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Three Cherokee Cities make Safest Cities List

September 1, 2015

Three Cherokee County cities have found themselves in the Top 25 of The Safest Cities in Georgia list provided by The cities of Canton, Holly Springs and Woodstock have been identified due to their wonderful public safety and other systems they have in place to make the community feel secure. The City of Holly Springs, who was recently identified in a ValuePenguin analysis as the Safest Place to Live in Georgia, earned admiration for taking a pioneering approach to crime fighting with its T.R.A.C.E. Program, which builds community, government, and police partnerships that address the causes of crime and promotes individual responsibility.

It did not come as a surprise to the Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) that these Cherokee cities made the list of Safest Cities in Georgia. “The results of our recent Existing Industry surveys showed that our industries based in Canton, Holly Springs and Woodstock all ranked their local police as the number one community service available to them,” shared COED President Misti Martin. In fact, police, fire, and ambulance services were all indicated within the top 5 community services.

The 40 safest cities in Georgia list was created  by analyzing the most recent FBI Crime Report data of cities with 4,000 or more residents in 2013. Next,  the number of violent crimes were examined (murder, robbery, forcible rape, and aggravated assault) as well as property crimes (burglary, arson, motor vehicle theft, and larceny-theft) in each city. Then, how often these crimes were reported per 1,000 people was taken into account.

Cities that didn’t report data to the FBI, as well as those that reported incomplete data, were removed from eligibility.

Click here to view the original report and see who else made the list.


40 Safest Cities in Georgia