Atlanta neighborhoods aren’t equal when it comes to crime. If you’re planning to buy a home or looking for place to rent, knowing which areas are safer than others can help you narrow down your choices — especially if living near a MARTA station is also important. See below to explore Atlanta’s safest neighborhoods that are also convenient to rail for greater peace of mind at home and while on your car-free commute.
Note: Data source is Area Vibes, which designates quality of life scores to neighborhoods based on a variety of factors, including crime rates.
7. Inman Park
Atlanta’s first suburb, Inman Park is a hip and historic intown neighborhood with parks, restaurants and access to the BeltLine Eastside Trail. The Inman Park Village is at one end of the neighborhood with restaurants and retail, the MARTA station is at the other with free daily parking. Commute time to downtown Atlanta (Five Points) is only six minutes, and there’s nearby shopping at Little 5 Points and the Edgewood Retail District.
And yes, the crime score is “D” — but many other neighborhoods near MARTA had a failing grade.
Tied with Inman Park (in addition to several neighborhoods below), Midtown ranks as one of the top neighborhoods near MARTA. Choose from residences near the Midtown or Arts Center MARTA stations, including apartments, condos, townhomes and single-family houses. Piedmont Park and many restaurants, office buildings and nightlife venues are in walking distance, so there’s plenty to keep you entertained. There is limited parking options at the nearby stations, but the walkability is high in this neighborhood and all trains travel directly to the airport in less than 30 minutes.
5. Candler Park
On the east side of Atlanta, Candler Park is a family-friendly and established neighborhood with historic bungalows and a large public park. There’s plenty of free parking at the station — great for commuters — and green line trains stops here on weekdays in addition to blue line trains, providing twice as many train options compared to many other stations. If you’re looking for a down-to-earth and liberal neighborhood that’s near city amenities (without being urban), Candler Park is for you.
Atlanta’s high-end business and shopping district, Buckhead is full of retail stores, malls and upscale restaurants. The neighborhood also has three MARTA stations, all of which have trains that travel directly to the airport.
If you’re looking for a neighborhood feel and less high-rise urban vibe, consider housing near the Lenox MARTA station (Pine Hills) or the Garden Hills/Peachtree Hills neighborhoods near Lindbergh Center. Lenox and Lindbergh Center also have free daily parking and paid overnight parking for commuters. No parking at Buckhead, but many condos, apartments and jobs are in walking distance.
3. City of Decatur
Downtown Decatur is a walker’s paradise. A quaint square with a gazebo is surrounded by restaurants, bars, unique shops and a variety of housing. Regular events take place here, including Fourth of July fireworks, festivals and family-friendly activities. There isn’t any parking at the station, so if you’re looking for a place to live, consider a residence in walking distance of the rail line. Commute time to the Five Points in downtown Atlanta is only 14 minutes.
2. Sandy Springs
In Atlanta’s Perimeter Center, Sandy Springs is a semi-suburban area with office buildings, a variety of housing and Perimeter Mall. Cost of living is higher here compared to the rest of the city, but if you can afford it, there are single-family houses, condos, townhomes and apartments near two MARTA stations — both of which have free daily parking and paid overnight parking. Commute time to the airport on the train is approximately 40 minutes.
1. Avondale Estates
The top place to live in Atlanta near MARTA (when it comes to safety): Avondale Estates. Although the most housing options aren’t immediately next to the Avondale MARTA station, you can still walk or bike and there’s free daily parking with a 20-minute commute time to downtown Atlanta on the train.
Downtown Avondale Estates has few restaurants and performance venues, or head to the neighborhood lake and park. It’s a great area for families and as a bonus, you can shop at the nearby Your Dekalb Farmers Market. Note that there are limited apartments in the area, with single-family homes the predominant housing type.