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.
Turns out Atlanta finishes outside of the top ten at number 15. And the data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Peach State:
- College Park (Photos)
- Chamblee (Photos)
- East Point (Photos)
- Waynesboro (Photos)
- Eastman (Photos)
- Monroe (Photos)
- Tifton (Photos)
- Griffin (Photos)
- Brunswick (Photos)
- Fort Oglethorpe (Photos)
Why isn’t everything in peachy in College Park? 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.
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Georgia for 2017?
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 second release of 2015 data, specifically the 2015 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2016 in September 2017.
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 99 cities in Georgia.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 99 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 — College Park. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia.
1. College Park
Population: 14,751Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,589
Property Crimes Per 100k: 11,016
College Park, where crime happens in Georgia.
The city took the top spot for both violent crimes per capita and property crimes per capita in 2015, a dirty sweep if you will.
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
Population: 16,261Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,389
Property Crimes Per 100k: 11,014
Chamblee is the 2nd most dangerous city in Georgia overall.
From 2014, the property crime rate dropped, which is good news for people who like knowing that their stuff is safe.
The bad news for people who like their safety, though, is that violent crime ranks 2nd in Georgia.
3. East Point
Population: 35,898Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,133
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,630
East Point comes in 3rd 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 8.5 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 3rd highest city for property crime per capita which contributes to its high chance of crime.
Population: 5,652Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,256
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,183
Waynesboro has the smallest population of any city in Georgia, but still places 4th in our ranking.
Living in such a small place evidently breeds a high rate of violence in the state, with residents of Waynesboro facing a 1 in 79 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2015.
Population: 5,274Violent Crimes Per 100k: 891
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,101
Eastman has more violent crime than most cities in the Peach State.
While property crime dropped by 10% between 2013-15, violent crime rose by 11%, producing very little net gain for the city’s overall crime rate.
In 2015, Eastman residents had a 1 in 11.0 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
Population: 13,764Violent Crimes Per 100k: 835
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,214
Monroe has moved up the rankings the past couple of years to now find itself as the 6th most dangerous city in Georgia. Monroe’s ranking for violent crime and property were 17th and 7th, respectively. Overall, like every other city in our top 10, it scored an F when it comes to crime.
Population: 16,787Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,048
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,665
Tifton is another county seat that also represents its county as one of the most dangerous places in Georgia.
Coming in at 7th 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.
Population: 23,261Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,139
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,001
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 5th and 23rd, respectively.
Griffin is a bit off the beaten path about 50 miles south of Atlanta. Yet it still manages its fair share of crime.
Population: 16,026Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,148
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,940
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 4th worst in Georgia.
There were 184 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.
10. Fort Oglethorpe
Population: 9,670Violent Crimes Per 100k: 672
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,456
And rounding out the top ten is Fort Oglethorpe
Fort Oglethorpe has the 25th highest violent crime rate in Georgia and the 6th highest property crime rate.
Locking It All Up In Georgia
The latest FBI crime data shows that College Park ranks as the most dangerous city in Georgia for 2017.
However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit College Park’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Georgia:
- Johns Creek
- Peachtree City
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