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.
Surprisingly, you won’t find Atlanta in the top ten — they finished 14th in Georgia for 2018.
The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Peach State:
- Union City (Photos)
- College Park (Photos)
- East Point (Photos)
- Waynesboro (Photos)
- Americus (Photos)
- Hapeville (Photos)
- Eastman (Photos)
- Morrow (Photos)
- Griffin (Photos)
- Monroe (Photos)
Why did Union City 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.
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Georgia for 2018?
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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.
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 113 cities in Georgia.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 113 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 — Union City. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia.
1. Union City
Population: 21,065Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,210
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,529
Moving on to the list to take the top spot of a crowded field is Union City.
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.”
2. College Park
Population: 14,724Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,894
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,542
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 2017, a dirty sweep if you will, but finished in 2nd this year.
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
3. East Point
Population: 35,791Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,179
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,318
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 8.7 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: 5,666Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,358
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,818
Waynesboro is the most populous city in Burke County.
Waynesboro experienced a massive rise in violent crime between 2014-16.
Property crime statistics, meanwhile, remained stagnant, with residents facing a 1 in 12.8 chance of being the victim of theft or arson each year — the 7th highest rate in the state.
Population: 15,838Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,098
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,040
With .014 violent crimes per capita (or 140 per 10,000 people), only College park came in at a higher rate.
So while Americus is the county seat of Sumter County, it’s also the location where the most crimes occurred in the County.
Population: 6,701Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 865
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,386
A smaller city on this list, Hapeville has experienced some wild swings in crime in recent years.
While instances of violent crime fell to 58 between 2014-16, property crime now stands at 2nd worst.
If they could get the same magic working for property crime as they have for violence, Hapeville may one day be the idyllic place its residents want it to be.
Population: 5,232Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 898
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,518
Eastman is the least populated city on this list, as well as the least violent.
Residents of Eastman faced a 1 in 10.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2016.
Eastman has been improving a lot lately too, with reductions in both violent and property crime between 2014-16.
Population: 7,501Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 799
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,452
Morrow broke the top ten this year moving up 5 places from last year.
While instances of violent crime fell to 60 between 2014-16, property crime now stands at 6th worst.
Property crime is the big issue in this small town.
Population: 23,134Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 985
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,986
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 13th and 16th, 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: 13,716Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 889
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,087
Monroe has moved up (improved in) the rankings the past couple of years to now find itself as the 10th most dangerous city in Georgia.
Monroe’s ranking for violent crime and property were 17th and 15th, respectively.
Overall, like every other city in our top 10, it scored an F when it comes to crime compared to most cities in Ohio.
Locking It All Up In Georgia
The latest FBI crime data shows that Union City ranks as the most dangerous city in Georgia for 2018.
However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Union City’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
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