These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia For 2017


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Peach State for 2017.

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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:

  1. College Park (Photos)
  2. Chamblee (Photos)
  3. East Point (Photos)
  4. Waynesboro (Photos)
  5. Eastman (Photos)
  6. Monroe (Photos)
  7. Tifton (Photos)
  8. Griffin (Photos)
  9. Brunswick (Photos)
  10. 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.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

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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.

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1. College Park

College Park, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,751
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,589
Property Crimes Per 100k: 11,016
College Park, where crime happens in Georgia.

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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

2. Chamblee

Chamblee, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,261
Violent 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

East Point, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,898
Violent 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.

4. Waynesboro

Waynesboro, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,652
Violent 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.

5. Eastman

Eastman, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,274
Violent 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.

6. Monroe

Monroe, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,764
Violent 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.

7. Tifton

Tifton, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,787
Violent 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.

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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.

8. Griffin

Griffin, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,261
Violent 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.

9. Brunswick

Brunswick, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,026
Violent 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

Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,670
Violent 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:

  1. Johns Creek
  2. Milton
  3. Peachtree City

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Georgia

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 College Park 14,751 2,589 11,016
2 Chamblee 16,261 1,389 11,014
3 East Point 35,898 1,133 10,630
4 Waynesboro 5,652 1,256 7,183
5 Eastman 5,274 891 9,101
6 Monroe 13,764 835 7,214
7 Tifton 16,787 1,048 6,665
8 Griffin 23,261 1,139 6,001
9 Brunswick 16,026 1,148 5,940
10 Fort Oglethorpe 9,670 672 7,456
11 Waycross 14,045 719 6,792
12 Hapeville 6,737 831 6,501
13 Morrow 7,322 573 8,945
14 Americus 16,107 968 5,848
15 Atlanta 464,710 1,119 5,499
16 Forest Park 19,069 949 5,731
17 Cordele 10,893 761 6,049
18 Vidalia 10,719 671 6,371
19 Douglas 11,667 668 6,428
20 Douglasville 32,912 710 6,113
21 Riverdale 15,776 576 6,516
22 Albany 75,357 1,061 5,178
23 Moultrie 14,548 556 6,667
24 Fitzgerald 9,030 775 5,204
25 Conyers 15,838 694 5,436
26 Fort Valley 8,750 1,097 3,862
27 Dublin 16,176 729 4,500
28 Columbus 203,778 555 5,542
29 Toccoa 8,211 426 6,186
30 Eatonton 6,462 897 3,868
31 Lagrange 30,813 467 5,981
32 Adel 5,339 655 4,588
33 Rome 35,921 584 4,941
34 Jesup 10,302 378 6,260
35 Warner Robins 74,363 535 5,342
36 Sandersville 5,750 469 5,513
37 Sylvester 6,071 1,054 3,492
38 Milledgeville 19,463 477 4,454
39 Carrollton 27,309 472 4,394
40 Powder Springs 14,750 861 2,894
41 Cumming 5,656 159 7,107
42 Thomasville 18,730 202 6,219
43 Covington 13,803 326 5,513
44 Savannah 240,178 486 3,845
45 Bainbridge 12,449 425 4,257
46 Marietta 60,830 448 4,055
47 Norcross 16,640 444 3,804
48 Villa Rica 14,884 369 4,232
49 Fairburn 13,854 375 4,150
50 Lilburn 12,761 297 4,482
51 Locust Grove 5,772 86 6,704
52 Gainesville 36,948 405 3,640
53 Newnan 36,954 560 2,800
54 Lafayette 7,183 180 5,401
55 Athens-Clarke County 120,858 417 3,543
56 Centerville 7,684 260 4,047
57 Lawrenceville 30,660 342 3,551
58 Calhoun 16,148 222 3,981
59 Dunwoody 48,430 187 4,226
60 Winder 15,116 377 3,413
61 Mcdonough 23,215 327 3,514
62 Hinesville 35,271 334 3,433
63 Bremen 6,304 253 3,711
64 Snellville 19,725 207 3,731
65 Folkston 5,321 469 1,785
66 Dalton 33,617 285 3,435
67 Smyrna 55,891 338 2,682
68 Cairo 9,845 253 3,098
69 Brookhaven 51,542 327 2,434
70 Statesboro 30,843 217 3,391
71 Commerce 6,584 425 1,777
72 Fayetteville 16,871 130 3,597
73 Pooler 23,077 181 2,872
74 Auburn 7,304 287 1,889
75 Decatur 20,628 126 3,461
76 Byron 5,048 178 2,713
77 Suwanee 18,928 137 2,736
78 Acworth 22,222 126 2,889
79 Richmond Hill 11,749 170 2,042
80 Sandy Springs 103,898 145 2,404
81 Grovetown 13,117 182 1,448
82 Hampton 7,386 176 1,651
83 Kennesaw 32,934 163 1,670
84 Canton 25,259 146 1,753
85 Loganville 11,162 71 2,839
86 Flowery Branch 6,565 152 1,462
87 Jefferson 9,960 120 1,787
88 Woodstock 28,867 103 1,901
89 Mcrae 6,060 82 2,161
90 Roswell 95,455 124 1,747
91 Holly Springs 10,499 76 1,857
92 Alpharetta 64,419 48 1,929
93 Perry 15,469 129 1,060
94 Port Wentworth 7,566 118 1,427
95 Tyrone 7,182 111 1,267
96 Braselton 9,041 99 1,072
97 Peachtree City 35,202 51 1,428
98 Milton 37,665 31 984
99 Johns Creek 84,655 38 640
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6 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia For 2017

  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.

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