Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Georgia?
We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.
No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Georgia — and anyone looking to move to Georgia — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.
The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Peach State for 2019:
- East Point (Photos)
- Union City (Photos)
- College Park (Photos)
- Tifton (Photos)
- Hapeville (Photos)
- Eastman (Photos)
- Albany (Photos)
- Griffin (Photos)
- Douglasville (Photos)
- Adel (Photos)
After analyzing 107 cities in Georgia, why did East Point take the top spot?
For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.
Or learn more about the safest places in Georgia.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Georgia
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Georgia for 2019?
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 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.
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 cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 107 cities in Georgia.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 107 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.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia.
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 7.8 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 2nd highest city for property crime per capita which contributes to its high chance of crime.
Unlike the rest of the country, Union City has actually seen a rise in crime, both violent and property, over the past three years.
As one City-Data user put it, “Union City is so-so at best.”
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
Tifton is another county seat that also represents its county as one of the most dangerous places in Georgia.
Coming in at 4th on our list, Tifton mixes (relatively) middle of the pack violent crime and property crime without (relatively) excelling in either one.
We say relative because while its crime rates are middle of the pack for the top ten, they are still high for Georgia as a whole.
The 5th place ranking for most dangerous in Georgia goes to Hapeville .
Residents have a 1 in 128 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which means rape, murder or aggravated assault. That’s pretty high, but for a state like Georgia, that’s just unacceptable.
Additionally, if you live in Hapeville, you have a 1 in 8.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That’s a lot of stolen laptops, cell phones and tractor implements.
There were 1 murders in Hapeville in 2017.
Eastman Georgia has seen crime within its city limits head downwards over the last few years, but it’s still a relatively dangerous place.
Chances are if you live in Eastman, someone you know was the victim of a break-in or theft in recent years, as nearly 1 in 10.1 residents had a run in with a criminal last year.
Coming in as the 7th most dangerous city in Georgia is Albany.
While violent crime has been steadily dropping in recent years, with a 10% total drop in violent crime from 2015-17, property crime went up by nearly the same rate during this interval.
That left residents of Albany a 1 in 1217.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017, and a 1 in 88 chance of being the victim of violence.
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 10th and 17th, respectively.
Griffin is a bit off the beaten path about 50 miles south of Atlanta. Yet it still manages its fair share of crime.
Crime in Douglasville has been heading in the right direction over the past few years, as both property and violent crimes have been on the decrease .
Douglasville residents have a 1 in 16.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime, good for 14th worst in the state. Additionally, they have a 1 in 137 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, 16th worst in Georgia.
Adel almost escaped being included on this list, but being the 10th most violent city in the state kept it in the top ten most dangerous.
Residents of Adel had a 1 in 162 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.
Property crime also went down to a 1 in 14.8 chance in 2015-17, meaning, if the trends continue, Adel may avoid this list altogether come next year.
Locking It All Up In Georgia
The latest FBI crime data shows that East Point ranks as the most dangerous city in Georgia for 2019.
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:
- Peachtree City (Pop. 35,300)
- Johns Creek (Pop. 85,048)
- Milton (Pop. 39,388)
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia