These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Peach State for 2019.

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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 for 2019:

  1. East Point (Photos)
  2. Union City (Photos)
  3. College Park (Photos)
  4. Tifton (Photos)
  5. Hapeville (Photos)
  6. Eastman (Photos)
  7. Albany (Photos)
  8. Griffin (Photos)
  9. Douglasville (Photos)
  10. Adel (Photos)

After analyzing 107 cities in Georgia, why did East Point 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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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Georgia

Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia Graph

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Georgia for 2019?

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 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

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 107 cities in Georgia.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 107 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.

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

East Point, GA

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Population: 35,740
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,306 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 11,572 (2nd most dangerous)
More on East Point:  Data | Photos

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 7.8 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 2nd highest city for property crime per capita which contributes to its high chance of crime.

Union City, GA

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Population: 21,160
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,224 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,940 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Union City:  Data | Photos

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.”

College Park, GA

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Population: 15,134
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,466 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,433 (6th most dangerous)
More on College Park:  Data | Photos

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

Tifton, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 16,908
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,176 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,535 (10th most dangerous)
More on Tifton:  Data | Photos

Tifton is another county seat that also represents its county as one of the most dangerous places in Georgia.

Coming in at 4th 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.

Hapeville, GA

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Population: 6,665
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 780 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 11,702 (1st most dangerous)
More on Hapeville:  Data | Photos

The 5th place ranking for most dangerous in Georgia goes to Hapeville .

Residents have a 1 in 128 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which means rape, murder or aggravated assault. That’s pretty high, but for a state like Georgia, that’s just unacceptable.

Additionally, if you live in Hapeville, you have a 1 in 8.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That’s a lot of stolen laptops, cell phones and tractor implements.

There were 1 murders in Hapeville in 2017.

Eastman, GA

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,093
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 687 (17th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,247 (5th most dangerous)
More on Eastman:  Data | Photos

Eastman Georgia has seen crime within its city limits head downwards over the last few years, but it’s still a relatively dangerous place.

Chances are if you live in Eastman, someone you know was the victim of a break-in or theft in recent years, as nearly 1 in 10.1 residents had a run in with a criminal last year.

Albany, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 73,209
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,129 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,622 (21st most dangerous)
More on Albany:  Data | Photos

Coming in as the 7th most dangerous city in Georgia is Albany.

While violent crime has been steadily dropping in recent years, with a 10% total drop in violent crime from 2015-17, property crime went up by nearly the same rate during this interval.

That left residents of Albany a 1 in 1217.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017, and a 1 in 88 chance of being the victim of violence.

Griffin, GA

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 22,878
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 891 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,844 (17th most dangerous)
More on Griffin:  Data | Photos

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 10th and 17th, respectively.

Griffin is a bit off the beaten path about 50 miles south of Atlanta. Yet it still manages its fair share of crime.

Douglasville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 33,640
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 725 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,239 (14th most dangerous)
More on Douglasville:  Data | Photos

Crime in Douglasville has been heading in the right direction over the past few years, as both property and violent crimes have been on the decrease .

Douglasville residents have a 1 in 16.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime, good for 14th worst in the state. Additionally, they have a 1 in 137 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, 16th worst in Georgia.

Adel, GA

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,359
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 615 (22nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,773 (9th most dangerous)
More on Adel:  Data | Photos

Adel almost escaped being included on this list, but being the 10th most violent city in the state kept it in the top ten most dangerous.

Residents of Adel had a 1 in 162 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.

Property crime also went down to a 1 in 14.8 chance in 2015-17, meaning, if the trends continue, Adel may avoid this list altogether come next year.

Locking It All Up In Georgia

The latest FBI crime data shows that East Point ranks as the most dangerous city in Georgia for 2019.

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:

  1. Peachtree City (Pop. 35,300)
  2. Johns Creek (Pop. 85,048)
  3. Milton (Pop. 39,388)

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 East Point 35,740 1,306 11,572
2 Union City 21,160 1,224 10,940
3 College Park 15,134 1,466 7,433
4 Tifton 16,908 1,176 6,535
5 Hapeville 6,665 780 11,702
6 Eastman 5,093 687 9,247
7 Albany 73,209 1,129 5,622
8 Griffin 22,878 891 5,844
9 Douglasville 33,640 725 6,239
10 Adel 5,359 615 6,773
11 Brunswick 16,500 1,030 5,248
12 Vidalia 10,743 614 5,985
13 Forest Park 19,948 656 5,624
14 Riverdale 16,435 529 6,875
15 Fort Oglethorpe 9,935 553 6,472
16 Atlanta 481,343 935 4,776
17 Swainsboro 7,522 983 4,613
18 Monroe 13,579 802 4,683
19 Fitzgerald 8,902 595 5,549
20 Morrow 7,400 432 9,675
21 Conyers 16,034 686 4,933
22 Moultrie 14,365 501 5,777
23 Toccoa 8,392 440 6,410
24 Covington 14,122 488 5,756
25 Doraville 10,593 575 5,333
26 Fort Valley 8,465 1,015 3,756
27 Warner Robins 75,323 511 5,452
28 Waynesboro 5,669 881 3,845
29 Columbus 198,832 655 4,435
30 Dublin 16,086 640 4,395
31 Valdosta 56,729 378 6,143
32 Jesup 10,170 353 6,401
33 Cordele 10,812 434 5,345
34 Clarkston 12,849 599 3,938
35 Rome 36,366 563 4,069
36 Carrollton 26,951 541 4,315
37 Stone Mountain 6,413 732 3,274
38 Winder 16,006 887 3,017
39 LaGrange 30,981 355 5,045
40 Cedartown 9,806 377 4,772
41 Fairburn 14,370 327 5,414
42 Sandersville 5,669 458 3,810
43 Centerville 7,689 351 5,033
44 Cartersville 20,918 372 4,622
45 Barnesville 6,696 358 4,316
46 Villa Rica 15,398 435 3,591
47 Eatonton 6,568 609 2,877
48 Chamblee 28,558 472 3,330
49 Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan 242,941 462 3,431
50 Bremen 6,453 309 4,509
51 Newnan 38,825 605 2,632
52 Cochran 5,029 437 3,261
53 Norcross 17,060 468 3,059
54 Locust Grove 6,028 99 6,934
55 Commerce 6,826 483 2,900
56 Gainesville 40,836 384 3,438
57 Cairo 9,558 345 3,620
58 Thomasville 18,866 153 5,258
59 Athens-Clarke County 124,903 415 3,146
60 Cumming 6,365 188 4,697
61 Marietta 61,646 348 3,583
62 Bainbridge 12,208 384 3,104
63 Statesboro 31,937 391 3,012
64 Lilburn 12,844 280 3,729
65 Milledgeville 19,051 278 3,658
66 Camilla 5,176 212 3,786
67 Calhoun 16,557 338 3,249
68 Jackson 5,071 315 3,234
69 Brookhaven 52,973 354 2,758
70 Dunwoody 49,321 127 4,061
71 Snellville 19,982 195 3,488
72 Dalton 34,228 315 2,866
73 McDonough 24,278 296 2,883
74 Lawrenceville 31,183 234 3,036
75 Smyrna 57,576 298 2,681
76 Rincon 10,101 118 3,474
77 Powder Springs 15,127 310 2,260
78 Canton 26,897 249 2,595
79 Byron 5,228 76 3,596
80 Pooler 24,601 101 3,560
81 Fayetteville 17,749 191 2,636
82 Kingsland 16,852 249 2,201
83 Acworth 22,747 175 2,545
84 Port Wentworth 8,452 260 1,786
85 Decatur 23,378 171 2,271
86 Suwanee 20,186 158 2,576
87 Loganville 11,887 117 2,700
88 Kennesaw 34,154 210 1,405
89 Dallas 13,373 134 2,056
90 Hampton 7,623 209 1,193
91 Auburn 7,698 142 1,818
92 Sandy Springs 107,740 116 2,100
93 Jefferson 10,658 159 1,641
94 Glennville 5,086 78 2,379
95 McRae-Helena 8,295 132 1,723
96 Duluth 29,795 110 1,869
97 Tyrone 7,260 165 867
98 Woodstock 32,293 108 1,861
99 Roswell 95,602 112 1,690
100 Grovetown 13,841 65 1,885

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7 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia For 2019

  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.

  6. Back in the 70s, Albany was named one of the 50 safest cities in the United States. At that time, James H. Gray Sr. was mayor and Albany was a growing city with low unemployment. Since Gray’s death in 1986, Albany has deteriorated into an crime-ridden ghetto.

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