MILTON, Ga. – For the second year in a row, separate independent researchers have named the city of Milton one of the safest cities in Georgia and the United States.
Home security experts Safewise ranked Milton third in its list of the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia with populations over 5,000. The company based the ranking on findings from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “Crime in the U.S.” report. Joining Milton in the top 15 were Johns Creek at No. 2, Roswell at No. 12 and Alpharetta at No. 15.
Last year, real estate data resource company NeighborhoodScout.com ranked Milton 46th in its list of 100 Safest Cities in the U.S. with populations over 25,000. NeighborhoodScout.com also used data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program.
Milton was one of just three Georgia cities to make the national list.
“Once again, this information confirms what our residents have felt for a long time – that they live in one of the safest, most desirable and lowest crime areas in the country,” said Milton Police Chief Deborah Harrell.
According to NeighborhoodScout.com, Milton reported just 15 violent crimes and 352 property crimes in 2012. With a population of 34,071, that means residents have just a one in 2,271 chance of becoming the victim of a violent crime, far below the state average of one in 264. Additionally, residents have a one in 96 chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, compared to the state average of one in 29.