10 Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Peach State for 2020.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Georgia and is updated for 2020.

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When you go to sleep at night, you want to feel secure that you are falling asleep in a safe space. You don’t want to have to constantly worry about whether or not you locked all four locks on your door and that your wooden window jam is securely in place.

However, how do you know if where you are moving to is safe or not? If you are moving to Georgia, then there are definitely some safe places and there are definitely some areas that are not as safe. Georgia is full of beautiful landscapes, gorgeous beaches, and historical towns. But it also has a few cities that have areas that may not be as beautiful at night. Those would be the most dangerous places in live in Georgia.

And that’s what we’ve done here — identify the most dangerous cities in Georgia for 2020 based on FBI data. Specifically, we looked at violent and property crimes per capita for the 94 cities over 5,000 people. The idea being that you want to know where crime occurs so that you can make an informed decision. However, we are not saying anything about the efficacy of local law enforcement and there are definitely safe areas in every city we talk about.

With all that in mind, Georgia as a whole is actually on the dangerous side of American states, ranking in the top third. So these cities contribute to an overall sense of danger in Georgia.

So grab some chicken and dumplings, you favorite local craft brew, and read on.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia for 2020:

  1. East Point (Photos)
  2. College Park (Photos)
  3. Eastman (Photos)
  4. Americus (Photos)
  5. Hapeville (Photos)
  6. Albany (Photos)
  7. Brunswick (Photos)
  8. Griffin (Photos)
  9. Dublin (Photos)
  10. Warner Robins (Photos)

We analyzed 94 cities in Georgia using the most recent FBI crime data to determine which cities are the most dangerous in the state.

The most dangerous city in Georgia? East Point ranks as the most dangerous city in Georgia for 2020 based on the most recent FBI data.

Located on the southside of Atlanta, East Point is a city you may want to avoid if you are new to Georgia. In fact, the southside of Atlanta is home to several of the most dangerous cities on our list. East Point, Union City, and College Park, the top three most dangerous cities in Atlanta, are all located just south of Atlanta.

Interested to see how your favorite city in Georgia stacked up? Read on for more information about our methodology and to learn more about why these cities made the top 10.

Learn more about the safest places in Georgia.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Georgia

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Georgia For 2020

East Point, GA

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 35,486
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,242 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 12,004 (1st most dangerous)
More on East Point:  Data | Photos

East Point comes in 1st on our list for the most dangerous places in Georgia. Just southwest of Atlanta, the city beats its bigger neighbor when it comes to crime.

Residents of East Point have a 1 in 7.5 chance of being the victim of a crime. For reference, the most dangerous place in Virginia had about a 1 in 15 chance of being the victim of a crime.

East Point ranks as the highest city for property crime per capita which contributes to its high chance of crime.

College Park, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,034
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,037 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,884 (5th most dangerous)
More on College Park:  Data | Photos

College Park, where crime happens in Georgia.

It’s important to remember that the FBI bases its crime data on where the crimes occurred and the police department for College Park covers parts of Clayton and Fulton County associated with the city and not just the city proper.

That being said, Ludacris, 2 Chainz, and Jung Joc all came from College Park and they don’t sing about rainbows and butterflies

Eastman, GA

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 5,038
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 833 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,634 (4th most dangerous)
More on Eastman:  Data | Photos

The largest city in Dodge County, Eastman has experienced a 13% increase in its violent crime rate and a 19% rise in property crime rate between 2017-2018.

Folks in Eastman had about a 1 in 11.6 chance of being robbed or burnt in 2018, which is just the heavy price you pay for living in Eastman.

Review Of Eastman by HomeSnacks User

Take a city like Eastman.. 20 years ago lots of people there carpooled to work at Robins AFB.. There was a shirt factory and the Lithonia Lighting Factory in Eastman employed people. Plus people did a lot of farming all over South GA. Lithonia has since closed its doors, folks were paid to plant pine trees instead of farming and probably most of the folks who worked at Robins are retired. It is sad to see the decline of so many cities in our state.

Americus, GA

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 15,184
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 856 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,065 (6th most dangerous)
More on Americus:  Data | Photos

College Park ranks as the 4th dangerous place to live in Georgia. The property crime ranks as the 6th worst in the state and 7th worst for violent crime.

So while Americus is the county seat of Sumter County, it’s also the location where the most crimes occurred in the County.

Hapeville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,607
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 741 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 11,154 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Hapeville:  Data | Photos

This smallish city, Hapeville ranks as one of the most dangerous places in Georgia.

Violent crime has been held steady in recent years and property crime has fallen.

Still, a 1 in 9.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime hardly seems like a cause for celebration.

Albany, GA

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 72,594
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,114 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,102 (20th most dangerous)
More on Albany:  Data | Photos

Albany ranks as the 6th most dangerous city in Georgia with the 3rd highest violent crime rate in the state.

However, the city ranks as one of the poorer in Georgia according to one of earlier analyzes, so that must also contribute to a higher than average crime rate.

Review Of Albany by HomeSnacks User

I’ve lived in Albany for all of my life and I’ve seen my fair share of crime but Albany Ga is the heartbeat of the south. We’ve been through a total of 2 Tornadoes and 1 Hurricane and when it counts the most we stick together. There is so much love in Albany everyone is friendly. The city has a pure heart of gold.

Some of the favorite places to visit that I enjoy personally is “Little Red Dog House” which a local favorite hot dog stand. Another place to eat that is heavily enjoyed by locals is the “Albany Fish Company” where they served delicious seafood.

Brunswick, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,431
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,065 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,246 (19th most dangerous)
More on Brunswick:  Data | Photos

Like many port cities we have looked at, Brunswick ranks highly for the occurrence of crime. In particular, violent crime rates in Brunswick stick out for being the 5th worst in Georgia.

There were 175 violent crimes in Brunswick, but that’s down from 251 violent crimes in 2011.

A City Data user says, “I am 22-years-old and DO NOT recommend Brunswick for a single person looking to get out there and have fun and meet people.” Probably because going out there leads to crime.

Griffin, GA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 22,707
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,149 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,756 (25th most dangerous)
More on Griffin:  Data | Photos

Griffin is another county seat that also represents its county as one of the most dangerous cities in Georgia.

Griffin’s ranking for violent crime and property were 2nd and 25th, respectively.

Griffin is a bit off the beaten path about 50 miles south of Atlanta. Yet it still manages its fair share of crime.

Dublin, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,756
Rank Last Year: 30 (Up 21)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 806 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,912 (22nd most dangerous)
More on Dublin:  Data | Photos

Dublin is one of the most crime-ridden cities in Georgia.

Violent crime and property crime have become an issue between 2017-2018, which left Dublin’s residents with a 1 in 124 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 20.4 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.

Warner Robins, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 75,668
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 17)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 586 (21st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,550 (11th most dangerous)
More on Warner Robins:  Data | Photos

Warner Robins is way out on Route 26 near Wyoming. If you’re passing through, lock your car doors. Residents here have a 1 in 18.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime, which is the second highest in the state.

Job growth is negative here, which isn’t a good sign. Crime is typically contained on the south end of town.

Review Of Warner Robins by HomeSnacks User

I went there for a doctor’s appointment. To my amazement I have never seen so many different stores in such a short distance on one main road! A shopper’s dream!

Any store to shop for clothes and etc. you can think of from A-Z! Restaurants and fast food too!

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Georgia for 2020?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered Georgia cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 94 cities in Georgia.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 94 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Georgia — East Point. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.

Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia.

Locking It All Up In Georgia

The latest FBI crime data shows that East Point ranks as the most dangerous city in Georgia for 2020.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in East Point and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Georgia:

  1. Holly Springs (Pop. 12,369)
  2. Milton (Pop. 39,848)
  3. Braselton (Pop. 11,537)

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 East Point 35,486 1,242 12,004
2 College Park 15,034 1,037 6,884
3 Eastman 5,038 833 8,634
4 Americus 15,184 856 6,065
5 Hapeville 6,607 741 11,154
6 Albany 72,594 1,114 5,102
7 Brunswick 16,431 1,065 5,246
8 Griffin 22,707 1,149 4,756
9 Dublin 15,756 806 4,912
10 Warner Robins 75,668 586 5,550

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9 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia For 2020

  1. Where are you finding these sources from? I work with the police department of one of these cities. The cities surrounding one of those cities have a lot higher than one of those. I would like to see your proff.

  2. It is also important to note that the #1 College Park is home to the ATL Airport the busiest in the world and the population of College Park swells to over 100k daily but only 14k are perm residents. The numbers dont reflect the influx of visitors.

  3. Notice how the highest crime cities are primarily black… This right here is all the proof I need to tell the BLM to eat a d***. I love blacks but I will not take part in the segregation of our country, there are whites that are privileged, but I wasn’t, I lived in a bad neighborhood growing up, and had to graduate early to support my Single Mother who was hooked on drugs. I’m also a vet and small businesses owner, I made it out the mud and so can blacks. We live in a world that approves everybody, and shouldn’t cater to any one race. My children have everything they want and need, is that privileged..?? No, it’s called providing for their future.

  4. If you’re moving to Georgia it’s in your best interest to ignore this information, it’s as false as false can be. this is so incorrect it should be illegal, go elsewhere for correct info

  5. I live in Monroe,Ga I go down town a lot and I never see any of this going on most people mind their own business and don’t bother other people.

  6. Back in the 70s, Albany was named one of the 50 safest cities in the United States. At that time, James H. Gray Sr. was mayor and Albany was a growing city with low unemployment. Since Gray’s death in 1986, Albany has deteriorated into an crime-ridden ghetto.

  7. Whoever made this article lying cause I’m from Ga and bout been to every single city on here which I have and these places ain’t dangerous at all they clearly must not be from no Georgia then if they did this.

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