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:
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 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.
Population: 156 Median Income: $16,000
Median Home Value: $55,000
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
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
Population: 464 Median Income: $22,768
Median Home Value: $39,800
Population: 446 Median Income: $18,864
Median Home Value: $65,000
Population: 305 Median Income: $36,447
Median Home Value: $37,200
Population: 572 Median Income: $26,094
Median Home Value: $37,300
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.
- Best: Dutch Island
- 2nd Best: Vernonburg
- 3rd Best: Moreland
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