Total crime NAT. AVG.
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 peopleValdosta/100k peopleGeorgia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,469n/a (estimate)2,6392,0582,324
Violent crime195n/a (estimate)350367370
Vehicle theft126n/a226.4206.5282.7
Property crime1,274n/a (estimate)2,2891,6911,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Valdosta, GA

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Valdosta is 13.5% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 195 violent crimes reported in Valdosta, equivalent to 350 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 5.3%. Additionally, Valdosta recorded 1274 property crimes, amounting to 2289 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 17.1%.

When evaluating the Valdosta crime rate for every 100,000 residents, it positions itself in the middle range among all cities that reported crime. Our examination of total offenses, spanning both violent and property crimes, indicates that the reported Valdosta crime rates closely correspond to the national average reported by other regions.

For violent crimes per 100,000 people, Valdosta has a rate of violent crime that is very close to the national average. There were a total of 350 violent crimes, while the national average reported 370. This is an indication that the level of crime is essentially on par with all other cities.

While murder rates in the United States have generally declined since 1990, recent years have seen an unfortunate uptick. Valdosta stands out with one of the nation's highest murder rates among cities reporting crime data. In Valdosta, a total of 14 murders were reported, equating to 25 murders per 100,000 residents. This statistic underscores the challenges facing the area in terms of severe violent crime and the importance of ongoing efforts to enhance safety and security within the community.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Valdosta?

What is the prevailing sentiment among Valdosta residents regarding the state of crime? A comprehensive survey conducted by AreaVibes, involving 63 respondents, sheds light on this matter. The results were as follows: 57% of Valdosta residents expressed a notable sense of security, asserting that crime was virtually non-existent in their community, and they felt at ease strolling the streets after dark. While, 43% of those surveyed held a contrasting viewpoint, perceiving a higher incidence of crime, leading them to feel apprehensive about walking alone at night.

Is Valdosta a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Valdosta a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Valdosta crime rate is 14% higher than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 4.02 crimes per day - 0.53 violent crimes and 3.49 property crimes.

Has Crime in Valdosta Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Valdosta. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Valdosta has decreased by 0.2%. Violent crimes have decreased by 5.8%, while property crimes have decreased by 0.7%. 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 Valdosta

In Valdosta, the current unemployment rate stands at 3.1%, diverging from the national average of 4.7%. The availability of job opportunities is a pivotal factor influencing unemployment and underemployment rates. Communities where individuals contend with limited employment prospects or a preponderance of low-wage positions may witness elevated rates of joblessness and income inadequacy, which can contribute to heightened crime levels driven by financial insecurity. Conversely, areas characterized by robust employment rates often experience a reduction in overall Valdosta crime rates.

The level of education within a community can impact crime rates. Higher educational attainment often correlates with lower crime rates, as it provides individuals with better job opportunities and alternatives to criminal behavior. While lower educational achievement rates tend to lead to higher crime rates. In Valdosta, 78.1% of people have completed high school, while 83% of people have completed high school nationally.

In Valdosta, the cost of living is 12.29% lower than the national average. A high cost of living can induce economic stress for locals, especially those with limited financial resources. When people grapple with soaring housing expenses, utility bills, healthcare costs, and other essential necessities, they may be driven towards criminal activities, including theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities boasting a lower cost of living may mitigate economic pressures and potentially result in reduced crime rates.

Valdosta crime map

The Valdosta crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Valdosta 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 Valdosta crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Valdosta 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

      • Valdosta crime rates are 14% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Valdosta are 5% lower than the national average
      • In Valdosta you have a 1 in 38 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Valdosta is safer than 27% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Valdosta has increased by 2%

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        Daily Crime In Valdosta (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Valdosta for every 100,000 residents. The Valdosta total amount of daily crime is 1.28 times more than the Georgia average and 1.14 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Valdosta, is 1.05 times less than the Georgia average, and it is 1.06 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Valdosta has a daily crime average that is 1.35 times more than the Georgia average and 1.17 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Valdosta (higher is better)

        How safe is Valdosta, Georgia compared to other cities in Georgia and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Valdosta is safer than 34% of the cities in Georgia and 27% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Georgia and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Valdosta. Overall, Valdosta is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Valdosta

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Valdosta is 1 in 286
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Valdosta is 1 in 44
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Valdosta is 1 in 38
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Valdosta, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 286. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 44 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 Valdosta is 1 in 38.

        Year Over Year Crime In Valdosta (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Valdosta is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Valdosta has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 4% in Valdosta, while property crimes in Valdosta have increased by 3%. Total crime has increased by 2% year over year.

        Valdosta police department

        Item Valdosta Georgia National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)17511,364558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.14.03.3
        There are a total of 175 Valdosta police officers. This results in 3.1 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 21.9% less than the Georgia average and 4.9% less 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
        Hahira, GA2,989145320465
        Lake Park, GA856711,2091,280
        Lakeland, GA3,3032661,2271,494
        Dasher, GA1,0714311,9872,418
        Cecil, GA2883482,0912,439
        Remerton, GA1,1825472,1892,737
        Morven, GA8825652,6033,168
        Valdosta, GA56,3203502,2892,639

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        Smyrna, GA56,3333411,6762,017
        Euless, TX56,3342922,2302,522
        Fountain Valley, CA56,1181522,2292,381
        Tinley Park, IL56,082761,2281,304
        Grand Forks, ND56,5882932,9873,280
        Valdosta, GA56,3203502,2892,639
        Source: The Valdosta, 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.