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.
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.
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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, 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
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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:
- Holly Springs (Pop. 12,369)
- Milton (Pop. 39,848)
- Braselton (Pop. 11,537)
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