’s annual crime report, there were not any crimes reported in Braswell last year. This gives residents practically zero chance of becoming the victim of any crime at any given time.

1. (tie) Lumpkin

100% lower than the national average
Located in Stewart County in the westernmost part of the state, Lumpkin has been the home to indigenous Native American tribes, a major stagecoach stop, and part of the “Black Belt,” the fertile region that supported extensive cotton plantations during the 19th century. Today, Lumpkin is known for its heritage tourism, and boasts a number of restored buildings from the antebellum years. Not only were there no crimes reported in Lumpkin last year, the same can be said for the year before as well.

7. Davisboro

98% lower than the national average
Davisboro may not be Georgia’s most luxurious address, but it is one the Peach State’s safest affordable towns. The town — which is located in Washington County in central Georgia — boasts an overall crime rate 98% lower than the national average. This fact makes Davisboro safer than 97% of U.S. cities. Statistically, there are .17 daily crimes per 100,000 people in Davisboro, and residents have a slim 1 in 1,659 chance of falling victim to any crime. There was only one crime reported in Davisboro last year, a non-violent theft.

8. Lumber City

94% lower than the national average
Originally named for the sawmill around which it was incorporated, the small town of Lumber City is home to approximately 1,300 residents. It is one of Georgia’s safest affordable towns. Residents of Lumber City have a 1 in 628 chance of falling victim to a crime. In the last year, only two crimes were reported, both of which were non-violent property crimes. Of those property crimes, there was one theft and one vehicle theft.

9. (tie) Mount Airy

92% lower than the national average
A small town through and through, Mount Airy has fewer than 1,500 residents. Crime in Mount Airy is practically non-existent, as only three total crimes were reported in the last year (one theft and two vehicle thefts). Residents have a 1 in 434 chance of falling victim to a crime, and current rates estimate .63 daily crimes per 100,000 people.

10. Molena

90% lower than the national average
The 500 people who call Molena home can say they live in one of Georgia’s safest, most affordable, and most family friendly places to live. In fact, Molena is considered safer than 59% of cities in the United States.  The number of total year-over-year crimes in Molena has decreased by a whopping 94%, and last year only one crime was reported: an assault.

11. Reynolds

89% lower than the national average
Located in Taylor County, Reynolds is a charming small town of approximately 1,400 people. The city is known as a safe, affordable, and family friendly place to live. Indeed, last year, only three crimes were reported in total. These included one non-violent burglary and two vehicle thefts. Reynolds’s crime rate currently averages just .81 daily crimes per 100,000 people, meaning Reynolds residents have a 1 in 339 chance of falling victim to a crime at any given time.

12. Brooklet

88% lower than the national average
The small town of Brooklet, population 1,800, is a small community located in eastern Georgia. Of the five reported incidents of the last year, only two were violent crimes — both assaults. Brooklet residents have a 1 in 310 chance of falling victim to a crime. Also worth noting that the number of total year-over-year crimes in Brooklet has decreased by 78% — great news for residents!

13. (tie) Abbeville

83% lower than the national average
Located in Wilcox County in central Georgia, the city of Abbeville boasts a population of about 2,800. Interestingly, the town is famous for its large population of wild hogs, and the annual Ocmulgee Wild Hog Festival is held in town each May. Abbeville’s overall crime rate comes in at an impressive 83% lower than the national average, and averages 1.3 daily crimes per 100,000 people. Residents have a 1 in 211 chance of falling victim to a crime, though Abbeville’s crime rate has decreased by 56% in recent years and is expected to continue falling.

13. (tie) Alapaha

83% lower than the national average
Alapaha, a town of approximately 800, is located in Berrien County in southern Georgia.The town has a pretty colorful history, complete with stories of Indian mounds documented by the Smithsonian, industrial timber booms, destructive tornadoes, and 800-pound hogs. Alapaha’s overall crime rate comes out to only 1.24 daily crimes per 100,000 people, a rate which is 83% lower than the national average. Of the three crimes reported in Alapaha last year, only one was a violent crime.

15. Waverly Hall

81% lower than the national average
Located in Harris County near the border with Alabama, the small town of Waverly Hall is home to about 1,000 people. It’s part of the greater Columbus area, and many of its residents are commuters. Waverly Hall boasts a crime rate that is an impressive 81% lower than the national average. Residents of Waverly Hall have a slim 1 in 191 chance of falling victim to a crime. Of the four total incidents reported last year, only one was a violent crime (an assault).

16. Maysville

79% lower than the national average
Maysville is another of the safest affordable towns in Georgia. The town’s overall crime rate is 79% lower than the national average, which makes it safer than 83% of U.S. cities. Statistically, there are 1.59 daily crimes per 100,000 people in Maysville, and residents have a slim 1 in 173 chance of falling victim to any crime. The most common crime in Maysville is theft, which accounts for seven of the 11 reported crimes last year.

17. (tie) Hagan

77% lower than the national average
Home to just under 1,100 people, Hagan is a small town in Evans County in eastern Georgia. There are just 1.7 daily crimes that occur in Hagan per 100,000 people. In other words, Hagan residents have a 1 in 162 chance of becoming the victim of a crime. Fortunately for residents, the number of total year-over-year crimes in the city has decreased by 85% from two years ago, and last year there were only six total crimes reported.

17. (tie) Mount Zion

77% lower than the national average
Home to just under 1,800 people, Mount Zion boasts a median home value of $89,900, and a crime rate 77% lower than the national average. A mere 1.7 daily crimes occur per 100,000 people in Mount Zion, and residents have a 1 in 162 chance of falling victim to a crime. In the past year, only 11 total crimes were reported: five incidents of assault, five incidents of theft, and one burglary.

19. Alamo

76% lower than the national average
Alamo is located in Wheeler County, near the central part of the Peach State. In the past year, 23 total crimes were reported, the vast majority of them being instances of petty theft. Violent crimes are far rarer here, with only two occurring in the past year. According to statistics, Alamo residents have a 1 in 150 chance of falling victim to any crime.

20. (tie) Marshallville

72% lower than the national average
Yet another small town to make our list of the safest affordable places in the Peach State is Marshallville, home to approximately 1,500 people. According to the FBI’s annual crime report, there are 2.12 daily crimes per 100,000 people in Marshallville This gives residents a mere 1 in 130 chance of becoming victim to any crime at any given time. Of the nine reported property crimes last year, seven were instances of petty theft, while there was also one burglary and one vehicle theft. There were also one assault reported last year, the town’s only reported violent crime.

20. (tie) Franklin Springs

72% lower than the national average
Located just 28 miles from Athens, the town of Franklin Springs is home to approximately 900 people. Founded as a resort spa, it is now a college town and home to Emmanuel College. In terms of crime, Franklin Springs’s crime rate is 72% lower than the national average, as only 2.13 daily crimes per 100,000 people are reported. This means Franklin Springs residents have only a 1 in 129 chance of becoming the victim of any crime at any given time.

22. Ball Ground

71% lower than the national average
Ball Ground is a town of just under 2,000 people. Located about 50 miles north of Atlanta in Cherokee County, Ball Ground got its name because it’s near where the Cherokee people used to play a rough game similar to modern-day lacrosse. Residents in Ball Ground have a 1 in 126 chance of falling victim to any crime. Last year, 16 crimes were reported, all of which were non-violent incidents of theft (13), burglary (two), and vehicle theft (one).

23. Alto

69% lower than the national average
Spanning two counties in northern Georgia, Alto is home to a very unique city hall (pictured). The structure originated as the drive-in teller window of the local Cornelia Bank, though it was moved in the late 1970s to its current location. It now houses the city government. Alto’s overall crime rate is about as small as its city hall. According to F.B.I. statistics, Alto is safer than 91% of cities in Georgia, and 90% of cities in the United States. Based on the number of reported crimes in the last year, Alto residents have a 1 in 117 chance of falling victim to any crime. Last year, only 10 crimes were reported in total, none of which were violent crimes.

24. (tie) Winterville

67% lower than the national average
Situated just six miles from Athens in Clarke County, the town of Winterville is home to approximately 1,000 people. Winterville boasts an overall crime rate that is 67% lower than the national average. Residents have a 1 in 110 chance of becoming the victim of a crime. Of course, only 11 crimes were reported last year in Winterville: five burglaries, four thefts, and two robberies.

24. (tie) Butler

67% lower than the national average
About 1,700 people call Butler home, all of whom will be happy to know that they live in one of Georgia’s safest places. Statistically speaking, there are only 2.51 daily crimes per 100,000 people in Butler, which means residents have only a 1 in 110 chance of falling victim to any crime. The most common crimes reported in Butler include petty theft (10 reported last year), assault (two reported last year), and burglary (two reported last year).

24. (tie) Harlem

67% lower than the national average
Yet another town in eastern Georgia to make our list of the safest affordable places to live is Harlem. Home to approximately 3,000 people, Harlem is perhaps best known as the birth place of comedian Oliver Hardy. In recognition of its funny native son, the town holds the annual Harlem Oliver Hardy Festival each October. Harlem’s overall crime rate is an impressive 67% lower than the national average. This makes Harlem safer than 89% of cities in the United States, and 90% of cities in Georgia. Residents here have a mere 1 in 110 chance of falling victim to any crime. Though 28 crimes were reported last year, none of them were violent crimes.

27. Fairmount

66% lower than the national average
Once the capital of the Cherokee Nation, Fairmount is today a small town of approximately 1,000 people located in northern Georgia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Fairmount’s current crime rate is 66% lower than the national average, which makes it safer than 89% of the cities in the U.S. (and 89% of cities in Georgia). According to FBI crimes statistics for the last year, the most common property crime is petty theft (five reported), and Fairmount residents have a 1 in 106 chance of falling victim. Meanwhile, there were not any violent crimes reported in Fairmount last year.

28. Nahunta

65% lower than the national average
Nahunta, located at the crossroads of U.S. Route 82 and U.S. Route 301, is another of Georgia’s safest and most affordable places to live. The overall crime rate in Nahunta is 65% lower than the national average. This makes the town safer than 52% of cities in the United States and 65% of cities in Georgia. Nahunta residents have a 1 in 105 chance of falling victim to any crime at any given time. In the last year, 10 crimes were reported, three of which were incidents of violence.

29. Demorest

63% lower than the national average
Demorest is a town of about 2,000 people located in northern Georgia, about an hour from Athens and Atlanta both. A small town through and through, Demorest is statistically safer than 85% of the cities in Georgia and 84% of cities in the United States. Residents’ chances of falling victim to a violent crime in Demorest is 1 in 2,094, the most common violent crime being assault (one reported case).

30. Summerville

60% lower than the national average
About 4,400 people live in Summerville, a small town located in Chattooga County, in northwestern Georgia. The town’s crime rate is an impressive 60% lower than the national average. This means Summerville residents have a 1 in 91 chance of falling victim to any crime. Of the 48 reported crimes in Summerville last year, all were non-violent incidents of vehicle theft (one reported) and petty theft (47 reported).