The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Atlanta, GA

The most dangerous and worst Atlanta neighborhoods are Adamsville and Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Worst Neighborhoods In Atlanta
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Atlanta’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Atlanta.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in Georgia thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Atlanta. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.

So the question arises, which Atlanta neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science to determine which Atlanta hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Atlanta area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Candler Park ranks way above the rest.

We examined 30 of Atlanta’s neighborhoods to find out the most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Atlanta’s reputation.

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The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Atlanta For 2024

  1. Adamsville
  2. Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta
  3. Grove Park
  4. Center Hill
  5. Adair Park
  6. Oakland City
  7. Adams Park
  8. Thomasville
  9. Mechanicsville
  10. Vine City

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Atlanta for 2024? According to the most recent census data, Adamsville looks to be the worst neighborhood in Atlanta.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Atlanta that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Atlanta For 2024

Adamsville Atlanta, GA

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Population: 4,144
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 471
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,365
Median Home Value: $91,225 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $30,664 (3rd worst)
More on Adamsville:  Data

Nestled into the intersection of I-20 and I-285 in the western section of the city, Adamsville provides a home to 4,144 residents. It’s difficult for these folks to find good-paying jobs, as a feeble economy leaves the area as the number 1 worst part of Atlanta.

The area’s unemployment rate comes in at a lofty 12.5%. Even those people who can land work have trouble paying the bills. The median income hovers at only $30,664.

There are bright spots to life in Adamsville. For some family-friendly fun, residents can head over to Cascade Family Skating or cross over I-285 to reach the nearby CT Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center.

Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta Atlanta, GA

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Population: 23,547
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 471
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,365
Median Home Value: $53,753 (worst)
Median Income: $27,867 (worst)
More on Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta:  Data

As you might guess, Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta is located in the southeast section of the city. High unemployment and substandard schools contribute to the neighborhood’s reputation as the number 2 least inviting part of the city.

A sluggish economy leaves the unemployment rate at a lofty 10.3%. What jobs that exist are low-paying as well. The median income stands at $27,867.

Not everything in Lakewood Heights is dreary. Residents can head over to South Bend Park for a nice day outdoors. Meanwhile, the cost of living is relatively low, with a median home value of $53,753.

Grove Park Atlanta, GA

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Population: 3,620
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 471
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,365
Median Home Value: $133,243 (7th worst)
Median Income: $35,433 (6th worst)
More on Grove Park:  Data

Originally developed in the 1920s by a successful local businessman named Dr. Edwin Wiley Grove, Grove Park sits in the eastern part of the city. Despite the entrepreneurial spirit that created the neighborhood, a feeble economy has let it down in the 21st century. As a result, it counts as the number 3 least alluring area of Atlanta.

Jobs are hard to come by for the 3,620 locals. The unemployment stands at 8.1%, while the median income reaches just $35,433.

Otherwise, life in the area has its charms. Homes are affordable at a median price of $133,243. There are also plenty of amenities, including the area’s namesake park.

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Population: 2,827
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 471
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,365
Median Home Value: $120,200 (6th worst)
Median Income: $36,764 (7th worst)
More on Center Hill:  Data

Located in the western part of Atlanta, Center Hill stretches from Frederick Douglass High School and Lincoln Cemetery on the southern end to Center Hill Park at the northern end. Jobs are the major issue for this neighborhood, making this one of the least attractive spots in the city.

The unemployment rate sits at 10.2% and the median income hovers at $36,764. Concerns about schools also hold the area back. Despite the financial troubles, you can find affordable housing in Center Hill. The median home value comes to $120,200.

Meanwhile, you can find lots of amenities in the area. Center Hill features a number of churches, plus a thriving commercial stretch along Highway 78.

Adair Park Atlanta, GA

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Population: 1,157
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 471
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,365
Median Home Value: $190,600 (11th worst)
Median Income: $48,235 (11th worst)
More on Adair Park:  Data

There really is an Adair Park. In fact, there are two of them in this centrally located section of the city, known as Adair Park I and Adair Park II. Unfortunately, access to pleasant outdoors activities doesn’t pay the bills. With a scarcity of jobs in the region, Adair Park stands as one of the worst places in the city to put down roots.

The 1,157 residents of this neighborhood have to make due with a median income of $48,235. That is, if they can find a job at all. The unemployment rate stands at an imposing 11.1%.

Located near downtown Atlanta, Adair Park was originally a planned community in the 19th century. This location allows locals an easy trip to any amenities the city can offer.

Oakland City Atlanta, GA

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Population: 3,881
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 471
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,365
Median Home Value: $234,980 (15th worst)
Median Income: $32,702 (4th worst)
More on Oakland City:  Data

As the name suggests, Oakland City was once its own municipality. It became part of Atlanta in 1910. Unfortunately, these days, it exists as a particularly unappealing part of the metropolis, ranking as the number 6 worst spot to live in the city.

A lack of jobs weighs on the 3,881 residents. They suffer with an unemployment rate of 6.0%. On top of that, local jobs leave a lot to be desired in the wage department, with a median income of $32,702.

Oakland City works hard to foster a connection to its historic roots. Check out the neighborhood’s Historic District for a glimpse into the past.

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Population: 2,398
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 471
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,365
Median Home Value: $161,600 (10th worst)
Median Income: $55,906 (15th worst)
More on Adams Park:  Data

You’ll have trouble finding a job in Adams Park. The unemployment rate in the neighborhood runs a scary 6.2%. This weak job market makes the area one of the least inviting places in all of Atlanta.

Unemployment isn’t the only economic pressure in the area. Low-wage jobs also hurt the neighborhood’s 2,398 residents, with a median income of just $55,906. Locals also struggle with a below-average school system.

Located in the southeast part of the city, Adams Park does provide its namesake recreation area. In the park, locals can find a swimming pool and a golf course.

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Population: 10,964
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 451
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,264
Median Home Value: $114,838 (5th worst)
Median Income: $39,069 (9th worst)
More on Thomasville:  Data

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Population: 4,221
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 471
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,365
Median Home Value: $113,900 (4th worst)
Median Income: $32,768 (5th worst)
More on Mechanicsville:  Data

Though its bounded to the north by downtown Atlanta, with easy access to both I-20 and I-85, Mechanicsville doesn’t exist as a commuter’s paradise. In fact, the 4,221 residents of the neighborhood have trouble taking advantage of the city’s opportunities. This economic stagnation creates the number 8 most unappealing sector of the city.

Despite the proximity of the downtown area, good jobs are hard to come by. The median income sits at $32,768 and the unemployment rate comes in at 5.2%. Housing is at least affordable, with a median home value of $113,900.

Given its location near the center of the action, Mechanicsville does grant its residents plenty of amenities. This includes its share of green spaces, like the Rosa L. Burney Park.

Vine City Atlanta, GA

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Population: 4,408
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 423
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,122
Median Home Value: $112,733 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $29,685 (2nd worst)
More on Vine City:  Data

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Atlanta neighborhoods in 2024

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Atlanta:

  • High crime (Estimated)
  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criterion into a “Worst Score.”

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Atlanta.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2024. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Atlanta.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 30 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Atlanta

Well, there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Atlanta with Adamsville landing at the bottom of the pack.

The worst neighborhoods in Atlanta are Adamsville, Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta, Grove Park, Center Hill, Adair Park, Oakland City, Adams Park, Thomasville, Mechanicsville, and Vine City.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Atlanta aren’t all bad. Candler Park takes the cake as the best place to live in Atlanta.

The best neighborhoods in Atlanta are Candler Park, Poncey-Highland, Midtown, Virginia-Highland, and Buckhead.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Atlanta For 2024?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Adamsville 4,144 $91,225 $30,664
2 Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta 23,547 $53,753 $27,867
3 Grove Park 3,620 $133,243 $35,433
4 Center Hill 2,827 $120,200 $36,764
5 Adair Park 1,157 $190,600 $48,235
6 Oakland City 3,881 $234,980 $32,702
7 Adams Park 2,398 $161,600 $55,906
8 Thomasville 10,964 $114,838 $39,069
9 Mechanicsville 4,221 $113,900 $32,768
10 Vine City 4,408 $112,733 $29,685
11 Five Points 3,362 $149,350 $38,626
12 Cascade Heights 1,815 $161,125 $67,674
13 West End 5,572 $274,240 $50,784
14 Rockdale 861 $384,300 $51,580
15 Edgewood-Kirkwood 16,229 $218,460 $59,141
16 Downtown 14,492 $199,911 $52,199
17 Sweet Auburn 3,540 $250,100 $43,888
18 Cabbage Town 4,789 $244,040 $62,341
19 Ormewood Park-East Atlanta 11,918 $229,270 $73,545
20 Home Park 8,680 $291,625 $67,006
21 Atlanta-Inman Park 4,329 $325,533 $72,215
22 Oakdale 10,957 $480,364 $106,373
23 Grant Park 8,785 $365,775 $76,930
24 Morningside-Lenox Park 9,822 $463,688 $110,670
25 Old Fourth Ward 14,138 $350,842 $71,108
26 Buckhead 78,972 $491,544 $113,902
27 Virginia-Highland 13,359 $486,675 $103,493
28 Midtown 21,945 $378,430 $96,712
29 Poncey-Highland 3,025 $510,100 $90,270
30 Candler Park 4,060 $518,533 $133,238
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

3 thoughts on “The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Atlanta, GA

  1. Whoever wrote this and whatever “scientific analysis” they used is flawed and the author should be smacked for not doing due dilligence? Grove Park is smack in the middle of the hood! It’s literally *ON* Bankhead Highway. Adams Park is a park, not the name of a neighborhood. That area is Venetian, and Adams Park is FAR SAFER than Adamsville.

  2. Thank yooou so much for this information. We are contemplating helping our daughters purchase a home in the Atlanta Area, and this information is invaluable. Since, we live in Mississippi, this information will give us some insight concerning the haves-and-have-nots. When we come there for the summers, we want a nice place to enjoy our time away from home.

  3. I’ve lived in Atlanta and the surrounding areas almost all my life, and noticed some EXTREMELY glaring discrepancies in this very slanted article. What your focus here? I don’t see it focused on investment, livability, or a depth of culture. Not going to nitpick any further, as it seems like I would be writing all day… But, I can also tell you that I invest in real estate currently, and can tell you even your numbers (how dated are these?) aren’t the real world same figures I see.

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