A new survey found that residents of metro Atlanta, including Cobb County, see crime as the biggest issue facing the metro area.

Asked which issue is the biggest problem facing residents in the metro Atlanta area today, 27% of Cobb respondents said crime. Nearly a third of all survey respondents across metro Atlanta, 32%, said crime was the biggest issue.

The survey was conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission, a metro-wide, intergovernmental planning organization. Residents from Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties were included in the survey.

The other top challenges facing metro Atlanta, according to Cobb respondents, are the economy (18%), human services for people in need (11%), public health (10%) and transportation (10%).

Respondents across the metro region placed crime first, followed by public health (13%), the economy (12%), transportation (9.5%) and human services (9.5%).

Other issues that survey respondents could choose were race relations, public education and taxes. Some respondents chose another issue that wasn’t listed, or said they weren’t sure.

The survey, conducted by Kennesaw State University, had 4,800 respondents, 400 of them Cobb residents. The survey has a margin of error of 1.5% for the metro region and between 3.8% and 5% for individual counties.

The survey asked questions about quality-of-life issues, including racial equity, policing, income inequality, COVID-19 vaccines, how safe they feel in the pandemic, the minimum wage, whether living conditions will improve, how they would handle a $400 emergency, whether they receive food assistance, whether they work from home and whether they worry about their next rent/mortgage payment.

“This year’s Metro Atlanta Speaks survey shines a light on the difficult period we are all living through,” said Mike Alexander, senior director of ARC’s Center for Livable Communities. “Trends that we spotted in last year’s survey continue this year. More of us than ever are working from home, and unfortunately, many of us continue to struggle to make ends meet as the pandemic wears on.”

For more information about the survey, including county level results, visit atlantaregional.org/metroatlantaspeaks.

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Mike Nelson

When all you hear is defund the police, protestors are allowed to loot, burn and kill over whatever issues offends them, when you had an Atlanta Mayor allowed the riots and destroy whatever they didn’t like, destroy the police department moral over her imagined political aspirations and the media spins the truth. This madness will continue and grow.

Tim Boone

Crime in Cobb County, Georgia

Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low crime) to 100 (high crime)

Cobb County violent crime is 22.1. (The US average is 22.7)

Cobb County property crime is 47.0. (The US average is 35.4)

Tim Boone

Objectively.according to GBI database it is a heck of a lot safer in Cobb County than it was in the 1980s and 90s.... https://gbi.georgia.gov/document/document/statewide-crime-rates-100000-population/download

Tim Boone

It seems someone has a vested interest in making the voters think their is a huge crimewave..... which there isn't. Yest it ticed up a little from last year..but look at the long term trend.

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