10 Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Peach State for 2020.

Join RoadSnacks
This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Georgia and is updated for 2020.

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.

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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia for 2020:

  1. East Point (Photos)
  2. College Park (Photos)
  3. Eastman (Photos)
  4. Americus (Photos)
  5. Hapeville (Photos)
  6. Albany (Photos)
  7. Brunswick (Photos)
  8. Griffin (Photos)
  9. Dublin (Photos)
  10. Warner Robins (Photos)

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.

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.

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Georgia

Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia Graph

Click To Enlarge

The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Georgia For 2020

East Point, GA

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 35,486
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,242 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 12,004 (1st 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 7.5 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 1st highest city for property crime per capita which contributes to its high chance of crime.

College Park, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,034
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,037 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,884 (5th 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

Eastman, GA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,038
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 833 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,634 (4th most dangerous)
More on Eastman:  Data | Photos

Eastman has more problems — namely crime. It’s the 3rd most dangerous city in Georgia.

Statistically, 1 in 119 people in Eastman was the victim of a rape, attack or outright killed in 2017. That’s a really large number.

And that’s just residents who actually reported a crime. Chances are it was even higher than that.

Review Of Eastman by HomeSnacks User

Take a city like Eastman.. 20 years ago lots of people there carpooled to work at Robins AFB.. There was a shirt factory and the Lithonia Lighting Factory in Eastman employed people. Plus people did a lot of farming all over South GA. Lithonia has since closed its doors, folks were paid to plant pine trees instead of farming and probably most of the folks who worked at Robins are retired. It is sad to see the decline of so many cities in our state.

Americus, GA

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 15,184
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 856 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,065 (6th most dangerous)
More on Americus:  Data | Photos

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.

Hapeville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,607
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 741 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 11,154 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Hapeville:  Data | Photos

Located in Fulton County., Hapeville is the 5th most dangerous city in Georgia.

With residents facing a 1 in 134 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017, Hapeville it earns a spot on the most dangerous places in Georgia.

Albany, GA

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 72,594
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,114 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,102 (20th most dangerous)
More on Albany:  Data | Photos

Coming in as the 6th 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 1219.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017, and a 1 in 89 chance of being the victim of violence.

Review Of Albany by HomeSnacks User

Hello. I am from Albany, Ga

Albany has a lot to be desired, but before giving such a harsh opinion about it, please include every kind of shopping experience rather than finding the worse possible picture of a store that looks like a personal care facility.

Brunswick, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,431
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,065 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,246 (19th most dangerous)
More on Brunswick:  Data | Photos

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, GA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 22,707
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,149 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,756 (25th 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 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, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,756
Rank Last Year: 30 (Up 21)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 806 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,912 (22nd most dangerous)
More on Dublin:  Data | Photos

Dublin ranks in the top 9th worst rates of violent and property crime in the state.

Residents of Dublin faced a 1 in 124 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.

Warner Robins, GA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 75,668
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 16)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 586 (21st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,550 (11th most dangerous)
More on Warner Robins:  Data | Photos

Warner Robins placed 10th in our ranking of the most dangerous cities in the Peach State.

This city’s violence now stands a 1 in 170 chance of being the victim of a violent crime. That compares to a 1 in 18.0 chance of being the victim of property crime. That’s pretty bad for a city of about 75,668 people.

Review Of Warner Robins by HomeSnacks User

I don’t get it how Warner Robins made it to the cheapest place to live because it isn’t, for the crime now that a joke when the Legal Enforcement breaks most of the laws and victims of any crimes are screwed if the offender and their families have a nice checking account. Now we do have good schools especially our high school football teams. Just last year we now have public transportation. For things to do now that is another story cause there really isn’t anything to do as a family.

I can’t truly say I have a favorite place since I went from Savannah to Germany than Warner Robins and had more stuff stolen from having break-ins and had to deal with the law enforcement and legal authority not doing their job especially when it comes to trying to get a monster off the streets. Warner Robins, no it not cheap nor is it safe.

How Is Your Town In ?

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 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 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.

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:

  1. Milton (Pop. 39,848)
  2. Holly Springs (Pop. 12,369)
  3. Braselton (Pop. 11,537)

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 East Point 35,486 1,242 12,004
2 College Park 15,034 1,037 6,884
3 Eastman 5,038 833 8,634
4 Americus 15,184 856 6,065
5 Hapeville 6,607 741 11,154
6 Albany 72,594 1,114 5,102
7 Brunswick 16,431 1,065 5,246
8 Griffin 22,707 1,149 4,756
9 Dublin 15,756 806 4,912
10 Warner Robins 75,668 586 5,550

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

8 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Georgia For 2020

  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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *