Most Americans have never been to Georgia. However, as the people who live there know, Georgia is an awesome state.
But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Georgia has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Peach State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.
After analyzing more than 192 of Georgia’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Georgia where you’d never want to live:
So what is the worst small town to call home in Georgia for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Willacoochee is the worst small town to live in Georgia.
Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Georgia has its stuff figured out.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.
How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?
In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Georgia, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we determined the worst small towns to live in Georgia for 2019
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census’s 2013-2017 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (The lower the worse)
- Highest Unemployment Rates
- Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
- Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
- Education (Number of high school dropouts)
- High Crime
We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 192 to be exact.
Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $26,300 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.4% (16th worst)
More on Willacoochee: Data
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $60,800 (30th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.8% (20th worst)
More on Wadley: Data
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $61,500 (32nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 24.2% (5th worst)
More on Greenville: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $39,300 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 24.3% (4th worst)
More on Arlington: Data
Rank Last Year: –
Median Home Value: $166,100 (173rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 25.8% (3rd worst)
More on Franklin: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $61,100 (31st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.0% (38th worst)
More on Twin City: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $45,200 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 29.4% (1st worst)
More on Lumpkin: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 8)
Median Home Value: $52,100 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.8% (20th worst)
More on Talbotton: Data
There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Georgia
If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Peach State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Georgia, according to science:
- Berkeley Lake (Pop. 2,005)
- Isle of Hope (Pop. 2,412)
- Avondale Estates (Pop. 3,117)
For more Georgia reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Georgia
- 10 Safest Places In Georgia
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Georgia
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Georgia
Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Georgia