When you think about where you want to live, what are important factors that come to mind? Do you want to live somewhere that is near the mountains? What about near the ocean? Perhaps you want to live in a large metro area or maybe you prefer the slower country lifestyle.
Do you want to live in an apartment or own a house? Maybe you want space for a dog to run around or you want to try your luck at an urban rooftop garden.
No matter where you choose, there are certain factors that definitely come to mind that can have a very strong impact on your life. One factor is the safety rating of where you live.
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.
So where are these cities? Luckily for you, RoadSnacks has already figured out the answer for you.
We analyzed 107 cities in Georgia using the most recent FBI crime data to determine which cities are the most dangerous in the state.
The winner? Congrats East Point! You ranked first in danger for Georgia for 2019.
Located on the south side of Atlanta, East Point is a city you may want to avoid if you are new to Georgia. In fact, the south side 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.
Or learn more about the safest places in Georgia.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Georgia
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Georgia For 2019
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.
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, 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 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.
The lowest populated city to make this list, Hapeville is not nearly as violent as the cities much bigger than itself.
While property crime sits at a 1 in 8.5 chance of being the victim of theft or arson, it’s probably an acceptable trade off for a 14th violent crime rank.
Eastman has seen a continuous drop in crime of late — just not at a quick enough rate to get it off this list.
And with residents still facing a 1 in 10.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime, there’s little cause for celebration. In fact, the latest FBI report shows that there were 35 violent crimes in a town of only 5,093 in 2017.
Albany ranks in the top 7th worst rates of violent and property crime in the state.
Residents of Albany faced a 1 in 88 chance of being the victim of violence, a rate which steadily increased from 2015-17.
Property crime did drop by a modest amount during this interval though.
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.
Though there has been a modest drop in violent crimes, the alarming increase in property crime from 2015-17indicates that Douglasville isn’t satisfied with being at the bottom of this list.
Douglasville residents had a 1 in 137 chance of a violent crime, while having a 1 in 16.0 chance of a property crime, 16th and 14th in the state, respectively.
Adel has seen recent crime trend upwards. Violent crime has increased in 2015-17, with most recent numbers showing an high 1 in 162 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
Property crime is also high at 1 in 14.8 chance of being a victim.
How Is Your Town In ?
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.
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:
- Peachtree City (Pop. 35,300)
- Johns Creek (Pop. 85,048)
- Milton (Pop. 39,388)
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