Nelson, Georgia, Information:

Nelson is a city in northern Georgia that is in both Pickens and Cherokee counties in Georgia and it is considered part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. It gained some attention in 2013 when a resolution was passed by the City Council called the “Family Protection Ordinance” which states that every head of household must own a gun and ammunition to “provide for the emergency management of the city” and to “provide for and protect the safety, security, and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants.” This resolution is not legally binding and does not penalize anyone to comply with the ordinance and convicted felons are exempts, nonetheless it made headlines across the country. In 2010, the census recorded the population of Nelson at 1,314; however estimates from 2016 show an increase of 250 people already, to a population of 1,361.

In 2017, Nelson ranked #482 out of 2,884 of the “Safest Suburbs in America,” #4 out of 77 of the “Safest Suburbs in Georgia,” #35 out of 110 of the “Suburbs with the Best Public Schools in Georgia” #38 out of 110 of the “Best Suburbs to Buy a House in Georgia,” #50 out of 373 of the “Safest Places to Live in Georgia,” #56 out of 110 of the “Best Suburbs to Live in Georgia,” #4 out of 77 of the “Safest Suburbs in the Atlanta Area,” #35 out of 111 of the “Places with the Best Public Schools in the Atlanta Area,” #38 out of 110 of the “Best Suburbs to Buy a House in the Atlanta Area,” and #56 out of 110 of the “Best Suburbs to Live in the Atlanta Area.”

The livability index in Nelson is 70, which is defined as “very liveable” and it ranks higher than both the Georgia state average of 67 and the national average of 66.

The Mayor of Nelson Georgia is Mayor Sylvia Green who can be emailed at

Nelson City Hall
1985 Kennesaw Ave
P.O. Box 100
Nelson, Georgia 30151

Nelson, Georgia Crime Rates and Statistics:

There were an estimated 1,201 overall crimes per 100,000 residents in Nelson in one year in Nelson. This is lower than the state average of 3,402 crimes per 100,000 individuals that is the average in the state of Georgia and it is 58% lower than the national average of 2,837 crimes for every 100,000 residents. Violent crimes also occur at a lower rate in Nelson, with the rate being an estimated 140 violent crimes for every 100,000 people. The Georgia state average is 398 violent crimes for every 100,000 residents and the U.S. average is 386 crimes per 100,000 residents. Property crimes rates are ranked similarly, with the rate in the city of Nelson being lower than the Georgia state average and the national average at 1,060 property crimes per 100,000 residents annually. The state average in Georgia was 3,005 property crimes for every 100,000 citizens and the U.S. average was 2,451 property crimes for every 100,000 people.

Facts about crime in Nelson, Georgia:

  • The overall crime rate in Nelson is 58% lower than the national average;
  • Nelson is safer than 71% of the cities in the United States;
  • In Nelson you have a 1 in 84 chance of becoming a victim of any crime; and
  • The number of total year over year crimes in Nelson has not changed.

    Nelson, Georgia Police Department Address:

    In 2018, the Nelson City Council voted to disband their local Police Department and they now depend on both Cherokee and Pickens County Law Enforcement to help them with law enforcement.

    Open Records Request in Nelson, Georgia:

    Record questions in Cherokee County, Georgia should be directed to the Clerk of Courts, Patty Baker, at 678-493-6511:

    County Sheriff, Warrant, Most Wanted Information in Nelson, Georgia, Georgia:

    The Sheriff of Cherokee County is Sheriff Frank Reynolds. Sheriff Reynolds can be reached at 678-493-4100. Cherokee County is also broken down into five (5) precincts: BridgeMill, Free Home, Hickory Flat, Oak Grove, and Waleska. The Free Home Precinct would be the one responsible for covering Nelson as first responders, although the entire county would respond depending on the size of the event. Lt. David Simmons is the Precinct Commander of the Free Home Uniformed Patrol Division.

    Cherokee County Georgia Free Home Uniform Patrol Division
    9253 Freehome Hwy.
    Canton, GA 30115

    Cherokee County Adult Detention Center
    498 Chattin Dr.
    Canton, GA 30115

    For information about bonding out of the Cherokee County Detention Center:

    For information about the jail commissary:

    For information about inmates services, including commissary, accounts, and telephone rights:

    For information about programs offered to inmates while they are in jail:

    Crime Stoppers/Most Wanted:

    If you think that you may have a warrant in Cherokee County, you should call the warrant division of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 678-493-4251. Lt. Jeremy Huggins is the Warrant Unit Commander.

    The Sheriff of Pickens County is Sheriff Donnie Craig who is in his second term as the Sheriff.

    Pickens County Sheriff’s Office
    2985 Camp Road
    Jasper, GA 30143

    To search for sex offenders in Pickens County, Georgia:

    Facebook Page for the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office:

    Pickens County Jail
    2985 Camp Road
    Jasper, GA 30143

    For a list of inmates currently in the Pickens County Jail:

    For other questions regarding inmates in the Pickens County Jail, you should call the Jail at 706-253-8900.

    Most Wanted in Pickens County, Georgia:

    If you think that you may have a warrant in Pickens County, Georgia, you should call the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 703-253-8900.

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