These Are The 10 Most Miserable Places In Georgia


We used science and data to determine which places in Georgia are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Georgia?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Georgia – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Georgia cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Peach State:

  1. Fair Oaks (Photos)
  2. College Park (Photos)
  3. Panthersville (Photos)
  4. East Point (Photos)
  5. Clarkston (Photos)
  6. Forest Park (Photos)
  7. Richland (Photos)
  8. Hapeville (Photos)
  9. Fort Valley
  10. Scottdale (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Skidaway Island is the happiest place in Georgia.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Georgia

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Georgia, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in Georgia with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 195 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Georgia’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. Fair Oaks

Fair Oaks, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,533
People Who Own Their Home: 25.02%
Married Adults: 33.72%

2. College Park

College Park, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,019
People Who Own Their Home: 18.25%
Married Adults: 22.24%

3. Panthersville

Panthersville, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,474
People Who Own Their Home: 35.99%
Married Adults: 26.4%

4. East Point

East Point, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,070
People Who Own Their Home: 32.65%
Married Adults: 24.59%

5. Clarkston

Clarkston, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,717
People Who Own Their Home: 19.74%
Married Adults: 45.73%

6. Forest Park

Forest Park, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,783
People Who Own Their Home: 35.85%
Married Adults: 32.3%

7. Richland

Richland, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,089
People Who Own Their Home: 42.88%
Married Adults: 16.08%

8. Hapeville

Hapeville, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,611
People Who Own Their Home: 27.96%
Married Adults: 28.74%

9. Fort Valley

Fort Valley, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,448
People Who Own Their Home: 34.39%
Married Adults: 23.7%

10. Scottdale

Scottdale, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,847
People Who Own Their Home: 28.95%
Married Adults: 39.26%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Georgia

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Fair Oaks 1 25.02%
College Park 2 18.25%
Panthersville 3 35.99%
East Point 4 32.65%
Clarkston 5 19.74%
Forest Park 6 35.85%
Richland 7 42.88%
Hapeville 8 27.96%
Fort Valley 9 34.39%
Scottdale 10 28.95%
Forsyth 11 42.17%
Buena Vista 12 29.57%
Candler-Mcafee 13 46.03%
Brunswick 14 29.65%
Conley 15 53.52%
Rossville 16 37.41%
Swainsboro 17 40.34%
Union City 18 34.13%
Belvedere Park 19 44.19%
Barnesville 20 39.04%
Ashburn 21 47.82%
Albany 22 33.7%
Conyers 23 28.81%
Cedartown 24 33.53%
Stone Mountain 25 47.22%
Riverdale 26 41.02%
Sparks 27 49.52%
Monroe 28 32.08%
Monticello 29 44.43%
Jonesboro 30 41.03%
Tifton 31 33.19%
Gresham Park 32 50.19%
Cordele 33 32.11%
Lake City 34 37.06%
Lithia Springs 35 45.03%
Griffin 36 33.32%
Valdosta 37 34.08%
Reidsville 38 42.05%
Greensboro 39 34.54%
Statesboro 40 19.84%
Carrollton 41 35.72%
Dock Junction 42 48.07%
Thomson 43 34.82%
Abbeville 44 44.2%
Hardwick 45 32.71%
Manchester 46 39.64%
Lakeland 47 29.7%
Cumming 48 40.14%
Atlanta 49 35.34%
Redan 50 55.08%
Cochran 51 42.25%
Moultrie 52 35.53%
Marietta 53 37.29%
Lagrange 54 33.85%
Cairo 55 43.52%
Garden City 56 33.38%
Irondale 57 60.17%
Covington 58 37.41%
Chamblee 59 33.36%
Gainesville 60 31.38%
Nashville 61 50.32%
Americus 62 39.53%
Milledgeville 63 29.77%
Darien 64 47.0%
Dallas 65 43.6%
Jackson 66 40.1%
Savannah 67 38.1%
Norcross 68 43.32%
Sparta 69 44.23%
Lovejoy 70 43.68%
Hampton 71 62.14%
Doraville 72 41.54%
Lawrenceville 73 46.26%
Thomasville 74 40.51%
Vienna 75 42.0%
Fairburn 76 53.16%
Louisville 77 48.38%
Sylvester 78 57.57%
Blakely 79 47.34%
Palmetto 80 54.66%
Pelham 81 43.04%
Summerville 82 41.97%
Thomaston 83 33.91%
Rome 84 39.22%
Mcdonough 85 42.22%
West Point 86 37.24%
Waynesboro 87 41.05%
Bainbridge 88 46.36%
Fitzgerald 89 39.85%
Dalton 90 38.03%
Douglas 91 39.75%
Douglasville 92 41.61%
Waycross 93 38.18%
Austell 94 58.41%
Adel 95 49.52%
Dahlonega 96 31.41%
Lyons 97 37.17%
Commerce 98 47.15%
Jesup 99 45.63%
Mount Vernon 100 46.0%
Hawkinsville 101 41.6%
Country Club Estates 102 39.82%
Alma 103 38.27%
Alamo 104 41.57%
Winder 105 49.45%
Canton 106 48.13%
Lafayette 107 42.9%
Sandersville 108 48.28%
Fairview 109 62.4%
Vidalia 110 45.03%
Sylvania 111 40.47%
Dublin 112 41.36%
Villa Rica 113 57.24%
Camilla 114 47.66%
Eastman 115 36.07%
Washington 116 52.45%
Baldwin 117 42.03%
Eatonton 118 51.48%
Locust Grove 119 66.37%
Buford 120 48.46%
Cleveland 121 39.5%
Mableton 122 64.45%
Toccoa 123 46.2%
Lilburn 124 60.03%
Calhoun 125 40.04%
Stockbridge 126 50.91%
Powder Springs 127 70.83%
Vinings 128 27.36%
Helena 129 43.18%
Georgetown 130 43.06%
Oxford 131 56.46%
North Druid Hills 132 35.91%
Morrow 133 49.55%
Auburn 134 67.03%
Perry 135 48.11%
Duluth 136 49.88%
North Decatur 137 44.98%
Columbus 138 44.32%
Putney 139 78.79%
Montgomery 140 61.23%
Brookhaven 141 44.69%
Acworth 142 57.54%
Smyrna 143 45.75%
Kennesaw 144 58.02%
Gordon 145 55.69%
Madison 146 58.58%
Newnan 147 49.73%
Warner Robins 148 48.51%
Tucker 149 62.31%
Sandy Springs 150 41.41%
Hinesville 151 39.09%
Springfield 152 60.22%
Cartersville 153 43.12%
Snellville 154 71.44%
Maysville 155 59.33%
Sugar Hill 156 77.48%
Port Wentworth 157 51.99%
Grovetown 158 54.44%
Flowery Branch 159 47.2%
Lakeview 160 65.03%
Jasper 161 36.38%
Loganville 162 69.08%
Bremen 163 49.48%
Druid Hills 164 50.44%
Tyrone 165 77.42%
Temple 166 68.56%
Fort Oglethorpe 167 50.1%
Mountain Park 168 79.1%
Rincon 169 49.53%
Mcrae 170 45.49%
Richmond Hill 171 45.96%
Bloomingdale 172 56.13%
Fayetteville 173 68.41%
Dunwoody 174 48.82%
Leesburg 175 56.72%
Decatur 176 57.04%
Roswell 177 62.66%
Woodstock 178 65.56%
Jefferson 179 65.75%
Suwanee 180 69.29%
Kingsland 181 57.37%
Martinez 182 63.21%
Holly Springs 183 78.04%
Johns Creek 184 76.09%
Braselton 185 76.81%
Whitemarsh Island 186 59.5%
Grayson 187 83.08%
Peachtree City 188 67.32%
Centerville 189 50.02%
Alpharetta 190 60.42%
Milton 191 64.69%
Evans 192 76.33%
Pooler 193 60.18%
Wilmington Island 194 74.49%
Skidaway Island 195 79.57%

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