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.


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 the best places to live in Georgia and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Georgia.

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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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1. Decatur

Decatur, GA

Population: 21,210
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 73
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.

2. Lawrenceville

Lawrenceville, GA

Population: 30,127
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
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.

3. Canton

Canton, GA

Population: 25,022
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 71
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.

4. Marietta

Marietta, GA

Source: Public domain

Population: 59,714
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 80
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.

5. Johns Creek

Johns Creek, GA

Source: Public domain

Population: 82,930
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
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.”

6. Milton

Milton, GA

Source: Public domain

Population: 36,755
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
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.

7. Gainesville

Gainesville, GA

Population: 37,906
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 67
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.

8. Dallas

Dallas, GA

Population: 12,622
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
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.

9. Dalton

Dalton, GA

Source: Public domain

Population: 33,653
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
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.

10. Clarkston

Clarkston, GA

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,594
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 45.9%
More on Clarkston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family 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 81
2 Lawrenceville 30,127 64
3 Canton 25,022 50
4 Marietta 59,714 92
5 Johns Creek 82,930 60
6 Milton 36,755 48
7 Gainesville 37,906 49
8 Dallas 12,622 58
9 Dalton 33,653 36
10 Clarkston 12,594 59
11 Alpharetta 63,013 45
12 Woodstock 27,964 56
13 Thomasville 18,706 52
14 Newnan 35,642 61
15 Holly Springs 10,351 52
16 Powder Springs 14,596 37
17 Carrollton 25,960 59
18 Kennesaw 32,669 54
19 Grovetown 12,848 30
20 Bainbridge 12,492 42
21 Suwanee 18,001 59
22 Roswell 93,968 44
23 Loganville 11,072 60
24 Rome 36,340 50
25 Kingsland 16,411 48
26 Columbus 200,303 92
27 Richmond Hill 11,501 47
28 Acworth 21,824 43
29 Vidalia 10,674 52
30 Americus 16,185 60
31 Conyers 15,682 44
32 Statesboro 30,597 59
33 Lilburn 12,481 51
34 Tifton 16,691 43
35 Milledgeville 19,146 70
36 Sandy Springs 102,212 51
37 Norcross 16,293 36
38 Mcdonough 23,086 47
39 Fayetteville 16,780 57
40 Brunswick 15,997 68
41 Waycross 14,188 56
42 Covington 13,667 58
43 Fairburn 13,860 38
44 Griffin 22,875 51
45 Brookhaven 51,567 47
46 Villa Rica 14,755 31
47 Moultrie 14,457 42
48 Atlanta 456,378 100
49 Snellville 19,395 32
50 Smyrna 54,788 48
51 Valdosta 56,717 58
52 Dunwoody 48,128 55
53 Duluth 28,681 43
54 Doraville 10,348 34
55 Cordele 11,015 37
56 Riverdale 15,812 30
57 Calhoun 16,139 56
58 Albany 75,657 46
59 Pooler 22,131 51
60 Jesup 10,145 56
61 Douglasville 32,317 40
62 Hinesville 34,127 52
63 Forest Park 19,156 35
64 Chamblee 27,862 38
65 Warner Robins 73,265 47
66 Lagrange 30,535 51
67 Winder 15,148 40
68 Monroe 13,253 55
69 College Park 14,434 53
70 East Point 35,477 47
71 Dublin 16,189 33

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