These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Georgia For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in GA are the pits.

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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 219 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:

  1. Girard
  2. Hiltonia
  3. Oak Park
  4. Danville
  5. Lincoln Park
  6. Collins
  7. Ambrose
  8. Rebecca
  9. Stillmore
  10. Franklin

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.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Georgia or the worst places to live in Georgia.

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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 crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 219 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.

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1. Girard


Population: 156
Median Income: $16,000
Median Home Value: $55,000

2. Hiltonia


Population: 511
Median Income: $24,000
Median Home Value: $52,400

3. Oak Park


Population: 797
Median Income: $29,375
Median Home Value: $54,200

4. Danville


Population: 173
Median Income: $25,938
Median Home Value: $68,300

5. Lincoln Park


Population: 453
Median Income: $15,278
Median Home Value: $40,300

6. Collins


Population: 464
Median Income: $22,768
Median Home Value: $39,800

7. Ambrose


Population: 446
Median Income: $18,864
Median Home Value: $65,000

8. Rebecca


Population: 305
Median Income: $36,447
Median Home Value: $37,200

9. Stillmore


Population: 572
Median Income: $26,094
Median Home Value: $37,300

10. Franklin


Population: 970
Median Income: $17,059
Median Home Value: $141,700

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.

  1. Best: Dutch Island
  2. 2nd Best: Vernonburg
  3. 3rd Best: Moreland

For more reading, check out:

  • These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Places In Georgia
  • These Are The 10 Snobbiest Cities In Georgia
  • These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Georgia
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Georgia

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Girard 1 156 $55,000
    Hiltonia 2 511 $52,400
    Oak Park 3 797 $54,200
    Danville 4 173 $68,300
    Lincoln Park 5 453 $40,300
    Collins 6 464 $39,800
    Ambrose 7 446 $65,000
    Rebecca 8 305 $37,200
    Stillmore 9 572 $37,300
    Franklin 10 970 $141,700
    Meigs 11 918 $59,600
    Adrian 12 676 $41,500
    Argyle 13 173 $40,000
    Toomsboro 14 341 $57,300
    Andersonville 15 250 $63,300
    Norwood 16 195 $50,000
    Glenwood 17 826 $36,200
    Ideal 18 433 $45,000
    Crawfordville 19 632 $49,500
    Woodville 20 361 $69,000
    Arabi 21 544 $61,900
    Rhine 22 505 $63,300
    Ellenton 23 132 $47,800
    Daisy 24 156 $84,400
    Enigma 25 920 $62,300
    Sardis 26 875 $53,100
    Morven 27 539 $46,100
    Canon 28 852 $63,300
    Bowman 29 920 $82,900
    Du Pont 30 161 $37,500
    Pineview 31 441 $52,500
    Pinehurst 32 371 $62,500
    Smithville 33 655 $62,600
    East Ellijay 34 779 $97,100
    Lilly 35 264 $62,200
    Woodbury 36 945 $51,800
    Sharon 37 144 $38,500
    Lenox 38 835 $57,300
    Siloam 39 448 $47,000
    Blairsville 40 729 $76,800
    Whitesburg 41 609 $83,800
    Whigham 42 713 $68,000
    Leslie 43 435 $71,100
    Surrency 44 170 $47,800
    Gumbranch 45 216 $70,000
    Uvalda 46 590 $51,300
    Newington 47 320 $72,700
    Riceboro 48 678 $70,800
    Warwick 49 420 $57,000
    Lyerly 50 443 $53,000
    Ranger 51 175 $70,000
    Seville 52 105 $37,600
    Empire 53 419 $70,800
    Kingston 54 521 $70,800
    Bronwood 55 179 $87,500
    Kite 56 331 $54,200
    Higgston 57 433 $108,700
    Offerman 58 459 $64,000
    Jakin 59 241 $76,000
    Allentown 60 191 $56,700
    Pitts 61 398 $71,400
    Pavo 62 541 $56,000
    Tiger 63 418 $131,300
    Sumner 64 428 $56,500
    Harrison 65 495 $51,000
    Denton 66 209 $47,900
    Salem 67 343 $46,700
    Mcintyre 68 774 $51,400
    White Plains 69 269 $77,500
    Flovilla 70 546 $87,700
    Chauncey 71 336 $33,300
    Tignall 72 425 $81,300
    Coolidge 73 592 $53,100
    Oliver 74 311 $63,600
    Hull 75 220 $141,700
    Funston 76 722 $58,200
    Centralhatchee 77 468 $78,900
    Portal 78 641 $78,000
    Newton 79 773 $85,900
    Orchard Hill 80 247 $30,000
    Roberta 81 876 $90,400
    Rayle 82 238 $112,500
    Byromville 83 449 $53,400
    Cobbtown 84 360 $71,900
    Plains 85 721 $76,300
    Cadwell 86 575 $75,000
    Fargo 87 300 $30,500
    Barwick 88 376 $86,400
    Mountain City 89 970 $69,600
    Summertown 90 256 $45,000
    Luthersville 91 849 $92,500
    Culloden 92 267 $74,300
    Stapleton 93 470 $73,300
    Crawford 94 890 $111,300
    Baconton 95 820 $77,200
    Poulan 96 867 $50,600
    Midville 97 321 $57,600
    Fairmount 98 928 $84,500
    Molena 99 501 $94,400
    Graham 100 261 $50,000

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    2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Georgia For 2018

    1. Well how do I start? Oak Park is a small town, but I have lived there most of my life. It is definitely an acquired taste of living. The people that live there enjoy simple country living and it is a nice place to live. Most go hunting, fishing, ride ATV’s, farming, etc. it’s a nice small quiet town to live in. Very peaceful and friendly and they have plenty of churches to choose from. Everyone knows everyone and willing to help one another. As for the comment about the bar, yes there is in fact a bar in town along with a subway and a few gas stations. The town is stretched out so most businesses are near the interstate. Someone that is not from there would be ignorant to that. So this town is technically idle for potential businesses because land is cheap and the cost to build and establish a business would be less costly. The potential for income would be there with the location beside the interstate and business from people in the surrounding small towns. See what this article fails to include is the fact that this town and others are surrounded by many small towns so none of them are really developed though there is plenty of room for development and growth. This town has a tremendous amount of potential. I can assure you that your statistics regarding crime is completely inaccurate or out dated. There is little to no crime unless you consider a speeding ticket a crime. I would know being the former police commissioner and former city councilwoman. It’s kind of like being on the Andy Griffith show. It’s like Mayberry. So to me this would be an ideal place to raise a family.

    2. Amanda B. Knott, thank you so much for our words regarding Oak Park. I live in Deerfield Beach FL and we are doing some personal research on small towns around Georgia, since it is not too north and not too south either. My husband can`t stand the snow. Some how I found Oak Park among others. I was very disappointed to read the article that places it among the worst towns to live. Like you said, ” Mayberry like town” is what we long for. Tks so much for being fair to the place you love and keep up telling the truth. God bless you. If we decide to move to your town, we will love to meet you there.

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