These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Peach State for 2018.

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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.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Peach State:

  1. Union City (Photos)
  2. College Park (Photos)
  3. East Point (Photos)
  4. Waynesboro (Photos)
  5. Americus (Photos)
  6. Hapeville (Photos)
  7. Eastman (Photos)
  8. Morrow (Photos)
  9. Griffin (Photos)
  10. 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.

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 2018?

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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.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia Graph

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Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia.

1. Union City

Union City, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 21,065
Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,210
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,529
More on Union City: Data | Photos | Rankings
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

College Park, Georgia

Population: 14,724
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,894
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,542
More on College Park: Data | Photos | Rankings
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

East Point, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 35,791
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,179
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,318
More on East Point: Data | Photos | Rankings
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.

4. Waynesboro

Waynesboro, Georgia

Population: 5,666
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,358
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,818
More on Waynesboro: Data | Photos | Rankings
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.

5. Americus

Americus, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 15,838
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,098
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,040
More on Americus: Data | Photos | Rankings

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.

6. Hapeville

Hapeville, Georgia

Population: 6,701
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 865
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,386
More on Hapeville: Data | Photos | Rankings

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.

7. Eastman

Eastman, Georgia

Population: 5,232
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 898
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,518
More on Eastman: Data | Photos | Rankings

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.

8. Morrow

Morrow, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,501
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 799
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,452
More on Morrow: Data | Photos | Rankings

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.

9. Griffin

Griffin, Georgia

Population: 23,134
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 985
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,986
More on Griffin: Data | Photos | Rankings

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.

10. Monroe

Monroe, Georgia

Population: 13,716
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 889
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,087
More on Monroe: Data | Photos | Rankings
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:

  1. Johns Creek
  2. Milton
  3. Tyrone

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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 Union City 21,065 1,210 10,529
2 College Park 14,724 1,894 9,542
3 East Point 35,791 1,179 10,318
4 Waynesboro 5,666 1,358 7,818
5 Americus 15,838 1,098 7,040
6 Hapeville 6,701 865 10,386
7 Eastman 5,232 898 9,518
8 Morrow 7,501 799 9,452
9 Griffin 23,134 985 5,986
10 Monroe 13,716 889 6,087
11 Waycross 13,934 732 6,896
12 Adel 5,313 903 5,853
13 Garden City 9,040 1,393 5,055
14 Atlanta 472,579 1,083 5,248
15 Swainsboro 7,512 1,184 5,005
16 Douglasville 33,287 702 6,284
17 Dublin 16,195 753 5,748
18 Tifton 16,799 797 5,690
19 Albany 74,330 1,174 4,870
20 Forest Park 19,570 822 5,447
21 Fort Oglethorpe 9,911 635 6,407
22 Moultrie 14,384 556 7,021
23 Jesup 9,525 556 6,719
24 Warner Robins 74,419 663 5,524
25 Brunswick 16,309 1,005 4,751
26 Sylvester 6,019 1,013 4,452
27 Fort Valley 8,374 1,146 3,952
28 Covington 14,077 504 5,931
29 Chamblee 28,532 662 4,945
30 Vidalia 10,721 494 5,643
31 Winder 15,652 920 3,852
32 Conyers 16,004 712 4,380
33 Lagrange 30,931 497 5,273
34 Columbus 202,338 601 4,756
35 Riverdale 16,142 477 5,265
36 Toccoa 8,252 412 5,525
37 Sandersville 5,724 506 4,821
38 Cedartown 9,858 507 4,798
39 Fitzgerald 9,001 455 5,132
40 Doraville 11,008 436 5,214
41 Valdosta 55,880 366 5,470
42 Milledgeville 19,072 587 4,058
43 Clarkston 12,335 672 3,737
44 Rome 36,278 573 3,853
45 Hinesville 33,477 642 3,739
46 Carrollton 26,593 518 4,196
47 Norcross 16,929 643 3,361
48 Fairburn 14,151 325 5,102
49 Stone Mountain 6,171 421 4,342
50 Locust Grove 5,862 153 6,687
51 Cordele 10,907 348 4,749
52 Barnesville 6,611 544 3,297
53 Villa Rica 15,095 457 3,723
54 Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan 241,296 486 3,631
55 Commerce 6,803 720 2,293
56 Marietta 59,516 391 3,834
57 Bainbridge 12,473 440 3,720
58 Thomasville 18,773 181 5,225
59 Camilla 5,080 255 4,665
60 Snellville 20,025 349 3,830
61 Newnan 38,137 563 2,637
62 Athens-Clarke County 123,934 430 3,308
63 Gainesville 39,425 410 3,563
64 Bremen 6,380 250 4,216
65 Statesboro 31,176 317 3,801
66 Calhoun 16,439 261 3,887
67 Lafayette 7,185 250 3,980
68 Austell 7,204 527 2,456
69 Lilburn 12,854 272 3,796
70 Duluth 29,720 538 2,156
71 Dalton 33,989 332 3,245
72 Cumming 5,772 121 4,799
73 Dunwoody 49,232 158 4,198
74 Rincon 10,029 279 3,300
75 Smyrna 57,152 342 2,710
76 Lawrenceville 30,913 291 3,166
77 Brookhaven 52,442 327 2,717
78 Eatonton 6,528 337 2,588
79 Pooler 24,006 216 2,911
80 Centerville 7,657 169 3,238
81 Kingsland 16,597 265 2,271
82 Powder Springs 15,004 346 1,786
83 Glennville 5,068 197 2,644
84 Canton 25,985 250 2,270
85 Suwanee 19,432 102 3,386
86 Acworth 22,467 191 2,537
87 Cairo 9,772 153 2,803
88 Mcdonough 23,675 126 3,070
89 Fayetteville 17,157 128 3,048
90 Decatur 22,449 182 2,338
91 Folkston 5,349 224 1,925
92 Loganville 11,409 96 3,181
93 Auburn 7,621 209 1,784
94 Sandy Springs 107,685 108 2,634
95 Hampton 7,451 214 1,664
96 Byron 5,222 114 2,374
97 Richmond Hill 12,520 175 1,797
98 Kennesaw 34,204 192 1,774
99 Jefferson 10,340 135 2,156
100 Mcrae-Helena 8,786 147 1,832

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6 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia For 2018

  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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