Atlanta saw fewer murders in 2011 than in any year since 1963 (except for 2009), down from a high of 263 in 1974 to only 87 in 2011. Overall, crime in Atlanta alone was down 1 percent, with one glaring exception: rape cases have increased 79 percent to 134. Some explanations for the increase in rape cases and decrease in crime overall is that crimes are being reported more often to a stronger, larger police force.
Atlanta, though Georgias largest city, does not serve as the ultimate indicator for the rest of the state, which saw similar crime rates in 2010 and 2011, though, given population increases, the actual rate of violent crime overall was down six percent.
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Best And Worst Of Georgia
Peachtree City and Johns Creek are the safest, largest cities in Georgia. With populations of 33,000 and 60,000, the crime rates are very low and mostly property crimes, with no murders between them. The rest of the top five are also exceedingly safe. Tyrone, Auburn and Holly Springs are smaller cities with populations less than 10,000 each, all of which had six or less violent crimes in 2011.
As for the least safe, Union City had the most violent crimes in Georgia, followed closely by College Park (347 vs. 293). However, College Park, with a slightly higher population, had 10 murders to Union Citys two. Americus and Brunswick, similarly sized cities, had relatively similar rates of violent crime (271 and 238), followed by Garden City with 142 violent crimes, rounding out Georgias bottom five.
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