Study: Duluth, Suwanee among state's safest cities

A recently released study cites two Gwinnett County cities among the safest places to live in Georgia.

Duluth and Suwaneebroke the top 10 in Movoto Real Estate Blog’s look into crime statistics for cities with more than 10,000 residents around the state.

According to the study, residents in Duluth, which came in at No. 6, have a “very safe 1-in-47 chance of being the victim of a crime,” and even then it’s likely to be a non-violent act.

Movoto’s research, based on 2012 numbers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, found that Duluth had the seventh lowest property-crime rate, with 83 vehicle thefts and 290 burglaries per 100,000 people.

“The other major factor was the no murders reported in 2012 and only four rapes per 100,000 people, which was some of the lowest on our list,” Movoto’s study said.

The story was similar for No. 7 Suwanee.

There were also no murders in the city limits in 2012, though other violent crimes were a bit more prevalent. Movoto says there were 25 rapes, 44 robberies and 69 assaults per 100,000 people. Residents have 1 in 44 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Loganville, whose city limits creep into Gwinnett from Walton County, ranked No. 10.

No murders happened in 2012, but other crimes kept the city from inching higher up the list. Movoto says there were nine rapes, 37 robberies and 93 assaults per 100,000 people in 2012.

“The property crime here was also fairly low,” the study says. “The vehicle theft here was higher than others in our top 10, with 177 crimes of that sort per 100,000, but that’s still honestly pretty good. Just look at Atlanta, which had 1,178 vehicle thefts per 100,000 and that might put the numbers in a little perspective for you.”

While the rest of the top 10 spots were snagged by cities like Johns Creek, Acworth and Canton, several of Gwinnett’s other municipalities also found a place in the study.

Lawrenceville came in at No. 19, two spots ahead of Sugar Hill. Snellville took the 23rd spot and Lilburn was recognized as Georgia’s 34th safest city.