10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Georgia For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Georgia have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Georgia? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Peach State:

  1. Decatur (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Lawrenceville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Canton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Marietta (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Johns Creek (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Milton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Gainesville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Dallas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Dalton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Clarkston (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Georgia, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Georgia and the best places for families in the country:

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How do you determine which place is best for families in Georgia anyways?

To give you the places in Georgia which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Peach State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Georgia, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Georgia, that meant a total of 71 cities.

Read on to see why Decatur is where all the families are headed, while Dublin is probably a place made for singles.

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Decatur, GA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,210
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 70
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 37.1%
More on Decatur: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Decatur is a city in, and the county seat of, DeKalb County, Georgia, United States and is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. With a population of 20,148 in the 2013 census, the municipality is sometimes assumed to be larger since multiple zip codes in unincorporated DeKalb County bear the Decatur name. The city is served by three MARTA rail stations. The city is located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta and shares its western border with Atlanta.

Lawrenceville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 30,127
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 67
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 41.1%
More on Lawrenceville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lawrenceville is a city in and the county seat of Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States. It is a suburb of Atlanta, located approximately 30 miles northeast of downtown. As of the 2010 census, the population of Lawrenceville was 28,546. In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city population to be 30,493. Lawrenceville has six ZIP codes, and it is part of the 678404 telephone area code, which is used throughout metropolitan Atlanta.

Canton, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 25,022
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 42.3%
More on Canton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Canton is a city in and the county seat of Cherokee County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 22,958, up from 7,709 in 2000.

Marietta, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 59,714
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 74
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 30.6%
More on Marietta: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Marietta is located in central Cobb County, Georgia, United States, and is the county’s seat and largest city.

Johns Creek, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 82,930
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 36
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 48.2%
More on Johns Creek: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Johns Creek is a city located in Fulton County in the U.S. state of Georgia. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 76,728. The city is a northeastern suburb of Atlanta. In 2017 Johns Creek ranked third on the USA TODAY list of “50 best cities to live in.”

Milton, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 36,755
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 47.9%
More on Milton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Milton is a city and suburb in Fulton County, Georgia, United States. Incorporated on December 1, 2006, it was created out of the entire unincorporated northernmost part of northern Fulton County. It is an affluent community, with an average household income within the ZIP code 30004 of $99,412. As of the 2010 census, Milton’s population was 32,661, with an estimated population of 36,662 in 2014.

Gainesville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 37,906
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 39.3%
More on Gainesville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The city of Gainesville is the county seat of Hall County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 33,804. By 2015 the population had risen to an estimated 38,712. Because of its large number of poultry processing plants, it is often called the “Poultry Capital of the World”. Gainesville is the principal city of, and is included in, the Gainesville, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, Georgia Combined Statistical Area.

Dallas, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,622
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 47.0%
More on Dallas: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Dallas is a city in, and the county seat of, Paulding County, Georgia, United States. The estimated population, as of 2010, was 12,629. Dallas is a northwestern suburb of Atlanta, located approximately 30 miles from downtown. It was named for George M. Dallas, Vice President of the United States of America, under James K. Polk.

Dalton, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 33,653
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 42.7%
More on Dalton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Dalton is a city in Whitfield County, Georgia, United States. It is the county seat of Whitfield County and the principal city of the Dalton, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Murray and Whitfield counties.

Clarkston, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,594
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 45.9%
More on Clarkston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

There You Have It – The Best Places To Grow Up In Georgia

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Georgia ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Georgia according to the data:

  1. Dublin
  2. East Point
  3. College Park

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Georgia

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Decatur 21,210 87
2 Lawrenceville 30,127 80
3 Canton 25,022 67
4 Marietta 59,714 99
5 Johns Creek 82,930 34
6 Milton 36,755 43
7 Gainesville 37,906 61
8 Dallas 12,622 32
9 Dalton 33,653 45
10 Clarkston 12,594 31
11 Alpharetta 63,013 55
12 Woodstock 27,964 32
13 Thomasville 18,706 68
14 Newnan 35,642 47
15 Holly Springs 10,351 34
16 Powder Springs 14,596 50
17 Carrollton 25,960 75
18 Kennesaw 32,669 47
19 Grovetown 12,848 58
20 Bainbridge 12,492 55
21 Suwanee 18,001 60
22 Roswell 93,968 37
23 Loganville 11,072 47
24 Rome 36,340 48
25 Kingsland 16,411 42
26 Columbus 200,303 70
27 Richmond Hill 11,501 46
28 Acworth 21,824 39
29 Vidalia 10,674 55
30 Americus 16,185 69
31 Conyers 15,682 35
32 Statesboro 30,597 61
33 Lilburn 12,481 49
34 Tifton 16,691 52
35 Milledgeville 19,146 48
36 Sandy Springs 102,212 34
37 Norcross 16,293 46
38 Mcdonough 23,086 44
39 Fayetteville 16,780 60
40 Brunswick 15,997 63
41 Waycross 14,188 40
42 Covington 13,667 47
43 Fairburn 13,860 54
44 Griffin 22,875 67
45 Brookhaven 51,567 40
46 Villa Rica 14,755 46
47 Moultrie 14,457 45
48 Atlanta 456,378 100
49 Snellville 19,395 54
50 Smyrna 54,788 46
51 Valdosta 56,717 58
52 Dunwoody 48,128 37
53 Duluth 28,681 41
54 Doraville 10,348 39
55 Cordele 11,015 46
56 Riverdale 15,812 40
57 Calhoun 16,139 57
58 Albany 75,657 67
59 Pooler 22,131 51
60 Jesup 10,145 59
61 Douglasville 32,317 49
62 Hinesville 34,127 43
63 Forest Park 19,156 46
64 Chamblee 27,862 54
65 Warner Robins 73,265 44
66 Lagrange 30,535 41
67 Winder 15,148 41
68 Monroe 13,253 32
69 College Park 14,434 47
70 East Point 35,477 52
71 Dublin 16,189 59

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