Do you live in one of the murder capitals of Georgia?
We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.
So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in Georgia.
The result is the 10 Murder Capitals of the Peach State for 2019:
- Albany (Photos)
- College Park (Photos)
- Covington (Photos)
- East Point (Photos)
- Union City (Photos)
- Riverdale (Photos)
- Atlanta (Photos)
- Brunswick (Photos)
- Columbus (Photos)
- Swainsboro (Photos)
The city with highest murder rate in Georgia? That would be College Park with 59.5 murders per 100,000 people.
While the city with highest number of murders period? Atlanta with 79.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 61 cities in Georgia where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 46 places had no murder.
If you’re curious, here are the places in Georgia which had the least murder chances for its residents, based on population: Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Newnan, Woodstock, Lagrange.
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How we calculated the murder capitals of Georgia
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.
We only looked every single city in Georgia for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 61 cities to rank.
Finally, averaged two scores:
- The raw number of murders in each city
- The murders per person
We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with one murder.
We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently.
Albany is a city in the U.S. state of Georgia. Located on the Flint River, it is the seat of Dougherty County. Located in southwest Georgia, it is the principal city of the Albany, Georgia metropolitan area. The population was 77,434 at the 2010 U.S. Census, making it the eighth-largest city in the state.
College Park is a city in the U.S. state of Georgia, adjacent to the southern boundary of the city of Atlanta. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,942. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is partially located in the city’s boundaries, and the Georgia International Convention Center, owned and operated by the City of College Park, is within the city limits.
Covington is a city and the county seat of Newton County, Georgia, located 35 miles east of Atlanta. As of 2012, its population was 13,347.
East Point is a suburban city located southwest of the neighborhoods of Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 33,712. The city name is derived from being at the opposite end of the former Atlanta & West Point Railroad from West Point.
Riverdale is a city in Clayton County, Georgia, United States. The population was 15,134 at the 2010 census, up from 12,478 in 2000. Riverdale is a suburb just south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Atlanta is the capital and most populous city of the State of Georgia in the United States. With an estimated 2016 population of 472,522, it is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5.7 million people and the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta is the seat of Fulton County and a small portion of the city extends eastward into DeKalb County.
Brunswick is a city in and the county seat of Glynn County, Georgia, United States. As the major urban and economic center of the state’s lower southeast, it is the second-largest urban area on the Georgia coast after Savannah and contains the Brunswick Old Town Historic District.
Columbus is a city in the U.S. state of Georgia and the county seat of Muscogee County, with which it is consolidated. According to the 2013 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, Columbus has a population of 202,824 residents, with 316,554 in the greater Columbus-Phenix City metropolitan area. The metro area joins the nearby Alabama cities of Auburn and Opelika to form the Columbus-Auburn-Opelika Combined Statistical Area, which has an estimated population of 501,649. Columbus is directly to the east across the Chattahoochee River from Phenix City, Alabama. Situated at the heart of the Chattahoochee Valley, Columbus is Georgia’s second-largest city and fourth-largest metropolitan area.
Swainsboro is a city in Emanuel County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 7,277. The city is the county seat of Emanuel County.
There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In Georgia For 2019
If you’re looking at the places in Georgia with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.
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