Georgia : Safety by City
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The “neighs” have it in Milton, Georgia – a community of wide-open spaces, equestrian life, and safe adventures.
How can a city be in the same county as the massive Atlanta metro area and be so different is fascinating.
Milton was incorporated as a city in 2006 and is right next door to the bigger Alpharetta on the northeast side of the ATL metro area.
It’s a bedroom community that is becoming “the” place for families seeking a quieter pace of life and a safer area to raise the family.
To get a hotel, you won’t be staying in Milton as there are no hotels.
There are a lot of hotels in nearby Alpharetta.
The area of Alpharetta Highway and Windward Parkway is the closest place with many hotel options.
Wine lovers will adore this region of northern Georgia as there are several wineries available for sipping and strolling through.
You can also walk through a farm and get some goodies while feeding the chickens.
You might even have a dog join you for a walk around the farm.
The very walkable Crabapple District is the dining destination and a mixed-use community of luxury living and fine food mixed with unique boutiques.
This is a country living near a major metro region.
You’ve got the world at your fingertips and won’t have to clutch your purse every time someone walks by.
Warnings & Dangers in Milton
OVERALL RISK: LOW
There's a low overall risk. I can't wait to show you specifics on how low the crime rate is. It's also a growing area, so there isn't that "stranger in town" feeling you might get in some other small Georgia towns.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW
You're going to need a car in Milton. Atlanta's MARTA service doesn't come this far north. The closest park & ride for MARTA is 10 miles away. Rideshares and taxis are an option, sure, and those come with low risk. You are just going to be spending a lot of money on rides due to the limited amount of things to do in Milton.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: LOW
There's a low risk here. No pickpockets were reported in 2020 and theft rates are a fraction of the national and state averages.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM
This whole area has a risk of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms throughout the year. Spring is the hot season for storms and fall brings the second storm season of the year. Winter storms are not common, but they do cause mayhem here since nobody knows how to drive in snow and the city isn't well equipped to clean it up.
MUGGING RISK: LOW
There was one robbery in Milton in 2020, and it was a public robbery. There were 2 in 2019, and both were highway robberies. So, on the downside, if there IS a robbery, it's likely to happen in public, but there's a low risk of one happening in the first place.
TERRORISM RISK: MEDIUM
Any large metro area will be medium risk, and while Milton is kinda on that line of "is it north Georgia or Atlanta metro?", we'll err on the side of a medium risk because any terror warnings will come through the county emergency system.
SCAMS RISK: LOW
Some aggressive scams are happening in Milton, but they are all going after the wealthy residents here (average income is $127,000). No risk exists for tourists at this time.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Women are perfectly safe traveling here. Five sexual assaults were reported, making it about 1/3 of the national average. Aside from some light shopping and wineries, there aren't many places to go here to be at any kind of risk. The crime numbers change when you leave Milton, so check surrounding cities before you venture outside of the uber-safe Milton.
TAP WATER RISK: LOW
I've read more than 200 annual water quality reports and usually, there's a throwaway line about how safe the water is. Milton makes it a little more personalized, so I wanted to share it with you, "(The report) which shows that the quality of our water is excellent and safe, having met or exceeded all state and federal regulations."
Safest Places to Visit in Milton
A good place to start is the Crabapple Market District, otherwise known as “The Crossroads.”
This is a very walkable area with shopping and dining.
One of the local favorite restaurants is the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, which was Irish Pub of the Year in 2015.
The Painted Horse Winery is a farm winery, the only one in the county.
Here you can try various wines while walking through the horse stalls or taking a riding lesson.
Group parties and private bookings are also available.
Scottsdale Farms is like a mall inside a farm.
There’s a cafe, gift barn, boutique, garden center, and plant pharmacy.
Tours of the farm are available and the pot-bellied pig might just be the cutest thing I’ve seen all day.
The Mark Law Arboretum at Bell Memorial Park showcases some of the diverse trees of the area and honors a local man who passed away but spent the final years of his life infusing tree beauty into every facet of the city as it grew.
This arboretum also has a Survivor Tree, which is a seedling from a tree that was damaged in the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995.
Places to Avoid in Milton
Crime maps show the areas of Milton around Alpharetta Highway have the highest incidents reported.
It’s common for more crime to happen along highways as there are generally more people there.
However, the crime is so low here a “high-crime area” is almost laughable.
There are some golf courses in Milton, but unless you know someone who is a member, avoid trying to play golf there.
They are not only members-only clubs, they have incredibly strict rules, from the dress codes to the “no electronic device usage” rules in many areas.
You can’t even take a picture while you’re at the clubs.
This is the proper south, so be sure to remove your hat before you go inside.
It’s bad etiquette in the south to wear a hat while indoors.
If you don’t do it, someone might ask you to.
Safety Tips for Traveling to Milton
- Milton is very safe, but there’s not a lot to do there unless you have a specific family event. Before you go to surrounding cities, read our reviews to get an updated look at crime. The safety of Milton only goes as far as the city limits.
- You are safe to drive around and look at some of the beautiful homes here. It’s worth the wandering, but don’t try to sneak into a gated community. The guards will be on you faster than you can say “HOA.”
- If you are in Milton for a big event, like the Crabtree Festival, don’t park on the neighborhood streets. Overflow parking is not allowed there and you might get towed.
- The city is a perfect layout for a long, winding bike ride. The only problem is there aren’t many if any, bike lanes. Georgia is a little behind the times in getting bike-friendly roads. You can still ride a bike on the road, just stay to the far right and obey all traffic signals as if you were in a car. There is a bicycle and social club that rides every Tuesday and Thursday evening. Search for the “Olde Blinde Dog Cycling Club” to get more information.
- There are very strict rules about fireworks in Milton, and the loud noises scare the animals in this rural community. It’s best to avoid using fireworks at all, and if you see someone doing it, call (678)297-6300.
- Sign up for CodeRED emergency alerts so you can get information about road closures, accidents, severe weather, and civil emergencies. You can do that through the city’s website.
- Since this is a largely residential area, there is a lot of concern about speeding through the neighborhoods. There is a wide variety of “traffic calming” devices used. This could be a speed bump, speed hump, raised crosswalk, or devices that narrow the road and force you to slow down. Go slow or you might damage the bottom of the car.
- This is a great place to explore the outdoors, but even the high cost of living can’t keep away the bugs. Use bug spray, especially when visiting the winery or farms. The mosquitos can carry life-threatening illnesses.
- “When thunder roars, go indoors.” That’s the plea from meteorologists in every storm-prone state. If you are close enough to a storm to hear thunder, you’re close enough to get hit by lightning. When you hear thunder, go inside and wait until 30 minutes after the last bolt of thunder before going outside again.
- Lake Lanier is about an hour away and a popular fishing spot. If you want to fish in Georgia, you need a license. You can get it through the wildlife division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. You cannot use the license from your home state or country in Georgia.
So... How Safe Is Milton Really?
It’s one of the safest cities I’ve ever researched, and that’s saying a lot.
There were 15 violent crimes in 2020, and not a single one was in public.
There were no robberies in public.
There haven’t been more than three robberies in a year for at least the past decade.
There were no pickpockets or purse snatchings.
There hasn’t been a homicide since 2016.
The national violent crime rate is 399 per 100,000 people.
In Milton, it’s 36 in 100,000.
The national robbery rate is 79 per 100,000.
Milton’s is 2 per 100,000.
I could go on, but you get the picture.
This is an upscale community where people pay good money to be that safe.
They expect those who visit to adhere to the upscale standards of safety and etiquette.
How Does Milton Compare?
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The Visa process doesn't happen in a city or at state lines. It happens when you enter the United States. After that, you can travel freely.
You will use the U.S. Dollar here and you don't need to carry cash. If you want to exchange currency, do it while you're in Atlanta if you're flying into ATL. Milton doesn't have a lot of offerings to exchange currency.
If you're staying in Milton, collared shirts and nice shorts are going to be better than tank tops and denim cut-offs, but you can wear whatever you want. I just wanted to give you a better look at the fashion vibe. It's going to be humid, so prepare to sweat. In the winter, bring a jacket because it can get cold. Sometimes a harsh cold snap can require a winter coat, but check before you go to see if that's going to be necessary.
The Atlanta airport is on the other side of the metro area and it's going to take (at least) an hour to get there. I'm looking at the traffic map now, around lunchtime in Atlanta, and the whole central core of the city is red with traffic. I like to double my travel estimates when I visit Atlanta because the traffic is nuts, and I generally need some time to calm down from all the insane driving.
You should get travel insurance for a trip to Milton as a final cherry on top of a very interesting trip.
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Georgia - Safety by City