10 Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Peach State for 2019.

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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 2019.

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When you think about where you want to live, what are important factors that come to mind? Do you want to live somewhere that is near the mountains? What about near the ocean? Perhaps you want to live in a large metro area or maybe you prefer the slower country lifestyle.

Do you want to live in an apartment or own a house? Maybe you want space for a dog to run around or you want to try your luck at an urban rooftop garden.

No matter where you choose, there are certain factors that definitely come to mind that can have a very strong impact on your life. One factor is the safety rating of where you live.

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.

So where are these cities? Luckily for you, RoadSnacks has already figured out the answer for you.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia for 2019:

  1. East Point (Photos)
  2. Union City (Photos)
  3. College Park (Photos)
  4. Tifton (Photos)
  5. Hapeville (Photos)
  6. Eastman (Photos)
  7. Albany (Photos)
  8. Griffin (Photos)
  9. Douglasville (Photos)
  10. Adel (Photos)

We analyzed 107 cities in Georgia using the most recent FBI crime data to determine which cities are the most dangerous in the state.

The winner? Congrats East Point! You ranked first in danger for Georgia for 2019.

Located on the south side of Atlanta, East Point is a city you may want to avoid if you are new to Georgia. In fact, the south side 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.

Or 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:

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Georgia For 2019

East Point, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 35,740
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,306 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 11,572 (2nd 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 7.8 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.

Union City, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 21,160
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,224 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,940 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Union City:  Data | Photos

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, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 15,134
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,466 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,433 (6th 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

Tifton, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 16,908
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,176 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,535 (10th most dangerous)
More on Tifton:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Tifton by HomeSnacks User

Im from Tifton Georgia, were not Ghetto we dont just dont take the B******t we love to kill lol tho especially people that like to talk s**t.

Hapeville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,665
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 780 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 11,702 (1st most dangerous)
More on Hapeville:  Data | Photos

Hapeville, a city in Fulton County, has seen its crime increase overall for the last few years. According to the FBI, violent crimes have nearly doubled here, and residents have a 1 in 128 chance of being robbed.

Additionally, there were 52 attacks in a city of only 6,665 residents.

Eastman, GA

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,093
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 687 (17th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,247 (5th most dangerous)
More on Eastman:  Data | Photos

Eastman, with a population of around 5,093 has experienced decent amount of crime in recent years.

Currently, residents have a 1 in 10.8 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017 and a 1 in 145 chance of being the victim of violent crime. That’s good for a 6th overall ranking on our list of dangerous places in Georgia.

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.

Albany, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 73,209
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,129 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,622 (21st most dangerous)
More on Albany:  Data | Photos

The most populated city in Georgia, the Albany metropolitan area contains a good amount of crime.

The crime situation in Albany has gotten increasingly worse in recent years, with violent crime going up between 2015-17.

That meant that in 2017, about 1 in 88 Albany residents were the victim of a violent crime.

Review Of Albany by HomeSnacks User

Hello. I am from Albany, Ga

Albany has a lot to be desired, but before giving such a harsh opinion about it, please include every kind of shopping experience rather than finding the worse possible picture of a store that looks like a personal care facility.

Griffin, GA

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 22,878
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 891 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,844 (17th 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 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.

Douglasville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 33,640
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 725 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,239 (14th most dangerous)
More on Douglasville:  Data | Photos

Douglasville is the 9th most violent city in the state, mostly due to the violent crime rate in 2017.

From 2015-17, violent crime in Douglasville went up, leaving residents with a 1 in 137 shot of being a victim of violence in 2017.

On the other hand, property crime was reduced between 2015-17, so there is some silver lining for Douglasville residents.

Review Of Douglasville by HomeSnacks User

I grew up in Douglasville Ga. I always loved going to the mall there. It had many shops. When I was growing up me and my family would go out to eat at a place called Folks which is country cooking. I am 33 years old now and living in SC and I still make it a tradition to go to that restaurant. Its not only good cooking but brings back memories of my mom.

Favorite places are Folks, Hudsons, and Wing It. I have not lived there in 11 years and I sure do miss it.

Adel, GA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,359
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 615 (22nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,773 (9th most dangerous)
More on Adel:  Data | Photos

Adel takes the 10th spot in our analysis of the most dangerous cities in Georgia.

The rough and tumble nature of the town leaks into the crime stats.

The city ranks 22nd for violent crime and 9th for property crime.

How Is Your Town In ?

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.

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:

  1. Peachtree City (Pop. 35,300)
  2. Johns Creek (Pop. 85,048)
  3. Milton (Pop. 39,388)

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 35,740 1,306 11,572
2 Union City 21,160 1,224 10,940
3 College Park 15,134 1,466 7,433
4 Tifton 16,908 1,176 6,535
5 Hapeville 6,665 780 11,702
6 Eastman 5,093 687 9,247
7 Albany 73,209 1,129 5,622
8 Griffin 22,878 891 5,844
9 Douglasville 33,640 725 6,239
10 Adel 5,359 615 6,773

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8 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia

  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.

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