Choosing what neighborhood to live in is a complex choice. What a young person in their twenties wants from a neighborhood may be entirely different than what a couple in their thirties or a family in their forties or fifties might want. A single person in their twenties or thirties might not care about the quality of schools in their neighborhood. Likewise, a more mature individual or couple might not care about having access to the liveliness and bustle of the city on their doorstep. But everyone, regardless of preferences like urban or rural, nightlife or home-life, public transport or garage, considers safety to be very important.
Although Atlanta is often among the leaders in the nation in various crime statistics, there are still many very safe areas of the city. It’s no coincidence that many of the safest areas are also among the most prosperous of Atlanta, so real estate can often come at a premium.
Although Buckhead is an area with beautiful homes and plenty of restaurants and shopping, and has seen a fall in crime in recent decades, Atlanta has safer neighborhoods. The safest neighborhood in Atlanta, according to reported statistics, is Vinings. Vinings, and areas surrounding West Wesley, Northside Drive, W. Paces Ferry, Chastain Drive, and Chatham Road, is the safest substantial area of the city. With safe neighborhood bordering safe neighborhood, the North-West corner of Atlanta is undoubtedly the safest.
However, there are many other safe areas scattered throughout the city that folks might not think about when thinking about safety in Atlanta. For example, the North-East corner of the city, around Braircliff Road, Castaway Ct., and Oak Grove, are also among the top ten safest neighborhoods in the city.
Likewise, the Druid Hills neighborhood, near Emory, is also a very safe neighborhood, and centrally located. This area, along with nearby Morningside and Virginia Highlands, offer single-family homes, mixed in with apartments, and many great places to dine and shop. Additionally, the neighborhoods of North Kirkwood, Edgewood, Inman Park, and Beulah Heights have crime statistics that match the cities best neighborhoods, with real estate at a fraction of the price. For those wanting to be centrally located, safe, and save money, these can be popular areas. Additionally, even though Central Buckhead isn’t the very safest neighborhood in Atlanta, it is relatively safe and a very popular place for young people to live, filled with energy, shops and restaurants, and condos.
Parts of Central, East, and South-West Atlanta have crime statistics that are less than desirable. However, there are a few bright spots even there. Near Spelman College and the Interdenominational Theological Center the crime statistics are very low and it’s as safe as you can get, aside from City Center, so close to downtown. Also, the areas around Bolton, Shirley St., and south by Butner Road, have pretty solid crime statistics and appear to be pretty safe areas, especially considering some of the surrounding neighborhoods. Finally, in the South-East, a portion of the city’s Beltline is under development currently, ushering in good housing near beautiful parks and trails.