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Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleCollege Park/100k peopleGeorgia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,219n/a (estimate)8,7592,0582,324
Violent crime217n/a (estimate)1,559367370
Vehicle theft209n/a1,501.8206.5282.7
Property crime1,002n/a (estimate)7,2001,6911,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in College Park, GA

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in College Park is 276.9% higher than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In College Park, there were 217 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 1559 per 100,000 individuals, 321.6% higher than the national average. Additionally, there were 1002 property crimes, amounting to 7200 per 100,000 residents, 268.4% higher than the U.S. average.

Having a crime rate of 8759 per 100,000 residents, College Park experiences a crime rate that is 276.86% higher when compared to the national average, leading to one of the highest overall crime rates in the nation. It's important to clarify that this doesn't imply the entire city is unsafe. Like any area, College Park contains neighborhoods with varying safety levels and you can find areas that are notably safer than others, emphasizing the need for targeted crime prevention efforts and community engagement initiatives.

With a violent crime rate of 1559 crimes per 100,000 residents, College Park is known as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. In fact, College Park ranks in the bottom 10% of all cities that reported violent crime last year. This translates into a 1 in 65 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime. Keep in mind that some areas will be safer than others and this doesn't necessarily mean that the entire city suffers from a high violent crime rate.

Although murder rates are essentially half of what they used to be 30+ years ago, some cities still struggle with higher rates than others. College Park is one of those cities. In the last reported crime year, there were a total of 11 murders in College Park, which equates to 79 murders per 100,000 people. This results in College Park being a very dangerous place to live.

College Park has some of the highest property crime rates in the country with 7200 crimes per 100,000 people - this ranks in the bottom 10% of all American cities that reported crime. Your chance of being a victim of property crime in College Park is 1 in 14, which is far higher than the national average.

Recently, vehicle thefts have seen an upward trend across the United States, and College Park ranks among the cities with the highest vehicle theft rates in the country. Last year, there were 209 vehicle thefts, amounting to 1502 stolen vehicles per 100,000 residents. This places College Park within the worst 10% of all cities, indicating that 90% of cities fare better in terms of vehicle theft rates. The likelihood of your vehicle being stolen stands at 1 in 67.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in College Park?

AreaVibes surveyed 48 local residents in College Park to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 35% of people answered that there was very little crime in College Park and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 65% of people responded that there was far too much crime and they would be hesitant to walk the streets alone at night. Keep in mind that the opinions of residents may vary depending on which area they live in.

Is College Park a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if College Park is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. College Park has a total crime rate that is 277% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 3.34 daily crimes (0.59 violent daily crimes and 2.75 daily property crimes) in College Park.

Has Crime in College Park Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in College Park. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in College Park has increased by 13.5%. Violent crimes have decreased by 26.9%, while property crimes have increased by 29%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Potential Causes for Crime in College Park

The educational level within a community can have an influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of education are associated with reduced crime rates, as they offer individuals improved employment prospects and alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment tends to correspond with higher crime rates. In College Park, 76.1% of residents have achieved at least a high school diploma, which differs from the national average of 83%.

High cost of living can lead to economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When people struggle to make ends meet due to high housing costs, healthcare expenses, or other basic necessities, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. On the flipside, cities that have a lower cost of living, could see a reduced crime rate. In College Park, the cost of living is 5.42% lower than the national average.

In cities grappling with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves needing to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, elevating stress levels and potentially fueling domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. College Park has a median home price of $199,200, deviating from the national average of $184,700. Large disparities in housing costs can significantly impact the well-being of residents and the prevalence of crime within the community.

College Park crime map

The College Park crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in College Park as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The College Park crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the College Park crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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      Crime Quick Facts

      • College Park crime rates are 277% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in College Park are 322% higher than the national average
      • In College Park you have a 1 in 12 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • College Park is safer than 0% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in College Park has increased by 24%

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        Daily Crime In College Park (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in College Park, per 100,000 residents. In College Park, the total number of daily crimes is 4.26 times more than the Georgia average and 3.77 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in College Park are 4.25 times more than the Georgia average and 4.22 times more than the national average. For property crime, College Park has a daily crime rate that is 4.26 times more than the Georgia average and 3.68 times more than the daily national average.

        How Safe is College Park (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of College Park to every other city in Georgia, as well as the entirety of the United States, is College Park safe? The gauges above illustrate that College Park is safer than 0% of every city located within Georgia along with 0% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Georgia and in the United States as a whole. As a result, College Park, GA is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in College Park

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in College Park is 1 in 65
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in College Park is 1 in 14
        The chance of being a victim of crime in College Park is 1 in 12
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In College Park, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 65. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 14 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in College Park is 1 in 12.

        Year Over Year Crime In College Park (per 100,000 people)

        Determining whether College Park is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. College Park violent crime rates have decreased by 20%. At the same time, property crime has increased by 41% year over year. Total crimes for College Park has increased by 24% in the same time frame.

        College Park police department

        Item College Park Georgia National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)12211,364558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents8.44.03.3
        There are a total of 122 College Park police officers. This results in 8.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 112.5% greater than the Georgia average and 158.5% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Georgia

        State Total offenders Georgia /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 23,117 sex offenders in Georgia. This yields a total of 275 sex offenders in Georgia per 100,000 residents which is 3% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Avondale Estates, GA3,14270322392
        Tyrone, GA7,42751480531
        Druid Hills, GA8,525140644784
        North Druid Hills, GA18,074150690840
        North Decatur, GA15,833150690840
        Palmetto, GA4,80259846905
        Bonanza, GA3,8772411,1131,354
        College Park, GA14,4791,5597,2008,759

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Summerfield, MD14,4774321,7732,205
        Greece, NY14,4775702,2902,860
        Destin, FL14,482108651759
        Owosso, MI14,4767891,3442,133
        Batavia, NY14,4904152,5132,928
        College Park, GA14,4791,5597,2008,759
        Source: The College Park, GA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.